Open Art Bins

At Buen Día we follow a dynamic, interactive approach between the students, the teachers and the art media. A variety of materials, including recycled items, are available to the children for their use on an on-going basis. Items are stored on reachable shelves to foster children’s independent choice. Tape, string, markers, envelopes, glue, paint and staplers are available at our child-level workstation. Children combine and create their own forms by selecting materials of their choice. They have full mastery of design and combination of materials. A teacher is available to help them realize their concepts.

Bins can be categorized in a few basic ways:

  • Paper: Recycled computer paper, construction paper, cardboard, art tissue, crepe paper, file folders, recycled envelopes (different sizes, colors, weights, textures.)
  • Tools: Glue, paste, crayons, markers, pencils, staplers, masking tape, colored tape, clear tape, chalk, scissors (right and left handed), paper clips, hole punchers and stamps.
  • Materials
    • Paper scraps, recycled magazines and postcards, old photos,
    • Fabric (silk, fake fur, wood, felt burlap, cotton)
    • Buttons, washers, bottle caps, beads, corks, film canisters,
    • Yarn, thread, ribbon, string, cord, small boxes,
    • Leaves, twigs, acorns, bark, feathers
    • Wood scraps, linoleum samples and other recycled items (pcv pipes)

Working with different kinds of materials enhances the learning process; some are soft or hard, rough or smooth, long or short, heavy or light, natural or man-made. Children tape tubes together, staple paper on cardboard, tie strings on feathers, glue cellophane on envelopes and wrap boxes. They create objects that relate to their play including pretend cell phones, rocket ships, presents, bracelets and airplanes. When children invent their own creations for direct use in their play, they focus with intent and develop their small muscles, hand-eye coordination, artistic understanding and problem-solving skills. These activities give them a sense of achievement and pride.

There is an endless number and variety of projects which are included under art. Some are open-ended; some are more directed. All help develop hand-eye coordination and some are directly related to pre-reading skills.

Art Activities

  • Paper
  • easel painting
  • drawing
  • collage
  • sculpture (wood, box, wire)
  • mobiles
  • finger painting
  • sewing
  • modeling (clay, play dough, soap)
  • bead stringing
  • cutting and pasting
  • dyeing fabric and paper
  • puppetry
  • printing (vegetables, blocks, sponges, leaves)
  • mask making
  • simple weaving
  • stenciling
  • crayon melting
  • book making
  • papel picado