For ARI's Earth Week I decided to do an animal focused art workshop with the Young Lions. We started by going through the vocab list for the workshop which included the words bird, feeding, board, birdseeds, popsicle stick and Earth Day. After the kids had gone through the words I asked if any one could guess what we were doing today. They all said something to do with Earth Day but couldn't quite figure out what. Can you? We were making bird feeding boards out of popsicle sticks!
Each child got 23 popsicle sticks each and got to work painting them.
They concentrated on their work, creating a vast variety of different colored and patterned popsicle sticks.
When everyone had finished painting all their popsicle sticks we took a game break while the paint dried. We got all the chairs from the table and put it in a circle in the driveway, brought out speakers and played musical chairs. The Young Lions love to play games and this was no exception! They ran around playing and as they went out of the game they stood around cheering for the remaining competitors and controlled the music.
The Young Lions are such a happy, energetic bunch!
After a few rounds of musical chairs we got back to work. Using glue and glue brushes we took the painted popsicle sticks and built our bird feeding boards.
Each child god some birdseeds in their feeding boards, meticulously distributed by JJ, one of the Young Lions, and a bag with seeds to take home.
Finally we tied strings to the boards so they could be hung up in trees. We were a bit short on time at the end so this part got a bit hectic, and the heat was intense, but it was very encouraging that all the kids really wanted to finish their feeding boards so we persevered and managed to finish them in the end! They turned out great and the kids seemed very happy with them.