Wednesday, October 14, 2009

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I admit that this project was not entirely open-ended. I did have an idea in mind, but I was curious if Anna will guess what I had in mind. I provided her with a black piece of construction paper, several strips of white paper and five pumpkins that I made out of craft foam. Then I put all this in front of her and said, What can you do with this? Anna counted the pumpkins and immediately said, Five little Oct12_Pumpkins_2_SMpumpkins sitting on a gate! Then she executed on it completely independently. She cut, glued and drew faces on the pumpkins while quietly reciting the poem to herself as she added more pumpkins and then announced that this is her birthday project and put it into her special “safe place” where she puts projects that she is particularly pleased with. I have to admit that I am pleased too with how it turned out, and how she actually completed it fully without any prompting on my part.

Oct13_Cookies_SM Our second project was more open-ended – Anna had some dark Halloween stickers from The Children’s Place and wanted to use them. I added some more foam stickers and gave her some orange construction paper. In no time she was busy putting stickers into her pan and making cookies with the rest. A lot of her projects turn into pretend play involving food. I wish she ate as well as she “cooks”.

To see what others did this week, visit Open-Ended Art at Mommies Wise Little Bookworms.

16 comments:

whisperingwhispers said...

I love the Pumpkins on a fence! Great ideas. I can see that Anna really enjoyed herself. Great Job Anna!

Susana said...

I love what you did. You know, lots of weeks ours aren't totally open ended either:-). If I can, I often use this as a way to get an art lesson in for Hanna. For me, as long as they are learning and having fun, it's good!!

I like what you did with the pumpkins and the foam stickers too--her "cooking" is too cute!

Christy said...

Adorable! I am so impressed that she figured it all out and executed the vision on her own! Wow!

Adriana said...

She did an excellent job!

Trudie said...

Her projects turned out great!

Zonnah said...

It does look like she is having fun!

onelittleroom.com said...

I love that she can work so independently - that's fabulous! Great stuff! I'm such a softy for the five little pumpkins - it's such a childhood favorite for me.

Teaching My Little BookWorm said...

I Love 5 little pumpkins! great stuff!

Julie said...

I love what she did - that's so cool she got what you were thinking. I think putting out the specific materials for a project you have in mind is a great way to make it somewhat open ended but still with a little direction. I may have to try that in future weeks!

SANDRA said...

Looks like she enjoyed the art activity. Pumpkins are always fun!

The girl who painted trees said...

What a great idea. I don't think Bear would have known what to do, but then again she doesn't know the rhyme, so who knows. I am so glad she enjoyed herself.

Nadia@FunWithMama said...

i love her pumpkins on a gate... she created the idea on her own with the materials you provided! :) great job... looks cute

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

I love the pumpkins at the gate, very special.

Ticia said...

I am impatiently waiting to do a pumpkin activity like this.

BranFlakes said...

I'm so impressed that she thought of that!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

Her cooking cracks me up. :) I love that she thought of the 5 little pumpkins poem and knew just what to do! What a smart girl!