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March 2nd - Product testing

For today's morning activity, we postponed the live veggie challenge we had scheduled to do some product testing for MoMA. The product: a card game about Odilon Redon. 

We started by reading a bit about Odilon Redon and how he drew from nature: 

 

Zephyr read to Lyric  

Zephyr read to Lyric  

The instructions told us to look closely at the picture, but it was pretty small and hard to make out the details within it. The kids said they saw branches and leaves, but I pushed them to notice it was made with pencil and all in one color. 

Lyric looks closely at the picture

Lyric looks closely at the picture

Then we broke out the cards and I had them look through to identify the kinds of bark Redon drew. To my surprise, they picked up the differences in the bark drawings fairly quickly. So we played a matching game with the cards

They took turns finding matches

They took turns finding matches

For essentially one color abstract patterns, I found it kind of impressive how easily they spotted differences

For essentially one color abstract patterns, I found it kind of impressive how easily they spotted differences

We didn't get a chance to play concentration with the cards, but I think the kids got an introduction to various trees and the work of Odilon Redon, which isn't bad for a Thursday morning.