Colorful Textured Cards

Colorful Textured Cards Lesson Plan

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.

  • 1.

    STUDENTS MAKE RUBBING PLATES: For younger children, this step can be completed by an adult ahead of time.

  • 2.

    Use Crayola Scissors to cut several pieces of poster board into medium-size pieces about 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm).

  • 3.

    Use a Crayola Color Stick to write a word and draw patterns onto the pieces of poster board. Trace over what you have written and drawn with Crayola School Glue and air-dry completely overnight.

  • 4.

    When dry, have students feel the textured surface they created with their fingertips.

  • 5.

    STUDENTS MAKE CARDS Choose a card size. To make a large card, fold a piece of construction paper in half. To make a smaller card, cut a piece of construction paper in half and then fold it in half.

  • 6.

    STUDENTS MAKE TEXTURED DESIGNS Draw a background on the card using the flat side of a Color Stick. Create movement in the design by making swirls and combining colors. Choose a rubbing plate word or 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. Use more than one Color Stick while rubbing to make special effects.

  • 7.

    STUDENTS MAKE COLLAGE CARDS Choose a rubbing plate design. 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 special effects. Fill several sheets with different rubbings made with a variety of colors.

  • 8.

    Tear or cut the textured designs and arrange them on a card. Use your imagination to create stripes, flowers, hearts or a mosaic-like design on the card. Attach the textured pieces with School Glue and an arts & crafts brush. Air-dry the glue completely.

Standards

  • 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: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas.
  • VA: Explore and understand prospective content for works of art.

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.