Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Lessons from Punch Art

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Interesting how innocent our mistakes can be.

This morning at the art table I made the above punch art
and hung it on the window. 
I wrote the instructions,
"draw a picture, use the golf tees and hammer to punch holes"
and then I left the table.
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I never thought everyone would draw a jack o’lantern. 
A big reminder not to make a model for children to follow. 
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But I did observe a couple of positive things during today’s activity.

Firstly that the children love to hammer. 
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That in their own time and way they could figure out how to use the hammer.
Which side to pound the golf tee?
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How to use the hammer to pull the tees out of their picture?
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And I also listened to the grown ups talk. 
One mentioned that this activity reminded her of a Lite Brite. 
Another asked what a Lite Brite was.
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Luckily I have a couple in the cupboard and was able to bring it out so the
children could use them.

This began a brief conversation about texture – smooth vs rough.
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Interesting that what started out as ‘oh no I shouldn’t have done that’,
ended up to still be a positive experience.


  1. Ooh... where do you get these amazing ideas? We just finished our Golf Tee jack-o-lantern, and I have the hammers, the tees, the safety goggles all set to go. I love it! The kids will love it! They weren't ready to be finished with the hammers and tees, so I was thinking of bringing in other fruits and veggies to hammer (tee hee).

    1. I bought the foam kneeling pads at a dollar store but you could use thick styrofoam.