During these first months of school, we have used the color red in our Practical Life shelves as a cross- curricular connection to the Montessori math material called the Short Bead Stair. The number one is represented by the color red. We thought we would invite the children to create a collaborative art project with the red, number one theme using a method inspired by a lesson found at Fairy Dust Teaching. The project took a few days to complete and we plan to make one for each of the corresponding colors of the Short Bead Stair throughout the school year.
|The first day, children used three shades of red to cover the canvas.|
|We encouraged them to have the colors touch each other and overlap.|
|The next day, we added red gems, beads, and paper cuttings which had been saved from our Practical Life paper cutting activity. The children filled a cup with these items, mixed glue and red paint, and poured it over the canvas. What fun!|
|After the glue dried, we could see such interesting texture and color formations.|
|The last day, we added glitter with regular glue. I am not a huge glitter fan, but must admit that this added a great quality to the project.|
|Number One: Short Bead Stair|