v is for volcano

oh, what a week it was!

3d volcano

one of our projects was crumpling a piece of newsprint (from the local newspaper) and having a teacher put a piece of masking tape around the top to create the volcano’s “opening.”

3d volcano

then more tape was used to adhere it to a piece of matboard.

3d volcano

then we used our finger muscles to tear tiny strips of lava.

3d volcano

then glue made that lava stick!

3d volcano

l is for lame

seldom do i set up a project that is so lame that we don’t continue on.  don’t get me wrong, almost every project evolves once the children get going with it.  what i have in my lesson plans is almost never exactly what we end up doing.


this project was supposed to provide pages and pages of wood-stamped “nuts.”


but the wood pieces didn’t hold much wood for printing or rolling, the paint wasn’t a warm brown-more of a greenish gray, the paper kept tearing. i abandoned it almost immediately.

truly a process-only experience.

l is for light

did you know that colored paper dividers that your middle school daughter thought she needed and then didn’t are fun to cut and make colored images on the screen when put on an overhead projector?

good times.