Thursday, June 26, 2014

Tall Tales 2014- The Wishing Tree

Today was our last Tall Tales session for 2014 and we read The Wishing Tree by Roseanne Thong.  I figured this would be a good way to end our summer classes- making wishes!

The first project was a photograph of the child glued onto a piece of paper. The children used pipe cleaners and yarn to create a dandelion and put it together to make it look like they were blowing the dandelion and making a wish. They wrote their wish on an index card and glued it onto the the paper.

The next project was making a wishing doll. The children made the doll out of a piece of fabric, polyfill and yarn. The yarn was wrapped around the fabric to make the arms and legs. Then they were given beads, charms, feathers, etc to decorate their dolls.

The last project of the day was making a wish card to put onto our wish tree. One of our teachers had an artificial tree that she donated to the museum. The children wrote their wish on an index card and then glued it onto a piece of decorative paper. They added embellishments and then tied the with onto the tree with a ribbon. These were left at the museum and we now have our wishes hanging on display!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tall Tales- The Remarkable Farkle McBride

Today's book was The Remarkable Farkle McBride by John Lithgow. None of the students had heard this book yet, so it was fun reading it to them for the first time.

Our first project of the day was building a drum out of recycled materials. The parents were asked to bring a cylindrical container for their child. We had coffee cans, juice containers, milk jugs, oatmeal containers, etc. The children used the materials that we have accumulated over the last 4 days to decorate their drums. Some of them even added to the inside of their drums so that they could not only be drums, but be maracas, as well.

The next project was one that I have seen multiple times- Kandinsky's circles. The children folded their paper into 8 sections. They used oil pastels to color and add circles. Some of the children decided they didn't want circles and they added hearts, stars and other shapes. 

Our last project of the day was an emotion painting. Each student had a canvas (11x14). There was a selection of acrylic paint, brushes and small sponges on the tables. They were asked to paint using their emotions. There was also music playing, so they were able to use the music as inspiration. The novelty of having their own canvas was inspiration enough for some of the children!

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