Pop-Up Stepping Stones

Why

What could you do when you were 6 months old? When did you first walk? Make this pop-up record of your growing-up milestones!


Steps

1. How quickly young children change! Find out when babies and toddlers usually learn to crawl, stand, walk, talk, get teeth, or reach other milestones.


2. With your family, find out when YOU reached these milestones. Or keep track of them for a younger brother, sister, cousin, or neighbor. Here’s a cool way to remember life’s milestones.


3. Fold a large sheet of paper in half. To create stepping stones, use Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils to draw irregular shapes with the top part of each stone along the fold. Draw as many as you like. You can always erase if you change your mind or make a mistake.


4. Cut around the bottom and sides (not the folded top) of each stepping stone with Crayola Scissors.


5. Color in the stones with Crayola Twistables. Label each stone with a date or age. Flip up the stone and write what you learned to do at that age on the inside. Use words and/or pictures.


6. Arrange your stones in chronological order on another sheet of paper. Attach them with a Crayola Glue Stick. Decorate the background with your name and other designs. What a great keepsake for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or other family events!


Safety Guidelines

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.

Adaptations

  • Create chronological milestones (past and future), highlighting important events.
  • Compare human changes with the development of animals such as kittens, puppies, or tadpoles.
  • Keep a record of milestones during the school year. What are your learning goals? What skills do you want to achieve?

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Erasable Colored Pencils
  • Twistables®
  • Glue Sticks
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Giant Floor Pad

Overview

grades

  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12

subjects

  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Visual Arts

time

  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Students realize that humans exhibit a fairly predictable growth pattern.

  • Students and their families research the progression of their child’s growth as babies and toddlers.

  • Students design a keepsake of their milestones in chronological order.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards