Readt-To-Use Teaching Idea: Art
- small wood scraps (sanded), wooden spools, craft sticks, and dowels
- containers to store materials
- white glue
- small plastic containers (applesauce or plastic cups)
- tempera paint and brushes
- sand paper
- decorations: feathers, buttons, sequins, or shells
- brown craft paper or newspaper
- optional: small hammer and nails (for older children)
Objective: Children will develop creative-thinking, problem-solving, and fine-motor skills as they build and construct with wood.
In Advance: Send home a note to families requesting donations of wood scraps. You can also contact a local lumberyard or woodcrafter. Make sure that wood scraps are sanded and free from splintered edges. Older children can use sand paper to smooth off rough edges.
- Cover a work area with craft paper or newspaper and invite children to make sculptures or constructions using different pieces of wood.
- Provide children with a variety of wooden shapes. Place glue into small plastic containers. Place a craft stick or glue brush into each container for children to use when applying glue.
- Work with one or two children at a time. Older children can use a small hammer and nails to create a wood construction. Assist children in learning to use a hammer and nail correctly. It may be necessary for an adult to give the nail an initial tap. Provide wood or Styrofoam so children can practice hammering. Together, select larger pieces of wood for their wood constructions.
- After children have completed their sculptures or constructions, invite them to paint and decorate their work. Set up a work area with a variety of paints, colored glue (for dripping or gluing materials), and the suggested decorative materials. Place the work in a safe area to dry.
- Invite children to share their creations with friends during group time. Discuss similarities and differences. Find an area to exhibit the children's work.
Music and Math. Teach the children the song "Johnny Builds With One Hammer." Substitute children's names as each person dramatizes the story. Make a circle with the children. Begin with one child and sing: (Child's name) builds with one hammer, one hammer, one hammer, (Child's name) builds with one hammer all day long. Encourage children to pretend to hammer as they sing the song. Now include the next child and sing: (Child's name) builds with two hammers ... and so on.
All About Tools by Susan Hood
The House I'll Build for the Wrens by Shirley Neitzel
My Little Red Toolbox by Stephen T. Johnson