I went into the school I completed my practicum at today to do this art project with my grade six students.
I had them mix up a paint colour in a paper plate then put a handprint on some cardstock. Once the paint was dry, they decorated their handprints by reminding themselves of positive things (they had friends write on them, drew pictures of important things to them, wrote quotations, etc.). We then laminated them and put magnets on the back.
First of all, I wanted these 11 and 12 year olds to remember how fun it is to finger paint. They may be the big kids now, but next year they’re starting out as the little ones again. They hadn’t done it in years, and lots of them were hesitant, but they ended up having a lot of fun with it.
These students are all being split up and going to different junior high schools next year. During my practicum, I had them do a journal entry on their thoughts and feelings toward junior high, and although almost everyone said they were terrified, they were also almost all excited to have a locker.
This project not only gives them their first locker magnets, but it also is a way of giving them a “hand” throughout junior high. I remember being as scared as they are now, and sometimes all you want is someone to hold your hand or give you a high-five. And most of all, you need a reminder of something positive to get you through your stressful days. So, Mission Locker Magnets has been completed.
I love this idea! Even for any age range of students. This project could be used as a beginning of the year activity to help increase the sense of classroom community. They could then be displayed or used throughout the year!