Jam investigates street art
Back to the blog- So we talked about how murals are made. They typically start with a smaller sketch. Once the artist is finish with the design they create a grid over it to understand the proportion and scale in relation to the wall that it will go on. Lastly the sketch gets translated on to the wall. For this blog activity we took this concept and applied it to the sidewalk. This is what I call color by number at its simplest. You gotta love street art.
Search your city for street art. Keep an eye out for murals, sculptures, and fun pavement designs.
Case study #8: Create your own street art. Use sidewalk chalk to recreate the case study picture on the ground.
Jam investigates directions
When we don't know how to get to where we want to go we use directions. Jam and I discussed what directions look like on the phone and printed. We discussed how directional words help us communicate our actions, and how to represent them graphically. We talked about the importance of our address and how it is connected to our streets system, and then we did the activity sheets for this blog.
Print out directions to your next destination and review them with your child. Ask them to help you find the streets and turns.
Case #7: Create an address and directions to your room from your parking lot. Give them to a friend or parent to see if they can find your room.
Jam investigates a playground
We explored two playgrounds on two different days. The first playground is a modern looking playground made up of one big play unit in our neighborhood. We counted the things that could get you high in the air and the things that you could play under. Jam tested the things he could climb and the slides.
Back at our house we discussed the differences, his likes, and dislikes, and at the end of the day he became a playground designer.
Visit two different playgrounds and discuss their differences.
Case study #6: Design your playground. Download the playground critique and use your experience from the two playgrounds to design and draw your own.
Find the London Plane tree.
Download Case study #5 for tree facts and clues. Tag us on Instagram with your tree selfie or hashtag #IWJFun.
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Courtney McQueen is a landscape designer and children's book author from Columbia, MD