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Age Range: Kindergarten through Grade 2 (Early Elementary)
Overview and Purpose: The student will be able to create a collage using paper, at least three different sizes of the same shape, and a variety of colors of paint.
Objective: The student will be able to create texture paintings using at least three materials.
A variety of sizes of objects that have a square bottom (i.e. block, candle, paperclip holder, milk carton)
A variety of sizes of objects that have a round bottom (i.e. eraser tip, candle, key ring)
A variety of sizes of objects that have a triangular bottom (i.e. prism, Toblerone candy box, candle)
Different colors of paint
Trays to put the paint in
Paper towels or newspaper
Set up each table with different items of one shape, a variety of trays of paint, and paper towels or newspaper. Have students dip the items into the paint and press them on their paper. Encourage them to experiment with different sizes, colors, and placement of the shapes. The students should wipe a shape off before placing in a new color to help keep the colors fresh; however, they could stamp the same object in two different colors on their paper.
This lesson is versatile and can be used in many ways and for many different grades. It can be used to supplement a math lesson on shapes or beginning geometry. A vocabulary lesson can also be built from this lesson using the names of the shapes, the types of triangles, or the colors. The lesson can be adapted for older students to include more complex shapes or a particular pattern or symmetry that should be created.