Kids Art: Nightscapes

“Kids Art” was a program created to pair a book with a larger art project. The library already hosts a monthly craft program for grades 1-6, but our little kids were not getting much art — other than my storytime crafts. Thus, “Kids Art.”

The Plan


Clang! Clang! Beep! Beep! Listen to the City by Robert Burleigh
Subway by Anastasia Suen
Wow! City! by Robert Neubecker


I found this craft originally on Pinterest. The original post came from Patty at Deep Space Sparkle and it was an amazing craft that went over so well with my parents.

How It Went

I had the kids start with finger-painting the swirls in the sky. This took the majority of the time, and once everyone was pretty much done, I had them sit down for our stories. I opted not to do any extension activities since I had a much older crowd of mostly six-year-olds. “Wow City” was the biggest hit, and we spent a lot of time looking at the pictures to find items that look like Chicago. When our stories were read, we moved back to the table and started gluing our scrap paper. Some of the kids had too much paint to dry this quickly, but no one minded getting more paint on their hands!

3 comments on “Kids Art: Nightscapes

  1. Michelle (@sdmisha)
    July 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    Thanks for these ideas! Due to scheduling/staffing issues, I’ve had to abandon a weekly storytime on Saturdays. I think having a longer story and art time once a month will make up for it.

    • Katie
      July 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

      You’re welcome! Definitely; I completely sympathize with staffing/scheduling issues. Good luck!


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