This month, I will be posting some activities related to two things that make November special: Native American Heritage Month as well as Thanksgiving celebration.
Today's lesson plan idea: discuss some different Native American tribes and the differences in their cultures. Like many people, many tribes had their own distinctive forms of art. For the Navajo, sandpainting was a sacred practice. Find information about and examples of Navajo sandpainting (here is a website to get you started) and share it with the class.
Then, lead your class in a sandpainting activity, an adaptation of the sandpainting done by the Navajo.
Here is a video that shows the process, which actually appears pretty simple:
A second video, found here, shows how the sandpainting can incorporate more traditional designs (scroll to the last few minutes).
Kinderart also has a written outline of the instructions. Enjoy!