I know art teachers who have TONS of fun toys, gadgets, gizmos, manipulatives, examples, cultural pieces and just “STUFF” that help us teach art and also to display around the room. So many art teachers I know are true collectors who like to hoard anything “Art” related. They just can’t pass it up! Surprise surprise, I am not exactly one of those teachers, however, I do have a few fun things to share with students in the art room.
My art teacher Barbie comes from my dear friend Katie, (don’t tell, but we did play Barbies until we were in 7th grade)… Call us creative… She gave me the art teacher Barbie as a memento of our childhood days. The kindergarten girls always ask “Are you ever going to open that?” I also have a fun Van Gogh sculpture I got at the National conference a few years back. These are just a few of the things I have to share- I also have some Oaxaca sculptures and even some Russian nesting dolls that are on display in my classroom. Kids love to see all of the items and comment on them.
Share with us your best “Art Room Toy” the kids and you go nuts for! What have you been collecting for years? What catches their eyes these days? What helps you teach your lessons in an even more interactive way?
I can’t wait to hear.