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Build classroom community. Promote teamwork. Encourage leadership skills with Swimmy’s exciting story and lush ocean art.
Read Swimmy by Leo Lionni. Imagine the beautiful colors and creatures of the ocean. What made Swimmy the leader of his school? How could you be more like Swimmy? Here’s a project that’s fun to do with your friends! You could even do a class mural using art techniques similar to those that Lionni used to illustrate his book.
Sponge paint the ocean. Cover your art area with newspaper. Using a Crayola® Paint Brush, wet heavy paper with water.
Place a few drops of water into each Crayola Washable Watercolor pan. Dip a sponge into a color and sponge it across the paper. Use your imagination to choose more ocean colors to add to the scene. Air-dry the background.
Design the fish. In the ocean, sketch a large fish with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils.
Draw a small fish on a sponge. Ask an adult to cut out the fish with Crayola Scissors.
Place red (or any color) Crayola Washable Paint in a recycled produce tray. Dip the sponge fish into the paint. Fill the large fish outline with many sponged red fish. Leave a space where the eye would be for Swimmy. Print him with black paint. Air-dry your painting.
Erase any extra colored pencil marks. Retell Swimmy’s story to younger children.
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