I really did start this project with squares. You would never believe it looking at these amazing pictures these kindergarten and first grade children created.
I started out by showing them a square and we talked about what you can do with a square. We made it into a hexagon, 2 triangles and a few small rectangles.
The children were told that they needed to make animals using a square plus any other shapes they wanted.
I showed them some pictures of animals. I only happened to have some from a coloring book and
of course you can use any kinds of pictures. These are only for inspiration and they do not have to make any of the above animals.
However, they must be one or more animals. This is the structure that they need and can then be creative within that structure. I also allowed them to add their own additions with oil pastels when they were done.
They indeed each started out with a square but, were allowed to take other shapes and scissors to cut out what they wanted.
What do you think?