Symmetrical Pumpkin

Symmetrical PumpkinOne more Halloween project. This is short and sweet but makes a very graphic image.
1. Give each student a square piece of black paper and an orange that is half the width of the black. With the orange lying on top of the right side of the black, they are to imagine the center line as the middle of a pumpkin.
2. Starting on the middle line, they need to draw half of a pumpkin. Next, one eye and one half of a mouth are drawn. When complete, the eye and mouth are cut out, all as complete shapes, not bits and pieces. I show them how to cheat with the eye by cutting a line over to it and then cutting around to get the triangle out. The little slice will seal itself back up when glued.
3. The newly cut shapes are to be flopped from their cut out positions, and then glued down with a glue stick. Voila, a positive/negative and symmetrical pumpkin face!

6 Responses

  1. Meg
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    I am not a teacher or an elementary school kid but I love this blog! I’ve been adapting (and not adapting…) ideas that you’ve posted here. Its a great stress release. :) Thanks!

  2. Smashgirl
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    My kids made these and they loved doing this project. After they finished, they incorporated the skill and made up their own positive/negative artwork using different colors and shapes. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Anonymous
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    my primary students loved this and some thought of other symmetrical Halloween shapes and so they made more! (ghost, bat, skeleton face)

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