Montessori Classroom Activities for Random Acts of Kindness Week and Valentine's Day
Paper Valentines can be quite wasteful, and store bought cards take away some of the sincerity behind the gesture. This year instead of hand making cards, consider helping children create Friendship Beads instead, out of recycled paper! This activity is a wonderful choice for your classroom, as it takes absolutely no preparation or special materials.
What You Need
- a glue stick
- recycled paper: some ideas include student paintings or drawings, construction paper, newspaper, magazine pages... anything!
- something cylindrical: a bamboo skewer, thin dowel, or plastic straw...even a pencil crayon or paintbrush.
- colorful yarn or string
- Elmer's Glue: the white glue or gel glue both work. Check your local dollar store for small bottles...just make sure that they are water soluble.
- fabric squares: recycling fabric is a great way to make this project friendly for the Earth too! Look at Goodwill for a few old sheets or old t-shirts.
- acrylic paint
- a large bucket
- Have the children squeeze the glue into a pattern or drawing on their fabric square. Let the glue dry.
- Decorate the fabrics with slightly watered down acrylic paints - the dried glue will keep the fabric underneath from becoming colored. Let the paint dry fully.
- Soak the fabric squares in a bucket of hot water to dissolve the glue, revealing the patterns! Let the squares dry.
- Join the squares together to form a quilt with each student's fabric square. The finished quilt can be hung on a wall or kept in the Peace Corner.
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Friday, February 8, 2013.