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Snowy Trees

Second and third graders created these wonderful winter sculptures in 2 classes.  The tree was formed from a paper lunch bag.  Five parallel slits were cut from the opening of the bag to its midpoint.  The bag was carefully opened.  The trunk was formed by twisting the bag from the bottom up to the slits.  Several strips were held together and twisted to form each branch.  After gluing the tree to a base, fluffy fiberfil was used for snow.

Students created the animals from small bits of Model Magic.  I demonstrated how to model a simple animal and bird and provided photos of skunks, dogs, bunnies, etc.   Each table had an egg carton with bits of colored Model Magic.  Students were encouraged to add interesting details to their animals.  A bottle cap of tacky glue was provided,  along with toothpicks for scooping up tiny dabs of glue.

Sprinkling snow glitter on the snow, or dabbing glitter glaze on the branches, adds a sparkling touch if time allows.

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Mousepaint

These little mice were made by kindergarten students after reading the story Mousepaint.  They blended  red, yellow and blue Model Magic to create orange, green and violet.  Each mouse was made by rolling a chubby teardrop of Model Magic.  Standing mice had a  nose pinched out.  Ears were made by flattening 2 little balls of  clay.  Wire whiskers and chenille stem tails were poked into place.  The tip of a new Sharpie was dabbed on for the eyes and nose.

Little puddles of primary colors were done in marker.  The mice are held in place with white glue.