Often times Isaak makes up his own craft projects. Recently he made a yoyo out of an empty ribbon spool. I didn't think it would work out very well, but he was excited to give it a try. That's not his first attempt at something that didn't quite work out. He made a paper kite once that he swore would take off.
I love his imagination, and heart all his paper projects.
I have a new craft idea to share that can be used for boys and girls.
Use Adjectives to Craft Season Shapes!
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… If your child is interested in the four seasons, try this fun activity that mixes writing and art! Two of Isaak's favorite things!
Cut out and decorate shapes that represent each season, then use adjectives to describe them. This is best for second graders because they've learned about different seasons, have the beginning skills to write, and the motor skills to cut.
This craft is a fun way to practice writing paragraphs.
For decoration, you can hang all four seasons at once, or put one season up at a time.
What You Need:
- Pad of white paper
- Pen or pencil
- Different colors of construction or scrapbook paper to fit the different seasons (in this case they used yellow, brown, red and white)
- Safety Scissors
- Glue or Glue Sticks
- Markers or Sharpies
- Cotton balls (optional)
- A Hole punch
- Yarn or String
Ask your child to describe the different characteristics of each season. What kind of changes would you notice in the weather?
Examples: Leaves falling off trees, pumpkins growing, flowers sprouting, grass turning green, snow and snowflakes coming down, and so on.
Hand your child the pad of paper and a pen and have her write down 10 adjectives to describe each season. You could make this a 10 day project. Focus on one season per day. You could even provide a snack for each day to go with each season: Spring - Mango Orange Smoothie, Summer - a S'more, Fall - Pumpkin Pie, Winter - Snowman Sugar Cookies just to give you some examples.
If you follow along with the example shown above: Begin with the piece of red construction paper. Use a pencil to lightly trace a flower shape onto the paper; the shape should be large enough for your child to write a paragraph on one side. Use the yellow paper to cut out a sun shape for Summer, the brown paper to cut out a leaf shape for Fall, and the white paper to cut out a snowman for Winter.
Cut the shapes out of the paper.
On each shape, decorate one side with the markers.
On the other side, invite your child to describe the season in a short paragraph using the adjectives she brainstormed earlier. Encourage her to mention what the season looks like, what it feels like, what she does in those months, what she likes and dislikes about each season, and to add in any of the holidays in the seasons.
Punch a hole in the top of each season shape.
Tie a piece of yarn or string through each hole, and then hang them around the house for the whole family to enjoy!
What Do You Get Out of This Activity:
- It's a great activity for both boys and girls
- You're building memories with your child, or grandchild
- They are practicing what they've learned in school
- They are using their fine motor and writing skills
- It's a fun decoration to hang in the house
Disclaimer: I was asked to write this post from education.com. They supplied the activity. I was not paid to write this post.