Learn all about colour, texture, and colour value while you help Princess P serve delicious cakes to all her customers!
- If you can, sit next to your child while he/she is playing, and take turns serving the customers in Princess P's bakery.
- Talk about the visual art aspects that are part of the game. For example, ask your child how to make the orange frosting.
- Use proper terminology in your conversation. For example, you can say, "mixing these two primary colours will make purple, which is a secondary colour!"
Playing the Cake Artist game helps your child meet learning goals in the Ontario Curriculum across many grades. One of which is the following:
The Arts: Visual Arts
Students will develop understanding of all elements of design, including colour, texture and value.
Experimenting with the elements of design is fun, meaningful and educational for your child.
- There are many different art materials you can use in order to explore with colour and mixing colours. Make sure you have all the primary colours, white and black.
- Use materials such as acrylic paint, chalk, conte, pastels and water colours.
- You can experiment with colour value (shade) as well, by adding small amounts of white and/or black to the colour.
- Explore different textures in your child's environment. You will need a notebook with blank paper (make sure the paper isn't too thick) and a few pencil crayons or charcoal.
- Go on a walk around your neighbourhood with your child and the art materials.
- Take "rubbings" of different textures in the environment, such as the sidewalk, tree bark, Braille, carpet, interlocking brick etc. (take a rubbing by placing the paper on the surface of the textured item, then gently rub the charcoal or pencil crayon on the paper, holding it down tightly. Use the side of the pencil or the charcoal, this helps to get a better rubbing.
- Label each rubbing up the top of the page. For example, "Bumpy Tree Bark", or "Puffy Carpet".