What Would You Do… With a Pinch Pot?
Where you singing the Klondike Bar song? I was! In Kindergarten my students make pinch pots. Simple pinch pots when we learn about China. I call them Chinese Tea Cups. However, in 1st grade, students get a little more creative with pinch pots. I let each class make something different out of a pinch pot. This helped me to try out new ideas. There are so many I couldn’t choose. My four 1st grade classes made the following four projects out of a pinch pot:
Pinch Pot Fish
Pinch Pot Rattles
Pinch Pot Turtles
Pinch Pot Bird’s Nests
One of my 1st grade groups ended up with an extra day to work with clay. I decided to get all Reggio on them, and let each student make whatever they wanted out of a pinch pot. I gave them many ideas and let them go. That was big for me to let go of the control and see what creative things could surface. I was confident that I had taught them the basic skills and could now see how they could apply those skills. Here are some of the things the kids came up with on their own with a pinch pot. I am, and was, very impressed. Raise the Bar- The kids will meet your standard! Amazing!
Pinch Pot Birthday Cake
Pinch Pot Dinosaur
Pinch Pot Cat (with broken ear)
Pinch Pot Turkey-Vulture Creature (I think….)
Pinch Pot Fish (larger version)
Pinch Pot Mug Set
So…. ”What do YOU do…… With a Pinch Pot?”