PreK: Santa’s Elves and their Polar Bear Friends

PreK has been pretty busy recently. To start, they added Van Gogh’s Starry Night to their list of recreated artworks. Circle time with the finished drawings was quite fun, as everyone oooo-ed and ahhhhh-ed over different aspects. Some drawings had really great swirls in the sky, others had amazing trees… Everyone had something nice to say as we went around the circle!

For Thanksgiving, we did a cornucopia drawing. These resulted in a wide variety of final products. Each of my friends had a preference on the food we included, so the more popular items were drawn big or drawn multiple times. The apples and grapes were the most interesting, since they spurred a heated discussion over the correct colors for the fruits. In the end, they decided it was okay to like different colored grapes and apples, just as long as they weren’t brown. I’d have to say I agree.

Finally, this week, we did some winter art. With paint, salt, plastic wrap, and a couple of stencils, we were ready to create. The idea was to make a winter landscape with a mommy and baby polar bear. The sky was purple, with salt for snow. The ground, or ice, was blue. We wrinkled up plastic wrap on top of it while it dried to create fun lines and cracks in the ice. And then we added the polar bears! This project also came with an interesting discussion. It started with where polar bears lived, and ended with how they must be friends with Santa and his elves. Because of that conversation, we might make some little elves to add to a future project so they don’t feel left out. Regardless, the polar bear paintings are quite cute, and I can’t wait to put them up in the hallway.

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