Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Folding Paper

And it's not just any paper - it's fadeless duet paper (which is different colors on either side)!  Oh, the kids were so excited about this, "fancy paper."  As with most art projects in the classroom, I showed this to the children at circle time and set up the materials on a shelf for them to choose as an activity, if desired.  I appreciate how this lesson is a natural extension of the Practical Life Folding Cloths activity, which I plan to re-introduce to several students (as it has been sitting, very lonely, on the shelf!). 
Here, you can see the duet paper cut into three different sized squares (3,4, and 5 in.) along with our gluing materials and brown construction paper in the back.  The child chooses one or two squares of each size and places it in the basket along with a cup of glue and a piece of brown construction paper.  Then, they bring the materials, along with the glue mat, to a table.

The child takes one square and places it so a corner is facing him.  Next, he folds the bottom corner to the top and creases the edge, forming a triangle (just as in the Folding Cloths lesson). Then, glue is applied on one side of the triangle and arranged on the brown construction paper.

The designs and colors created by this technique with the duet paper are crisp and cheerful:

What delightful color in our hallway!

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  1. Wonderful and so inspiring. I love the different things you can see in each piece (lots of beaks and kites) and the different colors.

    As always, thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi Shelley,
    Thanks for leaving your comment! It has been so much fun watching the kids make these. And, they are so proud of themesleves! They make quite a statment in our hallway - the brown background really brings out the colors.

  3. How beautiful ... and such a great activity for folding skills as well! Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and pinned it to my Kids' Art Projects Pinterest board at http://pinterest.com/debchitwood/kids-art-projects/

  4. It has been interesting observing the children's folding skills - I was able to tell which ones could benefit from another Folding Cloths lesson...!
    Thanks, as always, for sharing this idea.

  5. What a fantastic idea - we have TONS of two-color origami paper around the house that our older kids use - I never would have thought of such an awesome way to use it with the little ones!!! Thanks!

  6. Thank you, Kimberly - So much fun with folding practice too! :)