Art and Painting Storytime

This past week I decided to try an art (primarily painting) themed storytime. This idea partially came from my craft that you will read about further down, but also because I’m just really into art and storytime is better when you like your theme.

Our first book was Bear’s Picture by Daniel Pinkwater. This is a cute book about being creative, and not needing to impress anyone but yourself. It also is great for teaching the kiddos about abstract art, and seeing different things in artwork. There is a great illustration where if you look at it with the book right side up it looks like one thing, but when you flip it upside down it looks like something else. The kids were all like “WHOA!”

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Next we sang the “Art Supply Song” that I found on Storytime Hooligans. It is to the tune of “Wheels on the Bus,” so we sang acapella, which went fine (I am becoming much more comfortable singing without music). We simply did actions to mimic what it would look like to use each art supply.

The paintbrush on the paper goes swish, swish, swish,

Swish, swish, swish,

Swish, swish, swish,

The paintbrush on the paper goes swish, swish, swish, all day long.

The pencil on the paper goes skritch, scratch, skritch

The crayon on the paper goes scribble, scribble, scribble

The Play-dough on the table goes squish, squish, squish

The next book I read was Art by Patrick McDonnell. I like the play on words with this book, in that the boys name is Art and he spends the book making art. The illustrations are a lot of fun, and show a few different types of artwork (painting, doodling, coloring).

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Next, because I am weirdly obsessed with folder stories and hadn’t done one all semester, I created a folder story out of the “Color Surprises” rhyme I found from the Johnson County Library.

I took a blob of red paint

Then I took a blob of yellow

I squished and swished them all around

As far as they would go

My red and yellow began to change

And much to my surprise

I saw those colors change to ? (orange)

Right before my eyes!

I took a blob of red paint

Then I took a blob of blue

I squished and swished them all around

Like I was told to do

My red and blue began to change

And much to my surprise

I saw those colors change to ? (purple)

Right before my eyes!

I took a blob of blue paint

Then I took a blob of yellow

I squished and swished them all around

As far as they would go

My blue and yellow began to change

And much to my surprise

I saw those colors change to ? (green)

Right before my eyes!

I printed out a paint palette for the main image, and then used half and half of each color being “mixed” in the rhyme. I had the kiddos guess which color the two would make, which was more difficult for them than I thought it would be. Then I would slowly pull away the sheet with the primary colors to reveal what color they made, before moving on to the next mixing. Guessing games like this are always a hit with my kiddos, but they are also a fairly older crowd (with the exception of a few younger siblings).

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My last book was I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont. This book is both funny and kind of unbelievable. I got a lot of “Why is he painting his body?” during the story. Surprisingly, the silliest part for my preschoolers was the last page when the whole bathroom was covered in paint.

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I found my craft for this week on Pinterest, in a post by Fun Family Crafts. My version is hugely simplified, because these are 4 year-olds, but it still turned out pretty cool. Van Gogh is one of my favorite artists, so when I saw this project I had to try it. I made a basic outline of the vase and table with a black marker, then made enough copies for all the kiddos. They could then color the picture with crayons, and make sunflowers out of yellow and gold streamers. The original project used coffee filters, and my plan was to use cupcake liners, but I discovered two days before storytime that we did not have any. The streamers ended up working out well though, and gave the kids a little more creativity with flower shape. I truly loved seeing each child’s creative interpretation of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.

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