2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour: Stop #12

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 #12 of the 2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour . For each, we’ve added some language prompts for building those neural pathways for all ages. I’ve also put some notes for some questions in brackets [ ] after. Feel free to comment with your responses, a child’s response or additional questions – and ENJOY!

#12: Grand Rapids Children’s Museum** ArtPrize Guide SPONSORS!!
22 Sheldon Avenue NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Some overall questions for this stop:

  • Have you ever visited the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum before?
  • 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?

Changing the World One Hot Air Balloon at a Time – 100 children who worked hard to save all of their recycling material from their school. They then put their thinking caps on and designed a piece of work that would change the world. The Winter Sun Team

  • What items can you name in these materials?
  • How many syllables does balloon have? [2; buh-loon]
  • Can you find any other 2 syllable words in this piece?
  • What colors do you see?
  • What other words can we use to describe this piece?
  • Does this remind you of any other pieces we’ve seen?
  • Does this remind you of any stories you know?

You Read For Me a tribute to teachers – Large banner-sized oil paintings make up a series of adults teaching children.

  • Who reads to you the most?
  • What are your favorite stories to listen to?
  • Which picture do you like best and why?
  • Who has been your favorite teacher?
  • Do this remind you of any stories you know?


Follow-up activities could include looking up information on hot air balloons; researching recycling and which materials are recyclable and which are not; reading a favorite book or story together (take a picture of you together!); writing (or drawing) a thank you to a favorite teacher or adult who has shared stories with you; describing one of these pieces to someone who wasn’t there with you.

From Kent District Library

Reading A-Loud is not only for babies and toddlers!

What is these materials were recycled. Where would they go?

Also – if you’re at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum on Sunday, Sep 30, enjoy the Kids’ ArtFest!!

Next: Select Bank, Stop #13 on the 2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour

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