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Kindergarten: Torn Paper Vegetable Picture

Posted on: January 6, 2010

Creative Reuse Lesson Plan         Kindergarten: Plants

Written by Keri Piehl for SCRAP /Whitman ES 2009-10

Torn Paper Vegetables

Cost per student: $.03

Materials: 8.5”x11” paper (approximately), lots of colored paper scraps (it could seriously be from wherever, I have saved stuff from when kids were cutting shapes out of rectangles, but 1 sided fliers, misprints, back side of old projects will do, too), glue system (previously discussed, or just use white glue), pencils, photo, faux or real fruit/vegetable examples

Students will use torn paper to create a still life of a fruit or vegetable.

Elements of art: texture, shape

Vocabulary: fruit, vegetable, collage

1. Show students the fruit and vegetable examples. Talk about how they are part of plant, and have seeds inside so new plants can grow from them. Discuss different uses for fruits and veggies (food, juices, dyes, crafts etc). Notice the variety of shapes and colors. I have some seed catalogues my mom saved for me; these are a treasure trove of plant imagery!

2. Everyone needs a sheet of paper (sturdy paper is better for this) and a pencil. After they write their names on the back, have students lightly trace the outline of the fruit or vegetable they would like to represent. Have them draw it to fill up most of the available space. They can depict it sliced open, if they’d like – it might make the art more interesting in the case of bell pepper, apple, pumpkin etc. Let them know detail isn’t too important, and their lines will get covered up with paper later.

3. Show them how to tear off chunks of paper ranging in size from a dime to a quarter. Have them tear a few and then begin to glue them down, tear a few more, glue a few more and so on. This will prevent a pile of torn pieces from getting accidentally scattered. They can vary the colors (for example, using different shades of red for a tomato) and add details (little torn pieces for strawberry seeds).

4. Keep going until they’ve filled in their outline. Don’t forget to add a stem or leaves if it’s appropriate.  If some kids finish quickly, they could add a torn paper border to add interest.

5. This is purely optional, but I am going to add a small piece of sentence strip paper to the bottom of each child’s background paper before initially handing them out to the students, so they can write the name of their fruit or vegetable with help from a teacher at a later time.


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