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E1 My Stick
Needed: Bucket or pot filled with sand, dirt, or rocks, and a large stick for each student OR have the students each bring their own sticks. May choose to do G4: Three Sticks, the week before this activity.
Activity: Put some sand (or crumpled paper) in each bucket. There must be enough for a rather big stick to stand up in it. Each student puts a stick in a bucket.
Admire each stick. Have everyone tell where their stick came from and what it could be used for. Then have each student describe their own stick. Ask them to touch it all over with their eyes closed.
Divide the students into pairs. Have each student the stick their partner brought in and describe the differences between the two.
Then have them close their eyes, feel a branch, and guess whether it is theirs or their partner’s.
When this is easy, make the groups bigger, with three or four students in each group.
Make the groups bigger till the students can’t remember whose branch is whose any more. Have everyone put a mark on his or her own branch such as their initials or name. Then store the sticks in the buckets of sand.
Variation: This can also be done with other things which come in different shapes and sizes. Each student could bring an empty plastic bottle, an empty plastic container (some will be round, others rectangular), a (cardboard) box, a ball or . . . .
E2 Blindfold Copy (drawing lines blindfolded)
Skills practiced: fine motor skills; pre-writing skills; learning to see visual differences (pre-writing)
Items needed: Paper, pencils, clothes to use as blindfolds.
One student draws a line on a sheet of paper. Another follows along the line with their index finger. Then he/she takes a pencil and a sheet of paper. He/she closes his/her eyes or is blindfolded and tries to imitate the line on his/her own paper. Students may work in pairs or small groups for this activity or, for a small group, the blackboard may be used. Once the blindfolded student opens their eyes, they can see how well they succeeded in copying the first line.
Repeat, with the lines drawn having more curves and angles as the game continues.
E3 Three Decorations
(Drawing creative patterns; pattern = repeated decorative design) Skills practiced: fine motor skills; discerning visual differences, creativity
Needed: Make very simple sample of activity. Divide sheets of paper into three parts (fold?)
Items needed: Paper and pencils.
Students design a pattern on each of the three parts of their sheet of paper. The pattern fills up the entire space. Before beginning, possibly discuss with the students what different types of patterns they might make. Each pattern should be totally different, preferably using a different drawing technique (dots; nice wrinkles or waves; lines). If necessary, show the very simple sample prepared in advance.
E4 Feel the Rhythm
Check whether it is okay to touch someone’s leg. May need to tap students on the arm, back, hand, or shoulder instead.
Tap a rhythm on someone’s leg. Let him repeat it on another person’s leg, and so on, all around the circle. When the rhythm reaches the last person in the circle, have them tap it on the leg of the first person. Has the rhythm changed?