Friday, November 09, 2007

Unplugged Project : RED Still Life

At first glance, it may not look like we did a lot this week for our weekly Unplugged Project. All MomUnplugged gave us to go on was 'RED' and we were just supposed to run with it.

First I tried asking my 4-year old what he thought we should do. I spent a long time explaining what it was all about and then sent him away for 5 minutes to think something up. I was pretty impressed that he was game for this but when he came back all he had to say was, "I have a sheet of red construction paper." Hmm! Maybe he is not quite getting it yet.

So that left me to come up with an idea all on my own. Here is what I came up with. Still Life! To make it extra educational, we spent some time talking about art and different types of art, and even wandered around our house looking at various pictures and trying to categorize them. Very funny since I only could think of portrait, landscape and still life, and my 4-year old as always had way more questions than I had answers.

I sent each kid to collect up to 5 items that were red, and then arrange them on some red felt into whatever arrangement they wanted to. Then I snapped some pictures. The first picture with the grocery cart is my 4-year olds and the 2 face-down Cliffords (yes, that is what that is) is my 2-year olds creation.

Then because I was feeling extra patient, I let my 4 year old snap his own photos of his creation.


Heather said...

He is very creative. I love the still life.

Anonymous said...

Oh I just LOVE this one!!! I think this has to be the most creative interpretation of "red" yet. I especially like the face-down Cliffords.

It is so fun for me to see what everyone comes up with. I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am. Plus, your 4 year-old's photos are really quite artistic.

I hope you'll join us for "box" next week. I look forward to seeing what you find to do!

Kate in NJ said...

LOL, My dd wanted to photograph
"red" things too, but changed her mind when she saw the clay I pulled out.

missbecky75 said...

Very creative! I love that you asked them to find the red items. Great way to get them involved in the whole process! Maybe next week I'll let my 5 year old take some pictures, too.

Great job!

Andrée said...

I think you did great! First was the long conversation, the little one's participation, the collecting of color (an important sorting activity for mathematics), not to mention the pride of photography. What a great thing!