March Maker Madness!
What a glorious & creative day today. We had an fun event at the school today that promotes the idea of maker spaces and STEAM education. This is great for our little ones who need move around, and explore through creative play. The students rotated through different centers... Cardboard construction, Legos, Snap circuits, and an Art project (that's where I come in :)
Not much of an intro needed with this project- hardly a demo even. A few exemplars and a structured space with loads of different materials and you are good to go.
We began with each student writing a word wall word on a cut piece of cardboard- keep it simple, the words big and large.
The students then went crazy with embellishments... Found objects, art materials, the works. No intro needed... They went for it! I have never seen such focus, and creative energy. Here is a little taste of the process and a few pieces that were near completion.
In between classes, I took a peak at what the students were doing in the other maker spaces, and I was so proud of these creations...
These students had fifteen minutes at each station and it is remarkable to see what they accomplished in such a small timeframe!
Next week in art we will be taking our word wall words a little further- I am thinking of hitting these with a little fluorescent paint around the edges to brighten them up and then... display time!
Such a great experience for our youngest students and certainly a freedom based project which allows them to explore, create and just enjoy!
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