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Stripes



Materials:

paper
acrylic paints in yellow ochre, and black
paintbrushes
rag
water
bowls



Instructions:

Draw or download and print the outline of a tiger on a sheet of paper.
Prepare one paper for every child. (Encourage those children who are able to
create their own.)
What to Do
1. Talk about animals having spots and stripes and other patterns on their bodies.
2. Distribute the papers. Let the children paint the tiger with yellow ochre,
leaving the belly area white. Wait until the paint dries.
3. Encourage the children to dip their index finger in the black acrylic paint and
drag it along the body of the tiger to create stripes.
4. The same exercise can be repeated for spotted animals like leopards and
spotted deer. The children can dip their fingers in paint and tap it on the
paper to make spots.
5. At snack time, let the children eat a striped sandwich by squirting ketchup
across the sandwich.
6. Challenge the children to look at one another and identify who is wearing
clothes with stripes and spots on them.
Assessment
Consider the following:
* Show pictures of assorted animals to the children and ask them to pick out
animals with spots.
* Are the children able to use their fingers to make stripes?
Book: Learn Every Day About Animals
Center: Art
Topic: Animals
Content: Science
Area: Cognitive
Age: 4 Years Old
Interaction: Small Group

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