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Play, make, create : a process-art handbook : with over 40 art invitations for kids
2019
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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.
The activities in Play, Make, Create promote active, meaningful, and socially interactive learning. Children are encouraged to wonder, experiment, and use critical thinking&;and most of all, enjoy the process. By following their own inclinations and making their own choices, children gain self-confidence and hone their problem-solving skills.

Get Play, Make, Create and give children the gift of creativity!
 
- (Grand Central Pub)

Author Biography

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.

- (Grand Central Pub)

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9(1)
Chapter 1 Setting The Stage To Play What Is Process Art?
9(14)
What Is an Invitation to Create?
10(2)
Materials
12(1)
Setup
13(3)
A Guide for Parents and Facilitators
16(1)
Pep Talk for Parents
16(1)
How to Talk to Kids about Art Making
16(2)
FAQs
18(2)
Tips and Best Practices
20(3)
Chapter 2 Invitations To Explore Easy Ideas for Fun and Play
23(34)
Invitation to Explore: Your World
25(4)
Invitation to Explore: Tape Collage
29(2)
Invitation to Explore: Paint Your Family Photos
31(2)
Invitation to Explore: Bleeding Circle Paintings
33(2)
Invitation to Explore: Cotton Swab "Oil Paintings"
35(4)
Invitation to Explore: Salt Painting
39(4)
Invitation to Explore: Trace Your Faves
43(2)
Invitation to Explore: Draw What You See
45(2)
Invitation to Explore: Draw What You Don't See
47(2)
Invitation to Explore: Self-Portraits in the Mirror
49(2)
Invitation to Explore: Hammer Time
51(4)
Invitation to Explore: Paint What?!
55(2)
Chapter 3 Invitations To Create Open-Ended, Craft-Based Activities
57(30)
Invitation to Create: Artist Trading Cards
59(4)
Invitation to Create: Clay Beads
63(4)
Invitation to Create: Framed Paintings
67(2)
Invitation to Create: Tinker Station
69(2)
Invitation to Create: Art Books
71(2)
Invitation to Create: Big Self-Portraits
73(2)
Invitation to Create: Inside the Box
75(2)
Invitation to Create: Small Worlds
77(2)
Invitation to Create: Sticker Making
79(2)
Invitation to Create: Beading
81(2)
Invitation to Create: Collage
83(4)
Chapter 4 Invitations To Play Sensory-Based Activities
87(24)
Invitation to Play: Homemade Playdough
89(2)
Invitation to Play: Homemade Slime
91(2)
Invitation to Play: Paint Mixing
93(2)
Invitation to Play: Oobleck
95(2)
Invitation to Play: Sticky Party Mural
97(2)
Invitation to Play: Wet Chalk Painting
99(2)
Invitation to Play: Ice Sculptures
101(2)
Invitation to Play: Volcano Eruptions
103(4)
Invitation to Play: Baby Washing
107(2)
Invitation to Play: Science Station
109(2)
Chapter 5 Big Projects Ongoing Process-Art Activities
111(45)
Big Project: Rainbow Smoothies
113(4)
Big Project: Clay Donuts + Stand
117(4)
Big Project: Potions (Two Ways)
121(4)
Big Project: Unicorn Horns
125(4)
Big Project: Sweet Stuffies
129(4)
Big Project: Crazy Contraptions
133(6)
Big Project: Magic Wands
139(4)
Big Project: Pendant Necklaces (Two Ways)
143(4)
Big Project: Candy Boxes
147(4)
Big Project: Papier-Mache Unicorns
151(5)
Final Notes 156(2)
About the Author 158(1)
Acknowledgments 159

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