Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Paper Puppets and Carton Creatures

Lions and Tigers and Turtles, Oh My!
A fun morning making creative critters of all kinds with recycled containers, scraps, and left-over art supplies. I love the intensity, followed by the delight! A great process-to-product balance in child satisfaction. I've done this workshop many times over the years. One parent once joked: "This isn't recycling, this is delaying." Maybe so---but in the process, a lot of imagination, problem solving, and creative thinking happens. And joy!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

Happy Lunar New Year!
We celebrated with a festival, using Grace Lin's book, Bringing in the New Year. Activities included origami rabbits, paper-cut rabbits, brush-painted banners, and a wonderful dragon!
A grand time was had by all.

Look over your favorite picture books, and think of ways to extend them for children. Start with the content, and then keep going. Picture books are a treasure trove of additional ideas that you can expand creatively. Is there a dominate color? shape? mood? energy? Run with it!
There's no end to where your imagination can go!