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Age Level: 3-5
- Learn about rectangles
- Develop cutting skills
- Follow directions
- Develop gluing skills
- Construction paper of different coordinating colors (we used orange, green,
- purple and yellow)
- White glue
- Liquid watercolor paint
- White paper
- Brushes for glue (we have some fun green silicone ones)
- Containers for glue (we use takeout containers, and if there is leftover glue, snap the lid on to save for another class)
- Cut construction paper into 1/2″ strips, making at least 3 per student
- Cut white paper in half length-wise (4 1/2” x 11”) and write each studentʼs name on
- the back. Write the word “Rectangle” on the front
- Mix liquid watercolor paint into glue to create a complimentary color to
- construction paper (we chose purple) and put into containers, one per every 2 kids
Show the kids an example of the finished project. Explain that today they will be working with rectangles: a box shape with 4 sides, with 2 longer than the others.
They will have rectangle paper and be gluing rectangles – that they create! –onto it.
A big part of this lesson is helping to get the kids comfortable in their scissor skills. First we show them how to keep their “thumbs up” when putting their fingers into the scissors. Then we show them how to “take a bite of the paper” with their scissors. It really helps beginning cutters to have their caregiver hold the strip of paper for them. As they get more advanced, they can hold it themselves in the other hand.
Have the children head to the supply table to pick up two strips of paper.
Pass out the scissors and help the children cut the strips of paper into rectangles.
Pass out the white papers with their names on them.
Have them walk to the supply table to get a brush, and hand out the glue containers while they are up.