I love when my kids get to show off their creativity. They always enjoy when we do any sort of craft project in class. After winter break, we shared our New Year’s Resolutions. I always enjoy hearing their goals for the upcoming year. This year, the conversation evolved into what the children wanted to do when they grew up. I took advantage of that teachable moment and started jotting down their ideas.
Social Studies Connection:
After everyone shared what they wanted to do when they grew up, we connected the occupations to our social studies unit. Children began to sort the careers into categories. They discussed whether each job was more of a service related industry or a goods producing occupation. I loved hearing how specific they were when debating where to place each career. For example, someone mentioned that a scrapyard worker would go in the goods category since they provide machine parts. However, another student chimed in stating that the workers provide a service when they help put the parts into the machines. What a great conversation!
Getting Crafty with Pinterest!
I saw an idea on Pinterest that I bookmarked to try for next January. However, as I was driving home that day, I got the idea to change up this creative idea a bit. Instead of having students create their “Cool Family,” I’d have them use the same concept but apply it to their recent New Years and Social Studies discussion. I couldn’t wait to start shopping for supplies.
The children had so much fun doing this project. As soon as I took out the paint, they were ready to work. I love when they get the opportunity to work with different mediums in class. As much as I enjoy writing workshop (pencils) and digital workstations (technology), it is so nice bringing in different tools (like paint) for the students to work with as they create and share.
Step 1 – Preparing the workspace:
Put a small amount (~ 2 tea spoons) of white paint on a paper plate for each child. Make sure each student has a placemat under their painting area. We shared paint brushes. I placed one paint brush in between every two children. Each child received a pre-cut piece of blue construction paper. We used an index card as a template to make sure our sizing was accurate for the blue paper to fit in each frame.
Step 2 – Paint:
Children roll their fingers in the paint. Then each child rolls the paint onto the blue paper. Some children chose to only use their paintbrush. They decided to paint the snowman with their brush instead of their finger. With the left over paint on the brush or their finger, children smeared a bed of snow along the bottom of the paper. Finally, they finished it off with splattering paint with their brushes. Some chose to have more snow than others.
Step 3 – Let it Dry:
Have children place their wet papers on a flat surface to dry. Then, place the papers into the frames.
Step 4 – Color and Design:
After the papers are dry and placed in the plastic frames, I use a white paint pen to write, “When I Grow Up” on the top of each frame. Under that title, I wrote the career for each child. They were so happy to color their snowman to look like their future profession.
Provide a variety of permanent markers. Allow children to decorate and design their snowman.
Step 5 – Enjoy the Individual Creativity:
I love when projects are all different. Their snowman turned out so cute. You can truly see their personalities shine through each craft. This project only took about thirty minutes over two days. So, the total time was about one hour. How fun! Plus, it was affordable and easy!