My students do art often. The thought of washing 32 (or more) paint brushes does not sound like fun. So a few years ago I decided to use sponges and then have the kids throw them away after they are done with their work. Last week, I ran out of sponges so I went and bought more today. Here is what I do. First, I cut the sponges in quarters.
Next, I let the sponges air dry completely.
Last, I put the sponges in a ziplock bag and store them in my art closet. I only use the sponges if the whole class is painting at the same time.
I have so many cute ideas for our class auction item that I think we need to do several auction items. I saw this idea on Pinterest and I had to make it. I bought a piece of wood from Michael's craft store. I painted a tree trunk and branches on the wood.
Then the each of the kids put five fingerprints on the tree.
Then I wrote the students names around the edge of the wood. Finally, I painted Mod Podge on top to seal our project.
We had an awesome first week of school. I took each child's picture on our playground with a basket of apples. It is going to make a cute keepsake for the parents.
We practiced our fine motor skills by using stickers to write our names. I wrote the kids' names on a piece of paper with a marker first. Then the kids used stickers to cover the lines. They came out so cute!
The kids made these adorable apples for their parents. First, they finger painted circles on a sheet of white paper. Then I drew a stem, leaf, and apple shape on the paper. Next, the kids cut out the shapes. Last, the kids glued the pieces to black paper to make an apple.
The kids made a jelly fish craft. They had to follow verbal step by step directions to complete the project.
It was the second grade teacher's birthday so we made her a bouquet of flowers made out of cupcake liners and pipe cleaners. Each student made two flowers.
We had a wonderful first week. I have a great group of kids and cannot wait to post more fun projects this year.