During Library Story Time this week, our librarian Rachel read about a child who was free with using her imagination and eventually sharing it with others in Sarabella's Thinking Cap by Judy Schachner. Ks returned to our classroom and created their own "thinking caps" using paper bags, dot markers, colorful paper strips and various shapes while taking turns using a die cut machine that was rented from our public library.
Collaborating teachers love it when serendipity happens between our activities. Rachel and I both read books on the previous week that used the technique of "die cut" images for its illustrations and graphic design layouts.
Detail from book Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper (left) and Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert (right).
The die cutting process required the Ks to use critical thinking skills to properly sequence the plexiglass plates, die block, and paper selection then use their small motor strength to hold and properly place their "sandwich" while cranking a handle.
During clean up time and on his own Rook used his "thinking cap" to help out. He said, "I sorted the die cut blocks into each of two boxes (sea animals or art related) then put all of the pieces away and closed the bags" (in order to transport them back to the A2 Public Library's lending department.)
Some friends chose to wear their die cutouts like badges of honor, literally!