2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour: Stop #8

You can support reading and language development while you tour ArtPrize without creating anxiety for struggling readers. Here’s the next phase of our ArtPrize for Kids: Language Connections Guide for 2012. Thanks again to our friends at grkids.com for the work done on creating the Tour!

Here are picks from Stop #8 of the 2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour . For each, we’ve added some language prompts for building those neural pathways for all ages. Feel free to comment with your responses, a child’s response or additional questions – and ENJOY!


#8: Grand Rapids Downtown Courtyard by Marriott 11 Monroe Ave. Grand Rapids MI 49503

Some overall questions for this stop:

  • How are the exhibits at this stop alike?
  • How are the exhibits at this stop different?
  • How is this stop alike or different from the stops we’ve already visited?

Clown Fish 

  • What colors do you see?
  • What shapes do you see?
  • What other fish have we seen?
  • This is a clown fish. They live in the sea. What other animals can you think of that live in the sea?
  • How many actions words can we use to describe what this fish might do? The fish ___.
  • SH is a time when two letter make one sound. What other words can you think of that have sh in them?
  • Does this piece remind you of any stories you know?

Edge of the Forest

  • What words can you think of that rhyme with gnome?
  • What animals do you see?
  • Is there an animal that starts with the sound of s? The sound of r? How about a b sound?
  • What sounds do you think we’d hear if this was real?
  • What other pieces have we seen that had animals in their habitat?
  • What other pieces have been about a forest?
  • What do you think the forest gnome might be thinking about?
  • How would you describe his mood?
  • How old do you think he is?
  • What do you think his name should be?
  • Does this piece remind you of any stories you know?

Fantastic Carousel of Dreams 

  • How many syllables are in the word carousel? [3; care-uh-sell]
  • What animals do you see?
  • Which animals have two syllable names? Which have one? Do any have more than two?
  • How many animals are there?
  • How many are horses?
  • Where would these animals live in real life?
  • Which animals have we seen in other pieces? How were they the same? How were they different?
  • What describing words can you use to describe these colors?
  • How are these horses all the same? How are they different?
  • Where else have we seen a carousel?
  • Why couldn’t we ride this carousel?
  • Does this remind you of any stories you know or places you’ve visited?


Follow-up activities could include looking up information on how carousels work; researching clown fish; writing a story about the gnome visiting the other venues or ArtPrize pieces; describing one of the pieces to someone who wasn’t there with you.

At Grand Rapids Public Library

From Kent District Library

Some fun with Gnomes

Other Forest Images

Modeling Reading based on ArtPrize

Bringing in the senses (CD available through public libraries)

Next: Weston Open Space, Stop #9 on the 2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour

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