Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas
- Strips and squares of construction paper
- One large sheet of construction paper for each child
- Mural paper Markers
Objective: Children will experiment with different ways to transform paper.
In Advance: Share a variety of pop-up books with children. Encourage children to explore how the paper shapes have been constructed so that they appear to "pop" from the pages of the book. Ask: How do the pop-ups make you feel when they "pop" from the page? If you could write a pop-up book, what kind of book would it be? Why?
- Offer children the paper strips and squares. Ask them to change the way the paper looks by using only their hands. When they finish, let them share their creations. Using descriptive words such as folding, ripping, and crumpling, talk about the different methods they used.
- Gather in a group and look again at the children's transformed paper. Talk about how the changes caused the paper to "stand up." Introduce the term three-dimensional or 3-D
- Challenge children to think of more ways to make paper three-dimensional. Encourage them to work together and share ideas.
- After they've had plenty of time to explore, provide glue and large sheets of construction paper. Suggest that children use them as bases to make 3-D paper sculptures by gluing together several of their paper experiments.
- Using the remaining examples of transformed paper, make a display of children's experiments by gluing them to mural paper. (One child might glue on a bunched piece of paper while another might attach a ripped piece.) Encourage children to dictate descriptions of the techniques they used.
For younger children: Focus on creating torn paper designs. Experiment with creating different shapes and overlapping the torn paper designs children create on larger pieces of paper.
For older children: Provide a large piece of cardboard, and encourage children to use paper to create a three-dimensional scene. Ask children what they might use their three-dimensional creations for. Could they be used as greeting cards or birthday party centerpieces?
OBSERVATIONS: Do some of the children try many methods of transforming the paper while others work hard at one or two methods? Do some children need more direction than others?
SPIN OFF: Do paper weaving together. Cut vertical slits in 81/2 " x 11" sheets of construction paper, leaving the edges of the sheets intact. Show children how to pull different-colored paper strips through the slits, weaving under and over the base.
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