Art Project: Crayon Resist (or Yippee! Tape!)
Monsters love colors / Austin, Mike
This is a great book for this project because it talks about crayons, but also because it glorifies scribbling, which (as we all know) is an excellent early literacy activity as kids refine control over their fine motor skills!
What Kids Do: The original concept for this class project was that kids could just color with crayons if they wanted to, but that if they were already crayon pros and wanted to mix it up just a bit, they could add some tape to their artwork:
and many pieces where the page just wasn't big enough to contain their tape enthusiasm:
"I need a BIGGER piece, mom!"
Other fun discoveries included: Crayons roll!
WonderWorks class a few weeks ago when we worked with tape and he quite easily applied what he'd learned that day to today's art class and extended his own learning. Librarian swoon!)
One older sibling took the project a step futher and after revealing her white space, she colored it in with a design pattern.
--Giving up control of the tape is very difficult for parents to do. By the last class, I figured out that the best way to help them with this was to describe their job as "You are the tape dispenser. You hold the roll of tape over your wrist and your child pulls out the size piece they need, then you tear it off at that length for them." That worked very well.
Variations to try:I considered doing this on black paper with white crayons only, but in the end decided that my book choice was ALL about colors, so I went this direction. If you decide to use construction paper, be sure to test your painter's tape on it before class to make sure it won't just rip to shreds when you try to remove the tape.
Adult Challenge: Follow your child's lead.