Monday, September 19, 2011

Field trip

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We're going on a field trip this week.  Can you guess where we're going?

Let me give you a hint.  In the past couple of weeks we've made this:
 

 
and this:

 

and this:

and this (but we didn't finish, so this one probably isn't much help):


I'll let you speculate as to what it will become.  Leave me a comment with your guess for the identity of the mystery creature :)

Did you guess where we're going? 


That's right: we're going to the zoo!  While we're there, we'll be sure to visit the polar bears, and zebras, and tigers, and...oh my!  Fun times!

For instructions, see below:

POLAR BEAR
I found a polar bear coloring picture online (honestly, who is going to color a polar bear? It's already white!), and enlarged it to fit most of an 11 x 8.5 sheet of cardstock. I cut out the bear, leaving the outline intact, and taped the outline to blue construction paper, and the kids sponge painted inside the stencil. After it dried, I used a sharpie to outline and add features.

ZEBRA
I printed and enlarged the plain zebra found at Making Learning Fun, then taped it inside a box with a lid. We put a couple of blobs of black paint outside the outline of the zebra, placed a few marbles in the box, and put on the lid. Then the kids gently tilted the boxes back and forth to make the marbles roll around, forming the zebra stripes.  Bubby had a lot of fun with this!  When it dried, I cut it out, we glued it to our grassy background, and added a black yarn mane and a googly eye.

TIGER
I printed the ABC tiger lacing template found at Making Learning Fun on orange paper, then covered it, front and back, with clear contact paper. Next, I cut the tiger out, and the kids punched holes wherever there was a dot. We used black yarn to lace through the holes in alphabetical order, forming the tiger stripes.

MYSTERY CREATURE
The kids painted el-cheapo paper plates (make sure you get the kind that does not have a plastic coating) with yellow, orange, and brown paint.  Next steps involve scissors, craft foam, construction paper, and of course, googly eyes.  Hmmmm...what could it possibly be?

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