Chinese Zodiac Animals Tape Chart

Yesterday, our first grade art class made an impromptu activity. With just a few minutes before students were coming into class, I quickly devised this plan to entertain our group for an hour. I had a lot of colored masking tape that was easy enough for them to rip on their own. I encouraged them to “tape paint” the animals of the Chinese zodiac.

Cute and success!

Materials used: paper, pencil, colored tape!

Chinese Zodiac Animals Tape Chart

Week 12: Piggy Banks

Our twelve weeks finally come to a close as we reached the last animal of our Chinese zodiac–the pig! I put their handwritten work from each week into a folder, and they were so excited to discover they had “art folders.”

After our handwritten practice, we had two projects lined up for the rest of the class. The first was to decorate our small piggy banks. I encouraged then to first use the permanent markers and then paint. One our artists insisted however that if they painted, there wouldn’t be enough time for the second project. I was thoroughly impressed with his time management skill at his young age. The rest of the artists seem to concur and continued to happily detail their small empty pigs.

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Week 12: Piggy Banks

Week 10: Patterned Chickens

Me: 雞的叫聲是什麼聲音? (What sound does a chicken make?)
Students: Cook-a-doodle-doo! Gaw-gaw-gaw-gaw!

This week, we designed patterned chickens! We first sketched a large chicken on a canvas textured 12 x 12 scrapbook paper. We then outlined our drawings with a single colored permanent marker.

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Week 10: Patterned Chickens

Week 9: Cartoon Monkeys

After some interesting projects in the past few weeks, I was excited for this basic drawing activity we had for our monkey week! Our goal was to create four colored cartoon monkeys by the end of the hour. The first step required the young artists to sketch their monkeys with pencil on their cardstock paper.

This is Ryder trying to create some monkey pirates..

This is Scarlette sketching some happy monkeys!

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Week 9: Cartoon Monkeys

Week 8: Fluffy Sheep Pillows

When deciding about what to do for our sheep craft, I thought of the words fluffy and soft. When a source from the internet shared about making a fleece tying craft with kindergartners, I began my hunt for a fun animal print to make pillows. I was happy to find a patterned pink fleece with sheep and a plain light pink fleece from Beverly’s but feared that my two boys might be turned off by the color choice.

This activity was a test of patience, because the majority of this project involved just tying the frills around the pre-cut fabric.

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Week 8: Fluffy Sheep Pillows