FREE Dino Template for a Dinosaur sponge-printing kids craft as a fun way for toddlers and preschoolers to express creativity while promoting motor control and learning about colors. [Video Tutorial is Included.]
Did you know that sponges are a fun tool for little ones to express their creative side? Besides, any outcome will be unique with this Process Art, so even the youngest artists can do it! Most importantly, since we are focusing on the process and not the end results, this dinosaur Sponge-Printing Kids Craft is toddler-friendly! So, grab a FREE Dino template and your sponge, and let’s get crafty!
What You Need for this Dino Sponge Craft
Here is the list of materials you will need to make a Dinosaur Sponge-Printing kids craft:
- dinosaur printout (download this freebie below)
- clothes pins
- pom poms
Dinosaur Sponge-Printing Kids Craft Skills At Play
- fine motor control and dexterity as art and craft projects involve moving the hands and fingers
- hand-eye coordination
- learning through play while fostering imagination and creativity
- exploring complimentary colors
- learning how color mixing works
Art and craft projects involve moving the hands and fingers and thus promote fine motor control refinement.
Dinosaur Sponge-Printing Kids Craft Video Tutorial
Dinosaur Sponge-Printing Kids Craft Instructions
Here are the steps on how to make this dino sponge printing craft:
First, print the Dino PDF and cut out a dinosaur.
Then, using tape, secure the cutout silhouette to another piece of paper.
Next, offer sponges or pom poms dipped in paint to print throughout the paper.
Lastly, remove the dinosaur silhouette and marvel at the process art.
Learn Colors with Flashacrds Montessori 3-Part Cards
Included are control cards, color and color name cards
What is The Importance of Sensory Crafting
- Sensory crafting stimulates the senses. (When multiple sensory stimuli are triggered, new synapses develop within a growing brain.)
- Moreover, sensory crafting promotes cognitive growth.
- It strengthens fine motor control by exercising small muscles of the hands.
- It promotes language development.
- Sensory crafts spur creative exploration.
- Finally, sensory crafts increase focus and attention.
What is Process Art And Why Is It Important for Early Years
Process Art is fun and essential for early childhood development since it helps the body and brain to integrate tactile information in a creative way. Process art is perfect for little artists since the focus lies on the creation of the work – the process – and not the outcome. During this fun artistic process, your child learns how colors work, especially color mixing, while developing spatial awareness and sensory integration.
What Are Complimentary Colors
With this Dinosaur sponge-printing kids craft, besides promoting hand-eye coordination and fine motor control, children get to explore different colors and how they look when placed next to each other. Children might discover that once they place complementary colors next to each other, they look brighter and bold.
Some examples of complementary color combinations are: red and green, orange and blue, and yellow and purple. Complementary color combos tend to stand out as more vibrant and bold when placed next to each other.
Have you tried Dinosaur Sponge-Printing Kids Craft? Leave a comment if you did!
For More Toddler-Friendly Crafts …
See here Four Seasons Bubble-Wrap Printing
What is Process Art
Process art is a form of artistic expression where the focus lies on the process and not the end result. Messy arts and crafts using bubble wrap, a brush, a sponge, or finger painting are very important for early childhood development since they help the body and brain integrate tactile information creatively.
Process art is perfect for little artists since the focus lies on creating the work, not the outcome! During this fun artistic process, your child learns how colors work, especially color mixing, while developing spatial awareness and sensory integration. And it’s a creative, fun, and artistic exploration!
See here Four Seasons Toddler Finger-Painting.
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