Last Minute = Creativity!


The other day I completely forgot to plan a homeroom activity for my group of junior high students. {Ah, confession feels good!} So, I frantically racked my brain for a last minute, creative idea which would allow all students to feel successful and have a good time creating it. I guess I should say that my most inspirational/creative time is from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm. So, I thought for sure I would have to go beg an idea from a team partner because an idea just wasn't going to happen. {Yes, I am a slacker at times}

BINGO!  Like an answered prayer, I remembered my mom doing this fun activity with her kindergarten students. Essentially, you give each student a shape drawn on a piece of paper, which they will have to use to create a new image, picture, or piece of art. They can rotate their paper until they see how the shape inspires them.


Like a Jedi-knight, I quickly scribbled a random shape onto a blank piece of paper and raced down to the copy room. The force {insert Star Wars humor} was strong with me and no one was occupying the copy machine. It really wouldn't matter if someone was on the machine, because I was ready to beg, plead, and throw some elbows. {Did I mention I am pretty scrappy? Well, I am.}

After copying the papers, like a good Jedi-knight, I shared the activity with a team partner in my hall. So, I guess what I am trying to say is that some ideas just hit you and you go with it. I am lucky that this activity was such a success.

Yes, I had one student who always wants to do something else, and he didn't want to do it. But hey, I am not about to change for the 1% grumpy student. Mr. Grumpy Pants, you missed out on this force of creativity!


"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away a teacher planned a last minute art activity....and it was procrastinatingly awesome!"

Written by My Art to Inspire Guest: Shirini