Art With Anything

Art has a wide range of definitions and the creativity of teachers to create a unique art experience with anything is a true talent! I’m excited to share with you some real stories of teachers incorporating art with anything in their classrooms.

Art does not have to be difficult! You can make your own art activities with anything. Here are two simple material activities to make Snake in a Box and Worry Dolls on Montessori By Mom

Art With Anything

Snake In A Box

Doing art can be so much fun and so simple!  There was a teacher I knew who decided she wanted to do art with the children in her classroom. She didn’t have anything in mind, but went to explore what supplies she had in the art closet. With the materials she found, she created what she called a: “snake in a box”.

Materials for Snake in a Box

There isn’t a good material list for this art activity because it can be adapted for anything you have on hand. But for my example this is the material list (you’ll need enough for each student):

  • Small beads
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Clear plastic boxes (like you would find for storing beads)
  • Pompoms

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Ask the children to carefully string the beads on the pipe cleaners, bend the edge around a pompom, curl it up, and place it in the clear box. Simple as that!

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Snake In A Box is an excellent activity for building your child’s fine motor and concentration skills. Their imaginations are entertained with their new ‘pet snakes’.

I remember being amazed that something so simple could spark that fire and allowed their imagination to let loose.

Worry Dolls

On another occasion, I witnessed a similar event. A teacher dug into her craft boxes and made art with anything “Worry dolls”.

Materials for DIY Worry Dolls

Again materials can be adapted for what you have on hand, but here’s what this teacher used:

  • Old style clothespins
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Yarn
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun & glue

Worry Dolls Step 1 on Montessori By Mom

Start by cutting once popsicle stick in half. Then glued 2 halfs of a popsicle stick to the back of the clothespin. Using a hot glue gun is also a practical life skill which is perfect for Montessori children. Be sure to take extra time to help children learn the proper way to use this wonderful crafting tool.

Worry Dolls Step 2 on Montessori By Mom

The children wrapped the yarn around the clothespin and part of the popsicle sticks to create the clothing for their dolls.

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Finish by drawing faces on the ball of the clothespin.

It was such a simple, yet imaginative and entertaining idea that the children loved.

Process Over Product

Wonderful insight into the importance of the process Montessori children take and less emphasis on the end product.

We have a really wonderful guest post on process over product which really helps parents and teachers see all the amazing skills children are developing even if the end product isn’t Pinterest worthy. I hope you take a couple minutes to check out that post.

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  1. Amanda

    I LOVE the worry dolls! Great fine motor skill work, not to mention a calm, soothing activity. Definitely going to try this with my kids.

  2. Fernando

    This is definitely an incredibly rich resource that you have spent so much valuable time developing, I’ll recommend it to parents at our school as well as link to it in our Montessori Resources section so that our teachers can take a look. Thanks!

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