We then looked at the photos and listened to the beautiful music that our Japanese friend suggested to us. This is from his hometown:
Furusato (my home town):here!) According to the legend, Bodhidharma (the founder of Zen Buddhism) went into a deep meditation for nine years. In order to stay awake, he cut off his eyelids and threw them onto the ground whereupon they became tea plants. He sat and sat and thought and thought. After some years, his legs atrophied and fell off! More time passed as he meditated. Then his arms fell off. So the Daruma dolls you see have no no eyelids, arms or legs. These days, artist hand paint Daruma dolls and sell them at the temple. When you make a goal, wish or New Year's resolution, you color in the left eye. When you have achieved your goal or the wish comes true, you color in the right eye.
Here are some photos of the Daruma Dolls:
I got a lot of my information on this Daruma activity from this website:
Lesson plans on Japan K-3 and here is the Template for the daruma doll that the kids made above.
After talking with our friend from Japan and seeing the interesting things he allowed us to borrow, the kids were excited to learn more about Japan. LD begged to do more crafts AND a lapbook on Japan. So guess what I did (quickly, quickly??) I put together an impromptu unit on Japan!
We Made Fans with a Japan Theme: Mount Fuji is the most famous and revered mountain in Japan. It is admired for its height, shape, and beauty, and has featured in Japanese poems and paintings since ancient times. (according to the British Museum)
We looked at these examples of Mt. Fuji in Japanese art and then the kids made their own fans:
print from the Brisith Museum
Here we are working on Koi kites. I got a lot of great ideas from the crafty classroom.
activity village )
|You can use streamers, but I couldn't find ours and had lots of left-over ribbon from another project.|
Songs: All of these songs are the ones we [my friend from Japan] traditionally sing at schools mainly for the lower grade levels:
Sakura (cherry blossom):
Aka-tombo (red dragonfly):
Shiki no uta (song of four seasons):http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/origami_dog.htm
Here's a nice coloring page:
Children Around the World: Japan
And here are a few more websites that our friend suggested to us for our unit on Japan.
Kids web Japan: a very good Japanese resource:
Simple kendama tricks can be seen here:
|LD has been working away and has now been able to catch the ball on the biggest and medium bowls.|
Japanese numbers 1-10