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Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Summer Student Birthdays - Tuesday Art Linky


Why, hello again friends. I am back with another blog post - this time for my Tuesday Art Linky

I AM a little tired. And a tiny bit busy. But hey, when you have an idea, you just gotta roll with it. 

So they say. Sometimes. I think. 

Yep, we are at THAT point, friends. 

Somehow I have managed to pull off multiple blog posts, a daughter with a broken arm, a delicious toddler (I HAVE to stop calling him my baby) who just wants cuddles and to read me books all day AND who knows what else, but I am sure I will remember at some point. Do you have those days too? When you can't remember what you have think you have forgotten? I mean, when you forget what you remember? 

Told you - at THAT point. So let's move on shall we. 

I want to show you an idea that is perfect for the end of the school year (why, hello my USA friends), and will also give you an idea for multiple spare-of-the-minute-oh-my-goodness-it's-art-time times, through the year (yes, hello Aussie friends, still teaching)! 

At the end of the school year, it is such a nice idea to send your summer-birthday-students home with a giant envelope FILLED with handmade birthday cards from all their school friends, and of course, one from you, their cherished and soon-to-be-missed, all-time-most-favourite-school-teacher-ever.

On the front of the envelope you can attach a label that says "Warning Do Not Open Until Your Birthday". Just to be dramatic. And kids adore that kind of thing. 

Just imagine, when they are at home for the summer, bored and lonely on their birthday. How exciting for them, when they dig out this wonderful package and read each thoughtfully made card.

THIS is the business of memory making. 


I know what you are thinking 'who has time to make a zillion birthday cards at the end of the year?'

Well, that is where the art lessons come in. Hopefully you can store this idea away for next year, and get prepared early. The aim is to get your students to make the cards through the year, and stash them away safely ready for when you need to fill the envelopes.

Have a few card making sessions. At each session, get the kids to make at least 2 cards. It is a nice idea to have a stack of these at the ready, and give one to students celebrating their birthday through the school term as well. 

Show them a few basic designs - cakes, balloons, flowers - and how to cut these shapes from coloured paper. You will be amazed at how creative your students can be.




You can print out the labels, from a document I have made and loaded to Google Drive. Simply click on the image below:



Do you have a fun Art Idea for K-6 classrooms? It can be a painting, drawing, craft or teaching idea. 
Link it up if you do... that is, if you are not totally 100% OVER the words 'link-up' yet ;) Add your link to the comments below.

If you are too busy sunning it up on your summer break, I understand and am just happy you stopped by to read! Sit back, relax, and I will see you soon!
Have wonderful day, friends!

8 comments:

Kate said...

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!
Kate
Fun in ECSE

TheElementary MathManiac said...

What a fantastic idea! I can see the days before a school vacation as a great time to make these cards. Kids are so wiggly before school breaks and what a perfect way to end the day or take a break from other things and make a few birthday cards.

Thanks for sharing!

What a wonderful post and an exciting time for your family! Love your advice!

Tara
The Math Maniac

ms. rachel said...

Enjoy your summer vacation! It's already back to school for me (hello, Filipino friends. :)

Love your idea! Thanks for sharing!

♥ rachel
Teaching Melodies
At the Other Side of Me

Alison Hislop said...

Love this idea Mel! Children who have their birthday in the holidays always miss out!

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Emma Farrell said...

You are so clever and talented Mel. Love this idea. Em :)

Jennifer White said...

Very cute!
Jennifer
First Grade Blue SKies

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