I saw this fabulous photo on the facebook page of Sophia Preschool in New Zealand & fell in love with it.
I just knew this was something that would be 'doable' in my nursery class. I have been following the wonderful Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School and all the amazing art work they achieve & was especially taken with the idea of their year long art projects. I decided that I really wanted to try & do something with this year's class that they could work on each month, adding something new until they would have a 3D piece of unique art work. Lesley Romanoff, from Takoma Park & I are now firm friends & so we decided to embark on a joint art project, we called 'Give me 5'. You can see what Lesley & her pupils did with their cardboard boxes over here on the Child Art Restropective site. I asked the parents to bring in a cardboard box for each child & so the project began with the children painting the boxes. Lesley had advised that her children had sanded their boxes first, so the paint would adhere, but I wasn't patient enough to do that, so we just painted ours.
I had to admit later that a lot the paint flaked off - yes I should have listened to the expert!
Like Takoma Park had also advised our cardboard boxes are kept in a large Ikea bag between activities.
The next step on our journey was to paint them with a glue wash & stick tissue shapes onto the boxes. Several children were off the day we painted the boxes & some chose not to take part in the activity. This time it was decided to just let those who hadn't painted a box yet to glue the tissue paper on to the boxes.
This time every child who was in school wanted to take part & the boxes began to gain another dimension.
They will dry for a few days & then go back in the Ikea bag until the next step next month - and given it'll be December I foresee lots of glitter & sparkles! tune in next month for some more.