A wonderful cooperative art experience for younger students using a die or set of dice.What You Need:
For this activity you need: Any book with a main character that has many colors. Interesting options are: Elmer (David McKee), The Quilt (Ann Jonas) or The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle).
You could also use images by Mondrian, Omar Rayo or any similar one; even a nicely colored patchwork quilt design. Basically, you need to be able to have a black and white printout of the character or art piece with many geometric empty spaces to color in.
You will need:
~A printout for each student (see resources section below for links to images)
~One die for each group (not a number die, but one with six different dot colors)
If you cannot find the die commercially, just glue on each side six different colored circles; leave one side white.
Make sure that the colored pencils match the colors of the die.
Even though cooperative working seems natural for kindergarten students, for some of them it is complicated and causes tantrums and conflicts.
In this activity, the children enjoy working cooperatively, set common goals and strive to reach them, understand that each one manages time and effort in a different way and recognize that there can be many responses to the same input.
With the entire group, read the book or show the art piece.
Talk about the story, the painter, and the colors.
Discuss with the children the different colors, urge them to find a pattern (if there is one) or simply to count the number of different colors and the times they appear.
You can make colored copies of the full colored images and hand them out by groups so the children can appreciate the illustration or art piece better.
The next period, organize the children into cooperative groups (four or five per group is ideal).
Each group should have colors, a die and one worksheet per student.
Tell the children they are going to color in the handout, but the colors depend on the die’s color. They have to take turns throwing the die and the color that appears is the color the whole group will use.
Tell them they must all follow these rules: