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Craft Sticks and Toothpicks
2010/1/8 17:30
From Beijing
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In order to service you better, the Institute will be posting activties on a monthly basis for teachers that want to apply MI in the classrooms and parents that want to conduct MI activities at homes.  These activities are pulled from our partner schools and are written by researchers and experienced educators.  We welcome your comments and additions to the activity list to enrich the community.

Activity Title

Craft Sticks and Toothpicks

Triggered Intelligences

*   Spatical Intelligence

Suggested Ages

*   Three
*   Four
*   Five

Learning Domains

*   Art

Learning Objectives

*   Use a variety of materials to create pictures, sculptures, and props for dramatic play

Materials and Equipment

1.  Craft sticks
2.  Toothpicks
3.  Food Coloring (yellow, red, blue, green)
4.  A basket


1. Use the food coloring to dye the toothpicks and craft sticks. This can be done by a teacher when children are not     around, or with children.


1. Put the toothpicks and craft sticks in the basket, and put the basket in your Puzzles and Manipulatives Center.
2. Once children have discovered these new materials, show them how they can use them to create designs.


When children are engaged in this activity, your questions and suggested inquiries should not be limited to the examples below. Think beyond the suggestions given to talk with children. Have real life conversations about the activity they are participating in so you can gain an understanding of what they already know and what they might want to know more about.
Because adults recognize and feel comfortable with symmetrical and radial designs, they tend to see them more often than other, more subtle types of arrangements. American educator, Rhoda Kellogg, in her thorough study of children’s visual representations, found that a number of configurations are universal in young children’s work. Among these configurations are shapes, symmetrical and radial designs, mandalas, and suns.

This activity can be extended by:

inviting children to “save a memory” of their configurations by drawing them


We would love to hear your feedback and discussion on the following questions:
What is "MI" about this?
What else would you like to do with art?
Are there other activities relating to Spatical Intelligence?


Posted on: 2010/9/16 15:05

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