The Pink Elephant
Copy a blackline elephant onto pink cardstock, or have children trace cardboard elephant cut-out onto heavy pink paper. Give each child a chunk of paraffin, and encourage children to color the elephant carefully with the paraffin. (The paraffin will not alter the color of the elephant, but will leave a dull shen on the surface.) After children have thoroughly colored the elephant, coating the image with a heavy coat of paraffin, give each child a paintbrush and black watercolor paint. Instruct children to paint the entire surface of the paper black. The pink elephant will magically shine through.
Give each child a sheet of paper. Show children how to fold paper into thirds. Instruct children to draw an animal head on the top third (making sure head/neck reaches to the very bottom of the top fold). After children have completed this step, instruct them to flip the paper so that the middle section is up (and the head is not visible) and pass papers to the student on their right. Instruct children next to draw an animal torso (without head or legs) on the middle section of the paper now in front of them. Bodies should fill almost the entire area, reaching from the very top of the fold to the very bottom. After this step is completed, direct students to once more flip the paper, this time turning the bottom section up and once again pass papers to the student on their right. Instruct students to fill the bottom third of the paper with animal legs and feet, making sure that their drawings reach all the way to the top of the fold.
(1) If you played a practical joke on someone this morning before anyone tricked you, draw a happy mouth on your clown. If someone played a practical joke on you before you tricked anyone else, draw a sad mouth on your clown.
(2) If you like April Fool's Day, draw an orange nose on your clown. If you don't like April Fool's Day, draw a red nose on your clown.
(3) If someone in your family played a trick on you, draw freckles on your clown's cheeks. If no one in your family played a trick on you, draw a big circle on each of your clown's cheeks.
(4) If you are a girl, draw blue eyes on your clown. If you are a boy, draw black eyes on your clown.
(5) If you played a trick on a friend, draw rectangular eyebrows on your clown. If you didn't play a trick on a friend, draw triangular eyebrows on your clown.
(6) If you've had one trick played on you this April Fools' Day, use one color of tissue paper to make hair for your clown. If you've had two tricks played on you today, use two colors of tissue paper. If you've had three or more tricks played on you today, use three colors of tissue paper.
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