How do we inspire our youngest artists? Our little ones need open ended activities and space and time to properly explore them. They need a wide range of materials and access to them. They need to be encouraged to push further and think deeper. And most importantly they need to be acknowleged not for their product but for their hard work and determination. Check out the incredible work our little artists have created in The Hive Classroom!

Open ended painting with corks and paint!
Creating with pipe cleaners!
When children have access to a wide range of materials the possibilities are endless!
Worried about going through materials too quickly? When children ask for tape, feathers, pipecleaners or other expensive materials, I like to ask the question, “What is your plan?” If children have a clear plan, I then ask, “How much do you need?” This limits waste and encourages children to have a creative direction.
Finding inspiration from peers.
Simple open ended painting.
The “Before” of one of our MOST favorite activities! Each cotton circle has a circle of paint under it….check out the “After” in the next photo….
The “After”: As each child uses the mallet to crush the cotton circle….and explosion of color is created!
Creating an ongoing collage in a box!
Simple box collage! Another easy way to do collaborative art!

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