This weekend was all about dinosaurs. Ms. Eve did a dinosaur storytime on Friday and Saturday. She had this great catchy song playing when children and parents came in the theatre, called “We are the Dinosaurs” by Laurie Berkner. She also had a life-size foot print of a brontosaurus for kids to step on. I made a felt matching game and counting game based on dinosaurs. Children and parents interacted together before storytime started, by matching the eggs and counting the baby dinosaurs.
In art, we mainly had toddlers and preschoolers, so I kept it simple. I displayed found objects on the table, a toy dinosaur and a tray of paint.
I gave each one a piece of construction paper cut in the shape of an egg and asked them to paint it by stomping the dinosaur’s feet in the paint and onto their egg. Same with the cardboard rool, foamie letters and bubble wrap. They had a blast!
This week’s theme is Dinosaurs!
So many things we can do in art time with that kind of theme. We mainly talked about texture.
For Preschool Project (3-5 year olds), children were given dinosaur toys, which they looked at, touched turned around. We pointed out the similarities between the different dinosaurs; some have horns, some have long neck, short necks, spikes on their backs… etc. We also mentions what they had similar, 2 eyes, 1 mouth and 4 legs (we only had land dinos). The preschoolers drew their dinosaurs with oil pastels. Then, children were introduced to different textured items which we used for rubbing and create texture on their dinosaurs.
For Family Art (2-10 & parents), we creates dinosaur eggs from papier-mâché paste. Using newspaper, children formed a sphere-like shaped and added the papier-mâché paste on top, turning it around, creating their eggs.
Once their eggs were covered, they rubbed some tempera paint on it. In a library, we don’t get to start a project one week and finish it the next. Children don’t always come every week and I have to be able to serve our patrons no matter what. By applying the paint right away, children can take their dinosaur eggs home right away with a completed project.
For Toddler Art (18 to 36 month old) we had an easier project. Since creating a 3D egg would be a little too complicated, I gave each child a circular shaped piece of construction paper. They used different shape sponges to stamp and create texture on their dinosaur egg.