Architect/Artist Activities & Resources: Ages 8-10

Feb 01, 2013

Ages

8-10

Architect/Artist

Thinking visually and planning spatially are strengths for your Architect/Artist.  Most Architect/Artists are visual learners and benefit from seeing what is desired or expected.  Try some of these activities that will cater to your child’s orientation to learning.

• Many Architect/Artists are drawn to multimedia projects.  Help your child go further with basic tools to enhance her skills and foster her passion.  For example, with watercolors, there are a number of different effects you can create with simple add-ons.  Sprinkling salt atop wet paint creates a sandy texture; taping down shapes before you paint or using crayons or wax creates a watercolor resist in the covered parts; dripping water or another color on wet paint creates interesting textures and runs.  Encourage your child to explore a media she enjoys and take it to the next level.
• Photojournaling: Let your child’s visual eye be their entre into writing.  Invite her to take digital photos or find interesting Creative Commons images online.  Use this as a starting point for a story, poem, detailed description, or other written “production.”
• Tap into your child’s visual talent by having her learn more about optical illusions.  http://www.allkidsnetwork.com/puzzles/optical-illusions/. You can also use optical illusions to foster perspective-taking skills.  Check out some fun illusions on this page: http://www.allkidsnetwork.com/puzzles/optical-illusions/
• To foster math in a visual way, get two ice trays and write 2-digit numbers in each hole.  Have your child toss a bead in each tray and add, subtract, multiply, or divide the two numbers, depending on what your child is working on.
• Fraction War: Have more fun visual math with Uno(R) cards.  On the count of 3, have each player turn over two cards, one above the other (like a fraction) and see whose fraction is greater.
• Bring your child’s way of thinking to school:  Create projects where she paint historical scenes or make clay models or tools used by historical cultures.
• There are many online resources for Architect/Artist children.  Check out some of these:
• http://www.toondoo.com/: Intuitive drag-and-drop comic-making site where your child can make individual frames or collections into books.  You can upload your own images/photos, or use their extensive library.
• http://animoto.com/: Super intuitive video creation site.  Simply upload images, drag into order, add text if desired, select music or upload your own and the program will make a wonderfully professional looking video for you. Free!
• http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/scrapbook/ Make any character come alive with this Character Scrapbook Interactive.  Kids can choose hair, eyes, clothes, etc.  Screen grab it or print it out.
• Allow your child to get playful and express themselves with Scholastic’s Write a Caption interactive site.  The most creative and well written captions get posted each week on the site, so come back often! http://teacher.scholastic.com/scholasticnews/games_quizzes/writecaption/index.asp
• Explore set membership with these fun games: http://www.thebreretons.com/setgame/ or http://tao-game.dimension17.com/
• Invention at Play: Check out this website from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Collaborate, explore, and engage in visual thinking! http://inventionatplay.org/
• Math Live: Animated and engaging, this may be just what your visual learner was looking for to get more into math!: http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me5l/html/Math5.html
• Your Architect/Artist thinks visually.  Check out http://www.thinkingblocks.com/, a site that demonstrates math problems visually.
• For a wonderfully animated math dictionary presented visually, take a look at http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/
• For a great visual dictionary, don’t miss Visuwords! http://www.visuwords.com/.  Make vocabulary learning visual with this site, where they can also contribute to the video “library:” http://www.vocabahead.com/
• Virtual Museums:  Explore 17 art museums through http://www.googleartproject.com/.  Want to go deeper?  Explore this collection of multimedia interactive features:  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
• Even language-based activities can be enhanced with a strong visual component.  Take a look at http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/games/questionaut/ for some good learning fun! You will need to engage in a series of clicks to unlock the questions, and most of the strategy-work is nonverbal…Good Luck!
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