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Design, create, and paint a fantasy creature using paper maché and recycled materials.
Discuss with students the characteristics that make animals and/or people unique. Have students make a list of these features using Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils.
Students think about what characteristics they could combine to make a truly unusual creature, such as an alien or fantasy animal. What could be different about facial features, body parts, posture, hair and skin colors, and other characteristics? Have them choose at least one point of interest, something that is very different from anything that exists. Have students sketch their imaginary creature so they have a plan.
Students cover their work area with recycled newspaper. Use a recycled box as a base for building their 3-dimensional creature. Attach various-sized cardboard rolls and/or other boxes to the base with Crayola School Glue. Dry.
To prepare to cover the creature with paper maché, tear newspaper into narrow strips. Combine equal parts of school glue with water. Dip the newspaper strips into the glaze, and wipe away excess glue.
Cover the base with one or two layers of paper maché. Dry. Continue adding one or two more layers and drying after each until the creature is well covered.
Paint the creature with Crayola Washable Paint. Dry.
Glue on decorative craft items such as yarn, feathers, or buttons to make the creature one of a kind. Dry.
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