Kids work at different speeds-some are fast, some are slow. We must be proactive and provide engaging and enriching activities for students to do when they have finished projects. A few years ago, I made one central location for early finisher activities. Students know that when they finish their projects they can go choose an activity from the “creation station”. We discuss the guidelines for using the activities at the beginning of the year.
Discuss guidelines for beginning the station at the beginning of the year.
Students must show me their artwork and ask if I have any suggestions for improvement before they can begin At the creation station.
Students can only choose one activity to work on per class period.
Activities for Early Finishers
Creative Shapes Drawing Exercises
Exercising your creativity will make a better artist and an excellent problem solver. These exercises are geared towards developing creativity and helping to think outside of the box! I have done these with 2nd grade-High School! The kids LOVE doing these!! There are endless possibilities and combinations of shapes to imagine something new! Creative Shapes are also perfect sub lessons!
Make someone’s day by creating an encouraging card to lift their spirits! I have scrap construction papers and left over painted papers that students can use to make their cards (scissors and glue are already at their tables). Elementary art teacher Rachel H. calls these cards “kindness cards” and also provides stamping supplies-LOVE this idea!
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