These took three days to complete, but the kids enjoyed the process.
Here's what we did:
Day 1: The kids painted an ocean background of blues and greens. While the paint was still wet, they used the tip end of the paintbrush to draw waves into their oceans.
Day 2: Like Mr. Carle, we used different tools and materials to create unique textures on blank sheets of white paper. (I pre-cut sheets of 20 lb. paper in half so that we had several sheets that were approx. 5 x 8 in.) Each child painted/stamped 5 or 6 papers using a variety of colors and techniques.
Some of the things they used to create the textured papers:
-small squares of carpet remnant
Superman and Giggly Girl practicing their stamping techniques before making the real deal:
Some of the papers they stamped/painted:
Day 3: I pre-cut templates of different sea creatures mentioned in our story. They traced around these onto their textured papers, cut them out, arranged them, and pasted them onto their ocean backgrounds. (I had to help Giggly Girl with the tracing and cutting.)
The final product:
I was proud of the hard work the kids put into these. They were also very patient with the three-day process!
These ocean masterpieces will definitely be showcased in a little art/nature display area I'm working on. Once we get it all arranged I'll post pictures.
Hope you all have a great week!