It's hard to not find yourself engrossed though when it's such a treasure trove of ideas. One of my favourite Pinterest ideas of the last few months was the project my year 3/4 class made as a Christmas gift for their families. You can find the pin that started my excitement here. We made coasters from 10*10cm tiles.
|The photos don't do them justice. They looked great.|
I introduced the project by having the kids brainstorm (or thought shower if the term brainstorm is too un PC in your part of the world) all kinds of words that relate to Christmas. We covered an entire whiteboard with them. It's quite an interesting exercise in showing family values and culture.
|My nearly complete coaster.|
Filling their square with a 'word cloud' of as many of the Christmas related words as they liked was harder than you'd imagine. Lots of 'design issues' (to quote one little gem) and more spelling mistakes than I care to remember. (How do kids do that? How do they incorrectly spell a word that's right in front of them?) When we were all happy with their design they traced over it in black pen and erased their pencil.
|An example of what each kid |
got back from me.
Third mistake coming up... I explained that whist the base of each coaster was, obviously, exactly the same they were going to use colour to make four different coasters. I let them use pencils, pens, coloured markers... Don't. Let them use pencils or ball point pens but NOT coloured markers. You'll see what in a moment.
(I think I paid about $25 for enough tiles for about 200 tiles.)
|Even unfinished they look great!|
|Drying between ooats.|
You can see an extreme case of
bleeding near the words egg nog.
We applied little self adhesive felt feet on the back at this stage too because the underside of the tiles was a bit rough.
|Drying after the lacquer was applied.|
We finished the project by tying the four coasters together with some ribbon. I wish I had a photo of them all to share because they looked so pretty. :(
So, there you have it. A great outcome after a few hiccoughs along the way. I'd do it somewhat differently if I did it again, but isn't experience an awesome teacher?
What's your favourite gift to make with your class?