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Optical Treasure Box by Candie Cooper

Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.


Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Advanced

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Mathematics - measuring
Visual Arts
Time needed for project:
30-45 minutes

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Materials Needed:
- Plaid® Folk Art Paints in Black and Yellow
-Paper maché box
-Paint brushes
- Elmer’s® Paint Pens
- Paint brushes
- Scissors
- Paper towels


1. Paint the box lid yellow and the bottom of the box black.
10 min + dry time

2. Draw 4 half arched lines starting at the center and moving outward at four points---they should all curve in the same direction.
2 min

3. Doodle shapes in each section of the line dividers.  Make the doodles tiny in the center of the box and larger as they move out to the rim. 
20 min.

4. Outline the drawn shapes with paint pens.
10 min.


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