When a family donated a huge stack of these great square egg trays, I knew it would be fun to have all the morning preschoolers use them as canvases. They each painted them - some all one color, some a mix of random colors, some with a carefully chosen and executed pattern of colors.
After the paint, we glued beads and sequins and other bits to the collage surface. Again, some students went with a random design, some a careful pattern, and others just tried to get as much glue as possible into the recessed areas.
Finally, we made intials with model magic clay, and then painted them with liquid watercolors and mounted them in the center of the square.
I love the way the preschoolers preferences show through in their artwork. Some were very interested in the painting part, some added texture and paint designs to their clay letter, and others spend a long time choosing the perfect beads to add as a finishing touch. A few begrudgingly hustled through all the steps so they could move on to working on a completely different project in the studio. Ha! It's all part of the process and part of being together in this creative space.