I am officially on Christmas break!!! Woo Hoo!!! I’m so excited to have time to actually get some things accomplished and to sleep until the sun comes up. I have to say though that despite it being the week before Christmas break, I really did have a good time with my students last week. We got to do a few things that we very rarely are allowed to do (unless I can relate them to our standards and curriculum map), but I did set aside some time for a few fun art projects last week, and I’m so glad I did. Decimals can wait;)
One super easy project was to create a snowy day silhouette with aluminum foil and white construction paper. The only preparation needed for this activity was for me to pre cut the aluminum foil. Students mounted aluminum foil on dark blue construction paper. Then, they cut out white paper to create a silhouette. It really turned out well. I just didn’t take good pictures!
My students also made pictures to give to their parents using some OLD picture frame matting paper. Students created a crayon resist for each of the four corners, and I took each student’s picture for the middle section of the frame. They ended up looking super cute.
My favorite project is definitely our snow globes. I wanted to do something for our class door for the winter months, so I didn’t want to do another Christmas art project, so we made winter snow globes. To make the snow globes I bought clear paper plates and artificial snow (although I was asked at least 100 times if it was real), and I already had turquoise and red construction paper and a glue gun. We traced the plates on the turquoise paper and cut the circle out (it’s best to make the circle just a bit smaller than the plate). Then I gave my students a picture of themselves that they cut out and glue on their paper.
Then, students created a winter landscape scene on their construction paper. They made a base for their snow globe by tracing and cutting out the base on red paper, and they glued the circle on top of the base. When the glue was somewhat dry, we placed a handful of snow in the plate and placed their construction paper on top of the plate to hold the snow (make sure they face their picture TOWARD the plate). I hot glued the backs of the plates to the construction paper and made sure they were completely sealed.