Why We &#9829 Art: Reasons 136 & 137

136: Art can take an ordinary object and escalate it to inspirational.  137: Art speaks to children and to our inner child.  Here are two experiential projects that exemplify both, using a universal favorite – balloons!

Martin Creed invited Chicagoans last fall to immerse themselves in rooms filled with balloons:
http://www2.mcachicago.org/2012/1351/

Christo and Jeanne-Claude built a monumental balloon that can be entered and experience from the inside:
http://www.christojeanneclaude.net/projects/big-air-package

Why We &#9829 Art: Reasons 136 & 137

136: Art can take an ordinary object and escalate it to inspirational.  137: Art speaks to children and to our inner child.  Here are two experiential projects that exemplify both, using a universal favorite – balloons!

Martin Creed invited Chicagoans last fall to immerse themselves in rooms filled with balloons:
http://www2.mcachicago.org/2012/1351/

Christo and Jeanne-Claude built a monumental balloon that can be entered and experience from the inside:
http://www.christojeanneclaude.net/projects/big-air-package

Let it No, Let it No, Let it NO!

The Daycare Dialogues:
Outside, the first snow of the year was falling.
The daycare children were mesmerized by the mysterious substance, but one 2-year-old boy was getting particularly vocal about it.

Boy: (directed at the falling flakes) NO!
Teacher 1: It’s alright, Buddy, it’s just snow.
Boy: (emphatically) NO!! NO!!
Teacher 1: Don’t worry, it won’t hurt you.
Boy: (very loudly) NO NO NO NO NO!!!
Teacher 1 (worried, to Teacher 2): He’s taking the snow so personally, he keeps telling it to stop!
Boy: No!
Teacher 2: Oh, do you think maybe he’s trying to say suhh-no (i.e. snow)?
Teacher 1 (laughing): Oh. That would make a lot more sense!

Happy Holidays!

America’s Favorite *Holiday* Pastime

The dress up bin at Studio Daycare has an assortment of options for the children to try on, including grown-up sized baseball hats.  Last week one of the girls picked out a hat, put it neatly on her head, went into the corner, and started singing to the wall, “O come all ye baseball!”  She proceeded to make up new baseball-themed lyrics for the entire song!  It never ceases to amaze us how differently kids experience the world and how enchanting their unfiltered creativity can be.

Tote of Toys!

Our Sitter Studio® totes, filled with art supplies and games, are one of kids’ favorite things about having an artisitter® caregiver come for a sitting appointment. We start the totes off with a few fun supplies, and then each artisitter® customizes them with toys, games and art supplies selected for the season and the child.

One of our artistiter® caregivers recently posted this wonderfully cute picture of the supplies in her tote: String, paper, paint, crayons, a book and the coup de gras: Toilet paper tubes!  It looks like she and the kids are going to have a great time.

Listen to Your Constituents

As is common in many daycares and early childhood classrooms, each morning our teachers gather the kids for Circle Time where they lead the kids in songs, dances, and games.  One afternoon during Free Play a little boy grabbed a teacher’s hand, led her to the Circle Time rug and demanded, “Sing ‘I’m a Little Daisy’!”  Even though it was long past that portion of the day, how could she say no?  So she began an impromptu afternoon Circle Time right then and there, and they sang his new favorite song through several more times!

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