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Re: Painterly 4 year olds

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Christine Merriam (
Wed, 26 Feb 1997 20:00:44 -0700

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>Melissa Enderle asked:

>How can I get the students (I have them for 50 minutes) to refrain from
turning their painted areas to mud? Or should I keep my hands off, since
they don't seem to mind?

Lots of paper! Just say, "looks like you are ready for a new sheet of
paper." The kids are delighting in the process of mixing the colors and
have not reached a point where they see they need to stop... then maybe
compare the "mud" pics with the paintings you rescued earlier.
Another fun activity I did with that age was footprints..... we did it
when it was warm and there was a wading pool to wash off in. Use the
biggest paper you can find... like butcher paper or something. One child
steps in a dishpan with watery red tempera, another in yellow, another
in blue... and they walk all over the paper. Try to get them to examine
what happened when a red footprint and a blue one crossed each other.
This project creates a really interesting "background" and you can have
them cut out and glue other things to it... enjoy :)
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