I love arts and crafts and that is where our journey begins. We attended Kids Fringe (the kid and family friendly version of a local art festival called Fringe Festival!) and had a great time!
Pottery! (Describing with adjectives and adverbs)
It's fun to get your hands messy and make something cool (and useful, too!). We used a lot of describing words to talk about the wet clay, messy hands and watching the blob spin fast. We described how to interact with the clay: bent finger, push gently, squeeze firmly and watch patiently!
Puppets! (Social skills - problem solving and point of view)
I think the little envelope puppets that we made are some of my most favorite make-it and take-it crafts we've ever done! We worked on problem solving (I need the glue but someone else has it) as well as social skills like waiting our turn and using manners to request. We also practiced talking from another "person's" point of view. We'd ask the puppet questions and then answer like the puppet would! So fun!
Dress Up! (Vocabulary and speaking to an audience)
One of the areas that we used lots of vocabulary and our imaginations was the dress up area. They had tons of random clothing and prop pieces placed out for us to use. The kids dressed up and pretended to be all sorts of different characters. We pretended to be onstage announcing the upcoming activities. This is the beginning of understanding presence and projecting voices. They picked up an antique phone and pretended to call different family members.
Drawing! (colors and following directions)
We found a drawing table where there were quite a few different things to draw. Each paper had step-by-step directions on how to draw the object. We had the opportunity to select the object of our choice and there were many different writing instruments available. I know that many children are reluctant writers and sometimes just giving them the opportunity to write with whatever they want can make a difference! We talked about the colors as we drew. Green wings, yellow beak, pink body!
Musical Instruments! (listening and the value of practice)
When we couldn't get enough of the creative fun, we headed over to a local music store and had fun trying out new musical instruments! The drums were our favorite! Billy played drums for years so he gave the kids a mini-lesson. We also got to see some beautiful horns, really awesome electric guitars and some fancy stringed instruments!
We also had the opportunity to enjoy some culinary arts (well, that might be stretching it a bit! We had tortilla and meat rollups) at an impromptu picnic in the grass in the shade!
I'd like to highly recommend Kids Fringe to all families in the Central Florida area next year! This was our second time and we've loved it both times! Pack a picnic and enjoy your day building language skills while you enjoy the arts!
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