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TAKING STOCK FOR THE WONDER JOURNEY

“The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.”

—OSCAR WILDE

There is something mysterious about art and young children. As an early childhood educator and a practicing watercolor artist, I noticed something very interesting. The art processes that I brought to the children that involved some form of creating a new mixture or transformation (i.e., mixing, scooping, crushing, stirring, pinching, pulling, etc.) were the most engaging!

The first time I set out a “make your own paints” invitation in my classroom, I was taken aback by how deeply the children were focused on the activity. At first, they explored by dumping the chalk powders into the paint containers and adding water. They could ...

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