Cursive Creatures

Cursive Creatures lesson plan

Students make a new name for themselves while having fun with cursive. Design and introduce a clever character created from a name or initials.

  • 1.

    Fold a sheet of construction paper in half. On one side of the fold, students write their name or initials in large cursive letters with Crayola® Colored Pencils.

  • 2.

    Cover the work area with recycled newspaper. Students use Crayola Washable Paint to quickly paint over the handwriting. While the paint is still wet, carefully refold and press the paper to make a mirror image. Open the paper. Dry.

  • 3.

    Students should try to imagine an animal taking shape within their print, on either one or both sides of the paper. The animal might be real or imaginary. Draw the creature and its features with Crayola Washable Markers. For a soft effect, such as fur or feathers, use a damp paint brush to blend the colors. Dry.

  • 4.

    Students introduce themselves to classmates or school visitors by telling about their name and the Cursive Creature they drew with it.


  • LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • 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: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • Instead of using your first or last name for this activity, write a word that describes one of your favorite activities. Design a scene with that activity using the mirror print.
  • Exchange a mirror print of your name with a classmate. "Read" the print. Write 2-3 sentences that you learned about that person from the mirror print and share your writing with the owner of the mirror print. Were your observations accurate?
  • In teams of two, students trace each other's shape while lying down on a piece of brown craft paper. Fill in your personal outline with cursive artwork that represents you, your favorite things and activities. Color your artwork using Crayola Colored Pencils. Cut out the outline of your shape and post it in the classroom.