Friday, November 1, 2013

Creating Pauley, the Pirate's Parrot...How cool!

   I created a form out of aluminum foil. The children tried to apply the tissue but it would not adhere to the aluminum foil. So I covered the form completely with masking tape and off they went. I guided them and they guided me during difficult parts.I cut out wings from cardboard at their request and they covered the wings with tissue paper. They came up with the color scheme, the idea about his legs and feet. (which were very cool!) 
Totally a team effort!

 They came up with the ideas and I helped execute them.
The children were not completely satisfied with the little guy and asked if I would make him a hat like the pirate.
I made one.

Here's the little guy's hat! What a cutie!

Creating the Treasure Box

We took this empty box apart and turned it inside out so we could paint it.
We cut and fit it to look like a treasure box. The children helped paint it.
We put gold shiny paper in it and the children helped me fold gold and red shiny paper to look like "real gems".
They came up with idea to use marker to color wooden shapes and then dip them into glue and glitter to look like real gems.
We also used egg cartons. We painted them gold and then added gold glitter to make them look like gold nuggets.

They had fun coloring and painting and adding "sparkles to make them glow".
We put them in the treasure chest to let them dry.
They wanted a key hole and necklaces (donated Mardi Gras beads) and I added a few final touches and presto a glowing and shining treasure chest. We all wished it was real!!!!

Recipe for Building a Pirate Scarecrow for Godena Farm

We used aluminum foil to mold a parrot shape.
We also used a recycled box for the treasure chest.
A recycled Clorox bottle was used for the head of the pirate and...
 13 extremely eager and creative children...Off we went!!!

Aarrrggghhh Matey....Meet Captain Jack!

 Meet our classroom scarecrow and his trusty side kick, Pauley.
 He guards the treasure.
The cool students of Ms. Mitchell's class worked so well together to create such an amazing project.

The Treasure Map

 This student was very willing to create a treasure map for our pirate.
 She used a pencil to draw out her ideas and then used colored pencils and crayons to highlight.
 What an awesome job she did! What detail!
Very Cool!

Building a Pirate From Scratch

 We took a recycled Clorox bottle and the children covered it with peach tissue paper.
 They wanted him to have ears to put earrings in.
 So they covered the cardboard ears with the same tissue paper.
 They added a felt eye patch and a googly eye. The wig was donated by Miss Debbie and the bandana was found by one of the children in Mrs. Wishy-washy ensemble (she also wears it on her head).
 They made the nose by stuffing tissue paper in a latex finger and found the yarn in art center. They asked me to add the mustache and beard. I think they were going for a Jack Sparrow look, but I was amazed at all the different pirates they knew about. Wow!
They wanted to add scars, gold and rotten teeth, a ring in his nose. They wanted him to have a hat with skull and bones. The hat was constructed out of aluminum foil and covered with black duct tape. The red scarf was my idea so we could cover up his jug neck. They had so many ideas we could have kept going. Oh yes! Another cool idea was to add  a hook for his hand (Captain Hook). One of the children thought a peat pot planter covered in black duct tape would be good for part of his hook hand. Such amazing! Pretty impressive!