Sunday, December 7, 2008


This activity requires a little more preparation than most of the SMMART activities, but the payoff is well worth the effort. You are introducing your child to great pieces of art and their masters. Select a variety of works from different genres for this game.

Search the internet, magazines, or thrift store books for pictures of great masterworks. The internet is a flexible resource so you can shrink pictures and paste onto a document, ready to print.

This is one website that I find useful: (Olga's Gallery)

Find pictures of great art masterpieces. Shrink the pieces to smaller than 3X5 and print them in duplicate. Cut out each picture and paste each picture onto the back of a plain 3X5 notecard. Be sure to label the picture with the name of the artwork and artist. You may laminate these or use contact paper to aid in longevity of this card game.

Now you have duplicate pictures for a "Masterworks Matching" game. As you turn over each picture or make a match, be sure to verbalize the name of the artwork and each artist.

It won't be long before your child is naming them before you!


Wendy said...

I just wanted to say that I LOVE this idea! My daughter is 7, and too old for a lot of your ideas, but she will love this; and I'll love teaching her about some of my favorite works. I'm making my cards today. Thanks!

Lisa SMMART ideas said...

Wendy, Wendy, Wendy!
Thank you so much for your comment! I love to see that educators (moms) are utilizing these ideas!!!! and that someone out there appreciates these posts.
I actually have quite a range of age activities compiled, but have mostly focused on posting activities that I participate in with my daughter...hence the "younger" ideas. But, remember you can use these ideas as a platform to creatively accommodate any agegroup...creative inspiration. Thanks again!

The Katies said...

We'd love to link to this idea in our round up of clever matching activities to post next Tuesday. Hopefully that will be okay with you:)


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