Well, hello again!
Now that I’m working on blogging more regularly again, I’m also hopping back in to my favorite blogging linky parties. The monthly Pinterest Pick 3 Linky by Inspired Owls Corner, Pawsitively Teaching and Just Reed is definitely my favorite. I always come away with *so many* good ideas to use in my classroom…
It’s only fair that if I come away with lots of ideas, I add a couple to the pot. I’m trying to plan ahead for the week leading up to Spring Break. You know, that week when zoo workers have more well-behaved clientele than middle school teachers? 🙂 I normally do some type of food craft with my kiddos, having them follow directions or make something from visual instructions (here’s a sample of what I normally do), but lately I’ve been noticing my kids are really into origami. They’re coming in with some kind of project or another, folding in their free time, so what I’m planning is an origami bar. I’ll provide the paper and three different activities, and they can choose what they want to do, based on their comfort level. Let’s see what they come up with! They’re going to love it, I know.
Origami Rabbits from Rachelle at Tinkerlab.com
This one is for the beginners. The instructions couldn’t be more simple, and there are plenty of versions out there online that if one my kids gets stuck, they can Google it for a clearer understanding. I expect lots of rabbits in my room…:)
DIY Swirly Paper Flowers from Muhaiminah at Instructables.com
Technically, these aren’t origami. And they’re slightly more challenging, requiring a little more dexterity as well as following directions skill. But I will do this one, and I suspect some of my kids who aren’t as keen on the whole folding-with-a-reason idea will gravitate toward this one. The bonus is that they can give it to another teacher or parent they’d like to make something for. I see this being a big hit.
4 Leaf Clover from Nanda (YouTube video)
I chose this specifically for a small group of young men who are already gifted at origami. They are always making, folding and creating things, and they love the challenge of something new. They are absolutely going to love this, and they will probably become my classroom origami experts because they also enjoy teaching others the skills.
I am so looking forward to Origami Day! I’ll try to get some photos to post. In the meantime, I’m joining the linky with this post to find more great ideas you all have shared!
And if you’re looking for more of those food-type fun activities, pop on over to my Pinterest board:
Enjoy March 🙂