It was the first week of term and I had thought it a nice idea to try to get to know the learners through an arty warmer. I had decided to make a combined animal creation. The first learner would draw their favorite animal’s head and body (minus legs and tail). They would then hand their picture on to the next learner who would draw the legs. The number of legs being their favorite number. The next learner would then draw whatever their favorite hobby is as the pattern on the animal (for example a soccer ball pattern or playstation etc). Finally the last learner would add a tail, the shape of which should be their favorite shape. This then got handed back to the original learner who could make the mixed jumble of legs, tails, bodies and patterns work…At least that was the plan.
Though a number of the learners didn’t appreciate their friends additions, we stayed with the theme of imaginary pets for the next week. In groups of 3 I asked them to create a home for their pets (they could come up with a new pet as a group if they wanted). I first chatted with them a bit about what their pets were like and what they could need in a home. We got quite excited in this talk! They then made their houses out of recycled material. It would have been nice to have stayed with this for a while and actually got the learners to paint the houses etc. but I only allocated one lesson to this…I know for next year, the kids loved this lesson.
Anyway, here are some of the fabulous houses and some of the kids who made them!