Possibilities and Patterns for Port Jeff Art Students

Possibilities and Patterns for Port Jeff Art Students photo
Elementary art teacher Meghan McCarthy is always on the lookout for ways to keep her students creatively engaged. She recently purchased Perler beads, which are commonly called melty beads for her fourth-graders to experiment with while in the art classroom’s makerspace. They’ve created mandala inspired designs, cars, motorcycles and helicopters. The make-and-take activity takes the students longer then they anticipate, which gets the creative juices flowing.

“I've found it encourages them to use their fine motor skills, visual perceptual skills and social skills when working with a partner,” McCarthy said. “It's a wonderful focusing activity that they really enjoy.”