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Cursive Name Bug Craft Project
Students transform their written names into colorful artwork.
This simple, inexpensive craft offers a great way to display students’ names.
What You Need:
- White construction paper, one 12- by 18-inch piece per student
- Black crayons
- Watercolor paints
- Black construction paper, one 12- by 18-inch piece per student
What To Do:
- Students each fold a piece of white construction paper in half, lengthwise.
- Using pencils, have them write their names in cursive along the crease of the paper. The letters should be large and flowing.
- Children then trace over their names several times with black crayons.
- Have them refold the paper.
- Students then rub over the folded paper several times so that their names mirror-print on the other half of the paper.
- When they open the paper, they should retrace over the rubbing with black crayon.
- With watercolors, students paint the inside of the letters (using the same color on each side of a letter), creating a mirrored look.
- Children cut out their names, leaving a small amount of white space surrounding. The resulting image will resemble a large bug.
- Students can glue their name “bugs” onto the black construction paper.
- Optional: Students can use crayons and felt pens or colored pencils to color in the letters.
- Tip: This project demonstrates symmetry, so encourage students to make both sides of the letters resemble each other.