Find Five

Find Five lesson plan

Young children enjoy problem solving. Invite them to use their knowledge to design, make, and decorate a unique creation.

  • 1.

    Collect a variety of clean, recycled objects for children's constructions, such as paper-towel tubes, produce trays, and boxes.

  • 2.

    Place the collected objects on a table for students to view. Inform them that they will be asked to select a variety of objects to use in creating an original piece of artwork. Address any questions that students may pose.

  • 3.

    Invite students to select five items to use for their art projects. Inform them that hey may construct anything they can imagine with these five items. Encourage students to try several designs until they find the one that pleases them most. Provide students class time to experiment.

  • 4.

    Once students have placed their five items, give them Crayola® School Glue to fasten their pieces together. Closely supervise students while using the glue. Once students are done gluing their items together, dry constructions overnight.

  • 5.

    Students put on their Crayola Art Smocks and cover their work areas with newspaper. Invite students to paint their constructions using Crayola Washable Kid's Paint and So Big® Brushes. Dry overnight.

  • 6.

    Provide students with class time to share with classmates how they developed their Find Five project.


  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • MATH: Know number names and the count sequence.
  • MATH: Count to tell the number of objects.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art.


  • Increase the number of recycled items students can use in their constructions. Does this make the project easier or more difficult?
  • Ask students to focus their creativity during the construction phase of this project on creating a structure that has a function, such as a dog house, a hamster's run, etc. After completing their project, students prepare a talk for classmates focused on what their construction is and how it works.