The children will need to know:
- Vocabulary to describe characteristics.
- The names of colors.
- Some knowledge of what is a caterpillar.
- Understanding of same and different.
- The story book, One Little Caterpillar By Maria Grujicic
- A small plate, cardboard square or anything flat that can hold dabs of paint to make a paint pallet.
- Place dabs of white, yellow, blue and red on the pallet.
- A pencil
- A piece of blank paper
This is a fabulous way to help children think creatively and become more involved in the story telling and creating process.
- Read the book, One Little Caterpillar with the children or/and act out the story.
- Say you will turn to one of your favorite pages in the book, and find a page with 5 hands on it.
- Look at the hands, and then look at your hand to connect the picture with the real hand.
- Tell the children that our hands can also be like the caterpillars in the story!
- Show the children what to do by tracing your hand on a piece of paper.
- Take the prepared palette of different colors, and show how to mix each sets of color to make a new color.
- Paint your ‘caterpillar’ hand using the new color you made.
- Tell the children they can experiment to make the color they like.
- Show the children the scissors and tell them that once the hand is dry, they can cut it out.
- These hands will be used as the caterpillars in our mural.
- The children will experiment with making different shades of skin color. Guide the children towards making these different shades and colors, which relate to the different hands in the book.
- The children will develop observation skills and learn about what makes them unique and special.
- By this time you may have some ideas of your own about how this mural can develop. Feel free to share, then look at part 2 of the process.
- If a child does not know how to trace and cut, he/she can work with a friend.
- After we make the mural, we will be turning it into a walking talking story.
This activity is based on the story One Little Caterpillar, By Maria Grujicic
For the next step of this project, look at part two or take a preview at the other parts!
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