These add-on art accents are simple, yet HIGHLY motivating to children! Even my most timid writers quickly find a reason to write if they know they can stick a sticker, add googly eyes or paint to create a fun border design.
The thoughts I had behind these art accents were to:
- Motivate the children to write.
- Reward their finished work.
- Make the writing piece look especially nice.
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The way I run my camps is, the children write at the tables in the front of the room. Then, I set up an art accent table at the back of the room.
As campers finish their writing, they move to the back table to complete their 5 minute art accent. Then, they either set the piece aside to dry or place it in a plastic page protector*.
The cost of so many plastic page protectors may not be realistic for a school class. But for the stories that add sand, seeds, glitter and the like, you will probably want them. I get them from Walmart*.
At the art accent table, I only put the materials necessary for that day’s writing. Sometimes it’s just stickers. Other times it’s any combination of the following:
- Manila folders opened to protect the table (A Dollar Tree table cloth can work. If you want to spend a bit more, Amazon has plastic table covers with elastic*.)
- Glue dots*, glue sticks* and Elmer’s Glue*. I usually hand out the glue dots if/when children need them. We typically use those for the times we need to glue craft pom poms*, pipe cleaners* or sequins*. Googly eyes* stick fine with glue sticks or glue. (Remember, I only set out the materials needed to complete the art accent that accompanies the students’ writing that day.)
- Third, a flat, rectangular, plastic container* to shake sand and glitter into. This container is great, because I usually use it to store and transport the materials needed for the day. I purchased mine at Walmart*. Any container that is larger than an 8.5″x 11″ piece of paper will do.
- Sequins*, googly eyes*…whatever accent is needed for the lesson.
- Finally, plastic page protectors*, available for the campers’ finished product.
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