Winter Forests Tints and Shades
Deer and Tree Stand, Kindergarten
Four Tall Trees, First Grade
My K-1 students have become fantastic painters! This month we worked on making tints and shades. I wanted to introduce the vocabulary and teach them how to make colors lighter and darker. I like incorporating fun seasonal projects if they teach important skills and aren’t just crafty lessons. Everyone had fun with this one, and some of my kindergartners remembered tints and shades a week after I taught Day One! They are so smart!
- Fold paper into four parts. This is harder than you may think. We folded it in half like a book and I told them to read their books while I helped others fold their papers. Then we folded our book in half to make an even smaller book.
- Unfold and draw lines to show the four sections
- Paint one section green by mixing blue and yellow
- Paint another section green with green paint straight out of the bottle
- Use bottle green and white to make light green
- Use bottle green and black to paint dark green
- Talk about characteristics of triangles and find triangles in the room
- Show how to cut triangles without drawing them on the paper (Cut two crooked lines)
- Glue triangle to white paper (Just a dot, not a lot!)
- Glue brown pre-cut construction paper rectangles for the trunks. Students can cut them smaller if needed
- Use crayons to decorate trees and/or complete their forests