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Crayon-Rubbing Cornucopia

Find interesting textures with which to make crayon rubbings. Shape the paper into a cornucopia and fill it with natural textures—leaves, flower petals, or whatever you like!

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. Cornucopias are traditional symbols of abundance. They are often displayed with produce at Thanksgiving—but they can also be filled with spring flowers, pictures of loved ones, or anything else for which you are thankful. Ask students to think of those things for which they are most appreciative. Students share some of their ideas with the class.
    2. Students choose one or more of their ideas to represent in a cornucopia. Create the texture of the cornucopia and its contents using crayon rubbings. Here’s how the sample was made.
    3. To make the cornucopia, remove the wrapper from a Crayola Triangular Crayon. Lay paper over a textured item, perhaps a woven basket. Rub with the flat side of the crayon to cover the whole sheet. Roll the paper into a cone and glue the top edge. Air-dry the glue.
    4. Fold the pointed portion of the opening into the cone or cut it off with Crayola Scissors to make the opening round.
    5. To create leaves like those pictured, draw realistic shapes and cut them out. Use Crayola Glitter Glue to draw veins and other details on your leaves. Air-dry the designs. This same technique works with any other design chosen.
    6. Turn the leaves over, place them on a textured surface, and make your rubbings. You’ll get double textures at the same time—the background and the veins. Add a 3-D look with more Glitter Glue. Air-dry the paint.
    7. Glue leaves into the display. Air-dry before handling.
  • 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: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

    LA: With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.

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

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

  • Adaptations

    Read a picture book to the class that focuses on the Thanksgiving holiday, the history of Thanksgiving, etc. In small groups, ask students to generate a list of vocabulary terms associated with the Thanksgiving holiday. Post these terms publicly in the classroom. Students compose an original story about Thanksgiving incorporating a significant number of their vocabulary terms into the story. Once students have reviewed and revised their story, students will illustrate a scene from their story using Crayola Crayons or markers.

    Using Crayola Model Magic Fusion™, create a large cornucopia to be used by the entire class. Students make a list of people, things, etc. that they are grateful for. Post this list in the classroom. Each day, have a child select a term from the list and explain why they feel grateful for this. After the discussion, students write the term on a piece of paper and place it in the class cornucopia.


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