Creativity at the Lab School

The Lab School Creativity Night is coming up on Tuesday October 15th from 6 – 7:30.  This event is an opportunity for your family to come to engage in creative expression.  Each of the classrooms hosts a process oriented activity for parents and children to enjoy while getting to know other families in our Lab School community.  We encourage you to explore each of the classrooms as well as the playground throughout the course of the evening.

Speaking of creative expression, we are about to have an abundance of free colorful materials to use for art…fallen leaves!  Collecting them is a large part of the fun. There are so many details to notice in terms of variations in color and shape. Flexible leaves are much easier for children to work with so I recommend putting them in a ziplock bag in the fridge until you are ready to use them.  Young 2 and 3 year olds may enjoy selecting their favorites to make a sun catcher. Simply have them place leaves on contact paper that has the sticky side up. When they are done you place another piece of contact paper on top and voila! As children get older their fine motor skills strengthen as does their ability to represent objects in their art.  They might get inspired by some of the images in the book Look What I Did With a Leaf, by Morteza E. Sohi.  Children can also help make colorful leaf garland or wall hangings.  A hole puncher will cut through a leaf to prepare it for stringing on yarn.  As you are making things with leaves, or admiring their display, I hope it brings back memories of the day you spent outside collecting them.