In this activity, children will discuss how the different elements
of nature (the sun, wind, clouds, rain, etc.) can be their "friends."
Then they will make a mobile showing their different "friends."
WHAT YOU NEED
- Colored construction paper
- Coat hangers
- Yarn or string
WHAT TO DO
- Ask children to think about and name different elements of nature,
such as sun, moon, stars, wind, rain, snow, fog, rainbows, water (including
oceans, lakes, and rivers). List their answers on the board. Then ask them to
talk about how these different elements can be considered friends. You might
volunteer a suggestion, such as, the rain is my friend because it helps me
sleep at night. Have children model their responses on your example and record
them on chart paper.
- Then have children draw and cut out shapes representing their friends in
nature. (You may want to create templates or stencils for the children to trace.)
When children have cut out three or four shapes, they can punch a hole near the
top of each one and attach them to a hanger, using different lengths of yarn.
- Next, have children copy sentences from the chart that describe the friends on
their mobile. They can mount this page on a piece of construction paper and draw a
picture of themselves on the back. Then they can attach it to the mobile as well.
- Hang the mobiles from the ceiling in your classroom or in a nearby hallway.
- You may want to assemble children's cutouts into three or four class mobiles
and display them over the chart paper.
- Have children cut out pictures from magazines, mount them on construction paper
and use them make a nature friends mobile.
- Children could make mobiles with a single focus. One child may choose to show
pictures of water (rain, river, ocean) on his mobile while another may display only
pictures of snow on hers.
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