Showing posts with label Cardboard. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cardboard. Show all posts

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Box Painting and 3D Picture Display

In my last post, I covered our experience with painting cardboard flaps. But what to do with the left over boxes? Well, we painted those, too, of course! 

Children need an upright easel to practice hand dominance and the proper pencil grasp. This child displays the  mature 3 finger pencil grip.

For more information on building pencil grasp, please visit this website, called OT Mom.

When the box was dry, I decided to use it as a 3D picture art display.

For now, I put pictures of the children painting on cardboard...

...but this can be re-used to display pictures of any activity, and displayed around the room.

I even stapled it to one, bare corner of the classroom, just above the children's eye level. We hung children's art from the bottom of the box. Now it's being displayed in the hallway just outside the classroom. 
How have you found ways to display children's art/ photos in your class? I'm interested in hearing about it! 

Happy playing!

Water Colors on Cardboard Squares

  The children made this gorgeous display with box flaps and paint!

I saved two large, white cardboard boxes from the recycling bin. My co-teacher, Mr. Matt, cut off the flaps, and then cut them into equal squares. This was done while the children slept, and the squares were saved for a future project.

All you need is just a squirt of liquid water color, some small paint brushes, and white crayons.

 Whenever you do an art project with young preschoolers, it is important to have enough supplies for each child to participate at the same time.
To make enough paint available, I put out about 12 jars for a table of 8. Each jar had 2-3 paint brushes in it, so there was no bickering over "my paint." 

Each child had their own crayon, and there were enough cardboard squares for them to make multiple masterpieces.

Smocks are made available, but no one is forced.

 I don't know why, but some children will LEAVE the art table if I even suggest a smock, as if the smock will somehow hinder their creative process!
Fear not, parents! Everything we use is washable.

There is something very personal about creating art. Each piece is unique and beautiful.
Art allows us to express ourselves and our feelings. 
Each piece of art is like a snapshot of how we were feeling at that moment.
The liquid colors blend, and make surprising new colors.
Speaking of surprises, the white crayon resists the paint, and pops out.

 Happy playing!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Toilet Paper Tube Marble Run

There is one thing I love about blogging: the community of other like-minded teachers to share ideas with. Two weeks ago, I read about what Tinkerlab did to create a marble run out of toilet paper tubes

Inspired, I found our stash of cardboard tubes and started cutting them up. I cut one inch squares from the top to catch falling marbles. I also cut a 1/2 inch wide strip along the length of some tubes. The marble run was set up in the block center, of course...

We're re-painting our class this week, so this was just a sample run. Next time, I will have the children paint and decorate the tubes first, and then set up the run themselves! This one took me about twenty minutes to cut and set up, and it stayed up for about 4 days.
They experimented by testing various points of entry along the run. There is a long, shallow plastic bin at the bottom to catch most of the marbles. Sometimes, if the tape became loose on a toilet paper roll, a marble would hit the edge of a tube and fly! 
It was low enough so that even the most petite child could reach with very little difficulty.
Look at the cooperation going on in this photo!
Emily stands back and plans her next point of entry.
In this one I added an arrow so you can see the ball rolling through the marble run.
Leave it to Robert and Cordy to find a new use for the marble catching bucket!  

Robert had the idea of adding pon poms to the marbles.
During this little episode, they experience the effects of gravity and motion, varying weights, inclines and speed!

"Look, Ms. Gina! This one is going the fastest!"
Oh, the giggles!
All in all, it was a successful activity! Thanks, Tinkerlab!

Happy playing!

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