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Research distinctive animal characteristics to include in a repeated shape landscape like those of Henri Rousseau.
Listen to or read Who Is the Beast?, in which an animal discovers that segments of the "beast" that others fear are parts of its own body. Compile a list of fearsome animals that might be identified by a body part, such as a skunk's stripe. Study photographs and drawings of these animals.
Look carefully at Henri Rousseau's fanciful paintings of rain forest animals. Note the repetition of plant shapes. Compare these plants and animals to rainforest photographs.
Choose one animal to portray hiding in its natural habitat. Study its shape, color, markings, and textures. How might these characteristics help camouflage the animal? Find out what natural elements abound in its environment, too, such as plants.
Draw the animal using Crayola® Colored Pencils or Color Sticks. With Crayola Scissors, cut out and glue the animal to a construction paper background.
On oak tag or poster board, draw a simple outline of one natural element in the animal's habitat, such as a leaf. Plan ahead. Choose a size that will enable you to use several of these shapes to camouflage most of the animal. Cut out the shape to make a stencil. Trace the stencil as many times as needed and cut out the pieces. For variety, exchange stencils with another student portraying the same environment.
Color a thick outline around the edge of each shape with Colored Pencils or Color Sticks. Fill in with light colors (tints). Draw in darker details with Crayola Fine Line Markers.
Experiment to find a pleasing way to lay the shapes on top of the animal drawing and background. Overlap and cluster shapes to create harmony. Use a Crayola Washable Glue Stick to attach the shapes so the fearsome creature appears partially hidden by vegetation.
People around the world give thanks for their food. Celebrate a harvest of pineapples, pumpkins, or pomegranates-and sho
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Imagination and problem-solving go to work as children check out real bugs and create their own.
Gild torn-paper edges and make golden leaf imprints on this decorative frame. Display original poetry, photos, or other
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Vivaldi inspires paintings incorporating symbols of the seasons.
Snuggle up to read a good book about sleep, then write a book report about it on a quilt. Craft a bed with a recycled bo
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