January 31st is Backward Day - a day to do everything backwards! You can try reading backwards, eat your meal starting with a dessert, walk backwards, talk backwards, or play a game backwards: from the finish line to the start. Your imagination is the limit! To commemorate the day, Adrian is wearing his sweater and his cap backwards, while spelling his name using painted Haida sticks assembled as the letters of his name A-D-R-I-A-N. The trick is however, to spell his name backwards!
This activity is very easy and fun. A child gets to use his/her imagination while decorating a popsicle sticks (or any other craft sticks). American Indian Crafts Kids Can Do! book (buy here) has a lot of fun craft ideas, and today, we are using color markers (buy here) to decorate Haida sticks, which were used by Native Americans like we use playing cards. Haida people lived along the northwest coast of Alaska, and they were known for their wood carvings. Craftspeople carved cedar trees, and then painted their carvings with minerals mixed into mashed salmon eggs. (Adrian was fascinated to learn that at some point, people did not have paints, crayons, markers or pencils readily available to them.)
Once children had satisfied their creativity and finished decorating Haida sticks with markers, they assembled them to represent the letters of their names. It was a great language and alphabet letter recognition exercise as well, as Adrian had to figure out how to make sticks to look like A-D-R-I-A-N.
And, to commemorate the Backward Day, Adrian is spelling his name backwards!
Art, craft, language, letter recognition, memorization of reverse sequential order - all in one! Can I wish for more?
Backward Day is a lot of fun for children. Did you do anything backwards on January 31st?