Building Sculptures

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Materials

  • wooden blocks
  • cardboard blocks
  • cereal and various grocery boxes
  • cylindrical oatmeal containers
  • egg cartons
  • rectangle sponges

The Creative Process

  • Set up a Block Center with a large letter "B" visible.
  • Provide the children an opportunity to build using a variety of materials listed above.
  • Photograph the children beside their architecture creations when they are complete.
  • Create an eye-catching bulletin board display with the photos. (Don't forget to send home the photographs when you take down the bulletin board.)

The Bridge Home

Send home the following letter after completing the activities, revising it as necessary.

Dear Parents,

This week, your children learned about the letter "B". Whenever the children see the letter "B" in print and hear it spoken, their recognition of the letter is reinforced. Tofurther reinforce their recognition of the letter "B", we did a number of art activities with titles that begin with the letter "B" or that develop a concept that begins with theletter "B".
Every week, as an introduction to the new letter, the children do some sort of art activity beginning with that letter on a large outline of the particular letter. This is called the "AlphabetGallery Activity." I have devoted an entire area in our classroom as the Alphabet Gallery. When the children finish decorating the large letter each week, I add it to the "Gallery" byhanging it on the wall.

This past week, the children glued buttons and Band-Aids all over a large letter "B" for their Alphabet Gallery activity. I explained that the words "button" and"Band-Aids" begin with the letter "B". The children also saw the large letter as they made their collages, further reinforcing their recognition of it.

The children did various art activities that all began with the letter "B". One activity, a smaller version of the "Button and Band-aid Collage" was an extension of theAlphabet Gallery activity. Each child glued buttons and Band-Aids on the letter "B". They also painted designs using "letter B" paints (blue, black, and brown). I explained thatbrown, black, and blue all begin with the letter "B". The children also made "Bubble Prints". I mixed paint into bubble solution and the children used straws to blow the bubbles.Then they touched paper to the bubbles to make prints. Finally, the children built sculptures using various boxes and blocks. I explained that "blocks" and "build" both begin withthe letter "B".

All of these art activities focused on different things that begin with the letter "B" (buttons, Band-Aids, colors that begin with "B", bubbles, blocks, and building). Thisreinforced the children's recognition of the letter "B" because we discussed what the words meant, they saw the letter in print, and they heard it spoken. You can help further thechildren's recognition of the letter at home by talking about their activities and asking them what they learned.

Sincerely,

Your child's teacher

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