I knew the children would have fun today! Naomi’s real visit once again would cause great excitement. Fun things would happen.
It’s amazing how much a stimulus a plain old cardboard box can be! But when that is x15 it’s a sure recipe for fun and laughter, encouraging conversations and sparking imaginations.
The boys and girls worked in pairs so willingly listening to the other ones ideas. ‘IMAGINE if……’ was announced more than once. The class got busy drawing on their boxes. They walked around for a while, clutching their box tightly, owning it, until they noticed either a larger box or an interesting word jumping out from the side of one.
The items Naomi cleverly picked seemed to bring us full circle. Things we had seen many times:
The spider plant, the flower press, books about plants and that big warm blanket that also came the first day to our class!
In the afternoon part we allowed the children to investigate special places normally out of bounds. That alone caused such a buzz. Being given access all areas , doesn’t usually happen!
Naomi hadn’t made it that easy to gain access. Firstly, they would draw on the covered door or cupboard what they imagined to be hidden inside.
The doors covered in brown wrapping paper included the principal and the staffroom doors. This in itself generated interest among other staff members and pupils from other classes.
Mrs Hinds was happy to oblige and let a little snooping take place in the principal’s office. She particularly liked the drawings of herself
This final drawing activity would be remembered for a long while by the children. The few marks from the permanent marker still on the staffroom and principal’s doors would also remind me of the fun activities undertaken with our very own artist Naomi.
They make me smile and cheer me up!
Soon they will be replaced by new doors and sadly this class’s journey will soon be replaced too.