Getting Messy With Ms. Jessi

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I am a preschool teacher and director of the most amazing school in the dry Arizona desert. I've been told I smell like play-do, tend to be a bit messy, and act a little silly. It's true! I love to get in and get dirty. I bring all my silliness...

What kind of art inspires you the most?

What's one of your favorite art projects you've done with your child? (Feel free to include a link to a picture.)

What do you do with all the art projects your child creates? (If you have a photo of the way you display art, please share a link.)

What's a great craft for preschool-aged kids?

Jessi Felmtann

There are so many you could do! It always depends on whether you are looking for theme specific or just general (to keep them busy). Open-ended art activities are by far the best. Giving them materials they can use alone, such as, scissors, glue, tape, paint, markers,etc to create their own project gives them a sense of pride and also is how they learn! Keeping (free) materials for them to explore with is also important. Items straight from your recycle box! Egg cartons, paper tubes, cd's, water bottles, bottle caps, newspaper, boxes, etc. You would be amazed at what they can come up with on there own.
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What's an easy and fun Spring or Easter-themed craft?

Jessi Felmtann

A simple and super cute bunny craft: Trace your child's shoe for the body and using a Star Trek finger hold, trace their hands. Turn the shoe sideways, paste the hands (fingers up for the ears) on one side and a fluffy white cotton tail on the other end. Check out my blog post for a picture!
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What is your favorite Spring Break craft project for kids?

Jessi Felmtann

If you have preschool or even younger elementary aged children head outdoors for your craft projects! If the weather is cooperating with you go out for a nature walk and collect nature items to make a collage out of. Or have the kids point out and take pictures of things that represent the start of spring. Bird feeders and windsocks are also really fun to make for welcoming spring!
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Please share a link to a photo of the most organized space in your house -- whether it's a closet, drawer, toy shelf, etc.

Jessi Felmtann

We have a small "laptop" desk area that kept piling high of papers to file/shred/recycle...and a whole lot of other junk that drove me up the wall! This was my solution.... http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPRxjdcVcRc/T44VvU7rqsI/AAAAAAAACHY/6yJDAFF05fw/s640/077.JPG
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