Saturday, March 15, 2008
Last fall I was asked by a friend of mine to come into her kindergarten classroom and talk about fabric. It was just as general as that. Oh, and there were two classrooms. And I would have 30 minutes in each. That's all. One half hour. So I thought about just doing a project, but that wouldn't really teach them anything and I did want to do that. So I put four different fabrics together on a safety pin, enough for each child. I had wool, cotton, silk, and polar fleece. Then I printed out large photos of sheep, a silkworm, a cotton plant and a pile of plastic bottles., and we had a very short discussion of what they felt like and where they came from. From there we went to our project which was making funny faces. I had the bases all fused to the backgrounds and lots of fused shapes which they placed where they wanted them and I ironed down. It was really fun and didn't take long, yet they could let their creativity take over.
I apologize for the terrible photoshopped pictures, but of course I couldn't show you all the darling kids holding up their work. They were the best part.