When children at First Lutheran Preschool and Extended Care are encouraged to create artwork, the end result can range from noodles to butterflies to a spider to a cake.
In July, teacher Mindy Cook handed out paint shirts to children in the summer enrichment class who wanted one, and the class talked about what color is formed when certain colors are mixed.
"You can put your hands in it," she said as she passed out paint.
PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE
Jessica Damm (clockwise from left), Allison Damm, Destiny Robinson and Montana Sykes create designs in shaving cream.
Ethan Knowlton, 6, said he was a little artist and said he made noodles in his fingerpaint creation. He also had a sheet full of purple and gold colors and said it was a large brown square. His sheet of paper lay crunched on the table.
"We can leave it like that so it looks like a brown bat," he said.
First Lutheran Preschool and Extended Care is housed at First Lutheran Church, 300 Melmore St., Tiffin.
Jane Frederick, director and administrator, said the preschool has existed at the church for more than 40 years, and the day care has been there about 20 years.
Frederick said the program has summer day care and preschool enrichment. About 40 children participate in the summer programs.
During the school year, about 130 children participate in the program, which includes 3-year-old, 4-year-old and 5-year-old preschool classes and extended care for children ages 3 years old through grade five.
"We are not bored here during the school year," she said.
Frederick said the day care program has different themes each week, and the art and snacks correspond with the theme. The children have celebrated Christmas in July, farming, camping and patriotism.
Children do art twice a day, every day, she said.
"We like to do a lot of creative art. ... It's busy, and it's creative," she said.
Some are more creative than others, Frederick said.
"We do lots of different things," she said. "We use paper and paints of different kinds."
Frederick said children do a lot of painting with shaving cream, which is easy to clean and smells good. Children like the activity, she said.
"You put it on the table, and they fingerpaint in it," she said.
Destiny Robinson, 5, made a cake in shaving cream and said she likes to paint using the substance.
"This is my favorite art," she said.
Robinson said she draws butterflies a lot.
"I draw words. I don't know how to do words," she said. "This is a birthday cake."