- 12×18 white construction paper
- black “F” Sharpie
- crayons (some broken with paper peeled off)
- jiggle eyes and white craft glue (optional)
1. Read the story, There’s a Wocket in My Pocket, by Dr. Seuss. Ask students to pay special attention to the fun rhyming pattern and to what each of the creatures illustrated in the story have in common (long, skinny arms, legs, necks, tails, fingers, and toes… stripes, polka dots, bright colors… crazy hair, fur… big eyes, eyelashes, etc.).
2. Working vertically on your paper, lightly sketch a circle or oval just above the middle of your paper. Then lightly sketch a larger circle or oval just below the middle of your paper. Make sure you leave some empty space between them. Now put your pencil away… you’ll be finishing your drawing just using your Sharpie! (It’s harder for Kinders to trace over their pencil lines than it is to just “go for it”!)
3. Using the two shapes you drew as guidelines, draw some fur on both shapes with a zig-zag line using your Sharpie.
4. Then, connect the two shapes with a long, skinny neck. Add long, skinny arms, legs, fingers, toes, tail, etc. Don’t forget some feathery, crazy hair! Fill your whole paper… make your feet touch the bottom of your paper and your crazy hair-feathers touch the top! Add stripes and polka dots, eyes (with eyelashes), nose and mouth. You can even glue on some jiggle eyes for extra fun, if you wish!
5. Now, it’s time to name your creature! Start by thinking about where he/she might be. In a park? At the zoo? On the beach? Then make a silly, rhyming word by changing the first letter of that word. Write this on your paper, right above your signature. For example, my students created “A Zark at the Park”, “The Zeach at the Beach”, “The Zool in the Pool”, etc.
6. Finally, play “Hide the White Paper”, and color your creature with bright colored crayons. Use the sides of broken crayons (with the paper peeled off) to fill in large areas quickly.
~ Dr. Seuss