Age Range: 7 to 12
Grade Range: 2 to 6
Skill Level: Moderate
Every Day and Rainy Days
Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Mathematics - measuring
Approximate time needed for project:
Critters and creatures: Have you ever imagined yourself as your favorite animal. What interesting creatures live in your imagination? You and friends can draw these images divided into three sections (head, body, legs) and then interchange them to create even more fascinating critters and creatures.
Create Your Own Critters & Creatures
Faber-Castell Colored Eco Pencils
Faber-Castell GRIP Graphite Pencil
Canson® XL Multi-media paper
Take three pieces of card stock (approx 4 x 6) and mark for body parts: for the top head card make two marks where the neck will be, for the middle body card mark these same neck marks at the top of the card and make new marks at the bottom of the middle card to indicate the waist and, if needed, where the arms or wings or tentacles end. For the bottom card for legs and feet (or hooves or wheels, etc.) at the top of the card transfer the marks for the waist and other parts. Draw a character so that the neck, waist and legs line up with these marks and finish coloring.
When done, mix parts with your friends cards to create a variety of very strange creatures! (another variation is to have one piece of paper, fold it into sections and one person draws the head. Marks are made along the fold to indicate the neck and this portion is folded back to hide the head. The next person draws the body and marks for the waist and body and other body parts that might be completed below the fold and, similarly to the first section, folds it back to hide it from the last drawer. The third person completes using the indicated marks to guide them in aligning the legs with the rest of the body. When finished the final creature is revealed…great to do when waiting for food at a restaurant!)