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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Cheery Rainbows with Pop-out Flowers

This is a very Spring-like art project, but I figure I'd post it now in time for St. Paddy's Day (rainbow-related and all). I found this to be a perfect project for Grade 1 students (6 years old); slightly challenging with the pop-up flowers but not frustrating-ly so.

Start off by teaching and/or reviewing the colors found in a rainbow: ROY G BIV
On a regular white sheet of paper, landscape format, students draw/color a rainbow using wax crayons. 
I reminded the kids to press fairly hard so they'd get nice bright colors.

I had pre-cut pieces of green construction paper (about 3-4 inches high) to fit along the bottom of the paper. I demonstrated how to cut 'zig-zag/triangles' grass for confident students, or, a simpler 'fringe' for kids that aren't so good with manipulating scissors. Glue the grass paper to the bottom of the rainbow sheet.

On heavy weight white paper, students drew 3 large, simple flowers and colored them with wax crayons. 
Markers would also look nice. Cut these out.

I showed each students (called them up one-by-one) and showed them how to make a small paper spring (a thin, short strip of heavyweight white paper folded accordian style). We made them step-by-step together, then they went back to their tables and made the third one by themselves. Glue these to the bottom of each flower and then glue the other end of the spring to the green grass. I encouraged students to go back and add details to the background (sun, clouds, insects, etc, etc....)

Ta da!

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