Tracing Fun

Why

What do you get when you combine Crayola® Dry-Erase Crayons and a plastic box frame? Hours of simple fun and learning!


Steps

1. Turn a sturdy plastic box frame into an awesome tracer to enhance learning.


2. Remove the cardboard insert from the plastic box frame. Decorate the sides of the cardboard insert with Crayola® Construction Paper. Trace the sides of the cardboard insert on different colors of construction paper. Cut out the construction paper with Crayola® Scissors and attach to the sides of the cardboard insert with a Crayola® Glue Stick.


3. Now, find something that you want to trace. There are plenty of fun or educational coloring pages on Crayola.com. Trim the coloring page with scissors to fit inside the plastic box frame.


4. Use Crayola® Dry-Erase Crayons to trace and color pictures, practice writing letters, math facts, or drawing shapes. When you are finished, display it or wipe it off with the E-Z Erase Mitt and do it again.


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.

Adult Assistance is required for this arts & crafts project.

Mirrors, Picture Frames, and Plant Pots—Close adult supervision is required when children use craft materials that could shatter or break. Handheld mirrors, picture frames with glass, ceramic pots, and similar breakable items may be used only by children 8 years and older. For children 7 years and younger, use unbreakable materials such as wood or sturdy plastic picture frames, unbreakable mirrors, and plant pots that will not shatter into sharp edges.

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 a learning center using the tracing box as an activity. It introduces drawing, reinforces letter and number writing, and is an easy way to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Place bingo boards in the plastic box frame and eliminate the need for messy bingo pieces. Simply mark the squares with a dry-erase crayon.
  • Assessment: Observe students ability to trace letters, numbers and pictures. Assess hand-eye coordination and use of dry-erase crayons and erasing mitt.

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Lesson Plans

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Glue Sticks
  • Blunt-Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
  • Dry-Erase Crayons
household supplies
  • picture frame

Overview

grades

  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3

subjects

  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Visual Arts

time

  • Less than 1/2 hour

benefits

  • Students demonstrate knowledge of addition and subtraction in a hands-on manner.

  • Students demonstrate letter and number writing in a hands-on manner.

  • Younger children will develop hand-eye coordination and gain practice in holding writing utensils.

Cirriculum

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