When it comes to capturing (and holding) kids’ attention, it’s difficult to compete with television, video games and social media, which is why I was so thrilled to discover a pair of artists whose mission was to create a toy that would pull children away from the screen and towards creative and imaginative play.
David Horvath and Sun Min Kim are the creators of Ugly Dolls, a line of plush toys with wild stories and personalities. The fourth graders were to create their own Ugly Doll, with the challenge of creating something new, that would still visually fit into David Horvath and Sun Min Kim’s line of toys.
Never mind the excitement my students expressed at creating their own ugly doll…I wanted to create one too!
The fourth graders started with a sketch of their Ugly Doll, along with some notes to begin creating a story about their character. There were MANY laughs shared in the art room as these Ugly Dolls and their stories came to life! It was truly amazing to witness many of my students giving their characters some of their own personality traits, including some of their weaknesses! Ah, the power of art 🙂
Come back soon to see our finished Ugly Dolls!