In Mrs. Chow's kindergarten
class at Mutual Elementary School in Maryland, twenty-two 5-year-olds
spent a portion of their classtime over 2 days making gourd rattles and
seemed to be a very happy bunch of kids when their gourds were done!
On Tuesday, we took the gourds to the art room, and the kids used
markers to draw simple designs based on Native American symbols onto the
bowl of the spoon gourd. That evening I brought the gourds home with
me, and wrapped cord around the "handles", then drilled some tiny
holes in the very tips so that they could glue feathers into them.
The 'learning' portion of the project required that they use some sort
of pattern in stringing plastic pony or wooden beads...some used alternating
colors, some alternated beads by size.....but whatever they chose to do...all
of the gourds were outstanding!!