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We Three Kings

Celebrate Three Kings Day with a silhouette painting of the wise men. Create a beautiful night sky with Crayola® Watercolor Paints and salt.

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. Three Kings Day is on January 6 and is widely celebrated in the Hispanic culture.
    2. On a piece of Crayola Marker & Watercolor paper, paint an evening sky with blue and purple Crayola Watercolor paints and brushes. Paint a brown strip of land at the bottom.
    3. Sprinkle salt on the picture to resemble stars in the sky while the paint in still wet. Set aside the painting with the salt on it until it dries.
    4. Cut out pictures of the three wise men and a camel with Crayola Scissors and trace onto a piece of black construction paper. Cut out the black silhouettes of the three wise men and a camel. Younger children may need adult assistance with this step.
    5. When the watercolor painting is dry, carefully brush off the excess salt from the paper.
    6. Place the black silhouettes on the painted paper and glue in place with a Crayola Glue Stick.
  • Standards

    LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grade level text complexity band independently and proficiently.

    LA: Read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grade level text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    SS: Explore and describe similarities and differences in the ways groups, societies, and cultures address similar human needs and concerns.

    SS: Give examples of and explain group and institutional influences such as religious beliefs, laws, and peer pressure, on people, events, and elements of culture.

    SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.

    VA: Use visual structures of are to communicate ideas.

    VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Three Kings Day: A Celebration at Christmastime by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith; Hurray for Three Kings' Day! By Lori Marie Carlson

    Working in small groups, students compare and contrast the traditions of how Epiphany is celebrated in different cultures.

    Students gather information about the science of astronomy and the characteristics of the stars. Students research and create celestial art. Use Crayola Markers to illustrate their artwork.

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