and following instructions
This is a really fun activity
that provokes discussion about giving and following instructions. The basic
concept is simple. One child is chose to act as the artist. Without them seeing
the rest of the class is shown a picture (if the artist stands behind the picture
it works well) that they have to give instructions to the child so that they
can recreate the picture on the board. It brings into play a lot of positional
language. Extensions to the activity involve the children producing their own
written instructions to recreate pictures that they are given (or create themselves).
An example set of instructions is shown below. This is a good one to start the
class with. Don't show them the picture first in this instance just read the
instructions and let them direct the artist. Once the picture is completed compare
it to the one that is given. You could then talk about which instructions were
clear and which were unclear and how the set of the instructions could be improved
upon. This activity also provides a discussion point over the advantages/disadvantages
of verbal instructions over written instructions.
Draw a large
square in the middle of your paper/the board.
Split the square
in half vertically down the centre.
line that splits the square in half horizontally. You will now have
a square that is split up into quarters.
In the centre
of the bottom left quarter of the square draw an equilateral triangle.
The triangle, and the other shapes you will be asked to draw, should
fill most of the quarter that you are asked to draw them in.
In the top right
hand quarter draw a circle and add a black dot in the centre of the
In the bottom
right hand quarter draw a large tick.
In the top left
hand quarter draw two dots and a curved line to make a smiley face.