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Serendipity Shape Collages

Inside a folded geometric shape, students place a drop of Crayola Glitter It! Mixing Medium and paint. Fold and then open it for a surprise! Create a sparkling collage of colorful shapes.

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

    1. Provide students with Crayola Scissors to cut construction paper into different shapes in a variety of sizes. Or instruct students to tear paper to get interesting edges and shapes. Crease each shape in the center.
    2. Have students cover their art area with recycled newspaper. Using a Crayola Brush, students place a tiny drop each of Crayola Washable Kids’ Paint and Glitter It! Mixing Medium in the crease. Fold the shape in half.
    3. When children uUnfold the shape they will see a one-of-a-kind design. Lay the shape flat to air-dry. Repeat this process with all of their shape cut-outs.
    4. Encourage students to arrange sparkly shapes on construction paper in a pleasing way. Attach them with Crayola Glue Sticks. Propose that students leave some papers partially folded if so desired for a 3-D effect. Air-dry overnight.
    5. Name all the shapes other children used in their collages.
  • Standards

    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.

    LA: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

    MATH: Understand that shapes in different categories (e.g., rhombuses, rectangles, and others) may share attributes (e.g., having four sides), and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (e.g., quadrilaterals). Recognize rhombuses, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals, and draw examples of quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these subcategories.

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

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry by Cindy Neuschwander; The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns; Shapes, Shapes, Shapes by Tana Hoban; Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes by Stuart J. Murphy

    Using a large piece of paper, students investigate one shape and then begin a collaborative mural with just that shape. Once all students have made a contribution with one particular shape, select a second shape and have all students contribute again to the class mural. Continue until the shapes study is complete.

    Students create story characters using a favorite shape. Students name their shape and identify characteristics of the shape. Students collaborate to write a short story about their shape characters.


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