Preschool Activity Tile Board Painting
As a preschool teacher for many years, I loved for the kids to create, imagine and just enjoy the process of their day and their work of being a child. When I began teaching the thought was a child centered philosophy that taught children to question, wonder and create without worry of a particular outcome. It was all about the process. Children learned through play. Today I will hear these words, but there seems to be so many perimeters kids need to follow that it has been lost in translation. I will see kids working on a big large letter A and adding beans and collage to the lines. How about just a big piece of paper with paints and collage and anything else they want to bring to the project. I loved seeing children who could bring back pebbles , sticks and leaves to glue into the picture. This would then lead to discussion about their work and what they found and usually a story. I always carried around clip board to write the children's words. I will talk more on this another time.
Here in picture above I created some tile boards I discovered through Bev Boss. Please look her up because she is a lead early childhood educator, mentor and lecturer. You can find all types of tiles at Home depot or hardware store. I add to a particle board , glue and grout. You may achieve anyway that works for you as well. If you have a easier idea great! The idea is to create paintings with unique texture. The children can paint, finger paint on the tile boards and then print with paper and take home. Also fun is having the kids wash the boards with sponges. That becomes a process on it's own to see what happens and then discuss it. They get to see how the colors mix and muddy up. I made up about 10 different boards. If possible to have the children create the boards , even better.