Following on from our Shapes in Art exploration, our Shape Hunt game and our Shape View Finders we took the book “Perfect Square” by Michael Hall (ISBN 978-0061915130) to the museum to explore shapes and how they can change.
The book follows a square who is changed in some way to become something new; a fountain, a bridge and a rainbow to just give some examples.
After sharing the story we used some coloured square origami paper to see what pictures we could make using the following techniques;
- cutting (with scissors)
We turned the activity into a game. The boys chose a number from a bag.
A corresponding numbered station was set up with the squares of paper and any equipment we might need such as the scissors. Here is what happened.
- Tearing – preparing the paper. Tearing was a tricky skill for A. I modelled it a few times and then he had great fun shredding his square into many torn pieces. He soon identified the pieces to be “a mouth”, “a beak”, “legs”.
S made three different pictures, sometimes following A’s lead using body features. This is a bird.
But sometimes followed his own thoughts, “a rainbow”.
Again, a tricky skill for A. We talked about really pushing down on the crease make the fold hold.
Here is S’s aeroplane.
but also a bow and a fan.
A loves to snip paper so both boys were quick to access these squares.
A created a seaside.
S created “a house by the sea”. It was lovely to see him fringing as well as snipping.
A managed to create some really small scrunched up balls. We added pens to the pictures.
S’s “football pitch”.
A, “look a really little one and a little pencil (mark) too”
All these different pictures created using different skills and just a square of paper.
What will you make from a square?