Updated: Mar 9
“In early childhood we do not ‘teach’ the arts and crafts to the children so much as we create opportunities for children to be exposed to and engage in the realm of art as a natural part of everyday life.” --Michael Howard, Educating the Will
Artistic work in the Early Childhood classrooms invites children to build on their imaginations at the same time they work to build their physical bodies. In addition to developing fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and dexterity, this work sparks opportunities for students’ creative thinking, problem solving, and building of stamina as they engage with the artistic process.
Our preschool and kindergarten students may explore color through painting and coloring work using wet-on-wet watercolor techniques and coloring with beeswax crayons, or they may enjoy artistic craft work, where, through their creative processes, they are able to create something purposeful and useful, such as sewing a pouch or making a bird feeder.
Our seasonal curriculum ties the daily experiences the students are having in nature to their artistic work. Recently, on these cold and frozen winter days, the Sunflower Kindergarten created frozen decorative feeders for the many birds we get to see and hear around our campus. The children enjoyed using nature treasures found on walks, beans shelled with little fingers from our school garden, and beautiful threads left from their crafting to make the beautiful frozen feeders to hang around their classroom play yard.
You can make your own frozen feeder, just like our Sunflower Kindergarten students!
How to Make a Frozen Feeder for Winter Animal Friends
Seeds, beans,corn, and berries collected from a nature walk (or the grocery store)
Tiny bits of thread from natural materials
Mason Jar lids
Yarn for hanging
Add your seeds, berries, corn kernels, beans, and other treasures to an empty mason jar lid.
Pour water enough to fill the lid and add both ends of the yarn to create a loop for hanging.
Freeze. You may use nature’s freezer ;) by leaving your work outside to freeze during these cold winter days, or the electric freezer in your kitchen.
When frozen, push the frozen circle out of the lid and hang outside to bring beauty to your yard and loving treats for your local birds and animals.
To Learn More about our Play-Based, Seasonally-Inspired Early Childhood classrooms at the Waldorf School of Princeton, please visit our website and schedule a visit to see our classrooms and campus with a private tour: https://www.princetonwaldorf.org/admissions