Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Monday, January 11, 2016

Making Mr. Popper Penguins with Clay

Our Second Graders do a program each year based on Mr. Popper's Penguins (written by Richard and Florence Atwater).  Click here to see a little more about our second graders play. 
 
This year, I decided we would make clay penguins.  I talked over my options with my co-teacher, Laura Harrison.  We talked and decided the best way to tackle these penguins would be to do the following.
  1. Get the kids to make a ball the size of a tennis ball.  Then, they flatten out the tennis ball.  (this is the belly/body)
  2. Get the kids to make a ball the size of a golf ball.  They form a ball and pinch a little triangle for the beak. (this is the head)
  3. Next, they roll out 4 balls the size of ping pong balls.  They flatten 2 clay balls in the shape of the penguin arms.  Then, they use the other 2 clay balls to make the feet.
  4. Kids carefully attach the parts by slip, score, and blend.
  5. Also, they used the end of a clay tool to put two holes to represent the eyes.
Once the penguins dried, the kids painted them with acrylic paint.  I talked them through the process to avoid the pitfalls of wet on wet acrylic paint.  Paint a little white.  Sing a little.  Paint a little orange.  Sing a little.  Paint a little black.  Sing a little more.
Funny thing, the post is about penguins, but the sing-a-long song that the kids most enjoy is The Duck Song.  Sorry penguin friends. 
Duck 1    Penguin 0 
 

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