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

  • 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.