I have a special treat for you guys today! I’ve realized that while I am not a Pinterest Mom, some of my readers would really like some ideas for simple kids crafts. Now, that doesn’t mean that I’m going to start getting crafty (trust me, it would help no one!) but I am going to try to feature some of my very crafty friends here on the blog now and again! Today we have Miss Stephanie from Parenting Chaos sharing a super simple process art activity making these beautiful Valentines Day Doily Suncatchers!
Take it away Steph!
Simple crafts for kids are one of our favorite afternoon quiet time activities. They are one of those things that we can do as an entire family (without waking baby up) that require minimal effort. Minimal effort is key. These Valentines Day Doily Sun-catchers are not only a fun process for kids to explore, but also absolutely gorgeous to display. My kids (ages 3-8) had so much fun with this!
Valentines Day Doily Suncatchers
I am in love with how they turned out! Such a fun process art!
Items Needed to Create a Valentines Day Doily Sun-catcher
- Doilies (buy here)
- Construction Paper (buy here)
- Water Color (buy here)
- Paint Brushes (buy here)
- Crafting Tray (buy here)
- Tape (buy here)
Valentines Day Doily Sun-catcher Directions
Set up for this craft is super easy! Literally just place the items on the table, step back and watch your kids create!
I adore simple process art activities such as this (much more than say when my kids color on the wall). While it may not seem like much kids learn so much from open ended activities such as these. We explored print making, color mixing, social skills, and even discussed what it meant to be gentle.
It took some serious concentration not to rip the doily!
WHAT DO CHILDREN LEARN THROUGH PROCESS ART?
Children use their fine motor skills in manipulating items such as the water beads.
Children compare, predict, plan, and problem solve as they create.
Social and Emotional
Process art provides children a chance to explore and explain their emotions in a relaxing and non-threatening environment. Art is an awesome way for promoting a feeling of success and accomplishment when tackling some of those scary topics.
Language and Literacy
Discussing process art with children provides so many different opportunities- story telling, comprehension, vocabulary, writing, and more. Process Art provides an avenue for exploring concepts that your child is ready to explore.
BUT my absolute favorite thing about Process Art? There is NO “is this right?” or “I can’t do it!” There is only fun and creativity!