I knew I was creative and had some electronic art skills like with Publisher and my blogs, but I had never really thought of myself as artistic – I can’t draw to save my life 😮 After coming up with many ideas for the Pre-K students to do as well as replicating some I found online, I have started to rethink my art skills. I still know I am not going into the art business anytime soon, but at least my creativity is growing a bit.
Since our unit is food, I thought we should do something more hands-on, so we made faces out of fruit! The children had so much fun with their creativity and deciding which fruits for each part of their faces – some students added hands and legs or hats. They fed off each other for ideas, which I really liked 🙂 During centers, I called about five children over at a time so the group stayed small. The most exciting part for them was eating their faces 😮 One girl even told her mom the order of the steps (make the face, take a picture, eat it). I am glad at the success of the activity and strive to come up with more that are just as engaging!
I really want to make time for DIY when I am finished with grad school. It is so relaxing to be creative, and just get in the zone of a cool project for a while 🙂 I used to be very into making designs on Publisher or Powerpoint, but I lost that part of me somewhere when the demands of college kicked in. The fifth grade classroom and my writing class started to bring back my creative side with poems and posters, but I want to strive to go even further with homemade crafts and useful things. This picture alteration seems very cool! It also doesn’t look too complex (some DIY’s have sewing or something that I am not skilled at). I plan to make these with prints of my friends, family, and pets for around my house or gifts to them.
Many elementary schools around the area incorporate Valentine boxes into the classroom environment. The children decorate a cereal/shoe box and win prizes for “the most romantic,” “the most creative,” etc. The students in my winter practicum class are involved in this contest as well, and their boxes are all so inventive! For example, one is like a palm tree, one with a ring toss, one like a love boat, and one like a ladybug. Not all of the students have brought their boxes into the classroom yet, but I look forward to seeing what the rest come up with 🙂 I bought supplies for my box yesterday and I can’t wait to decorate it tomorrow. I’m making a dog Valentine box with floppy ears and a name tag saying “Miss Hannah.” I remember that we used to just have paper bags hanging off our desks to put our Valentine cards in. I think the fun boxes is a MUCH BETTER option. I really like that schools are encouraging the children to be creative and artsy with Valentine’s Day, rather than just stuffing all the cards in a bag without really thinking about them. The students in the fifth grade class are so proud of their boxes and enjoy seeing everyone’s ideas. I look forward to having my students make boxes around this time as well – even if the school I work at doesn’t have a competition, I still want to incorporate something fun that involves the students’ passion and creativity! It is important for children to show their artistic sides in a way that doesn’t directly relate to school content.