The theme for this week’s Unplugged Project was: Puzzle.
We decided to make our own jigsaw puzzles. I had been thinking of using magazine pictures pasted to thin cardboard, but my 5 year-old son had the brilliant suggestion of recycling our 2007 calendar. This worked well since the pages were stiffer than magazine pages and needed less reinforcement. In fact we didn’t have enough thin cardboard for the backing, so we used construction paper as a backing for one of them and that worked fine.
The first step was choosing pictures. There was some squabbling over who would get August so I declared that if they couldn’t cooperate, then no one would get August. Things settled down after that.
Once each child had chosen a picture, they tore them out, trimmed the edges, and pasted them onto thin cardboard (the top of a shirt box) or construction paper.
Then came the fun part. The kids cut the pictures up into pieces. My son decided to keep it simple, but my 7 year-old daughter cut hers into little tiny pieces!
Then, they put them back together again a few times.
It was a fun little activity for this gloomy, rainy day.
I look forward to seeing what you came up with at your house! Please sign in with Mr. Linky (if he’s here this week) so that we can all find each other.
Next week’s Unplugged Project:
Don’t worry, we’re not talking Michelangelo-quality here.
My kids came up with this project idea. When they said “sculpture,” I was thinking mundane playdough or clay. Silly me. My children apparently were thinking far more imaginatively and began talking about cardboard dogs and natural sculptures made from materials collected outside.
This is yet another reason why we adults should just stay out of our kids art work as much as possible. They often have far more creative vision than we do!