Monday, April 19, 2010

 

Apr12_ArtBox1

I was home on Monday last week, and it was pouring. It looked like a good time for an art project, but Anna was not interested in any of her readily available art supplies. So I decided to have her assemble a new art box with a math twist. I sent her to a math scavenger hunt where she had to find 1 bottle of glue, a pair of scissors, 3 markers, 4 sheets of construction paper, etc. Our full Apr12_ArtBox2 scavenger list is available for download here.

I was hoping for more drawing, but daughter was mostly content with collages. Every sheet had a creature, and there was a story with every of them. My favorite was this little green monster. According to Anna, it’s a baby monster who is going to be a teacher when she grows up, and she has funny hair and holds up “teacher things”:

Apr12_ArtBox3 After she was done, we arranged all the pictures, so papa could admire “the art show”:

Apr12_ArtBox4 I am planning to repeat the scavenger hunt with different things to collect in the hopes of having more creative art projects together. And it was also good for math – it was pretty interesting to hear Anna count her items trying to decide how many more she needs to arrive at the desired number. She added and subtracted without even knowing that she is doing it – so much better than trying to get her interested in the worksheet.

For more open-ended art ideas, visit The Art Box at Tired, Need Sleep. And for more math ideas, visit Math Links at Joyful Learner.

8 comments:

Joyful Learner said...

This is genius! I love it on so many levels!! I love the 3 eyed monster teacher...teachers do need many eyes! Lol. So creative. I want to try this and maybe with a twist. ;)

Ticia said...

Oh this would be fabulously fun, we'll have to try it sometime.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

What a wonderful idea! We are definitely going to have to do this... it sounds like a great way to renew interest in creating something - I just know Matthew will love it, he would like all of life to be one game after another, lol. You are brilliant! :)

Jennifer @ The Toy Box Years said...

LOVE the 3-eyed teacher! And I like the clothesline idea for artwork too!! Very clever!

Kim said...

I love this idea. AND the collages!

Debbie said...

I am going to have to try the math scavenger hunt with Selena. I love her little three eyed green monster. That is adorable.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

You are so clever! I LOVE this idea!! And the display is so impressive! Very cool!!! :-)

Michelle said...

I love this!! I need to get my clothes line out to display Emily's art. I loved it in my classroom while I was teaching, it would be perfect in my home :0)