In this activity, children will use their artistic skills and knowledge of
animals to create pictures of silly creatures.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Large white construction paper
- Crayons, colored pencils, or markers
- Pictures of various animals (optional)
WHAT TO DO
- Ask children to name different animals. On the board or on chart paper,
list the animals mentioned. Then ask volunteers to describe what each animal
looks like. If you have pictures of animals, hold up the appropriate picture as
the animal is being described.
- Next, tell children that they are going to draw some silly creatures by mixing
different parts of the animals they have just discussed. For example, one silly
creature might have the head of a lion with the nose of an elephant and the body of
a giraffe. Explain that they are going to make these silly creatures by switching
papers with one another as they draw.
- Arrange children in groups of four. Distribute the drawing materials and have each
child draw the body of any animal he or she chooses. Then have children exchange papers
with another member of their group. Now have them add a head to the body of the animal
they received. Remind them that each new part they add to an animal should not match any
of the parts already in the drawing. Have them exchange papers again (making sure they
don't get a picture they've already had) and add the arms (or wings) and legs. Have them
switch papers one more time and add a tail and any other finishing touches to complete the
- Children can work in their groups to brainstorm names for the silly creatures they drew.
Help children label their pictures (they can refer to the list you made earlier) and have
groupshare their drawings with the class.
- Display the drawings on a Zany Zoo bulletin board. Change the animals at the "zoo" as
children draw new ones.
- Have children make up a class story to tell about one or more of the silly creatures they
have created. You can record the story on chart paper and have children act it out.
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