Sometimes, it’s as simple as having a dream and chasing after it. Don’t ever be afraid to shoot for something because the chance exist that you will miss. Shoot for something because both failure and success are learning experiences, making us who we are.
-We’ve all heard the “glass half full/ half empty” sentiment, but there really is something to be said about how we approach each day as far as perspective. If you wake up expecting clouds and thunderstorms, you won’t have to look far. But if you can peer through the mist, you’ll see that even water particles combined with just the right amount of dust and sunlight can make something absolutely beautiful.
With weather the little ones can finally enjoy, we thought we would treat you to an activity both you and the children in your care can do outside to say hello to spring! Are you familiar with Wire Sculptures? If not, author MaryAnn Kohl does a great job of introducing them in this blog post. We thought we would get a little more hands-on to show you how every activity can be adapted to the appropriate season! Get ready for:
How to Make a Wire Sculpture for Spring
What kids will learn:
- color coordination
- cooperative play
- improved fine motor skills
- creative expression
To give you a visual, we made a tutorial video to show you just how easy having art time with kids can be:
- Push the pipe cleaners into the base, or wrap around a base such as a rock. If using Styrofoam, push the wires in deep so they will be strong and hold up well.
- Bend the wires into designs and shapes, or leave straight. It’s inspiring to cut the wires into different lengths with scissors.
- Add decorations! Buttons will thread right onto the wires, and it’s easy to sandwich the wire between two gluey scraps or two stickers. Pony beads thread well onto the wires as do macaroni noodles and hardware “nuts”. Have fun choosing from whatever is on hand. You can always add cotton balls or even lumps of playdough! No rules! Wide open ideas.
- Wiggle or blow on or shake or otherwise enjoy the movement of the wires and decorations. Movement = Kinetic.
Note: One of the brain-challenges of this sculpture is bending and arranging the wires so the sculpture will not fall over.
-We hope you enjoyed making spring wire sculptures with your little ones! Feel free to share their art with us on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. We would love to see their creations!
-Don’t forget to enter our book giveaway this week for our newest release by Paul Young, “Lead the Way,” 24 Lessons in Leadership for After School Program Directors.
One never stops learning, no matter what age. As long as you keep an open mind, you can see the world in a new light every day.
-Spring is finally upon us! As a result, we thought we would give you a few To-Dos to make sure you’re not missing out. Take some time for yourself and your kids and go through our Spring List to make the best of the season!
-Don’t forget to enter our book giveaway this week for “Everything for Spring,” chalked full of spring activities designed by teachers for young children. You can enter here.
Finally, if you’re looking for other spring topics, you may want to check these out:
-Spring Cleaning in the Classroom
-Outdoor Learning for Dual Language Learners
-Spring Cleaning in Yourself (Building Resilience)
Turtles may take a while, but they usually get where they’re going; just like students! Children learn through a variety of ways and digest that information at different rates. Just because someone doesn’t catch on as quickly doesn’t mean they won’t capture the knowledge later and use it to do great things! Keep learning, no matter what speed.