Found a giant pair of red neoprene dice at the dollar store about a billion years ago and couldn't resist. I knew I would use them for something school related one day and that one day finally came. A little white gesso and black paint transformed them into "art dice". I won't lie. I shamelessly (stole) borrowed this idea from Tinkerlab.
I like to start the year out with something simple and something "line" related. It was great. Little kids loved rolling the dice to create their designs and we reviewed line quality including direction words: horizontal, vertical, diagonal. We took a short break to review classroom rules and expectations while the paint dried and then I let them color with crayons.
Third graders let their designs dry overnight. They will paint them with primary colors during our next class. Here are some shots of kids working and their results in progress.
Thank you TinkerLab...fabulous idea!
I found this project gave me a great opportunity to check out how kids are holding the crayon and give a little guidance on writing grip vs. drawing grip. Back up a little and straighten out the forefinger a bit. Use the arm to color, not just the fingers.