Recently I read on a blog I enjoy about a mom who paired craft time with her preschooler with a lesson about an artist. Brilliant, I thought! Two birds with one stone! Since my five-year-old had recently graduated from occupational therapy, I wanted to keep her cutting and doing other activities that would keep up her hand strength. Naturally, I began searching Pinterest for an artist and craft for preschoolers that would go together and involve an activity that was good for hand strength, too. I soon found one:
This is based on the famous painting “Circles” by Wassily Kandinsky, seen here:
I made some different-sized circle tracers out of cardboard for my daughter and had her trace, cut, and glue them. I didn’t show her a picture of Kandinsky circles OR have the art lesson until we were all the way finished with the project, because I didn’t want her to try to make hers look like the pictures or like anyone else’s. I just explained to her what to do, and here’s how her circles turned out. I think she did a great job! Here’s how her Kandinsky circles came out:
We did one set of circles a day for four days, and at the end, we had our little art lesson on Wassily Kandinsky. We looked at his art online and I told her all I had read about him
in all the many fine art books I have in my home on Wikipedia. It was fun and my daughter was really proud of her circles! This pin was a win!
After we finished our project, I looked around for a few more Kandinsky-inspired crafts and I love this one from Art Projects for Kids, too!
We had a lot of fun with our artist-inspired craft! Can’t wait to research some more artists to be inspired by!