- Have one basket with twist ties or cut up pipe cleaners in a center and another basket of cut up card stock shapes (cereal boxes are great for this!) Hole punches should also be available nearby.
- Let children explore with materials, figuring out how to string pieces together. They can each make their own individual piece, or attach them all together as a group to hang on the wall.
- How could you add another piece to what you’ve already made?
- How long can you make it? How wide?
- How could we hang all of our pieces together?
- How could you make a pattern with the pieces?
TIP: Practice in small groups before placing it in a self-led center. Introduce students to the materials during circle time or another daily routine.
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Weaving with Various Materials
Collage with Glue, Paper, and Tissue
A Portrait of One’s Own
After spending time exploring aspects of the Ancestor Portrait and the importance of ancestor portraits in the Chinese tradition, students will create an ancestor portrait using mixed media materials and present it to the class.
Combining Human and Animal Forms
Students will use visual observation skills to carefully examine the Assyrian Bird-Headed Deity limestone relief and explore the movement, sounds, and traits of different animals. They will first explore these aspects in humans and birds of prey, as seen in the limestone relief, and will then do the same with “animals” they create from two or more animals. This lesson enables children to draw upon previous knowledge and imagination in order to act out the movement, sounds, and other traits of the animals they create.
If You Give a Man a Horse
Students will read the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff, explore Charles Deas’ painting Long Jakes, and exercise their imaginations to create their own cause-and-effect story.