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Level: ECE, Primary
Grades: PreK - Gr 2 | Age: 2-8yrs | Written by: Alexa
[Alexa is a teacher and artist from Bucharest, Romania.]

Children will learn about primary colors and color mixing as they create paintings with snails as the theme. Primary colors are the colors from which all other colors are mixed. They are red, blue and yellow.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Talk about primary colors.
  2. Give each child a piece of paper.
  3. Ask them to trace 3 concentric circles using blue, red and yellow (explain to them that they should use pure colors and try not to mix them at this point). This is the snail's shell.
  4. Then, let the children draw the snail's head and eyes. These can be painted also using primary colors or secondary colors that have been mixed by the children.

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Recommended Books/Products:

Are You a Snail?
by Judy Allen
This book is an excellent read-aloud and with the help of an adult, a nice early reader for K-1 students. It would be a wonderful addition to an invertebrate, backyard animals or other animal science curriculum.

My Very Favorite Art Book: I Love to Paint!
Creating with strings, fingers, rollers, straws, and other super techniques: no wonder this entry in Lark's fabulous new art series will have kids saying "I love to paint!"

Painting with Children
Painting with Children contains sections on the "moral effects of color," the experience of colors, preparation, color stories and poems, panting with plant colors, painting the moods and seasons of nature, and much more.

The Science Book of Color
by Neil Ardley
This book explains the principles of color and gives instructions for a variety of simple experiments.

My First Paint Book
by Dawn Sirett
Twenty-two activities, from stenciled boxes to T-shirt designs, are presented along with step-by-step, full-color photographs and clear instructions, in a visual introduction to making and decorating things with paint.

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