1.20.2012

Paint Swatch Garland


This weekend, the weather report is calling for mixed snow and rain.  I'm all about the winter, as many of you know, remember this collage post here?  But, mixed snow and rain?  That is not my favorite combo from Mama Nature herself.  Good thing, my mama is visiting from TN and brings sunshine with her by just being....her.

Now, it's time to lighten things up myself....I think some paint swatch garland will do the trick.



Join me?  Free paint swatches + punched out shapes + holes + string + an industrious six-year-old who likes to faux sew = happiness and a whole lot of color!

If you are looking for more paint swatch ideas that are classroom specific, do check out this one:




Smiling,
Jen

PS - Welcome new college students who are just reading Upcycled Education for the first time.  Thanks for joining!  Remember when we spoke about "Think Pair Share?"  You can read that short post here.

9 comments:

  1. Loving this blog post and your entire blog, too! Happy to find you and pass your link along!

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  2. Tamara,

    Thank you for the kind words and do share Upcycled Education with your friends and colleagues.

    All the best,
    Jen

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  3. My wonderful sister in law brought me LOTS of paint chips from WalMart. I'm going to use them for vocabulary development and getting the kids to use better words.

    They will start with a basic word, such as 'happy', and then come up with a better word for each color block. Same word, different shades. The paint names are great for sensory details as well.

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  4. Shannon - That's a clever idea for paint swatches. I love that your sister-in-law brought you so many. I need to have my family members do the same.

    Jen

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  5. I think Paint Swatch Garland's could be a fun new way to make connections in the classroom similarly to paper chain links. Each flower can have a step to a process for example the first flower can say plant seeds and the next flower can say water seeds and so on.

    Laura R.

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  6. Seriously, I didn't know you could do this much with paint swatches! This means I need to go to my local Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, etc. and ask them to save all of the swatches for discontinued colors! I know they will end up just throwing them away, so I would be doing the environment a favor too! (Last paint swatch comment I swear!)

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    1. M - Keep the paint swatch enthusiasm coming!

      Jen

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  7. Shannon, I love the vocabulary idea! Needless to say I will be using some paint swatches next year! Now I just need a way to use them in math! :-)

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  8. Actually I asked and they (Home Depot/Lowes) never throw them away...paint colors are around forever.
    However, if you tell them you are a teacher, they let you take as many as you want...the paint rep comes around every week or so and refills them, and the store doesn't pay for them so they really don't care how many people take. I just make sure it's not empty!
    I use them in my art class...the paint swatches become buildings with the dark end at the street (the students draw) and the light end toward the sky (they color with sun and clouds), with the students adding 'architecture' with sharpies to the paint swatch buildings. Students glue the buildings onto the back ground they drew. I give credit where due, the idea was on Artsonia. They turn out great!

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