- lightweight cardboard or oaktag
- old magazines and catalogues
- different color markers, crayons, or paint and paintbrushes
- child safety scissors
- camera and film
Objective: Children will use creative-thinking and observation skills to match halves of a picture-and learn more about their classmates at the same time!
- Invite children to go through old magazines and catalogues and find and cut out a picture of something that they like. They should then glue the picture to a piece of cardboard or oaktag and cut the picture in half. An adult or older child can help the younger ones with the cutting. Put the halves in a box or bag.
- Pass around the box or bag of half-pictures and ask each child to take out one of the pieces. Continue passing the box or bag until all the pieces have been taken.
- Ask a child to hold up one of his half-pictures. Ask the other children to look through their pieces to see who has the other half. Invite those children to come together and fit the pieces together. Then invite the children to introduce themselves to each other and to the class. The children can leave the completed piece on a table.
- Hold up the picture. Ask which child selected this picture. Then ask this child to introduce herself to her classmates and to talk about why this was a picture she liked. Continue the activity until all the children have been introduced.
Curriculum Connection: Movement
Human-Shape Creations. Invite children to create different shapes by using their bodies. For example, three children might stretch out on the floor, joining their bodies in a way that creates a triangle. Later, four children can position their bodies to create a square, four others can create a rectangle, and so on. Ask others in the group if they know the names of the shapes their classmates are creating. Introduce terms such as square, triangle, and rectangle. Continue the activity until all children have had an opportunity to participate. Photograph the activity and post the photos where visitors can see them.
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