Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Art
- cardboard tubes
- tissue paper, wrapping paper, photos from magazines
- sequins, confetti, or shredded colored paper
- wax paper
- small plastic cups and glue brushes
- several baking trays (for rolling tubes in glue and applying paper)
- rug yarn
- hole punch
- masking tape
Objective: This activity will strengthen fine-motor skills and eye-hand coordination and encourage individuality and creativity.
In Advance: Ask parents to contribute cardboard tube rolls from paper towels, toilet tissue, foil, or other types of paper wrap. Cut the tubes into three inch pieces. Prepare separate containers with scraps of the suggested decorative papers and materials for children to use to create their beads.
1 Tell the children that they will be using the art materials to create beads using cardboard tubes. Invite a few children to join you at the art table and give each one an aluminum pan containing decorative materials. Place a thin layer of glue into each pan. Ask each child to choose three tubes and think about how they can make the decorations stick. Some children may want to roll their tubes into the glue and apply the collage materials to create beads. Others may decide to add glitter, sequins, shredded paper, or decorative paper to the glue and roll their tubes directly into the mixture. You may also find children who create their beads by gluing their art materials directly onto the tubes. Encourage children to explore and experiment with the materials.
2 Use individual sheets of paper or wax paper to separate each child's beads for drying. Include the children's names on the paper.
3 When the glue has dried, invite the children to share their beads at circle time. Ask the children to place their beads in front of them on the floor and describe similarities and differences.
4 Children can make necklaces by stringing their beads onto a piece of colored rug yam or sturdy twine. You can also use a hole punch to make two corresponding holes on one end of the beads since some children find it easier to string the yarn through the small holes. (The tubes will then hang lengthwise.) Invite the children to wear their beads in class.
Math: Provide the children with sorting trays and a variety of beads. Invite small groups of children to work together to sort the beads. Encourage the children to describe how they sorted their beads. Use chart paper to record the children's responses.