Remember those fun language games we've been playing that come
BEFORE practicing the letters of the alphabet?
Yes? If not, please check them out here!
Well, this week, we decided to try out an art activity that comes
BEFORE using crayons, markers, pencils, etc...
A few weeks ago, I read a post on Montessori in Mars
Her words really resonated with me because
I'd been feeling some pressure from friends and family - even E's doctor -
to have her drawing with crayons and making "crafts."
While I am really excited for her to do those things,
I don't feel like she's quite ready yet...
She still uses a fisted or palmer grip - which is natural,
I just don't want her to become accustomed to holding a pencil this way.
Also, she still takes bites off pencils, erasers, and crayons - yum! ;)
[Young children] appreciate how they can easily see the color/s on their paper, unlike the light lines that they tend to end up making with crayons because they have yet to develop stronger fine motor skills." - Teacher Mars
Elise is interested in making marks on paper with writing utensils, though,
so we haven't been avoiding them altogether...
Instead, I've been trying to offer her lots of other opportunities to strengthen her fine motor control:
and now, edible(!) finger paint.
We tried out the Imagination Tree's Homemade Edible Finger Paint Recipe.
Not only did it turn out great, but it was REALLY fun to make.
(FYI, the magic happens when you cook it!)
Here's a little more finger paint inspiration from around blog land: