This routine can be done daily or weekly and takes about 5-10 minutes. It will encourage children to practice conversation, questioning, and close looking.
- Choose an object (this can be something from home, a show and tell item, something from your desk, an art reproduction, or an everyday item).
- Have everyone sit in a circle and take a few seconds to quietly observe the object.
- Pass the object around so everyone can feel it and see it up close.
- Ask the following questions from Artful Thinking by Project Zero
- What do you see?
- What do you think about this object? What do you wonder about this object?
TIP: In the beginning, model descriptive language and encourage deeper curiosity in the questions. Once children are comfortable with this routine, let them bring in objects to use.
Related Creative Activities
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.