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Freeze Frame

Freeze an adorable face forever in this frosty frame.

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

    1. Gather students together to conduct a read aloud of Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner.
    2. Allow children to comment on the fictional story and focus on the magical qualities of snow. Ask students if they have ever made a snowman. Let students discuss their snow building experiences during snowstorms. Discuss that snowmen are sculptures and they are made of three-dimensional geometric shapes. Usually two or three spheres make up the body.
    3. Show students two examples of a winter frame that the students will be making. Let students decide if they are going to make a winter scene or a Christmas scene. This can be easily achieved by making the tree an evergreen or a brightly colored Christmas tree with a star or angel on top. Presents can be surrounding the tree as well. Now discuss the shapes used to make the objects on the frame: circles, triangles, squares and rectangles. Some three-dimensional geometric shapes are used to; cones, coils and spheres.
    4. Demonstrate how to make spheres using Crayola® Model Magic. Demonstrate how to roll it in the palms of your hands. Blend blue and white modeling compound together to create a marbleized effect. Flatten with a rolling pin. This will create the snowman body parts. Press firmly onto the frame so that the parts do not loosen. Now roll tiny white and blue spheres to create the snow falling. Black spheres will be used for buttons, eyes and mouth. Roll out black model magic and cut into a square and a rectangle with Crayola scissors to create the top hat. Roll a thin coil with a bright color such as, red to embellish the hat. Roll out the same bright clay and cut into rectangles to make the scarf. For the evergreen tree, roll out green modeling compound and cut into a triangle. Make a brown rectangle for the trunk of the tree. Show students how to make a cone for the carrot nose with orange model magic. Encourage the use of colors they prefer, abstract or realistic. A hole will need to be cut in the sky or as the head of a snowman that their face will appear in.
    5. Show students how to create texture into the modeling compound using texture plates or textured items. This will create different patterns and make each part more interesting to look at. Roll out snow mounds and place at the foot of the snowman.
    6. Roll out the circular shaped piece that will be the base of the frame for each student. The background can be white, light blue for a realistic winter scene or pink, purple or black for an abstract winter frame.
    7. Have a supply table that students can come back and forth to for small pieces of model magic, textured items or texture plates, modeling tools, and rolling pins.
    8. Students check their work periodically by flipping the frame upside down to see if any parts fall off. This will be an indicator if they are applying enough pressure.
    9. Once the frame is complete, poke two small holes at the top of the frame to attach a chenille stick for hanging when dry. Use small class photographs and attach to the back with Crayola Washable Glue.
    10. Students may want to give this frame to a loved one as a holiday gift. Let students use Crayola Markers to decorate a white piece of paper to use as wrapping paper.
  • Standards

    LA: Describe characters, setting, and major events in a story, using key details.

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    LA: Speak audibly and express thought, feeling, and ideas clearly.

    MA: Reason with shapes and their attributes.

    MA: Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.

    SCI: Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.

    VA: Create art that represents natural and constructed environments.

    VA: Through experimentation, build skills in various media and approaches to art-making.

    VA: Create art that tells a story about a life experience.

  • Adaptations

    Using model magic, students create an igloo shaped frame with penguins. Using modeling tools or blunt-tipped scissors cut out the igloo shape and the opening. The students’ photograph can go in the igloo opening. Students should make three-dimensional penguins standing in front of the igloo. Cut holes at the top of the frame and put a pipe cleaner through the holes for a hanging.

    Gather students around and watch a video on making a snowman. Make a three-dimensional snowman sculpture using model magic. First create a base with white modeling compound in a half spherical shape. Next make a traditional three-sphere snowman on top. Embellish with a hat, scarf, buttons, facial features, and arms.


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