This week we are preparing for Easter. My class today involved a project where the children string pieces of straw onto a thick string and make a necklace. This turned out to be a perfect idea as the kids were able to do most of the work themselves.
I cut colored straws into to short pieces and used a string thick enough that they didn’t need any kind of threader. I put the straws into cups for two or three children to share. It is a good activity for coordination but also sharing and group work. I just tied the knot for them when they were done. This was a great project for this age group as they were challenged enough to concentrate but not so challenged that they needed constant help. It kept the classes more quiet than usual and required little explanation– just make sure, if you use this idea, to demonstrate what happens if they aren’t careful with the other end of the string. If any children finished earlier I asked them to help their friends, and they were surprisingly cooperative.
- paper plate
- brass brad clips
Print the page onto cardstock and have the children cut out all of the pieces. Glue them onto a paper plate and use a butterfly clip to attach the hands through a hole in the center of the plate. It’s a great exercise in dexterity with scissors and obviously makes a clock that they can use to begin reading time on an analog clock.
I teach 6-year-olds (that’s korean age– international age 5). Most kids could do a decent job cutting out the shapes nicely. I pre-poked holes through the paper plates before i have them to the kids and gave them some time to color on the plates with crayons. I reminded them to cut out everything first, then wait so we could glue the numbers on together. Kids who finished early helped others cut and put the paper trash in the recycle box while the other kids finished cutting their numbers. While everyone was busy cutting I walked around with a hole punch and put a hole in all of their hands.
Then I had the students glue the 12, 6, 3 and 4 along with me. After that I let them fill in the gaps by themselves and it went pretty well.
We’ve used brads for a few projects so most of them could figure out how to attach the hands on the clock by themselves.