name magic


I wanted a quick art project today.  Something that went along with our All About Me unit and was easy to prep.  Something that the children would enjoy.  After much thought – I had it!  Crayon resist painting!  But, I thought, how do we get it to go along with the theme?  I decided they could paint their name!  What’s better than celebrating each child’s name with an art project?  I knew they would love that (and they did)!  What I did was take a 12 inch by 3 inch piece of white construction paper and write the child’s name on it using a white crayon.  Then I invited each child over to paint their paper using liquid watercolors.  As they painted they watched their name emerge!

I thoroughly enjoyed watching each child complete this art project.  They would start painting and then suddenly their face would light up with surprise and I’d hear: “Look – a letter!”  I’d smile and ask them if they thought more letters would appear as they painted.  Usually they’d start painting faster – some naming the letters as they went.  I loved the way their faces would light up when they realized that it was their name they were uncovering!   It was magical for them – most had never done this kind of art project before – and I love when I can watch them experience something for the first time!  🙂

About deepbluetide

I am a pre-kindergarten teacher at a private christian school. I work mornings with 4 year olds (most of whom enter my class in July still being 3 - they're babies!) and then in the afternoon work "daycare" - which is basically my own class combined with 5 year old children. One things for sure - it's never dull! I had no idea growing up I would be teaching pre-k today! It took me totally off guard - but in the end I wouldn't change a thing! I have worked with children whose age range is 6 weeks through 12 years. In the end I have decided that my current age group is my favorite! And in case you were wondering - all names mentioned are changed to protect the identities of those involved. Enjoy!

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