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!