Develop artistic expression, encourage music and movement activities, and use drama to express children's individuality.
Explore and use a variety of materials to develop artistic expression
Experiment with a variety of materials & activities
Use materials to create original work
Share details about personal creation
Express interest & appreciation for the work of others
Participate in music and movement activities
Use music & movement to express thoughts & feelings
Participate in group singing or other musical activities
Participate in creative movement & dance
Explore music & instruments of various cultures
Use drama to express individuality
Participate in dramatic play to express feelings, dramatize stories, reeact real-life roles and experiences
Recreate a story or poem through drama
Participate in activities using symbolic materials and gestures to represent real objects and situations
Ways to support instruction at home
Give your child markers or crayons and a variety of surfaces to draw on - newspaper, waxed paper, foil, pages from an old phone book, cardboard, or Styrofoam.
Make some homemade paint from food coloring and water, or food color and liquid starch. Or add water to backyard soil for a wonderful "mud paint."
Put some shaving cream on a tray and finger paint to music.
Visit a museum or art gallery and talk to your child about what they see. Explain what an artist is. Let your child become an artist when you return home.
Help you child learn about different kinds of music. Find the jazz station on the radio & listen together for awhile. Talk about sounds of the instruments & how the music makes you feel. Then try a different station with a different style.
Roll a section of newspaper tightly and tape it together in several places to form a stick. Cut it half to make a pair. Turn on some lively music and encourage your child to play his/her drumsticks on a variety of surfaces around the house - the kitchen table, the back of the sofa, on his/her own knees. What makes the best drum?
Sing songs together. Sing in the car, at home, or outside. Recall some songs from your own childhood.
Fill a cardboard box with old scarfs, hats, purses, and other dress up props. Invite your child to dress up and act out a favorite slogan, song, or jingle.
Practice making faces together in front of a mirror. Who can make the scariest face? Most Surprised? Etc.
Use your hand or object to pretend it is a phone. Carry on a pretend phone conversation with your child.