Art activities provide opportunities for preschoolers to develop fine motor skills and to learn about concepts such as colours and shapes. Story-related art activities enable young children to formulate and express their ideas, while adult interest prompts them to talk about their work. "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" is a well-known, traditional fairy tale. Children enjoy its simple plot structure, amusing characters and memorable refrains, such as "Who's been eating my porridge?" Provide illustrated copies of the story to help children formulate ideas, and celebrate children's efforts by displaying their art work in the preschool setting.
Three Bears Paint and Collage
Cut large bear shapes from white construction paper in three sizes. Let children sponge print brown paint over the bear shapes. Once the paint is dry, children can finger paint eyes, noses and mouths onto the bears' heads. Let children add details to their bear pictures by using collage materials, such as coloured paper, ribbons, buttons, fabric pieces and glue. For example, glue coloured ribbon onto the head of Mama Bear, or glue coloured paper shorts onto Baby Bear.
Porridge Bowl Collage
Provide plastic bowls in three different sizes for children to draw round shapes onto construction paper. Have children spread glue over the porridge bowl shapes and then sprinkle dried oats onto the glue. Shake the pictures over a bowl to catch any loose oats, and then leave them to dry. Once dry, cut the circular collage shapes into bowl shapes and display them in groups according to their different sizes to help children learn about concepts such as ordering for size and math language such as "bigger" and "smaller."
Artist and illustrator Samantha Bell, at the Art-Made-Easy website, recommends providing simple dot-to-dot pictures for preschool children. Bell explains that dot-to-dot pictures help children develop hand-eye coordination and boost children's confidence in their drawing ability. Provide copies of simple dot-to-dot pictures that are based on the story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." For example, create dot-to-dot outlines of houses, bowls, chairs and beds, and of the characters from the story. Once children have traced over the outlines, let them use coloured crayons to complete their pictures.
Life-Size Goldilocks Collage
Place a large sheet of construction paper onto the floor. Invite one of the children to lie down on the paper and then draw around the child's outline. Cut out the outline and place onto a work surface. Have children work in small groups under adult supervision to make a collage picture of Goldilocks. For example, glue on coiled strands of cream and yellow wool to represent blond curly hair; glue on blue buttons to represent eyes, and let children finger paint coloured spots inside the outline to suggest a multicoloured spotty dress.
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