Here is a new art project for November. This project was inspired by this one at Ramblings of a Crazy Woman. I intentionally wanted to put out another project that involves cutting as many of my students still need cutting practice. Even though cutting is out on the art shelf all the time, sometimes the children who really need to practice don't choose to do the cutting work. However, I have found that if I incorporate cutting into an art project they are often drawn to the activity and (by default) end up practicing the skill they might not have chosen in isolation.
Here is the activity set up on the art shelf. From left to right are: two baskets for carrying the materials to a table (only 2 children may do this at a time); a basket of "corn" shapes (precut from white cardstock); a paper holder with 1-inch strips of yellow, red, orange, and brown paper and 1 1/2 inch strips of natural brown drawing paper; a basket with 2 pairs of scissors; a small tray with 2 glue bottles; and a tray with 2 gluing mats.
To do this work, the child takes a carrying tray and places into it: one corn shape, one of each color strip and 3 of the wider natural drawing paper strips, a pair of scissors and a glue bottle. They take the basket of supplies and a gluing mat to a table.
Here is what the materials will look like when set up at a table.
The first step is to cut the colored strips into small pieces. The child should hold the paper over their carrying basket to catch the small pieces as they are cut. Next, they will place the corn shape onto the gluing mat and use the glue bottle to make dots of glue all over the corn shape. The little colored pieces will be glued down to make the corn kernels. Finally, the child takes the three natural paper strips (this paper is similar to what brown paper bags are made from and you could substitute strips of paper bags) and crumples them up into a ball. Then, they straighten out the strips and (with teacher help) staple the strips to the top of the corn to make the corn husks.
Here is what the finished project looks like. I am excited to see how the children like this activity.