Soft color wash fruits adorn notes of thanks to those who help support healthy eating habits.
1. What are some of your favorite fruits? Write a list of them with Crayola® Colored Pencils. Research nutrition information about each fruit. Compare the amounts of vitamins A and C, fiber, and other nutritional values with those of your friends' favorite fruits.
2. Draw large images of these fruits on construction paper. Make some fruit cut open, such as a kiwi with seeds, and others still with their peels on, such as bananas. Outline the edges of your fruit, and feature such as attached leaves, with Crayola Washable Markers. You might use one color for the skin or rind, another for the fruit, and still another for the core, leaves, or stem.
3. Cover your work area with newspaper. Use a Crayola Paint Brush to gently spread water from the marker outline to the center of the fruit, creating soft washes of color. Dry.
4. Add dimensional details, such as apple or watermelon seeds, with markers. If you save and dry real seeds from the fruit you eat, you can glue them to the card with Crayola School Glue for an extra touch of texture.
5. Cut out your fruits with Crayola Scissors. Fold construction paper into card shapes that fit your cut-out fruits. Attach the fruits with Crayola Glue Sticks.
6. Inside each card, write a thank-you note (or a request "please, could we have...") to a food-service worker at your school. National School Lunch Week in October is the ideal time. Others who might enjoy receiving Fabulous Fruits thank-you notes are fruit growers, produce market workers, refrigerated truck drivers, dieticians, and the person at home who prepares your meals!
Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.
Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.
- Younger students and some children with special needs may benefit from a fruit-tasting experience first. Identify sweet and sour tastes, hard and soft textures, as well as edible and inedible seeds and peelings. Compare and contrast fruit colors, textures, and tastes.
- Try the same color wash technique with vegetables, leaves, planets, or any multicolored object. Experiment with blending colors. Create large, round fruits or make other designs with coffee filters. Try washes on other types of paper, too, such as watercolor paper, tissue paper, and paper towels.
- Design a chart to show the food values of all the fruits selected. Expand it to include vegetables and other foods as well. The differences may be surprising! Ask a dietician to explain healthy eating habits to the class.