I have always been really good at using up scrap paper, and encouraging all the children to do the same but have always been annoyed by the huge box of mess the old scrap box always ended up in.
Well, OK, it was never quite that bad but it was still annoying!
Here is my solution which seems to be working out really well.
I purchased a set of magazine boxes in bright colours and I already had a set of images of coloured paint tins which I was going to use for a display. I stuck the paint tin pictures on with some clear contact and
ended up with a
set of scrap paper boxes which the children seem to be using carefully as they think they look special!!!
And this is my Georgie fiddling around with them and helping me to sort them out – thanks Georgie! XXX
I created this display with the hands made by the Grade 1’s to get the year started off with a lovely activity and a lovely display!
Hands up for art
Hands up for art 2
The children traced their hands and arms, or asked a classmate to do it for them and then decorated them with patterns using the zoom crayons.
The following week they painted their hand using watercolour cakes(or blocks, whatever you like to call them). The grade 1’s had not used these before so needed to be taught to wash their brush when they were changing colours so the cake of watercolour did not become muddy.
I also insist that they look after the water pots themselves and if the water is too dirty they just go and empty it and refill the water pots themselves without asking me. This always results in a few water spills at the beginning (big deal, it is just water!) so we then discuss why the spill has occurred (rushing, too much water in the container) and what we do when they occur (put newspaper down immediately to help soak up the water and make the spillage more visible for others in the room and then clean it up as quickly as possible) and the spillages soon stop. It is all worth it in the end as I strive to make the children clean up after themselves. I am always stupefied by the number of children at Grade 1 level that have NO IDEA how to turn on a tap! This is all part of the learning process of being responsible artists!
I did not tell them that the crayon would resist the watercolour but waited until someone noticed it before we discussed it. “What’s happening here? Why isn’t the paint covering that crayon pattern?”
When they were dry cutting them out was the next challenge so I demonstrate how you can turn the paper while you are cutting slowly, a revelation for most grade 1’s, so you don’t just chop off all the fingers!
I ummed and aahed about how to display them and then settled on a circle. I layered them on the display board and tried NOT to staple the hands and fingers so they would move in any breeze that wafted past. I was going to put the sign in the top left corner in the middle but then found the bit of gold corrugated cardboard in the scrap box, added some cupcake wrappers for eyes (we used to call them patty pans when I was a kid) and it turned into a beaming sun, so appropriate as the start of the year was so very hot!
Thank you for the inspiration from this picture on Pinterest. I absolutely adore Pinterest!
I also saw this one on Pinterest too which has obviously been created by much older children.Thanks for looking and I would love it if you left a comment!