Rorschach Creatures

This is a favorite les­son I do with Kinder­garten every fall. They love the sur­prise of open­ing their papers to reveal col­or­ful designs and the fun of using their imag­i­na­tions to “dis­cover” unique crea­tures! I do this les­son in two parts, to give the paint time to dry before adding details with marker.

1. Fold a piece of 12 x 18 white con­struc­tion paper in half. Then open it back up again.
2. Place a few (not too many and not too large) drops of tem­pera paint on and near the fold. I use red, yel­low and turquoise so stu­dents can see what hap­pens when the pri­mary col­ors mix and form sec­ondary col­ors!
3. Fold your paper again and rub it well to “smoosh” the paint around inside the folded area. (If paint starts com­ing out at the ends, you used too much!)
4. Open your paper to reveal a col­or­ful (and sym­met­ri­cal) design! Let dry.
5. After your paint has had a chance to dry, turn your paper dif­fer­ent direc­tions to see what you can “find” in your design. Use your imag­i­na­tion! We have found but­ter­flies, flow­ers, and even a genie com­ing out of a lamp!
6. Use a black “F” Sharpie or a chisel tip marker to add details to your design so that oth­ers can see what you see in it. (If you need to, you can cut out your design and glue it back onto another paper to make more room for details.)
7. Add a fun title if you like!

Because the first part of this les­son goes pretty quick, I usu­ally start off with read­ing, Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh.… a great intro­duc­tion to color mix­ing for lit­tle ones!


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