Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Art and Max by David Wiesner - Adventure Activities

Book Adventures Wednesday:
Welcome back, good subject!
As promised Monday, during the book introduction, we are back with some fun activities for you today. Every story is full of adventure. But you don’t have to sit on the couch and live vicariously through the character. Get up and let’s get going on some adventures of our own.

You can find art anywhere, the mall, the library, along the city streets. Go on an Art Hunt and see what kinds of art work you can find in your city or town. Not all art is man-made. I have a friend who finds art in nature. She calls it God’s works of Art. She will find sticks and leaves laid in an interesting way and snap a picture of it. Who says it’s not art? Photographers are artist, too. What art, natural and man-made can you find in your surroundings? Take your camera and share with us.

Scribe Work: What do you suppose the other lizards in the story were thinking while all the action between Max and Art was going on? Look at their faces. What do their expressions say? Write some dialogue or thought bubbles and share what they might be thinking or saying. Take it one step further and write your own version of this story from one of the smaller lizard’s point of view. I would love to hear some of your ideas. Post in the comments section.

Jester’s Jokes: On a large piece of construction paper, trace the outline of a friend, sibling or even your parent! Now, starting with just the outline, what would you do to re-create them? Is there anything you might change? What are your favorite parts about this person? Do they have a kind heart? Draw a big heart and write inside of it what you like about them. Do you have a favorite memory about them? Can you draw or write about it? Get creative and use as many medias as you like.

Return to the Castle Library on Friday to meet the Author and Illustrator, David Wiesner.
Have fun and let me know what you think about these activities!
The Queen

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