NEW SUNGLASSES CRAFTIVITY
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I love this craft so much! When I pull out the sample, the kids are completely mesmerized and can’t wait to dig in. My sample of the girl with the crazy hair looks like this:
I wanted to make a sample for a bulletin board titled “Sunshine & Summertime” or “Sunny Days Ahead!” that could be used at the end of the year.
I included several writing templates that could be used for various bulletin boards in my resource on TPT. The basic idea is to have the kids draw what they will “see” in the summer or in their future on the sunglasses depending on what you want the end product to be. I have included a template to make these large glasses and the lens in the resource on TPT.
We completed the craft in February so I didn’t want my kids to focus on the summer. Instead, I told them that I wanted them to think about the future. You could ask your students to focus on the next year, when they are in college, future career goals, etc. My students thought about what they hope to be one day.
I started all of my K students with the prompt, “My future is so bright I need to wear shades!” Then they were supposed to write about their future. They came up with the cutest responses, such as “I want to be a doctor and a dad.” or “I want to be a mermaid and a princess.” I love how their minds work at this age!
I even had one who was totally set on being the person who stands in front of the people who get married. That’s what she kept telling me anyways. “I want to be the person who stands in front of them when they get married Mrs. Statum!” “Hmm… Like a minister?” I asked her. “The person who stands in front!” We finally decided on calling it a wedding officiant. 🙂
I let my students start this craft by passing out a pair of lens to each child. I wanted them to focus on that drawing first. I told them to draw a picture of what they saw in their future. (If you are doing the summertime craft, you will need to have them think about what they will see that summer.)
The next day we used the template from my resource on TPT to make sunglasses. The kids loved “designing” their own pair of shades.
They then glued the lenses on top and got to work creating their person. We love using construction paper to “style” their hair! How cute are they?!?!
We had so much fun with this. The kids were SO proud of them and their writing has never been more inspired!
This project makes for an adorable hallway display when you add the writing assignment. (And my assistent Mel made the CUTEST sign for the hallway!) Please let me know how this goes in your classroom!
I hope your kids love it as much as mine did!