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More Cardboard Story Wheels from CMA Teaching Artists

This month’s CIVICKIDS theme is Histories and Traditions, and the challenge is Cardboard Story Wheels. This project was written by CMA Teaching Artist Yung Oh Le as a way to teach children about taking on different points of view. This is a great game to play with a group, as each child will generate a different story. Encourage the children you’re working with to consider the value of seeing things from many different perspectives.

Our How-To outlines a project that might be best suited for a small group of children ages 6+ to brainstorm silly sentences together. But there are so many different ways you can play with the Cardboard Story Wheels project! CMA Staff share a couple of their favorite ways to modify the project below.

For Ages 1 – 5

Tom Burnett and Lynn Roselli of stART Studio suggest building a Cardboard Story Wheel with a color — instead of words — in each section. Early learners are understanding the world through their senses and spinning a spinner helps develop their fine motor skills. Playing a game with a first, middle, and last step also helps develop cognitive memory. Encourage the child you’re working with to spin a color and color-match with the art-making materials you’ve provided!

As a Drop-In Activity

When CMA was asked to participate in our neighborhood SoHo Block Party, Associate Director of Programming Kirsten McNally made three social spinners to prompt families at our art-making station. Participants were encouraged to interpret these prompts however they felt, and perform an artistic action in their community. It was a great community-building activity, and we saw so many neighbors connecting to help their children complete these social tasks. Tasks included “Write a poem for a neighbor,” and “Make a card for a community helper.”

How will you modify the Cardboard Story Wheels project? Share your creations and follow along with #CMACIVICKIDS!

This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. CIVICKIDS is sponsored by Google.


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