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“What if…” questions delight children. Watercolor resist paintings made with salt add sparkle to any literacy lesson.
Read “Meet Me at the Moon” with children. Ask children to listen for the questions Little One asks. Have them look for sparkles in the illustrations. What do the sparkles represent?
After reading, ask children to think about the ways Little One knew that Mama loved her child. Ask them, “What makes you feel loved?” That is the question children can address in their art.
With their arms, have children draw huge question marks in the air. Then practice writing question marks on paper. Talk about the function of questions for inquiry.
Explain that children will be doing crayon resist. Encourage children to incorporate a question mark somewhere in their work. First, draw designs or images with thick layers of Crayola Crayons.
Next, show children how to paint over the crayon with Crayola Watercolors, making a wash of color. What happens to the paint when it is placed on the crayon? Encourage children to be a bit more generous than usual in their use of water.
While the paint is still wet, children sprinkle grains of salt on their work. Use just a few grains, to make sparkles similar to the book’s illustrations. Air-dry the paintings flat.
Encourage children to explain their work, and what makes them feel loved, to partners, in small groups, or to the entire class.
If children wish, assemble the paintings into a class book.
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