Kinders loved making these prickly pear cactus collages! This project included a variety of art techniques and a ton of vocabulary. It is definitely one I will be revisiting next year!
We began by reading Mix it Up which is a really fun interactive color mixing book. I usually put it up on the Document Camera and call kids up to “mix” the colors. They are absolutely blown away by the “magic” book – it is super fun! After reviewing color mixing, students create a green paper by mixing blue and yellow. They use a fork to create prickly or spiky texture.
The next class, we talk about desert landscapes. A horizontal line is drawn across the paper. Above the line, kids use white oil pastels to make clouds. Below the line, they use a texture mat to create textured sand. They paint the sky blue and the ground brownish-gold.
The next week, students use cups to trace circles onto their green paper. They cut out the circles and glue them to the desert background with the biggest at the bottom ad the smallest at the top – just like a prickly pear cactus.
The last day of the project begins with the adorable story Hug Me. Then, students use cardboard to stamp spikes and cotton swabs to stamp flowers.
One of my kindergarten class was a little behind so we used black paper for a night time landscape. The other classes created the sunny daytime desert. I think both look great!
❤ Mrs. K