Posts Tagged ‘Art & Craft’

Challenges 2017-2018

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

The challenge classes this academic year includes the following:

Make Brush Bots: The instructions we followed are here. Kids had such a great time playing with the bots.  It was a big hit with everyone!  You may watch the video here: IMG_6404 (3)

Make Truss Bridge Using Craft Sticks:  The instructions we followed are here.  Kids worked in groups of 3.  There were 5 bridges that we tested for the strength by attaching a scale.

Bridge #1: 48 lb

Bridge #2: 39 lb

Bridge #3: 22 lb

Bridge #4: 19 lb

Bridge #5: 16 lb

Maker Challenge II: Kids were asked to create artwork on a flat surface.  Kabir chose an old photo frame and Arjun decided to do his artwork on a canvas.  They were allowed to use the junk items that were collected over time.

Maker Challenge I: Kids were allowed to make whatever they want using all the junk that were collected over time.

 

 

Challenge Activities – 2016-2017

Friday, September 16th, 2016

This school year we have focused on the following monthly challenges so far.  I will update this post as we have more challenging events during this school year.

Comic Book Challenge: Kids were asked to create comics either with paper and pencil or on computer.  They had a choice of original story or converting a book into comic.  My boys used  pixton.com to create comic and each of them chose a book to convert into a comic.  Arjun created comic version of the book Welcome to Silver Street Farm by Nicola Davies and Kabir chose to create a comic of The Apothecary by Maile Meloy.  Kabir actually mailed his comic with a nice letter to the author.  We haven’t received a reply from the author as yet.

Cardboard Challenge: Kids were given cardboards, boxcutters and tapes.  It amazes me to see their creativity.  I just love to see what these kids can come up with.

Mississippi Photo Book Challenge: Kids had to click photos of something that related to Mississippi as seen by their eyes and then write a paragraph about the photo.  We put it together in a book format: Life in Mississippi.

 

Engineering Challenge: Kids were given empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls, clothespins, craftsticks, paper cups, paper plates, glue, tape and scissors.  The challenge was to create a roller coaster for marble.  This was very hard to keep it stable and so we had to hold it.  Once we held it , it worked.  Hopefully, this challenge got them thinking.  It was fun!

Collaborative Art Challenge: This art project was inspired by creation of John Salvest.  He has a collage in Atlanta airport made out of business cards.  For this challenge, kids collected business cards from local businesses.  When they got together, they glued the business cards to the canvas spelling LOVE and created a heart shape.  This artwork is being displayed in the Lee County Library.

Poetry Challenge: Each kid chose 2 of their favorite poems.  Also, each kid wrote a poem.  So, now each kid had 3 poems to share with all their friends when we met.  Each one read 3 poems during our meeting (2 of their favorites and 1 original).  My boys added all of the collected poems in a folder and now they have a personal folder of great poems: favorite poems and the poems written by their friends.  They plan to keep adding more poems to this folder over time.

Arjun’s favorite poems were: “Queen of Hearts” and “The Twelve days of Christmas”.  Arjun wrote following poem.

The Thanksgiving Feast by Arjun Gupta

We started by making a feast:

It had stuff like turkey, corn, and stew at the very least.

Then lots of friends and familes gathered

For the big celebration waiting ahead.

Next we thank God as in the world people celebrate;

Our delicious meal was great.

After the feast we hung paper leaves in a Thanksgiving Tree.

In the paper we wrote our wish, minimum three.

Now we kids like John, Jackson, Aidan, and Jaffet play

Until no longer we have time to stay.

 

Kabir’s favorite poems were: “IF” by Rudyard Kipling and “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost.  Kabir wrote the following poem.

Amnesia By Kabir Gupta

In this poem, I have amnesia, a disease that makes it hard for you to remember things. I am asking you, in a riddle format, to help me remember the “event we just had.” Hope you enjoy it!

 

At the event we just had

(And now I’m definitely really glad),

We had a round, chocolatey, spongey thing.

It was big, with frosting on top,

Most everyone’d eat it rather than pork chops.

I wonder very much, what was this thing…

CAN YOU GUESS?

 

At the event we just had

(And now I’m really, really glad),

Atop the cake there was something else.

It had wax, and also a wick,

And to blow it out, was I quick!

I wonder, now, what could this be, this something else…

COULD YOU GUESS?

 

At the event we just had

(And now I’m really, really, really glad)

Beside the cake with candles, there was more!

Many of the more stuff, there were

And put in bags with/or wrapping paper

Again, I wonder quite a lot, what were these things…

CAN YOU GUESS?

 

At the event we just had

(And now I’m really, really, really, really glad)

For the cake, its candles and presents, someone must be there!

And they were—Zowie, Aiden, John, Jack,

Aunties, Uncles, Grandma, Gramps!

So what category of people were at the event there…
COULD YOU GUESS?

 

At the event we just had

(And now I’m really, really, really, really, really glad)

Why am I so happy?

It’s cause I got a value added to my age!

Time to start a new 365-day life’s page!

Then what was this event, it’s made me so happy…

CAN YOU GUESS?

 

 

 

(Answer: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!)

 

 

Sculpting Challenge: Kids were given clay and told to make whatever they want and just enjoy the process of working with clay.

Quilting by my Mother-in-law

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

My mother-in-law quilts only when she is in Tupelo, i.e., about four months.  I do not have photos for all her projects but here are few photos.

If interested, you may want to view her previous quilting projects.

Handprint Calendar

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Handprint CalendarThis school term, both the boys, Kabir and Arjun made handprint calendar as part of our art and craft. I got the idea from pinterest. I bought a blank calendar from Hobby Lobby and we just enjoyed doing the handprint designs.

For each month, I used to look at Google Images for ideas. Both the boys would pick what they wanted to make. Then, Kabir wrote a poem for each month. Our calendar had stickers and so, the boys enjoyed adding stickers too. It’s nerve racking initially as it’s scary with their hands full of paint but slowly I got the hang of it. Usually, I would first help Arjun while Kabir watched. Then Kabir painted his own hand and did it all by himself. Slowly he got good at it. It would have been better if I was more relaxed and patient with the boys but I’m trying. Now, we are working with fingerprint designs. I have a book that we are using to get step-by-step instructions. We are making lots of cards using fingerprint designs. These cards will be useful for next year or so as we can use them for birthday or thank-you cards.

Quilting

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Last year, my mother-in-law started taking lessons from Denise Backstrom, a master quilter. Here are the photos of her work. We can’t wait to see her work this year when she comes back in August and starts quilting again. It was a sheer joy to see her passion and talent for quilting.