I like to think of myself as a pretty crafty person. And a creative one too. So it just about kills me that I'd 1) never heard of Tyree Guton, 2) this book or 3) a program using found objects until Ms. Erin came along and introduced me to Magic Trash . Here she is in her own words to explain my favorite Black History Month program EVER!
I’m Lucy’s colleague, Ms. E, and it’s an honor to be guest posting here at In the Children’s Room. I wanted to talk about a recent program that I did for Black History Month—I really wanted to do something that would be different, hands-on, and engaging for a range of ages. Also, I knew I wanted to focus the program around a less well-known figure, maybe even one who was still alive.
The only things that I purchased for the program were two bottles of epoxy glue (about $4.50 each) from the local art supply store. I did add some craft supplies from our cabinet at work: popsicle sticks, colorful construction paper, fuzzy puffballs, pipe cleaners, and buttons, as well as a few plastic toys we had lying around.
After that, I explained the project and brought out the supplies; there was some minor scuffling (from the big kids!) over sharing supplies, but fortunately Lucy was there to moderate behavior while I put out supplies and gave a quick explanation of how to use epoxy glue and why younger ones should ask an adult to help them.
Thanks Ms. Erin! It really was a great program and we have kids who see the display ask if they can make their own all the time. Below are a few more pictures of our Magic Trash Sculptures. Enjoy!