Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Art
- Old calendars (with pictures of outdoor environments) or magazine pages (depicting outdoor scenes)
- Old magazines for cutting up
- Lined paper or sentence strips
- Child scissors
- Glue sticks
Collect a variety of full-page outdoor scenes (rural, desert, city, mountain, ocean, historical) from old calendars or magazines.
Bring a small group of children to the art area. Place several pictures of outdoor scenes on the table and invite each child to choose one. Give children an opportunity to show their pictures to the group and talk about the types of outdoor scenes represented in their pictures.
Set out the suggested art materials. Ask children to find pictures in the magazines to add to their outdoor scenes. Explain that they can cut out pictures of people, animals, vehicles, or anything they find interesting. Invite children to position and glue their cut-outs onto their outdoor scenes.
After everyone has completed a collage, invite children to create stories about their pictures. Plan time to record each child's story. Attach it to the bottom of the collage.
Bring the group together to share their stories and collages. Display children's work in the classroom.
Remember: Some children may need assistance or ideas when they are choosing pictures to add to their outdoor scene.
Add-on Story. Send a note home with the following literacy game: Bring your family members together to create an "add-on story." Ask one person to begin the story with one sentence and then ask each family member to take a turn adding on to the story. Continue until everyone has a turn or the story ends. This is a perfect activity to play while traveling, waiting in a doctor's office, or at the laudromat.
CURRICULUM CONNECTION: PROBLEM-SOLVING
Use a few of the remaining full-page calendar or magazine pictures. Take a sheet of construction paper and cut out a square hole in the center of the page, about 2'' × 2.'' Cover the picture with the construction paper so that only the small square of the picture is exposed. Invite children to guess what is in the picture.
The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds (Candlewick Press)
Katie Meets the Impressionists by James Mayhew (Scholastic)
Lunchtime for a Purple Snake by Harriet Ziefert (Houghton Mifflin)