Many sources cite what an important part art plays in early childhood education. Friedrich Froebel, the father of kindergarten, believed that art activities encouraged each child's "full and all-sided development" (Froebel, 1826). In pre-kindergarten at Hutchison, we include art activities that help the girls develop cognitive, social, and motor abilities. As we studied the works of Eric Carle, the girls have been immersed in an elaborate process that he uses in his illustrations known as collage. I am amazed at their persistence with this technique and Mrs. Oates' patience as she guided them through the steps.
The girls carefully painted tissue paper and after it was dry, explored ways to add texture by painting prints of another color. The girls chose a favorite picture from the many Eric Carle books that we have read and began to create their own collage. They drew their picture first and then began to add pieces of the painted tissue paper.
Enjoy the slideshow of each girls finished Eric Carle collage...