1-2-3 Come Do Some New Year "Craftivities" With Me!
One of my favorite childhood memories was going over to my Grandma Lydia's house for a sleepover with my twin sister Kathie. "Grama" was one of the most influential people in my life and a big reason I enjoy art and reading so much.
She was a teacher too, back in the day when "rules for teachers" included not wearing a dress that showed your ankles and lighting the pot-bellied stove in the classroom, so she ragaled us with all sorts of wonderful stories, and always had and endless supply of craft ideas to amuse us.
On one particular Saturday morning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it was pouring the proverbial cats and dogs. Grama decided it was a great day to make something, so she hauled out a roll of "butcher block" paper.
I laid very still on the long sheet of white paper as grama traced the outline of my entire body. Then she did the same thing for my sister.
Even though we were barely 6-years-old, I still vividly remember designing a lovely "frock" for my "shadow" to wear, complete with rings on all of my fingers that sported hot-pink nail polish.
As the rain pelted against the windows and thunder boomed, we happily colored away. I highly recommend this activity. I know it's a lot of bulletin board paper, but the memory will be lasting. Just think of the cuteness of your paper "students" lining the hallway walls too!
For writing practice, have students label the parts of their body picture. Before hand, have children help you make a list of all the parts of their body that can be seen on their picture. Write them on the board, to help them with spelling.
If you're not up for a full-body experience, how about just your kiddo's hand. Have them choose a partner to trace each other's, and then fill in the details.
I've included a template, so these can become your first writing prompt for January. Have students include the year as well as their school picture.
This makes an interesting and fun Daily 5 activity. Click on the link to view/download the High Five's For A Happy New Year "craftivity."
Be sure and make a sample to show your kiddo's. My Y5's always enjoyed learning about me. I added a bit more pizzazz by gluing on flat-backed rhinestones to my "rings."
After students share, mount their work on a variety of colors of construction paper and sprinkle over a wintery-printed bulletin board.
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"Wiggle fast; now wiggle slow; let's learn about our body from head to toe." -Unknown