Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My evening with Cub Scouts

color spinner in progress
I was so flattered to receive a phone call from the mom of one of my former students. Her 4th grade son is in the Cub Scouts, and they are working on an art badge. While the boys do like their new art teacher (my replacement) they wanted ME to come help them on their badge! I was thrilled to say yes, and last Thursday was the day.

The mom had told me they needed to work on primary and secondary colors, and I planned an activity. The funniest thing happened as we got started. I asked the boys if they remembered the primary colors (which of course I had taught them), and one boy blurted out 'RED, YELLOW BLUE!'. Then the rest of the boys, without skipping a beat, all shouted 'I HEAR YOU!' That was my catch phrase for getting the kids' attention in class. Then someone else came out with 'MACARONI AND CHEESE' and they all responded 'QUIET PLEASE!' - again, a classroom catch phrase of mine. It was so nice that help remembered without any provocation!
color wheel in progress
Anyhow, here's what we did: the boys mixed primary colors paint to make secondaries, and made a color wheel on a paper plate using the colors they mixed. They also used black and white to make tints and shades. We painted with Q-tips to avoid paintbrush cleanup, since the scout meeting was in a garage and there wasn't going to be a sink available.
And the boys also made color spinners on paper plates. They used both primary markers and scraps of primary construction paper (I actually gave them red, yellow, blue, turquoise, and magenta), alternating two colors that would visually mix when the plate spun. Fun, easy, and successful!  The boy pictured above is testing his spinner before adding another color pattern.

The boy pictured below had a great time mixing lots of extra colors after he had finished the color wheel basics.  What can be more fun than mixing colors?
All in all, it was fun evening. Thanks, boys, for inviting me!

1 comment:

  1. Well, I live in the Midwest, so snow is not really a novelty. But people around here are so use to snow that they get stingy when handing out snow days because they think we can handle it.

    So it has snowed in the last 2 years, but we have had to tough it out and get to school.

    We are on an A-E schedule so it works out great when holidays and such interrupt school. But unexpected snow days are simply missed days. It usually works out fine because we so rarely are given snow days. However, with the foot of snow that has fallen and the more coming...this may throw off my schedule a bit.

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