As you well know if you've been reading for a while, I like art projects using small paper plates. I think I saw this idea on the Enchanted Learning website, but I am not sure. Anyway, it's cute, goes with our science unit and uses the Do-A-Dot markers that I used for the Jack-o-lantern art project.
NOTE to parents of my students: This project will go on the shelves starting next week.
Here is how I have the project set up on the bottom shelf of my Art Shelf.
On the far left is a basket with small paper plates. On each plate I have drawn a "v" shape with red marker. The points where the red "v" intersects with the edge are highlighted by a red dot. I will explain why below.......keep reading. Next to the basket of plates is a tray with a gluing mat.
To the right of the gluing mat tray is a basket with scissors and a black marker. Next to that is a basket with the paint markers.
To do this work, the child will make three trips to the shelf. First, s/he gets a plate and gluing mat and takes it to their table. Next, s/he gets the basket with marker and scissors. On the final trip, the child brings the basket with the paint markers. The project will be laid out on the table as shown in the photo above. Once the materials are gathered, the first step is to write their name on the back of the plate with the marker. Next, they paint the whole plate using the dot markers. Since the dot markers usually dry pretty quickly, the next step is to cut from one of the dots to the center, then from the other dot to the center, removing the pie-shaped piece from the plate. This will become the fish's tail. Then they will get a teacher to help them staple the tail to the body of the fish. The last step is to use the marker to draw an eye on their fish.
Here is the finished fish. My three-year-old made this to test out the project. Pretty cute, huh??