Friday, June 29, 2012

Fine Motor + Fine Arts: Insects!!

FRIDAY?!? FINE MOTOR FRIDAY!!! 
FINE MOTOR LEADS TO FINE ARTS!!!
photo of: Fine Motor Friday: Fine Motor Leads to Fine Arts, Issue #20, Insects, bugs and buzzy things
Welcome or WELCOME BACK!! 
It's #20 in the series! Who'd a thunk it? 
Creepie Crawlie things. Things that squirm. Things that buzz. 
Let's get started working those small motor muscles!
As promised yesterday, here's the insects created for the 'camping' adventures. [Missed those DIY campfires? Click here.]

photo of: Preschool Spring Insect, Bug and Spider Sculptures

photo of: Preschool Butterfly Sculpture from Modeling Material

photo of: Preschool Fancy Ant Creature of Modeling compound with Feathers

I LUV LUV LUV LUV LUV the way each of these kiddos has created a totally unique idea -- using the staples found in the art center: pipe cleaners, wigglie eyes, feathers, pompoms!! AWESOME! (This classroom is at Sutter Park and is designed to serve children with special needs and their typical peers.)

photo of: Preschool Insect Art Projects: bug sculptures from modeling compound

photo of: Crayola Model Magic modeling compound

These beauties were created with lots of rolling and squeezing and squishing the pinching. I asked the teacher for the material used and voila: Crayola Model Magic. She gave a near infomercial on how 'easy' it was for their students with special needs to use. Just imagine all of those muscles at work! Now let's go from three dimensions back down to two: markers on paper. 

I LUV LUV LUV LUV LUV the way these drawings have been labeled. 


photo of: Preschool Labeled Drawings of Spring Creatures

photo of: Preschool Labeled Drawings of Spring Creatures

photo of: Paper Mache and Tape Sculpture in Elementary School Project

photo of: Paper Mache and Tape Sculpture in Elementary School Project

photo of: Art Show in Elementary School with 3 Dimensional Sculptures

photo of: Science Table of Insect specimens for Examination in Preschool

All of these creepie-crawlies need to have somewhere to explore. Here's a shadow box photo -- back from my field trip in Italy a year ago. Seems fitting to bring it into this collection of goodies. Yes! I made Author-Illustrator school visits across Europe last year... including REGGIO EMILIA!

photo of: Reggio Emilia, Italy: Shadow Box of Nature Elements

Every week I make it a point to remind you to be certain to get YOUR writing in front of those pre-readers, early readers and even capable readers. 


photo of: Insect Song (Piggy Back) on Handwritten Anchor Chart

We want to move them from their first names..................

photo of: Preschool Signatures in magic marker

.......... to expressing themselves and their feelings!

photo of: Student's Handwritten Reflections on First Grade

photo of: Caterpillar Observations in Kindergarten, Charted and Documented

TOMORROW is a biggie!!! It's the TopTeacher's first ever blog hop and swap. I will have a guest post over at Krissy Miner's Monkey Business. I'm not telling who I'm hosting. You'll have to come back tomorrow and find out for yourself!! 

photo of: Top Teacher Blog Hop and Swap
First ever, Top Teacher BLOG HOP AND SWAP!!! 

-- Debbie --
The first 19 installments of this series are housed under the tag: Fine Motor Friday.

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