Wednesday, March 23, 2022

In short, I am busy: Kindergarten Field Trip Michael Hall

Library tour etc.
  • I don't do a full tour until 2nd grade; for four year old kindergarten and up, I take the kids the long way through the library so they see things of interest (our library pets etc.) but we don't do a specific tour.
  • If at all possible, I allow free play time in our play area and/or the Storyroom
  • We always put pennies in the wishing well, if time allows.
  • The best Michael Hall titles for this age and art project are
    • Perfect Square
    • My heart is like a zoo
    • Little i
    • Frankencrayon
    • It's an orange aardvark
Art activities
  • Creating with shapes
    • Provide rulers and/or objects to trace shapes on paper
    • Scissors to cut out the shapes
    • Use the cut out shapes to create new pictures with glue sticks
  • Collage
    • Precut shapes, including hearts
    • Scissors, markers, glue sticks
    • Paper, including heavy cardstock or cardboard for the base
    • Encourage kids to keep creating even if they make "mistakes" and to rip as well as cut
  • 6-27-18
    • Note: I had done this with kindergarteners in the morning, I was exhausted, I didn't expect a large group. I just did the second half - storytime and collage art. At least, I planned to. Nobody came (except for 2 people at 30 minutes past). I was ok, b/c I was desperately trying to get ready for Saturday.
  • 5-25-18 School field trip
    • Note: I adapted this to use with approximately 80 2nd graders. We read It's an orange aardvark, Perfect square, and Frankencrayon. I had scissors, markers, cardstock, and paper on the tables and they spent about 30 minutes creating. I saw paper airplanes, 3d butterflies, paper books, unicorns, cut-out items, and more!
  • 7-20-17 School Visit
    • Notes: The regular program last week was cancelled due to flooding. I took it to 3 school classes. We did the storytime first, then passed out paper and they made pictures with the paper and glue sticks. The first class had art boxes, but the others didn't and they actually did really well just ripped and did really well with that.
  • 7-13-16
    • Attendance: 8
    • Notes: I think mostly adults got really into this one. One kid did really get the idea of ripping and tearing a shape into new shapes.

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