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By – Terry Sayre
Students will create a spring egg and will demonstrate their ability to create and continue a pattern.
Black construction paper
1 bottle of glue or sparkle glue per student
1 box of pastels per table/group
1 bottle of hair spray
Cut a traceable egg shape pattern out of thick cardstock. The egg pattern should be as tall as an 8 ½”x11” piece of construction paper. Trace at least one onto black construction paper per student.
- Have the students close their eyes and imagine an Easter egg. Ask: What colors do you see on the egg? What patterns/ shapes do you imagine on the egg? What colors do you usually associate with Easter? Make a list on the board and explain what pastels are.
- Pass out the black construction paper with the egg outlined on it. Ask: What do you think we are going to do with this?
- First have the kids write their names on the back. Next, have them lightly draw patterns inside the egg outline. Make sure they do not draw the lines too close together or spend too much time on their patterns.
- Next, have the students cover their pencil lines with a bead of glue. Set aside and let dry over night.
- The next day, they will fill-in between the lines with pastel colors. Review pastels.
- Create a pattern using students in front of the class. Example, line up a boy, girl, boy, girl, etc. Ask the remaining students to identify the pattern.
- Show a spring egg and the pastel chalk. Ask: How could you create a pattern using these pastels and the spring egg?
- Demonstrate how to fill in-between the lines with pastels to create a pattern (paint shirts should be worn! This could get a little messy!)
- Pass out their egg patterns and one box of pastels per table group.
- When the students are done decorating their eggs, lay the eggs in a well-ventilated area and spray with hairspray which will set the pastels and prevent them from rubbing off when touched.
- Mount the spring eggs onto construction paper for display!
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