the beauty in found materials

A few weeks ago, I read the children “My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks.”  We love this book!  The children had quite the chuckle over the pictures which are collages of a girl, her family and you guessed it — her smelly dog!  We were inspired to look around our homes for everyday items that would have otherwise ended up in the recycling or the trash.  Our shared writing lesson was to make a list of some things we might find:  bottle caps, tops of markers, feathers, pinecones, string, ribbon, and corks – to name a few!  Thanks to the parents for their help!  Once all the items came in, we dumped them into one big pile and talked about ways to sort them.  Some of the children decided that sorting by colour would be best.  Quite a few children were VERY interested in taking care of the sorting, so while others went off to different learning centres, a group stayed at the carpet to carry out the task.  Once we had our piles, I transferred them to containers.  We now have new materials in our studio!

Today, we revisited My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks.  It got as many chuckles as it did the first time we read it.  The children spent today simply exploring the materials and placing them on construction paper.  I’ll be posting pictures as this collage project evolves.  In the meantime, here is a “city” where the sticks need to find their way around by finding the keys which have been strategically placed in, on and around objects.  The book Beautiful Stuff! is filled with many more inspirations and wonderful ideas.

3 thoughts on “the beauty in found materials

  1. Pingback: self-portrait collages | crayons, wands & building blocks

    • I just returned from the Powerful Play session at Havergal. They also do a Beautiful Stuff project. I think I’ll do another one this year as well.

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