Before winter break, our principal reminded us that breaks can be an uneasy time for some of our students. Their day-to-day routines and structures may not be as consistent as they are during school weeks.
Lightbulb! I remembered Jessica’s Winter Break Art Challenge article!
In it she mentions the (extremely) cheap activity of creating an optional ‘art-challenge-a-day’ list for students to complete over break. If each activity is completed and turned in after break, students receive a prize. For this challenge’s prize I tied together four different colors of construction paper crayons from my refill box. I also put their names into a drawing for a grand prize: some cool swag I’d gotten from art conferences like palettes, paints, cool markers, etc. I liked the idea that the prizes were items I already had.
I used a list very similar to Jessica’s challenge suggestions. Some of my kiddos REALLY got into the challenge. They especially got into involving the whole family in the challenge to design a game board. It was also nice to see illustrations that told me a little bit more about each individual student. I received extremely positive feedback from the participating families, and loved hearing about the continuation of art and creativity at home! I will definitely be sending home a Spring Break Art Challenge!
Do you have break challenges or other challenges throughout the year? What do they look like?
What sorts of creative “prizes” have you or could you come up with?