Cindy L. Meester's Blog- Speech Therapy with a Twist


“Sticking” to pumpkins …

Posted in Uncategorized by Cindy on October 24, 2013
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pumpkin

We have many cultures represented in my school population. Many of my students do not celebrate Halloween so I tend to be low key around this holiday. But it is still fun to get some crafting in. This is one I am doing this week. You can find the “real” directions at this site: Popsicle Stick Craft

I gathered all the materials from the school supply room except for the googly eyes.  Here is what I used:

1. Green, purple, orange and black markers

2. White tempera paint and a brush

3. popsicle or craft sticks – we had the small/skinny ones but the tongue depressor size would work too

4. glue

5. table covering – I used craft paper from the supply room that someone had already torn off and left.

Mistake #1 – I first grabbed permanent markers. Just say we had a lot of interesting colored fingers. So I switched them out for the regular washable markers which worked just fine.

Mistake #2 – don’t try to glue the supports on the back while the paint is drying- I’m a little impatient but I’m working on it. At least white tempera paint washes off ok.

Mistake #3- (all good things come in threes right?) don’t try to write the student name on the back right after it has been painted. I found if I wrote their name on one stick it worked better.

The first group helped to cover my table. Here come the therapy twists:

  • Me: What is this ?  Where are we putting it? Why do you think we are covering the table?   As you know the answers were very very interesting!  (The paper also worked for students to practice drawing their face before they drew it on their creations.)
  • Me: (for the first group) You will get to be my guinea pigs!  We had to look up what a guinea pig was (they did not know). I tried to explain what the saying meant. Sometimes my humor is lost on first graders.
  • I showed them this  picture that I copied from the original site: craft stick art  We talked about what we saw, what they were made from, etc. then they chose which one they wanted to make.
  • We counted how many sticks were used in the pictures and decided if we wanted the same, more or less.
  • We talked about the materials they needed and how to use them.
  • We talked about what was easier to color: sticks separated/apart or together

marker painting

  • When they had finished coloring we talked about what came next (gluing sticks on the back).
  • We talked about turning all our sticks over.
  • I glued the sticks with “guidance and instructions” from the students.  We talked about using a whole stick and broken/half sticks.
  • We talked about the reason we needed to glue sticks on the back (why) and what would happen if we didn’t.

backs

  • Then we washed our hands…. another lesson with lots of language.
  • The next session they were able to complete their project by drawing the face and glueing googly eyes (I only used these for the monster/Frankenstein/zombie)
  • During the project we had some fun discussions and not always related to what we were creating. And that’s real life!

I have many more t creations to add to our “Patch” but here is the start….

room

Now go add your own twists!

Cindy

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  1. I’m so glad you were able to use this craft as a therapy tool with the kids! Sounds like they had a great learning lesson!

    • Cindy said,

      Thanks for sharing it on your site. It was fun and we ALL learned a lot!

    • Cindy said,

      Thanks for sharing this activity on your site. It was fun and we ALL learned a lot!
      Cindy


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