About The Program
Small hands, big art! Young, exploratory artists have the opportunity to express themselves through sensory play, exploring the wonders of color, light, animals, weather, shapes, nature and more! With a brush in one hand and a squirt bottle in the other, our little makers will be moving, seeing, creating and discovering new things about the big world around them.
Let’s get moving! Join us for a morning of motion-commotion fun. Mini-makers will create paintings using their feet and funky dance moves, incorporate sound by using a simple instrument, and wiggle with Nicole Flinn from Hope College’s Dance Department. Each session includes storytime, dance movement and process-based hands-on art stations.
Our Guest Artist
Nicole Flinn is a dance instructor at Hope College and leader of Strike Time Dance Company. Strike Time Dance Company works with grades K–6 throughout Michigan to introduce and highlight dance for children of all backgrounds. Find more information at https://hope.edu/academics/dance/special-programs-opportunities/strike-time.html
Mini Makers will experience:
- INDEPENDENCE: Provocations stations — to provoke wonder
- ENGAGEMENT: ALL their senses — hands-on stations that teach to each .
- CHOICE: Not being forced to create — purely being enticed or invited to make something with the materials provided.
Guardians did you know?
ARTMAKING ENCOURAGES NEURAL CONNECTIONS | Art is an activity that can employ all the senses—sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste—depending on the activity. Children’s brain synapses fire away as they experiment and create, squishing paint between their fingers, mixing colors and materials, or drawing from imagination or what they see in front of them.
ART BUILDS FINE MOTOR SKILLS | Gripping a paintbrush, drawing dots and lines, mixing colors, cutting with scissors, controlling a glue stick or squeezing a glue bottle, kneading and rolling playdough, tearing paper—all of these tasks require increasing amounts of dexterity and coordination, yet they are so fun and rewarding that children want to do them over and over. As kids engage in art activities over time, their fine motor skills improve.
CREATING ART IMPROVES SOCIAL SKILLS | Studies have shown that children who explore and participate in creative and artistic outlets perform better at reading, writing and math; develop self-confidence and self-esteem; boost self-reliance; and increase empathy and compassion. Artmaking can also help your child communicate emotions and feelings more effectively.