Story Land Mural
Art/Language Arts Activity
Children will express their creativity and knowledge of story
characters by creating a mural of their favorite story
WHAT YOU NEED
- Mural paper
- Paints and paintbrushes
- A collection of storybooks children have read or listened to
WHAT TO DO
- Ask children to name some of their favorite characters from
the stories they have read. List the characters on the board or
on chart paper. If you have books with pictures of the characters,
show them to the children as each character is mentioned.
- Tell children that they are going to paint a mural (a very
large painting) of all their favorite story characters. Explain
that the first step is to choose a setting for the mural. Do they
want to paint story characters at the beach? On a picnic? In a
classroom? Or playing baseball? Discuss all suggestions.
- Next, have children sketch in pencil on the mural paper whatever background
they have chosen. Lightly label, or have children label,
the different parts of the setting. This will help guide children
when they begin painting. Then discuss with children where on the
mural each character will appear and what each character will be
doing. Mark on the mural where each character will appear. You
may want to have children actually sketch the characters on the
- When the mural has been planned out, assign children to paint
different parts of the mural. You may want children to paint only
the background first. Or, you may want to have partners work on
certain characters. Then have children put on their smocks and
- When the mural is finished, invite another class to view it.
Have volunteers point out the different story characters and tell
what story each character is from.
- Have a character search. Invite another class to view the
mural. One at a time, read aloud the character names (from a list
of characters on the mural) and have volunteers point to each
character on the mural.
- Choose a story and have children work in groups to create
smaller murals that depict four or five scenes from the story.
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