Children can work alone or in small groups to create a model of the classroom. Have everyone sit facing the door. Provide a variety of materials for construction, drawing, and decorating.
The adult first asks the child to draw a picture of the classroom. “Pretend this paper is the room. Where would the door be?” Once everyone has the door marked on their paper, add a couple of other items. Then ask children to draw the items and people in the room on their paper. When this is done, tell them they can now make items from clay, paper, or other materials to put in their classroom.
The child may not have the items in the right spaces, but they will draw squares, rectangles and circles to represent different items.
Encourage parents to have an easily cleaned art area or place for art materials to be kept. When children are “bored” suggest a special project for them to create (e.g. a gift, a prop for their dramatic play area, a piece of art to be in the “temporary exhibit” in the living room, etc.)
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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