Early Learning

Elements of a Story

Elements of a Story

We love stories in all forms - written, illustrated, painted, musical, etc. Help your child develop his or her own story with this activity from Gallery Educator, Noelle. She shows us the 5 elements of a story - from our Art of the Story exhibiton in the video below....

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Create Storytelling Stones

Create Storytelling Stones

One storytelling tradition includes using painted stones as inspiration for oral storytelling. Students can create their own scenery and painted stones to help them tell familiar tales or stories of their own creation. This activity can be paired with a story or song...

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Messy Creations: 3 ways to paint

Messy Creations: 3 ways to paint

Let’s get creative! Check out these three activities - from our Messy Creations series - designed for your little ones to paint at home without needing a paintbrush or even paint! Since these art exploration activities will be done at your home, grab some newspaper or...

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Messy Creations: Marbling

Messy Creations: Marbling

Got shaving cream and food coloring? Then you can paint another way: By marbling! This activity comes from our Messy Creations series. Be sure to set down some newspaper or a covering for your table to avoid getting too messy. Smocks or old T-shirts are great for...

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Shape Scavenger Hunt

Shape Scavenger Hunt

Shapes can be seen everywhere! Why not make a game out of finding them in our homes and outside! This will be a fun activity for National Scavenger Hunt Day on May 24. First, make a shape chart. Square Rectangle Circle Triangle Add new shapes - stars, ovals, diamond...

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Skill Builders: Sort-a-Shape

Skill Builders: Sort-a-Shape

Today we are highlighting some important school readiness skills through our shape sorting activity. This activity can be done in several different ways with materials easily found at home. Shape sorting is a great way to provide children with exposure to many skills...

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Messy Creations: Spray Paint Reveal

Messy Creations: Spray Paint Reveal

We’re sharing another painting method for your little ones - no paintbrush required - from our Messy Creations workshop. Before getting started, we recommend laying down some paper for unintentional messes. Also, smocks are always handy. If you don’t have one, try a...

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Early Learning: Shapes

Early Learning: Shapes

Learning shapes is a key part of preparing little ones for kindergarten. Find some helpful tips for helping your child recognize shapes from the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) website. The organization is a great resource for early...

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Messy Creations: Smush Painting

Messy Creations: Smush Painting

Painting can be a great way for your kiddos to create. But we know it can be scary because of the potential for big messes. That’s why we’re sharing a sensory painting method from our Messy Creations workshop that minimizes the mess for little ones, but it’s still a...

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Family Friday

Family Friday

Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. As such, Friday’s activities are all about family. NAEYC applauds family members’ role as young children’s first and most important teachers. You make all the difference. Start with...

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Artsy Thursday

Artsy Thursday

Think, problem solve, create! Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands. On Artsy Thursday, celebrate the joy and learning children...

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Work Together Wednesday

Work Together Wednesday

Today we explore working together on a project. We suggest building together! Why? When children build together they explore math and science concepts, and they develop their social and early literacy skills. Children can use any material to create. Some options...

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