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Colorful Textured Cards

Create cool textured designs with rubbing plates that students make themselves. Then create one-of-a-kind textured cards with Crayola® Color Sticks that can be used for any occasion.

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Prior to the lesson, students create rubbing plates intended to create celebratory cards. Depending upon the age of the class, adults may choose to make the plates. Additionally, cut poster board to 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm)size.
    2. Bring students together for a discussion about the role of a significant adult, such as a mother or father figure, in their lives. Ask students to share some examples of how these people impact their lives in a positive way.
    3. Read to the group or ask a few students to read to the class poems from I Love You: A Gift of Love and Poetry for Children by Donald Verger. Discuss the poems shared and how they might inspire a saying for a Father's Day card.
    4. Distribute cut poster board to students, along with Crayola Color Sticks. Crayons or markers may be substituted if Color Sticks are not available.
    5. Instruct students to write a word and draw patterns onto the pieces of poster board. Then, using Crayola School Glue, trace over the word or patterns. Allow glue to air-dry completely overnight.
    6. Return cards to students. The next step is to create the textured design. This can be accomplished by drawing a background on the card using the flat side of a Color Stick. Movement can be created in the design by making swirls and combining colors.
    7. Students select a rubbing plate design. Place the card on top of the rubbing plate and use the flat side of a Color Stick to rub over the card until the word or design appears. Using more than one Color Stick while rubbing will make a special effect.
    8. If students wish to create collage cards, they may also begin by selecting a rubbing plate design. Then place a piece of construction paper on top of the rubbing plate and use the flat side of a Color Stick to rub over the card until the word or design appears. Use more than one Color Stick while rubbing to make a special effect. Fill several sheets with different rubbings made with a variety of colors.
    9. Demonstrate for students how to tear or cut the textured designs and arrange them on cards. Encourage imaginative arrangements to create stripes, flowers, hearts or mosaic-like designs. Attach textured pieces with School Glue and an arts & crafts brush. Allow to air-dry completely.
  • Standards

    LA: Determine a theme of a story, drama or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

    LA: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

    LA: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

    VA: Brainstorm multiple approaches to a creative art or design problem.

    VA: Explore and invent art-making techniques and approaches.

    VA: Create works of art that reflect community cultural traditions.

  • Adaptations

    Invite a local writer to visit with the class to discuss his experience as a professional writer and how writing greeting cards is a specific type of craft. Experiment while the writer is present with composing greetings for cards and categorize the greetings. Examples of categories might include: holidays, sad life event, joyous life event, purchasing a new home, etc. After the visit has concluded, invite students to post their learning to a class blog.

    Students investigate military groups formed in their local area that may be stationed overseas. Students write Colorful Textured Cards of encouragement to these soldiers. Have students investigate the address to which the cards will be sent in order to reach the troops.

    Challenge students to create a ripped paper collage on a tile or thick piece of recycled cardboard.

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