Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Zentangle & Boogers...Tried it Tuesday

We are gettin' closer and closer to the end.
I am down to less than one month...
includin' weekends.
I can do this...I can do this.
YOU can do this too!
It's time to link up with my sweet friend Holly from
Fourth Grade Flipper for Tried it Tuesday.


Tried it Tuesday #1: Zentangle 
One of our Guidance counselors introduced Zentangle to 
my kids last week and they LOVED it!
I was thankful she had time to do this with them 
because I had originally wanted to do this and forgot.

What is Zentangle?
The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way
 to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.
Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images.
 It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction
 along with an increased sense of personal well being. 
The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world across a
 wide range of skills, interests and ages.
We believe that life is an art form and that our Zentangle Method
 is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life.


At all age levels, whether in public, private or home school environments, 
creating Zentangle art has been associated with improved:
Eye/hand coordination
Creativity and personal expression
Problem solving
Cross-cultural understanding, using various cultural symbols such as 
Indian henna patterns, Celtic knotting, Zuni pottery, 
Maori tattoos or Islamic tiling.
Relaxation and focus

She gave them a sheet to practice some different designs.
She made this tutorial sheet up to fit the needs of my 5th graders
after doin' lots of research & Pinterest browsin'
on her own.

They then got to Zentangle inside a palm tree.

It was awfully QUIET...which is NOT normal in my room.

They were given the first letter to Zentangle in and then had to 
write the other letters of their name.

 Here is a Zentangled palm tree.

Then the 5th Graders taught their 3rd Grade buddies how to Zentangle.
It was great to hear and see them showin'
their buddies what they learned.
This was a win-win for both parties. 

Tried it Tuesday #2: Tryin' to take a class picture
These are my babies.  I've had them for two years.
I'm goin' to miss these Boogers like crazy!
I'll probably snot-sob cry when they leave me.
Shh...don't tell them that I'm a total wimp.
We TRIED to take a nice picture 
(check out the bunny ears on me)

This is a lil' more accurate for my Rockstars and I.
I got my revenge for the bunny ears...
all is well!
Seriously...how could you not get attached to all these
wacky personalities?
I love them.
That is all.

Happy Tuesday, friends!


  1. I get super attached to my students every year. I can't even imagine the mess I'd be if I had to say goodbye after two!!!

  2. I have been seeing a lot about zentangle on Pinterest and like seeing how it was being used in a classroom. If it promotes all of those things, we should be doing this every day...in the teachers lounge...Do you know where your guidance counselor got those materials to practice with?

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  3. What an adorable looking group! Especially that cutie pie pseduo-strangling the kid on the left. :)

    I get so attached to my groups every year! I'm slobbering idiot on the last day. You'll need a double supply of kleenex when your group moves on.

    Zentangle sounds interestin' - I'll have to check it out!

    Learning in the Little Apple

  4. I'm going to need to do more investigating on zentangle....that looks like a lot of fun!! Silly pictures are always the best!!!

  5. I am definitely going to have to check out zentangle - I have a few artists in my group and that would be a great way to keep busy during MAPS testing and DRA testing! I have had my class for two years as well, so I know exactly what you mean about crying! I am going to miss my group a ton!

  6. That one giving you the bunny ears looks like he might just be the biggest booger of them all! I still have 20 days of school left and have already teared up while writing my parent newsletter for the past two weeks. What a lame!

  7. Going to have to put my thinking cap on how to incorporate zentangle and computers...but its so cute and seriously if it keeps them this engaged I am all for bringing out pens and paper. No no's in my room...they like to stab.

  8. Love the shirts - those are great photos!
    Thanks for introducing me to zentangle - I have never heard of this before - and I live on Pinterest : )

  9. HA HA!! Class pics are never easy to get. Trying to wrangle them all to pose quietly and nicely is impossible! I always tell them one nice pic, then we can do a goofy pic. I see you tell yours the same....

    That Zentangle is cool. Will look into that. : )
    Hang in there darlin', you have less days left than me....

    Teaching Powered by Caffeine

  10. Which resource did your counselor use to get this project started? Was it the book listed on the Zentangle website?

    1. She actually designed them herself after looking through many resources online. She wanted to make her lesson appropriate for my 5th graders. There are tons of resources on Pinterest if you type in Zentangle. :)

  11. Zentangle looks amazing! By the way, my kiddos are totally hooked on art for kids!! I've always wanted to loop with a group of kids. I bet it's going to be hard to let them go!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  12. Those drawings are too awesome! I have bookmarked this page because this activity would be a great project for me to try! I'll bet I can invent a STEM challenge around it or, even better, use it as a reward day for the class of the month. Alison- you just gave me the best ideas. And I love, love, love that little rascal that put bunny ears on you!

    Teachers Are Terrific!

    1. Oh....let me know what you come up with for STEM!!!!

  13. I so want to try Zentangle next year! I have a feeling that even my non-artistic kiddos would love it. Your class photos are fabulous! What a stinker- giving you bunny ears! Clearly you have a great relationship with your class! None of my attempts to get a "nice" class photo have ever turned out. My boys think they HAVE to do the "mermaid" in the front. THEY KILL ME! I just want everyone to stand still, look at the camera, and smile nice. Apparently that is asking way too much!

    Funky in Fourth

    1. I get the mermaids in the front too! They crack me up!!!

  14. I LOVE crazy class pictures!!! They are all adorable and you are going to seriously need some kleenex! :(
    Zentangle looks like something even my most nonartistic self could do! That's awesome!! :) Sorry it took me so long to stop by snd comment, friend! XXOO
    Fourth Grade Flipper


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