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When You’re Finished (Centers in the Art Room)

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Hey art teachers! What are your options for early finishers? Over the past couple of years I have been building and rebuilding my “centers” shelf.

I was rummaging around in my cabinets o’ storage earlier and found some treasures that I forgot I have been hoarding. Whenever I see a pile of junk with a sign that says “Free Stuff” in the teacher workroom I just cannot show self-control. The art teacher in me is all like I can DEFINITELY use this someday. Fast forward to 2 years later and I forgot I even had these things shoved way in the back behind the pipe cleaners and elbow macaroni. So i grabbed some inspiration from Ms. Gram to create centers! (Her classroom and behavior management strategy system is also remarkable.)

Introducing the new and improved Centers Shelf.

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Please note: it never EVER looks this organized, I wanted to make it look nice for you. 

 

There are a variety of fun things to engage early finishers that can be found here. First and foremost is the collection of books, the most popular of which are the pop-up books I used to read when I was a child. (RIP personal books but oh well the kids love them.) Here is an example of one and I tell ya, they are amazing! I also have a random pop up book that it is completely in Korean which might be the most popular book on the shelves. But enough about books!

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Next is the box of free draw. I have a bunch of How To Draw books and a basket of cut in half copy paper for free drawing. I also hoarded some post cards of various cities (and one random one of Madonna circa 1994 . . . ? which the kids can also use to draw from.)

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Okay so a friend of mine moved away a few months back and he came over to say goodbye to a bunch of us and he decided to give us stuff he “just couldn’t bring with him” and I inherited a set of dominos. So random! The kids are allowed to use them for spatial and visual games or math games but not to build a big thing to tip over because that would just be way too cray.

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I purchased a great matching game which is really difficult to get back into the box so it now resides in a plastic bag. I love this game because it shows kids a lot of different modern art that is important for them to know but we don’t always get to.

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One of the treasures I found buried away was this great weaving mat stuff. I cut it in half and filled some baggies with some Twisteez wires and lanyard/gimp/boondoggle/plastic string (What is that stuff really called anyway?!) This will make a great weaving center.

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From the dollar section at Target I was able to snag some neat-o flash cards.

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And from the generosity of other teachers and my own sense of “one teacher’s junk is another’s treasure” I have collected a bunch of blocks and shapes that can be used to make designs and build stuff.

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What kinds of things do you use as centers in your classroom?

 

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Author: artwithmsk

Hello! My name is Ms. Katzin and I am an art teacher at an elementary school near Atlanta, Georgia. Teaching art is my passion and I love what I do!

3 thoughts on “When You’re Finished (Centers in the Art Room)

  1. It’s called rex-lace. Which is the weirdest and most random name ever. 🙂

  2. Love this entry !!! Amazing inspiration! Thanks!

  3. I’m happy to see your energy and passion good luck

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