Tag Archives: crayon

Kindergarten Kites


When Kindergarten was learning about shapes and weather, students created diamond shaped kites.

To help expedite this lesson, I had drawn simple kites onto the paper so that they could cut them on their own.

Students looked at pictures of kites and chose to create their own designs. Some chose to draw pictures, others chose to color them in their favorite colors.

Peter Diem Cows



Everyone seems to do a Peter Diem Cow lesson!


They are so colorful and perfect for young ones.


I had my K/1 class, do a guided drawing of a cow. Some wanted 4 legs, udders, and tails so they did. Others copied Peter Diem.


They colored with oil pastel then used markers and water for a blended background.




53654596For this lesson for my Transitional Kindergarten students, I had them do a directed drawing of a frog on a lily pad.


I often do directed  drawings with my youngest students. I think it gives them a good foundation of how to draw.


After we drew the frogs, we talked about how to make green, how to mix paint and to add some water to thin out the paint a bit so we could still see the black crayon.


Apple Still Life



I did these apples with my K/1 combo class.


I showed them how to draw apples in a bowl, on a table, in a footed bowl and they could do them however they chose to.


We drew them with black crayon and filled in with paint.


One mom told me her child loved it so much he kept drawing apples in bowls.


I think they are a lot of fun.



Year of the Monkey: Sock Monkey



For Chinese New Year, we did a lot of Monkeys. This is what the Kindergarten students created.


I brought in a few sock monkeys and we looked at others on the internet.


We started with a guided drawing in black crayon and they painted them however they wanted to.


Not bad for a 30 minute lesson!


Texture Leaves Fall Trees


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The K/1 students drew trees in crayon then used the texture plates today to create leaves for fall trees.



They first colored small squares of paper using the texture plates.


Once complete, they cut out leaf shapes. They then glued them onto their trees.

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They could add grass , sky and other things if they wanted to but only a few did that. If I were to do this again, I think I would use colored paper rather than white.

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I love how different they all turned out.

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Back to School Art Trading Cards


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At my school, the foundation makes our art program possible. When they asked if I would be at the back to school family night, I agreed. They wanted a quick art project that was not too messy.

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I chose art trading cards. I cut card stock into 2 1/2 X 3 1/2 rectangles and brought stamps, markers, crayons, and colored pencils. I borrowed a class set of stamp pads from one of our preschool teachers, covered the table with butcher paper and the kids went to work making mini masterpieces.

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Students stamped, colored and created. Some shared with me, some shared with friends and some chose to keep their art. It was a fun inexpensive art project that gave families a small glimpse into the creative fun we have in the art room.

Heather Galler Landscapes


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Have you seen Heather Galler’s work? It is beautiful! I came across it when I was searching for images of Art Dog to show the students at school. Of course, it took me on a search and I discovered her website and her etsy shop.

I showed my students images of her folk art landscapes and they created their images in a media of their choice. I put out markers, crayon, oil pastel  and colored pencils.


I even got out the texture rubbing plates for the students who wanted to try them.

Art Trading Cards or ATC’s


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Art Trading Cards are a fun project. The idea started in Switzerland in 1996. The only rule is that they must be 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches and must be traded and not sold.

Some artists sell art cards but they are called ACEO’s: Art cards, editions and originals.

Anything goes with these mini masterpieces. I usually set up stations-collage, stamps, markers, stickers, bits of ribbon, fabric, colored pencils, paint, bingo daubers, crayons, etc. and let the kids create. Some students will create a slew of them and others will focus on a few.

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When I do stations,. students start at one station but eventually move around the room. I have also had a supply table and students take supplies back to their desk to work. When they finish using the marker, stamp, dauber, etc. they return the item to the supply table.

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For the substrate, I have used cereal boxes, playing cards, and card stock. Usually, the kids must make at least two and trade one. They are free to make and trade more than that. The trading time is usually on another date so they focus on the art. I also trade with the students but limit them to one teacher trade-learned that lesson one year when I had made 90 cards, left them on my desk to go help a student and they were gone before I got back to my desk.


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I give them 2-3 cards to start and if they do a good job, thoughtful work that is planned out and creative, they can do more. One fourth grade class I had created nearly 300 cards in just over an hour.  You can purchase blank cards from many of the art supply places or you can cut them out yourself-time consuming but if you have a lot of donated scrap card stock as I did, it is a great way to use it up.