Year three of Eric Carle painted paper animals for 2nd graders. I start with paper, and have the students paint that paper and scrape parts of it off. The next class, the students traced major body parts on the back of the painted paper. The students cut out pieces, and put together the animal like a puzzle. The students used oil pastels, construction paper crayons, and color sticks to add color to the faces and grass. We glued all of this on the all famous and controversial white paper background.
We did elephants and BLUE horses last year, and a seahorse the year before. All three years, the students have enjoyed and learned something every step of this project. Hope all of you enjoy.