It is essential for children to start learning how they can work in diverse groups efficiently. This simple activity can be used for introducing children to working in groups. The activity requires a very limited set of resources, as available. The objective is to get the children acquainted with one another and get their creative juices flowing.
Resources needed per student
A sheet of paper (Any size)
Paintbox, Colors, and Brushes
Collaboration, teamwork, creativity
Instruction for students
Interact within your groups to decide as to what you wish to paint. Let everyone speak and listen intently. Keep in mind, you have to present the painting later. So, think of scenery or a story you can talk about.
Divide work amongst yourselves. For example, if one is doing the basic sketching, another can paint on it. Involve each person in making the painting. Use the resources judiciously.
Present what you have made to the class. Discuss within your group what you are going to say. Take turn while speaking.
Instruction for teachers
Division and distribution
Divide children in a group of 5 students. If you are well acquainted with the students, divide them in a way that there is a balance of vocal and docile kids. If you do not know the kids beforehand, keep in mind the gender equity.
Ideation and cognition
Observe the process of ideation in each team closely. See, if they follow certain procedures of ideation. If not, keep a track of the common mistakes and discuss them later. Take note of the common themes and contextual references that come up during the discussion. Encourage everybody to speak, however, guide them towards a feasible idea they can easily incorporate.
Communication and teamwork
Identify the communication patterns that the students follow. Do not let anybody dominate the discussion. identify modes and styles of communication for discussing positive styles of communication later. Use this activity to set group norms.
Once the groups are done, have them come together and present what they have made to everyone. Check whether they are discussing amongst each other before presenting. Praise students for coming up with a coherent and engaging presentation.