Hi, Deborah- first, I want to tell you that I printed your letter so I can
show it to my student teacher who left yesterday depressed over a "not so
successful" lesson. I tried to convince her that we ALL have those days!
Here's an idea for paper mache on first grade level and with that pumpkin
theme: Use small brown lunch bags as the armature bags (instead of the
balloons). Have the kids stuff the bags with newspaper and then twist closed
the top. This becomes the "stem". This will be easier for them to hold onto
when working, rather than the balloon. Next, use the art paste, but soak
strips of grocery bags first, wring out and use those instead of tissue. Or,
cut up pieces of orange bulletin board paper (on the roll) and use that.
You might consider just painting the stuffed bags, without the papier mache
I do this with kindergarten. The object of the learning experience is that
the kids discover creating orange. Give them each a small cup of yellow
paint and a dab of red and let them mix it up themselves and then use the
color to paint their "pumpkins". Roll a piece of green around the twisted
top and staple- Voila! They create orange pumpkins.
Good luck- hope this helps! P.S. Experienced or inexperienced teachers, we
all have "those" days! Susan on Long Island