Art Lab for Little Kids, parents and pre-school teachers will find an abundance of intriguing techniques that will lead to many open ended experiences with both new and familiar art materials. It's much more process oriented than her other two, which is my preference for the younger set. For this reason it is also a wonderful resource for multi age groups- from a mixed classroom to siblings crafting at the dining table. There are still a few projects that have an end game in mind... but all clearly enticing to little ones... from piñatas to clay fairy houses, Susan has gathered plenty of inspiration for chasing the winter blues away... 52 projects to be exact!
3-D Art Lab for Kids takes you into the studios of an established potter, metal smith, jeweler and sculptor. Children will explore creating with dimension using paper, clay, textiles, and metal. Each lesson has "Keep Going?" suggestions that will encourage going farther with a project. For instance in the Woven Wall Hanging (yes, those are t-shirt strips!) the "Keep Going" idea is to create a mural size weaving with all of your friends using a refrigerator box. Don't you love the idea of a community loom.
I highly recommend both of these books and can't wait to show them to my mom (early child educator extraordinaire at Stanford University) and the art teachers at my daughter's Montessori school. Big thumbs up, Susan. Thank you for creating such rich and valuable resources!