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Color Wonder™ Shapes Show Up

Turn simple shapes into colorful geometric designs with no-mess Crayola Color Wonder products.

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Have students collect different shapes of everyday and recycled objects to trace, such as round plastic lids, small rectangular boxes, or a triangular block. Talk about the names of these shapes and find similar shapes in the classroom.
    2. Trace several shapes with Crayola Color Wonder™ Soft Sticks® on a large piece of Color Wonder Paper. It may help to have an adult hold the shape in place. Overlap some of the lines to make new shapes.
    3. Using both Color Wonder Soft Sticks and Paint, color in the traced shapes—or the new shapes that you made. Use lots of different hues so the shapes really stand out from each other. Watch the colors appear as you fill in the shapes. Try dabbing the paint to create texture. Overlap colors to make new hues, such as yellow and blue to make light green. Fill in all the spaces or leave some blank.
    4. Students created a beautiful abstract painting! How many different shapes can they find? What are their names? Which colors did they choose?
  • Standards

    LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    VA: Describe how different materials, techniques, and processes cause different responses.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Describe how different expressive features and organizational principles cause different responses.

  • Adaptations

    Classroom resources: Coppernickel Goes Mondrian by Wouter van Reek; Anna's Art Adventure by Bjorn Sortland

    The teacher can read one of the above-named picture books to the class, or these books can be used as motivation for student groups that are able to read them independently. Students respond to a class blog after reading one or both of the picture books.

    In a class center, have information available about a famous artist, such as Piet Mondrian who used this technique. If students are not yet strong enough independent readers, ask an available adult to lead the center. Show examples of some of Mondrian's paintings to inspire children's creativity. Talk about the colors, lines, and shapes he used to make his dramatic work. Encourage students to post to the class blog what they have learned about the artist. Then ask students to create an original piece of artwork using the same techniques.

    Once their abstract artwork are complete, encourage students to compose an original story about their work. This can be done orally and audiotaped for younger students. Older students can write their ideas down in complete sentences.


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  • Collaboration.
  • Change.
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