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Art Adventures in Outer Space with 3 and 4 year oldsForgive me upfront for including a million and one photos but I couldn’t help myself.  This project was so beautiful from start to finish.  Our Art Adventures Class took us to outer space this week and we had a blast! Each child was given a different size cardboard rectangle wrapped in heavy duty tinfoil.  I duct taped the edges on the back to keep it secure.  We talked about all the things we might encounter in outer space and then the kids were invited to use different materials to create their outer space murals.  There was foam paint, which you can also make from shaving cream and tempera, confetti of different types, lots of tissue paper shapes, gold and silver paint, gems and felt strips.  I demonstrated how to use the materials first in front of the group.  I taught the kids to squeeze the magical space glue first so that all the other materials would be able to stick on the mural.  Some kids followed suit, while others went straight for the irresistible foam paint we got straight from outer space!

Art Adventures - Outer Space Muralouterspace3Art Adventures - Outer Space MuralArt Adventures - Outer Space Muralouterspace13Art Adventures - Outer Space MuralAfter we applied all of our space details to the tinfoil background, we applied our spin art planets that we made the week before.  Spin art is so much fun for kids!  You can see how to make spin art here. To prevent the sides from curling up and to remove the drying factor, we covered the spin art paper with clear contact paper and trimmed the edges.  If you ever need anything to dry quickly, this is a great way to take the drying factor out of the equation.  Plus, the art looks like it’s been laminated, which is really nice sometimes.  Some kids added felt strips around their planets and asteroids.  The felt added a great 3 dimensional effect.

outerspace6Art Adventures - Outer Space Muralouterspace10outerspace11outerspace15Art Adventures - Outer Space MuralThere were so many oohs and ahhs during this entire process.  I heard things like “Wow, mine is so beautiful!” and “Meri, take a picture of my outer space.  It’s so cool!”  If I had to do it again, I would make all the cardboard backgrounds no bigger than 9×12 or so.  I made some boards really big, and it wasn’t really necessary.  Overall, it was a fantastic exploratory experience with a bonus gorgeous end product. Happy Art Adventures!