Play, Make, Create, A Process-Art Handbook: With over 40 Art Invitations for Kids * Creative Activities and Projects that Inspire Confidence, Creativity, and Connection (Paperback)
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Packed with joyful and educational art experiences for kids, Play, Make, Create offers fun and engaging imaginative activities focused on the fun and reward of creating, not just producing a final project.
Founded in a process-based philosophy, this unique book includes more than 40 activities set up as invitations, or thoughtfully designed prompts to explore, create, and play. Author Meri Cherry has more than 20 years of teaching experience, and her blog (mericherry.com) has set the standard for meaningful and enriching process art experiences that are both manageable for parents, and appealing and fun for kids.
Play, Make, Create begins with a guide for parents, teachers, and facilitators that discusses how to set up materials in an inviting way, how to present an activity and talk to kids about art, and how to stock the right materials for ongoing creativity. Also included are best-practice tips for clean-up, answers to frequently asked questions, and more.
The book offers four types of creative invitations: Invitations to Explore (easy ideas for fun and play), Invitations to Create (open-ended, craft-based activities), Invitations to Play (sensory-based activities), and Big Projects (ongoing process-art activities). Most feature basic materials and tools (paper, inexpensive paints, pencils, glue) that require little setup.
Among the projects and activities you’ll find:
- A collage project that takes a no-rules approach to creating with cut-out drawings and pictures.
- Ideas for building a science station that allow kids to experiment with kitchen cabinet supplies such as soap, measuring spoons, cotton balls, and baking soda.
- A prompt to draw a self-portrait, using a mirror (parents can draw themselves, too).
- Instructions for making homemade colored playdough.
Get Play, Make, Create and give children the gift of creativity!
About the Author
Meri Cherry has over 20 years of teaching experience, working with children through process art—art that is all about the making and the doing, rather than the finished product. Meri’s blog mericherry.com has set the standard for meaningful and enriching process art experiences that are both manageable for moms, and engaging and fun for kids. Meri has collaborated with brands like Oriental Trading Company, Kid Made Modern, Mixbook, and Discount School Supply. Meri Cherry Art Studio has become a destination spot for moms and children throughout LA. Her studio was just voted in the top seven birthday party venues in Los Angeles by Red Tricycle. Also the author of Play, Make, Create, A Process-Art Handbook, Meri Cherry has helped thousands of parents all over the world bring more art into the lives of their children, students, and families. Meri is the mother of two girls and lives in Los Angeles, California.
"Meri Cherry blurs the lines between art, science, play, and crafts in a beautiful and inviting way that will help kids everywhere be more creative while having a blast." - The Artful Parent