These beautiful ornaments were created by kindergarteners. Students had explored texture in previous lessons – crayon rubbings and exploring pressed textures in playdough. They started with a “burger” of clay which was pressed flat and flipped. Students chose from a variety of found objects- marker caps, shells, popsicle sticks, etc. They pressed their found object into the clay randomly. Cookie cutters were used for the shapes. After firing, the ornaments were painted with diluted tempera. The top was wiped with a piece of sponge to highlight the texture. Students applied a coat of tempera varnish for a glossy finish. They chose a ribbon for me to tie onto their ornament. Each student had time to create several ornaments.
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Kindergarteners painted these gingerbread boys and girls as part of a reading unit on gingerbread boy stories. Students practiced painting a variety of lines and shapes before “frosting” their gingerbread cookies. They carefully cut out their cookies after they were dry.
Kinders worked with simple shapes: rectangles, triangles, squares and 1/2 circles to design Santa’s closet. A touch of cottony fur and silver Sharpie added interest.
Kindergarteners and first graders had a blast designing their ideal playgrounds. Starting with an elevated fort, they added bridges, tunnels, ladders, slides, swings, climbing walls and more. Trays of primary colored squares, rectangles and thin strips were shared at each table.
Craypas and kindergarteners can turn a great idea into a smeary mess! This beautiful flower still life was done by a kindergartener with craypas-and no smears. As always, students were instructed to keep their hands from resting on the paper. The secret to the success was the use of velour paper. The texture helped keep the oil pastels from smearing. Kids loved working on the soft paper. Best of all, every drawing was absolutely beautiful.
These little mice were made by kindergarten students after reading the story Mousepaint. They blended red, yellow and blue Model Magic to create orange, green and violet. Each mouse was made by rolling a chubby teardrop of Model Magic. Standing mice had a nose pinched out. Ears were made by flattening 2 little balls of clay. Wire whiskers and chenille stem tails were poked into place. The tip of a new Sharpie was dabbed on for the eyes and nose.
Little puddles of primary colors were done in marker. The mice are held in place with white glue.