Thursday, June 7, 2012

Project Based Learning R.O.C.K.S!

Do you have Project Based Learning activities at your school?!!? We had 2 weeks of them during the last month of school to keep the children engaged during a very *antsy* time of year. The kiddos went to a class that they were interested in learning more about. They completed a survey with their top 5 picks after I showed them a slideshow of what was offered. There were all kinds of amazing lessons happening- lego building, cooking, sewing, geography, health & fitness, etc. I was lucky enough to teach a handmade & recycled jewelry class with my friend, Jane. She is our fabulous art teacher & rocks something serious. We had SOOOOO much FUN!!!

A picture is worth a thousand words, right!??! On that note, I will leave you with several pictures of the cool things we created during our PBL adventure!!! These projects would make a fun craft if you need something to keep your own children busy this summer!!

Bread Dough & Beads
 Mix finely crumbled white bread in a cup with liquid glue and paint!!!

 Use a coffee straw or skewer to make the bead hole. 

Sculpey Clay Beads
 
Pick up to five different colors of Sculpey clay & roll them together to make beads. Then bake them in a toaster oven for 20 minutes!
Sculpey Animal Beads= A-DOR-ABLE!! 
Those little plastic eyes won't melt when you bake them!! 
WHAT?? I learn something new everyday!!
  
Bottle Cap Collage Beads
 Cut  a circle out of cardstock (or use a scrapbooking paper puncher) & pick a background out of a magazine to cover it .
Find words in a magazine and glue them down on your background. The example below was a collage a sweetie was making for her mama!!! LOVE!!!
 
 Hot glue the circle into the bottle cap (we used gatorade and orange juice caps) & decorate with fish tank pebbles, glitter, or whatever else you can think of! Use ribbon and hot glue to create a loop to hang on a necklace!! I'm going to use this idea in my classroom & have my kiddos make educational {noun, verb, adjective} necklaces!!! HA!!
 Beautiful!!

 Paper Beads
Cut triangle strips of magazine paper like shown above. Roll in up around a skewer, seal with glue {mod-podge}, and slide it off.

Wire Bling 
 
Twist 2-3 different plastic coated wire strings up and BLING! I love how the smartie pants above used one of her bread beads in the center of her ring!!
We used skewers and pencils to twist the wire around to get the curl effect.
At the end of the class, we used our handmade and recycled beads to make tons of necklaces & bracelets! The children were SO proud of their work!! I was impressed, too!!
Project Based Learning R.O.C.K.S!! The End.