Next we see the Yellow Duck! This project is based on a lesson about circles and also reinforces the skill of cutting on a curve.
- I started with a standard 18 x 12 piece of yellow construction paper and cut a 3 1/2" strip off the short side.
- Out of this strip I cut 3 squares, each 3.5" x 3.5". These squares are used to make the wings.
- I then cut the remaining larger piece in half to make two 12 x 7 rectangles which I will use to trace the circles for the duck's body. To make the body I looked around my classroom for two objects I could trace in the shape of circles, one bigger than the other. I used a cookie jar lid and a small paper plate. I traced these on the 12 x 7 paper, making one for each student. (You could also make patterns of these circles and teach the children to trace them themselves.)
- The children can make the wings by folding the 3.5" square in half diagonally, then cutting on that line to make two triangles.
- They can cut out their own feet, or you could do what I did and make a freehand pattern and cut out several at a time for them.
- Finally, I cut the orange triangles on the paper cutter for the beak.