Re: [art_education] Digest Number 318
- Judy this maybe too basic or long?
Kindergarten Yarn Learning 10-3-03
One thing I did with kindergarten students was to use rug hooking yarn
strips which come in bundles about 31/2 inches long.
Read a book about lines
I called out a line then drew it in the air then I called out a line and
everyone drew in the air
Praised certain children on their lines or behavior while drawing lines.
Then I showed them a poster board that I applied contact paper sticky side
up. I took out a plastic zip lock baggy with brown rug hooking yarn strips.
I made different lines, some shapes,
simple house with the strips
Then I asked them if they were ready to make some roads, hills, mountains,
and houses etc. I called them out and we drew them in the air.
I reminded the students that:
*today they were just practicing ( not keeping their work)
*They would be seating on the floor to do their lines,,roads ..... on top of
a colored piece of paper. I demonstrated
I said a few magic words and said body basics.
I told them I was looking for students who followed directions, who were
kind to our tools (no bending paper or wadding up yarn) and who cleaned up
well. I sprinkled a little glitter on some students.
When I called a students name and they had body basics and were quiet I gave
them a large sheet of colored laminated construction paper and a sandwich
size zip baggie of one color yarn strips. I told them to find a quiet
seating space on the floor not close to another student.
When I called their name and they did not have body basics and/or were not
quiet. I ignored them and went to the next student.
I let the students create roads, hills etc
on their paper with yarn strips.
When it was clean up time. I did the stop and clean up procedure.
As I walk around and say softly, put your finger on your nose and get ready.
I look for a finger on all noses.Then louder I count to 5 and say body
Today I was looking for students who followed directions, who were kind to
our tools (no bending paper or wadding up yarn).
After Tom and Mary who did great put their yarn pieces in their bags, They
will help me gather your filled bags in the bucket and put the papers
carefully in a pile on the clean up table.
I build on this line yarn strip theme
for 3-4 classes by using some of these:
*reading other line, color, shape books
* playing follow the leader with Mrs. Scheid as leader and all the students
in single file we create student made lines and shapes
*using different colors of yarn
* learning to name and sort in piles by color or warm colors or.... and put
back into the correct bag
* using all your strips to make shape design so all strips touch another
*learning about different blues
*talking about primary colors
*talking about basic shapes
*learning to bend pipe cleaners to make different lines and shapes
*using small cloth/felt basic shapes
* using buttons
with the yarn strips
Later in the year I would return to this theme several times for one to two
The kids loved learning to make their own castles, cities, people, working
with a partner......
Later I set up a strip of contact paper with sticky side up at their height
on the wall to create a class mural using yarn strips,pipe cleaner,and cloth
Fun and learning was accomplished by all.
Later in March I would ask the students if they would like to take home a
bag of yarn strips to practice their shapes, lines, sorting and create
pictures. I gave them a bag of different colors and metallic yarn strips to
take home to keep.
I took pictures of each student working at different times to put up later
on a bulletin board. I also, used some of these pictures for their Art
portfolio assessment. Later I gave one picture to take home as a reward.