Homeschool Art….Project #2 (Picture Heavy)
When teaching art, the art does not need to be something elaborate. Simple is usually better, maybe sprinkled with an idea that might stretch the imagination. The important thing is to have fun. My younger son was concerned when we decided to bring the kids home to home school. He was going into the second grade. His major concern was whether or not he would still be able to “color,cut and glue”.
If your supplies only consist of paper,scissors,glue and maybe some markers or crayons, you are set.
We made bookmarks. If you are a scrapbooker then you have all the supplies needed to make this really creative. If not…you can still be creative without the trappings of critter punches,alphabet punches and fancy border cutting scissors. Those are actually a little difficult for little hands to manipulate.
I would recommend the following items…..
Nice heavy cardstock type paper (Stuffmart carries this. You can get it in pastels/white/bold colors)
Scissors, glue, markers
Laminating material or contact paper which ever is easier for you to get your hands on….
You can also purchase pre-cut bookmarks. I have seen those at Stuffmart in the craft section. All you need to do is cut your cardstock at least 2″ wide. You can make it wider or as long as you like.
I have a rather large supply of arts and crafty items so I have a much larger store of items to bring in…including the laminator that I purchased at Stuffmart one year for around $24. It has paid for itself 100 times over. I initially bought the laminator to laminate all of the flashcards and items I downloaded from the Donna Young.org site. (Great site if you haven’t all ready discovered it. This is the best resource site on the web. )
With older kids, I don’t even use glue. They are able to use the punches, place the items on the paper and in between the laminate and then send it through. Little ones may need help….They may lack the finger strength to press the punches through the paper.
I like this project because it is another way to encourage the kids to read. There is something about making your own bookmark and using it in your book that appeals to them. Here are a few pictures to show the fun we had and the creativity that was used.
The first picture is an example of a bookmark I made to show the kids what to do…..I printed a verse on the paper. If the kids want to print a verse on the paper, this is a good time to teach them how to line and center on the bookmark. By using a ruler and drawing light lines in pencil, you now have the straight edge you need for writing. After they have written what they wanted, then go back and erase the pencil lines.
I was told not to post this particular picture but it is such a good one…:-). (Sorry Donna…)
The collection of bookmarks the kids made…….
Everyone having fun……
I had to chuckle at the above bookmark…..she wanted to make one to place in her book to remind her it wasn’t a good idea to read at night with your flashlight! 🙂
Last but not least…..the teenager trying to hide behind her brother….He’s not dumb…all he had to do was drop to the floor…..:-)
There you have it…. a very simple project for kids to do and it’s a lot of fun!!!