This week I presented a new art project at line time. I really like this one because it allows the children to practice cutting and gluing as well as allowing them to express their individual creativity.
This is how I have the work set up on the shelf. This is the bottom shelf of my art shelf. When I modeled this on line, I showed them that they need to get one blue paper, one green paper, a gluing mat, and one white basket of supplies. I pointed out that only two people can do this work at a time since there are only two mats and two baskets of supplies.
Here is a close up of the components of this activity on the shelf. The blue paper is just construction paper cut in half. The green is cut into two-inch strips, the same width as the blue paper.
Here is my finished "model" of this work. The first step (I modeled all steps to the whole group) is cutting the "grass". I showed them how to just make "bites" with their scissors to make the grass. They don't cut all the way through. That's why it's important to have the paper about 2 inches wide. Next, I showed them how to put a line of glue (with their glue stick from the basket) BELOW the grass and then stick it to the bottom of the paper. Then I modeled drawing a sun, tree and flowers. I made sure to tell them they could draw whatever they wanted and it didn't have to be just like "Miss Laura's". I was really pleased with all the different creations they came up with. This type of activity is so good because it really requires a lot of concentration and attention to detail. They have to recall the steps needed to complete the project and work diligently and carefully to cut the grass, glue it in place, and draw their picture.
Here are some little hands gluing on their grass.
And some different hands carefully drawing a sun in the corner of their picture.
Here are a few finished pieces hanging on our art wire.