The Okay Book – Activity #2: "It’s Okay It’s Not Okay"
Activity #2: “Painting Okay People”
8.5” x 11” white paper
Various colours of paint
Various scraps of construction paper
Thick black felt markers
Set up flip chart or large sheet of paper
Step by Step:
Step One: Brainstorm ‘It’s Okay’ statements with the students and record student feedback on a flip chart.
Step Two: Provide students with a piece of white paper. Have students choose ONE colour of paint to wash the entire page. Let dry. Explain to the students that they are going to create an image like Todd Parr’s (Example: the people in Todd Parr’s illustrations have no nose).
Step Three: Students choose one of the brainstormed ideas or one of their own and create an image/person from the different coloured scraps of construction paper. The students can shape, cut and the glue their image/person onto the washed paper.
Step Four: Have the students add details using the thick black felt markers.
Step Five: Each student then writes an ‘It’s Okay’ statement onto his/her paper, similar to the layout in the Todd Parr book.
Optional: Have the students print their ‘It’s Okay’ statement on pre-cut strips of paper (separate from the picture they created). Then glue the statement onto their image page.
A display of Todd Parr creations by the students mounted on a bulletin board.