It is time for another Around the World lesson, with a stop this month in Russia. If you are interested in learning more about the language, culture and how to teach your children about it, you have found the right place. We even have a guest post about Russian food over at Mama Smiles, stop on by to learn more!
For this lesson, I wanted to incorporate art, math, geography, and FUN. Inspired by a local sidewalk chalk art festival, the kids and I did a little research on the famous Russian buildings. The colorful domes of Saint Basil (more info here on the Kremilin and Red Square area) inspired the children!
It was time to grab our brand new box of sidewalk chalk and head outdoors!
Start adding colors. Chalk is messy, so wear some play clothes and rub it in when you have the color you want in the place you want it. (otherwise, the chalk just blows away) You can blow on a little section to see what I mean!
Older kids can help fill in the colors. Teach them how to look back at the grid and figure out which square in the big grid corresponds with which square on the little grid. (Now we are getting into some really advanced mathematical terms that I can’t even remember – help!) Little ones will still be little ones! They want to help too. Although this activity is geared for kids ages 4 to adult, littles can help fill in big areas (like the tree or sky) They can also just add whatever they want to add and you can work it into the drawing! As I said before, I like participation and not perfection!
The more chalk and colors that are added, the more the building begins to take shape. Although Saint Basil Cathedral is an iconic symbol of Russia, has historical significance, and beautiful colors, there are many other buildings to choose from for this activity. If you have 2 older children, they may want to try draw 2 different buildings. Maybe even invite some friends over for a playdate and have different groups work on different buildings! I would love to see kids at school try this too! How neat would it be to see a bunch of buildings from Russia scattered on the sidewalks and driveways!