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This week’s storytime blog shares some of our Artsy books. Children love the opportunity to experiment and create with different colours, textures and art styles.

At our storytime sessions at the library we get the opportunity to see all different types of children and how they use the chance to get crafty. Some pre-schoolers will diligently work to perfect their craft until mum drags them away while others are happy to glue a piece of string onto some paper and be done with it. Either way, they are usually proud of their work and deserve praise for their accomplishments. Often, parents can be a little afraid of letting children get crafty at home as it means more mess for us to clean up. My answer to this is that even the clean up can be a learning opportunity – and even if it isn’t – a little mess never hurt.

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The following information is from the Australian Parenting website raisingchildren.net.au:

Learning and development through arts and crafts:

Preschoolers love to express themselves and their ideas using crayons, paints, playdough, clay, scissors, glue and paper. You might find your child needs help to use thin pencils, scissors or sticky tape.

Your child will begin making basic shapes, and might enjoy experimenting with texture, space and colours in pieces of art. For example, preschoolers often draw houses with shining suns above the roof. This is because this kind of picture is made up of basic shapes like squares, triangles and circles.

Craft activities also let your child make decisions for herself. For example, should be roof be red or blue?

Monsters love colors written by Mike Austin by Mike Austin is a cute and colourful tale. Beware! This book will likely encourage your little ones to scribble and colour just like the monsters! This bright and vibrant book shows children the primary colours and also what colours they make when mixed together.

Book cover for Monsters love lolors

Mrs Millie’s Painting written by Matt Ottley is a lovely magical tale about an old woman and her cat and the adventures they go on together with painting and flowers. 

Book cover for Mrs Millie's Painting

Archie the Arty Sloth written by Heath McKenzie tells the story the amazing art Archie creates after he is given an art set for a gift and all of the wonderful fun he has while learning how to do art in his own special way.

Book cover for Archie the Arty Sloth

Playdough

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 2 tbs cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbs oil
  • 3 drops liquid food colouring

Method

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a medium-sized saucepan.
  2. Stir over heat until dough is pliable.
  3. Allow to cool, and store in a well-sealed plastic bag or container.

When I was very small, I had a very special Little Golden Book and in the back was a small record. When you played the record, it read the story to you and told you when to turn the pages of your book. It was a wonderful tool that helped me learn how to read and all these years later I can still recall the exact sound of that record. The book was The Colour Kittens (it did have the American spelling) and when it was time to turn the page the kittens would say Meeow! I have found a few versions on Youtube, but unfortunately not the original. I hope you enjoy the fabulous story of The Colour Kittens.