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Re: Wire for K

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Sat, 5 Dec 1998 06:48:09 EST

Subject: Wire for Kindergarten
Does anyone have any ideas for using the Twisteez kind of thin colored wire
with kindergarteners?
I'm looking for other possibilities that will get them to
realize that wire can make shapes in space with line --
Thanks for any help you can offer!
Liz in rural NY
1st of all wire of this sort is Telephone wire & should be free from your
Ma Bell. I approached Ma a few yrs ago with examples of what could be created
w/ it - like animals, jewelry etc & got light & medium guage copper & Aluminum
Tel wire.
The best approach would be to have them wrap wire around pencils for coils
& make slinky critters with them. (You can also wrap it around square or
triangilar wood pieces & stretch it out - K teachers have all sorts of blocks
& shapes Kids could trace their wire around) You could staple finished pieces
to tag or poster board. You can use it in conjunction w/ construction paper or
felt. I f you have examples to show & some pictures of the Calder's Circus
menagerie (Should be available on the Internet) - try:
<A HREF="">
National Gallery of Art-Calder Exhibition</A> they will want to make animals &
serious Sculpture.
Good Luck with it Liz,