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I love children’s books! I love the art, I love the stories and I love bringing my favourite books to life. As soon as I read, “SNAP” by Hazel Hutchins and illustrated by Dušan Petričić, I immediately wanted to do an activity with my kindergarten students using the book as a springboard. This has become one of my favourite, low prep, art projects for kids.
This activity is very simple and requires little to no prep. However, my students were so excited to draw and create once we had read the book. Our kindergarten classes are play based and we do a lot of hands-on learning. This activity, and book, are perfect for this form of instruction and make for an exciting art period.
I started by rolling out a huge role of paper through the hall in our school. I then gave students markers to make their mark on the page. They were encouraged to draw anything they wanted and explore what happened when they went over a crack on the floor or a piece of sand or dirt. Did it leave a mark? What kind of mark did it leave? Can you create a picture using the mark as your beginning?
Next, I handed out pencil crayons and again, students were encouraged to make their mark and draw whatever came to them. I then handed out stencils and students used them to create more pictures. They then began mixing colours by colouring on top of other colours, to create new shades. They discovered new colours they didn’t know they could make!
Finally, I handed out crayons and they tried drawing/rubbing with the sides of the crayons. Again, they became aware if they went over something under the paper and took note of the mark that was made. They also loved mixing colours this way.
One of my favourite things that came out of this activity was when a pencil crayon or crayon broke and students simply said, “Oh, I wonder what mark this broken crayon will make now” or “I’m going to try to mix a blue and yellow pencil crayon marks together to make green since mine broke.” Students constantly referenced the book throughout the activity.
This was such a simple art activity, but we had so much fun! The book encourages my young students to look at their art materials in a new way and create pieces and colours they never had before.