We continue our Health and Fitness theme with lessons on working In the Kitchen. Mother Goose Time makes our days fun and exciting with hands-on learning experiences that expand children’s skills and knowledge. On this particular day, the lesson is about chopping and stirring, but I’ll share the stirring activity here and the chopping activities in a separate post. Stirring Colors kitchen art for preschoolers is super fun and engaging!
Stirring Colors Kitchen Art
This fun Invitation to Create invites children to stir together colors. I set up the Invitation to Create with simple materials for the art project itself as well as related materials like the Chop & Stir daily topic poster, the title card for this creative corner activity and the Inspiration Photo.
In the Kitchen Art
An Inspiration Photo is included with each Invitation to Create. I love that the children see real photos and not just drawings or depictions of something real.
Not only do the Inspiration Photos feature real photos, the Invitations to Create incorporate actual materials rather than plain paper, like the spoons and plates in this one. Sure, we could mix colors with a paint brush on a piece of paper but how fun is using a paper plate and spoon??
I enjoy making the Invitations to Create even more inviting with setups like this one or zebra stripes like we did last month. I pull related items from our toy stash or around the house. Kids can not wait for their turn at the table! On this table I used real measuring spoons for our paint scoops.
Each child scooped some shaving cream (mixed with glue and white paint) onto their plate. Then they added red and purple paint and glitter as desired.
Then comes the fun part – stirring!
Additional information about the activity is included to explain what the purpose and process of the art is. This bit of information can be displayed with the art on the wall or shared with parents through pictures posted online or through apps.
Honestly, as an educator, I enjoy reading them to get more information about what we’re doing as well. It can deepen my understanding and general knowledge on certain topics. Invitations to Create are not just our daily art project, but there are reasons why we are doing them and it’s important for the child’s development.
Questions to Ask
What sounds do we hear when we stir? What kinds of foods do we stir?
Put some glitter on the paint. What happens when you stir it?
How can you stir with a spoon and leave swirls?
Another aspect of setting up Invitations to Create like this is learning a little self control. I remind them that we want to leave some supplies for the others who haven’t had a turn yet. I do keep extra on hand because we know it’s hard to judge and I want the kids to fully enjoy the materials.
What did you create? Doesn’t it look yummy?