Its the last week of school!!! It is the time to be creative to keep children engaged in learning. Earlier in the week we took our learning outdoors to make some nature mandalas. I have been partnering my class with a third grade classroom and we have been trying to explore the outdoors each week together as "nature buddies." This was a great project to round out our classroom partnership for the year. Our students were so creative and cooperative! My hope is that they will take a little of this lesson with them and explore and play with natural objects and design over the summer months.
What we did:
- We collected buckets full of rocks, pine cones, blossoms and other interesting found objects from nature.
- We found an undisturbed background (smooth sidewalk)
- To define the shape of a circle we placed a large hula hoop down. The kids started working together, from the center out creating and expanding their design.
- After a set amount of time we removed the hula hoop, gave each group and opportunity to check out all of the designs and took pictures before we cleaned up the walkway.