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Why do some buildings look different than others?
Collect clean, recycled boxes, such as cereal or gift boxes and milk cartons, foam produce trays, and paper-towel rolls. Glue the openings shut using Crayola® School Glue. Allow to dry overnight.
Gather a variety of pictures of various building types. Ask students to find the similarities and differences between the pictures. Document student contributions using a classroom white board and Crayola® Dry Erase Markers.
If possible, organize a downtown field trip for student to observe the types of buildings in their home neighborhoods. Take digital cameras on the walking trip to document what building types you see. Print student pictures using a classroom computer and post their pictures in the classroom for easy viewing.
Share with students that they will begin creating their own structures during today's activity. This will require them to put on their Crayola® Art Smocks and to spread recycled newspaper on their work areas. Provide students with Crayola® Washable Kid's Paint to students, poured into flat containers or recycled aluminum pans, and So Big® Brushes.
Allow time for students to paint the boxes in self-selected paint colors. While the painting continues, talk with students about what they have observed about buildings, using their pictures as stimulus. Allow boxes to dry overnight.
It's time to build! Provide time in the school day for students to manipulate their painted building blocks. What can they create? How are their building creations similar to what they see in their pictures?
After students are satisfied with their physical structures, allow them to draw doors to their buildings, as well as windows and other building elements using Crayola® Washable Markers.
Let's make something!
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