Friday, January 7, 2011

Coin Art Fruits: Project #5 of 300 Crafts for Kids in 2011

for Ages 3 Years and Up

Supplies Needed:
Time Needed:
About 5-15 Minutes

What To Do: 
  1. Hint: Use a medium weight paper for this project or it will bunch up and tear easily when using the crayon.  Start by arranging the coins on a flat surface (like a table) to resemble different fruits. If you look at my images below, you can make out which coins I used. 
  2. Once coins are arranged place your paper over the coins.You may want to tape the coins together using a very wide tape and then flip them over. That will prevent sliding if it becomes an issue.
  3. If your crayons have paper labels on them peel them off. You want to use the side of the crayons for this project.
  4. Once crayons are ready, choose a color and rub the crayon over the coins. This will reveal the shapes of the coins! 
  5. Remove paper from coins and draw any leaves or stems.
  6. Hang and appreciate!
Strawberry (all nickels with dime at center)

Green Grapes (mixed coins)

Banana (mostly pennies with a few dimes at the ends)

Blueberries (probably comes out better with all dimes. We used pennies here.)
CHERRIES! We didn't think of cherries at the time but that would be great with just 2 nickels and then you can draw the stem on!

For Older Children: An older child can further enjoy this project by using different color crayons on each one, adding more accents that require drawing, and by coming up with his own designs. Don't limit him to fruit - make a dog, dinosaur, person, or basic shapes. Let his imagination rule the day! If your older child can write then have him write the name of the creation beneath each one.

For Children with Special Needs: Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

Don't allow this project to become frustrating which can happen if the coins keep moving and slipping. Tape them together and flip them over if this becomes a problem. You don't have to make any"thing' in particular. Just gather a few coins, spread them flat, and use the crayon. Ask your child what the creations reminds him of. If your child isn't verbal, you can talk to him about possibilities. For example, you could say, "This reminds me of a hat. Do you think this looks like a hat?"

This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well. This project is also good for building speech and language skills as it encourages conversation about choosing crayon colors, which coins to use and where to place them, and what the end project resembles.

Why We Love Crafts for Kids: Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

Associated Educational Activities:
  • Talk about coins and money! Which is the smallest in size? Which is the smallest in value? Are they the same color or different colors? What is money for? How do we use it?  What's in your piggy bank? How much money did it take to make our strawberry (use pennies for this game)?
  • Introduce new vocabulary words and synonyms like money, cash, change, dollars, and coins.
  • Count! How many pennies do we have? How many nickels do we have? etc.
  • Sort the coins by color
  • Sort the coins by denomination (pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters)
  • Put the coins in size order
  • Put the coins in value order
  • Play with a cash register or calculator together

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1 comment:

playmobil farm said...

The artworks were really nice! For a child to make something like this is really cool!

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