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Say My Name, Say My Name
New school year, new students! Let your students contribute to their new classroom’s decorations with this simple and colorful craft. First, students design and paint pennants with their names. After the pennants are dry, you have a whole new set of personalized name banners for your walls!
Things You’ll Need:
Card stock or Bristol board
String or ribbon
White Crayons (or other colors if you like)
What to Do:
Step 1: Create pennants by cutting triangles out of card stock or Bristol board. Make one for each child in your class.
Step 2: Measure 1” down from the top edge of each triangle with your ruler. Fold along the 1" line, making a 1" rectangle on the back side of the pennant. As you fold, you'll see two small triangles sticking out on each side. To give the front of your pennant a clean edge, snip off both of these triangles.
Step 3: Invite students to write their names and make designs on the pennants using white crayons (or other colors!). Encourage students to really press the crayon to the paper while drawing so they create a thick line.
Step 4: Next, distribute watercolor paints. Instruct students to paint over their designs and fill the whole pennant with color. When they’re done, let the pennants dry thoroughly. The white crayon lines will pop out through the watercolors!
Step 5: Now it’s time to string the pennants together. Place each pennant by its crease over one long piece of string or ribbon. The triangle should be on one side of the ribbon, with the 1" tab on the other side. Tape the tab down in the back to secure it.
Step 6: Hang your banners wherever you choose!
Photo: Adam Chinitz; Crafter: Helen Quinn; Craft Idea: Lyssa Sahadevan