Let your imagination take flight! Create butterflies that will shine and sparkle with the glitz of Crayola’s mediums. Using real butterflies as a springboard, this lesson plan could be correlated with a science unit.
“Bug Math” is a great way for students to learn one to one correspondence, number sequence, counting, beginning grouping, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills.
Get your students actively involved in observing and studying the weather. Spring can be an ideal time of year to start this project, when in most parts of the country the weather is unpredictable and often dramatic. Color diffusing paper and water-based markers are the perfect materials for drawing pictures of stormy weather. When sprayed with water, the drawings look wet and wild. They can become inspirational catalysts for poetry such as the simple poem shown in the example.
At the beach, the aquarium or even the dentist’s office, kids are fascinated by the vivid colors, interesting shapes and intricate patterns of tropical fish. These creatures’ varying characteristics teach students about habitat and adaptation. Your students can create 3-D fish of their own with brilliantly colored Crayola® products that “pop” against a black paper background.
Children can, at the same time, be intrigued by bugs and horrified by them. As you study these ever-present (and important!) residents of our world, have your students create variations on real bugs. Draw them on Folia Transparent Paper with black Sharpies (or other markers) and elaborate on Mother Nature’s designs with myriad lines and small shapes. Frame them with black construction paper decorated with buggy words and hang these beastly beauties in a window to glow.
Ponds are little microcosms teeming with life. A study of pond life from books or from actual ponds will provide students with plenty of interesting subject matter for this fun approach to watercolor painting. Even the youngest students can experience success with the methods used.
Color mixing can be quite an art! Discover the relationship between primary and secondary colors and create color harmony in a beautiful Model Magic® hat!
Young children need to observe many ways that literacy is an important part of daily life. Involve children in the process of list making and other activities so that they can observe the important adults in their lives reading and writing for a variety of purposes.
Represent the spirit of hope with a classroom display of sunny daffodils. Plant flowering bulbs and learn how communities help each other heal. What is a community? To which communities do you belong? Think about your local neighborhood, rural area, town, or suburb. How do the people in a community help one another? How can one community help another?
On October 20, 2001, communities in New York City started The Daffodil Project. More than 10,000 volunteers planted million daffodil bulbs. These bulbs were donated by people and organizations in the Netherlands and New York. This project brings a spirit of hope to the city. The daffodils remind people each year of the heroic rescue and recovery efforts after the tragedy on September 11, 2001. Each spring a golden Field of Daffodils weave through the city in more than 1000 parks and green spaces.
Create a perky spring basket to hold jelly beans, a chocolate bunny, or your art supplies.
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