In this visual arts activity, children make “silly shoes.”
Kentucky’s Early Childhood Standards Three and Four Year Olds
Arts and Humanities Standard 1: Participates and shows interest in a variety of visual arts, dance, music, and drama experiences. Benchmark 1.2 Develops skills in and appreciation of dance.
Physical Education Standard 1: Demonstrates basic gross and fine motor development. Benchmark 1.1 Performs a variety of locomotor skills with control and balance. Benchmark 1.2 Performs a variety of non-locomotor skills with control and balance.
For the following lesson, you will need:
Construction paper and a pencil to trace feet
Feathers, stickers and other materials for decoration
Step-by-Step Procedure Watch the Silly Shoes video as a whole group activity, encouraging students dance and move as they watch. Afterwards, use the Discussion Questions to help introduce the following activity.
As the art center, trace the children’s feet and help them cut out the shape of their feet.
Encourage children to use the markers and other materials to decorate the shapes to be silly shoes. Each child should decide what his or her shoes represent. These could be animals, feelings, places, etc.
Making silly shoes could also be a take-home family project.
When all the children have finished, have them share their silly shoes with the group.
Let all children who would like to share a description of their shoes.
Put on some lively music for the children to dance to. Then, put one of the silly shoes that the children have made where everyone can see it. Have the children move according to the featured shoe.
Stop the music and pick a different shoe. Make sure that every child has a turn for his or her shoe to be featured.
Modifications for Special Needs Children with limited motor abilities sometimes withdraw from group physical activities. Adding props can create interest and movement possibilities for these children. For example, a child in a wheelchair may enjoy the willowy nature of a scarf, the jangly timber of the tambourine, or the finger movements of castanets.
Young children love acting silly; and giggles, smiles and creative expression come naturally to them. It’s important to find ways to encourage creativity and happiness through activities with children. The song “Silly Shoes” appeals to a child’s need for movement and fun.
Like the children in the video, those watching are encouraged to sing and move with their own “silly shoes,” which can be any kind of shoes they imagine. In the video, the children imagine shoes inspired by animals and then move like the animals would.
This song is an interesting way to introduce and reinforce new vocabulary and concepts. For example, how would a person move in joyful, excited, surprised, nervous, disappointed, or angry shoes? How would a person move in spring, winter, summer, or fall shoes? How about ocean, desert, swamp, forest, or mountain shoes? Encourage children to enjoy their imaginations with movement and this song.
Movements for this dance promote both locomotor and non-locomotor movements. In locomotor activities, children move from one space to another by running, jumping, walking, hopping, sliding, skipping, etc. As children move in their silly shoes, they may do different kinds of locomotor activities.
Non-locomotor activities include bending, stretching, wiggling, and twisting. “Silly Shoes” can also inspire these non-locomotor activities as students stand in one place and sway, bend, or twist to the music as they sing.