Arts and Crafts
Each of the children will use artistic skills to create a Me-shirt, a T-shirt that expresses an important personal trait.
What You Need
- plain, light-colored T-shirt from home for each child
- paints or markers designed for use on clothing
- smocks (enough for each child)
What to Do
- Discuss with children the fact that many T-shirts have art or writing on them. Some children may be wearing such T-shirts. Encourage these children to stand up and show their T-shirts to the class. Ask other children if they have any similar shirts at home. On the board, list the reasons children like to wear these kinds of T-shirts. If children have difficulty thinking of reasons, you might offer some, for instance, they can show what team you're on, they can show places you've been, they're pretty, they're funny.
- Tell children that they are each going to design a T-shirt. Explain that the design should tell about something personal. It could include the child's name, and pictures of favorite things to do, of family members, or even of pets.
- Have children sit in small groups to brainstorm some ideas for their Me-shirts. They can refer to the list on the board for ideas. Once a child has come up with an idea for a design, encourage him or her to sketch it on a piece of paper first. Then review the design with the child to make sure it conveys the message the child wants to express.
- When children are ready, have them draw or paint their designs on their Me-shirts. Send the shirts home when they are dry and schedule a special Me-shirt party for a day when children can wear their Me-shirts. At the party, children can share with one another what their Me-shirts tell about themselves.
- You may want to display the Me-shirts as art before sending them home.
- You may want to invite parents or another class to join your Me-shirt party.