Saturday, March 9, 2013

A "Complement" for ART DAY

Hi Friends!

Well, yesterday was our annual "Art Day" at our school and as expected, ALL the kids had a great time.  We spent our day complementing each other as well as the colors of our project which you'll see in a bunch of pictures. 

 Anywho, our day works like this:  Kinderoos arrive and immediately are thrown into a tizzy when all they have to do is hang up their backpacks.  Several kinderoos question the break in our morning routine and ask.  "Wait a minute Ms. H…what about our homework and our folders?"  My reply..."My little love bugs, you don't need anything." {Insert quizzical looks!}

As we gathered on the rug waiting patiently for my few late ones to arrive, I had my fabulous assistant applying stickers to shirts that let them know what color group they were going to be in for the day.   "What's this for Ms. H?" "Huh?  I don't get it, I'm not a circle today?" "What are we going to do?"  Oh my word…the questions were just shooting out of their mouths left and right…KPOW! BOOM! WHACK!  Boy oh boy, did I feel like I was in an episode of Batman…all I needed was my Bat Mobile to escape.  But alas, I knew I had to answer just enough of their questions to calm the kidneroos and all in the span of the TWO minutes I had left to stay on track of our down to the minute schedule we needed to keep. 

Next, it was time to divide my kinderoos into their groups.  One group was going to start in the computer lab with two of my dad volunteers.  They were more than happy to be the Computer Dad's for the day :)  Lucky me!  Then, I sent one group to my partner teacher and I kept one…then the others arrived.  Now it was time to get the show started.

"Natalia, your blue sweater looks so cute with your orange socks."  (Thank goodness I had some kinderoos who's we wearing the colors I needed for my lesson to go well)

"Ian, your yellow Spongebob shirt and your purple sweatshirt look really cool today."

"Dylan, the orange shirt your grandma bought you for your birthday has some pretty nice blue letters written all over it…It makes your face light up." 

As I went around the room and tried to give every student a complement of some sort I then sat back when I asked them to complement each other (some needed a little prompting…) but all in all they did pretty good.  

Then it was time to reveal our fun (and easy) art project.  

Complementary Color Squares!  

We talked about how it feels to receive a compliment and that how amazing it was that colors gave complements too.  We tried matching up color squares and as we found the colors that "complemented" each other we glued them down on my sample paper.   

I sent them back armed with directions and let them get started…and here's what we did  in three class rotations of 45 MINUTES each !!!  Woot! Woot!

Here's where I found the idea...

All in all, we had a great day…58 kinderoos made this fun art project.  Not too shabby!  Oh, and if you're wondering about the prep time and organization of it all:

1 hr cutting and folding 18 x18 white paper & 2 hrs cutting over 1,200 big squares and way too many 2000+ little squares.  :)

Zippy bags are heaven! 

I think your kinderoos might love this so give it a try…

Happy to be back blogging again.