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I can't find the exact link, but in one of the past issues of the <a href="http://www.magicalchildhood.com" target="_blank">www.magicalchildhood.com</a> newsletters, she talked about how art is more about the process than the results for young children, and gave some ideas for this. One was marshmallows and toohpicks. Knowing my dd would eat all the marshmallows, I'd like to find some other ideas.<br>
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Not exactly open ended, but something we've often done here at work with the under 5's is a single colour collage. We'll put out all sorts of different materials in one colour only. Think yarn, tissue paper, regular paper, ribbon, glitter, crayon, sand, all sorts of different textures and shapes and so on, but all in one colour. Then let the kids put it together on another piece of paper any way they like. It's amazing what beautiful projects can result from just one colour, and it takes away the whole aspect of arguing over who gets which colour crayon that often arises when you put a group of kids together.<br><br>
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I teach art to children. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> 99% of the time it is open ended creating rather than a craft project.<br><br>
Paint and paper - I love paint because of teaching about colors and what colors mixed together make new colors - my DD LOVES this!<br>
marker/crayons and paper<br>
create a texture collage with feathers, sandpaper, cotton balls, different fabrics, etc.<br>
color collages - collect different things the same color and let your child put them together on a collage.<br>
agh - DD is already waking. Have to run, hope I can keep her asleep...more later...
 
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