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Oh Canada! Study the mighty maple and create a spatter painting with Crayola® Washable Paint and an old toothbrush.
Ask students to use Internet resources to find a picture of the Canadian flag. Invite them to notice the prominent maple leaf and the bright red colors on the flag. Why were this leaf and this color chosen as a national symbol of Canada? Students discussion to follow. Document contributions to the discussion using a classroom white board and Crayola Dry-Erase Markers.
Organize students in small groups to research maple trees to learn where they grow, conditions under which they thrive, size, and ages of the oldest maples. Explore their uses as shade trees and for harvest of maple sugar.
If weather permits, take students outdoors to search for fallen maple leaves, or use Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils to trace pictures of maple leaves on recycled file folders. Cut out the leaf patterns with Crayola Scissors.
Ask students to cover their work surfaces with recycled newspaper. In a large, flat recycled box, such as a paper-box lid, arrange maple leaves in a pleasing design on white paper.
Dip a recycled tooth brush in Crayola Washable Paint. Use your fingers to brush across the bristles, spattering paint onto the paper. Spatter a good amount of paint across the leaves.
Students carefully remove the leaves and then the painting from the spatter-box. Allow paint to dry overnight.
Provide time in the school day for students to share their Maple Leaf Silhouettes with classmates and parents, as well as including a conversation focused on what they have learned about maple trees and their leaves.
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