Snack on canned peaches and sugar cookies while discussing the book. Then play with clay and take goofy mustache photos.
I had 10 boys and 8 adults (5 moms, 2 dads, and a grandma). We went around the circle first and everyone got to say what they thought of the book. Overall, they really liked it. Common favorite parts were the pictures of the pots and they way Ohr did everything himself – gathered the clay from the river, built his own kiln, etc.
After everyone had a turn, we had smaller group discussions at the tables using the discussion questions. We had set up four tables in the room, but we only used three of them. I’ve discovered over time that fuller tables lead to better discussion.
After about 20 minutes, I passed out materials: Model Magic in natural colors (white and browns) to make pots, and black foam sheets, straws, tape, pencils, scissors, and mustache templates to make mustaches. Most of the adults made mustaches and played with the Model Magic, and there was also a lot of discussion around the table (including one table that talked about all the other Boys & Books groups they’ve been to and which activities / snacks they liked best!)
When they were done with their pots, I took their pictures with their pots and mustaches. Overall, this was pretty simple and really fun. We wrapped up (our 45-minute program) at about the hour mark. Clean up was not bad, either.
Next month – Dodger and Me
- George Ohr felt that he took the blame for everything. Have you ever been blamed for something you didn’t do? What happened? How did you feel?
- George, like many artists, often felt like an outsider. Why do you think so many artists have a hard time fitting in with other people? Can you be creative and still conform to society’s rules? Why or why not?
- It took a while for George to figure out what he wanted to do with his life. Kids, what do you want to be when you grow up? Have you always known, or have you changed your mind over time? Adults, what did you want to be when you were in 3rd or 4th grade? How did it change?
- George didn’t see much success in his lifetime, but he kept going. If you were him, would you have continued to make pottery, or would you have given up? Why?
- George named his kids Leo, Clo, Lio, Oto, Flo, Zio, Ojo, and Geo, so that their first names were also their initials. Would you like to have a really unique name? Why or why not? Have you ever thought of changing your name? What name would you choose if you could name yourself?
- George liked to joke that he made pot-Ohr-e. Can you think of any fun wordplay using your name? What career would fit your name best?