Today the Doodlebugs painted a butterfly... but this is Arty Pants Studio, where smarty pants thrive and flourish. So to foster the inquisitive nature of our little ones I showed them this video on how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. All my Doodlebugs may not be able to remember the term exoskeleton at the end of this, but I think there's value in exposing them to the proper names for things and making them aware of processes so when they encounter them again and again, they will say... oh yeah, that sounds familiar until one day they just know :)
We talked about the parts of the butterfly and I had some pictures of butterflies printed out for inspiration.
And of course, any time you have a group of eager 5 and 6 year olds waiting for paint some strategy is required... so we played a little game I call The Smartest Artist.
Smartest Artist Questions for the day...
1) How many stages does it take for a caterpillar to turn into a butterfly?
2) What do butterflies eat?
3) How do butterflies taste food?
We also talked about symmetry, I SUGGESTED that the wings be the same on both sides, but who can blame a 5 year old for thinking this is just too boring and restrictive?
So they drew their butterflies, drew in patterns and painted them in using tiny brushes to help them stay in the lines.
Be a fly on the wall in our art room! Take a look at what we do, how we do it and the smiles that I get to see week after week :)