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Alice in Wonderland spent an afternoon with the Maddest of Hatters. Bring learning and imagination together through the silliness of literary nonsense in Lewis Carroll’s infamous tea party!
Share Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with students, either as a read aloud or with small groups. Re-read and discuss the chapter about the Mad Hatter’s tea party. Encourage students to pay special attention to the riddles that the friends in the story ask each other.
Organize students into small groups. Ask each group to compose 1-2 riddles for a tea party, similar to those in Lewis Carrol's book. Inform groups that they will be creating their own tea party sets, in preparation for a sill tea party!
Students begin by making cups and saucers out of Crayola Air-Dry Clay for every guest at the tea party. For easy clean up, sculpt on wax paper or paper plates. Encourage students to use their imaginations and think about what the Mad Hatter’s tea set might have looked like.
Air-Dry Clay is easy to cut into shapes when rolled flat. Students use scissors to cut out circles for saucers and details. They may even want to make a sweet make-believe treats such as miniature cup cakes!
Students roll balls for the cups. Press thumbs into the middle to shape the bowls. Roll snakes for dainty handles and press them on the cups. Dampen the clay so it will stick to itself.
Next, groups create unique cream and sugar containers. Make lids, spouts, and handles. And remember to sculpt the centerpiece of the tea party—the teapot! Teapots look different everywhere in the world, so think of original ways to create one that is imaginative. Air-dry the tea party set for at least 3 days.
To add beautiful color and detail to artwork, use Crayola Tempera Paint, Markers, and/or Glitter Glue. Be creative! Air-dry the decorations.
If a shiny glazed finish is desired, students mix equal amounts of water and Crayola School Glue. Brush it over finished pieces. Air-dry glaze overnight.
For a realistic look, tear brown construction paper into bits for make-believe tea! Groups should be ready to host a pretend tea party!
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