Art-Based Language Activities
Lately I have really enjoyed the challenge of finding creative, yet appropriate lesson plans for the children on my caseload. I find that they love following the picture directions to complete each step. In addition, completing an art project allows them to feel a sense of satisfaction and pride that they made a finished product. Many of the children I see struggle with just simple everyday daily tasks, so to actually have a completed art project that they made really gives a boost to their self confidence, as well as their language skills. I see their desire to communicate soar because they want to SHOW what they made and TELL about it!
Below I've provided a list of art activities, as well as the language skills you can address in each lesson, although you can certainly think of others!
Skills/goals to work on when using Art-Based Language Activities include: colors and vocabulary words, sequencing steps to complete a task, making requests for colors, shapes, tools, etc., describing what they made and retelling the steps.
- Play-Doh—This is always a fun activity with very little to no planning necessary. Pick spring colors for your play-doh (yellow, pink, lavender, etc.) and spring cookie cutter shapes (a bunny, flowers, chicks, etc.). Talk about the colors and shapes you are using. Sing as your roll the doh and make shapes. "This is the way we roll the doh, roll the doh, roll the doh!" Afterward, have the child show which shape they made.
- Painting with Stamps—Once again, choose spring colors for your paper and paints and have the children stamp springtime scenes. Have the children "use their words" to make requests for colors and the stamps they would like to use. Smocks are recommended.
- Tissue Paper Fun—Provide a simple cut out shape with a springtime theme, such as a flower or butterfly. Give the children little pieces of tissue paper to glue all over their shape. Provide picture-based steps for the children to follow.
- Watercolor Paints —Great for this time of the year. Washes out of clothing easily and is fun for kids. You can provide them with springtime coloring book pages and they can pick the one(s) they want to color. Afterward, have the children tell their classmates at least 3 things they painted in their picture using a "good sentence" (i.e. I painted a yellow flower, a tall tree and a white cloud".
Hope you feel inspired!