Recycled Cardboard Robots in Grade Two

I thought I would share these gorgeous robots my grade twos created using recycled cardboard and junky stuff they collected from home. I saw this idea on one of the many fabulous art blogs I check out but I can’t remember … Continue reading

Cardboard Collages in Kinder

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End of year means you have a lot of excess cardboard lying around  so what better way to use it then by doing a lesson on collage!

I cut up a bunch of cardboard into different sizes and put them in trays for kids to choose freely. Each child was given a larger cardboard where their creations would be glued.

They ‘planned’ their ideas and placed pieces all around and ‘layered’ other pieces. They don’t need to make a picture but to just to have fun arranging the cardboard pieces to make an ‘abstract’ work of art. Of course some ended up making a picture which was Ok too.

The kids really enjoyed this and were ready to glue each piece. This was tricky because they had to move the pieces around , glue and remember where everything went. This was a great opportunity for them to be patient, and to really think about what they were doing.

Finally when everything was glued and dry they painted they work. Make sure the students paint two layers and are careful to paint around the pieces. Some experimented with splattering paint and the effect was great.

Didn’t these come out beautiful?


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Pre-Kinder Shape Collage

Lessons for younger kids need to be fun, dynamic and full of suprises. The best thing about teaching Pre- K and Kinder is how excited the kids get when you teach them anything. Now if you make that ‘anything‘ fun then you have a hit!

My Pre-K class was reviewing shapes in their class so I planned the following lesson for them which they all loved.  Plan for two lessons when you do this with Pre-K and Kindergarten and you can adapt this idea to other grade levels.

We started the lesson by remembering all the shapes Pre-K  knew  and learned in their classroom. Here I pretended to ‘forget‘ my shapes so they could teach me  all the shapes again (they love doing this!). We  shouted out the names and drew squares, rectangles, circles, diamonds, ovals, triangles, etc.  in the air with big arm strokes.

Each student got a big plain colored paper and drew their favorite shapes (not too small, not too big) on the paper with a pencil. They outlined their shapes with a black crayon, colred them in and then cut them out.

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The students chose a big colored paper,  glued their shapes and transformed them by adding arms, legs, hats, ears, hair, feet, shoes, etc. Other details like the weather, houses, grass, flowers were also encouraged. This was a perfect lesson to review shapes and turn them into awesome art work!

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