Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Art & Literacy
- Styrofoam plates or trays
- Pencils or pens
- Several colors of washable tempera paint
- Drawing paper, newspaper, fabric, and wallpaper
Set up the art area with the suggested materials and invite a few children at a time to do the project. Give each child a Styrofoam plate and pencil or pen. Remind children to use the pens or pencils carefully so they do not hurt themselves or others.
Invite children to draw a picture or design on the plate. Explain that they do not have to press hard for drawings to show. If children experience a problem with their writing utensil puncturing the Styrofoam, place another plate under the one they are working on.
Ask children to lightly coat their drawing with paint. Children can use one color, or a number of colors. Before the paint dries, encourage them to press a sheet of fabric or paper on their painted plate to make a print. Invite children to make prints onto various materials. Display the prints in the room and engage children in a discussion about the differences or similarities between prints.
Wash paint off the plates so they can be kept in the art area. Provide children with opportunities to create more prints with their plates, their friend's plates, or to design new printing plates.
Remember: Take advantage of showing children the inner operations of machines as it is hard for them to imagine something they cannot see.
Machines at Work: Send a note home requesting that families talk to their child about the types of machines used at work. Encourage families to explain the purpose of the different machines they use.
CURRICULUM CONNECTION: SCIENCE
Photocopy Machine: Invite each child to create a drawing with colored markers. Take a few children at a time to the photocopy machine to make a copy of their drawings. Explain to children how a photocopy machine works. Point out where the paper is kept and allow children to press the start button. Create a language experience chart to record what children learned. Ask children to compare the photocopy machine with their printing plates.
Career Day by Anne Rockwell (HarperCollins Publishing, 2000; $15.99)
Maisy Goes to Work by Lucy Cousins (Candlewick Press, 2002; $3.99)
Milk: From Cow to Carton by Aliki (HarperCollins Publishing, 1992; $5.99)