Have you ever been in the middle of a project, got a "genius" idea (knowing it could cause mayhem and confusion) and ran with it? That pretty much sums up the way my brain works... and it's a blessing/ curse. This one turned out to be a blessing because our little caterpillars came out so cute! We were studying The Very Hungary Caterpillar, and I found a black and white version of the caterpillar, and copied it for all of the children. (I can't share it because it's a book I bought) After I read the story, I had the students color their caterpillar. As the students were in the middle of coloring their little guy, I got the idea...lets add the little hairs on top ....really? yep...
I gave the students a string of yarn, and showed them how to cut the string in little pieces and glue them on the top. As I was giving instructions, I knew this could possibly be a horrible idea for a couple of reasons:
1. It takes fine motor skills to cut the little pieces = frustration for their little hands
2. Time consuming = frustrating because they would have to focus for a longer period of time
But to my surprise, they had a great time, and did a wonderful job at working hard to finish the task at hand! The students that finished quickly, helped their neighbor cutting and gluing the pieces on. The students put a strip of glue on the top of the caterpillar and pressed the small pieces of yarn on top.
So this time, my random idea turned out cute!