- Heavy white drawing paper
- Black or dark blue tempera paint (thinned with water)
Objective: Children will use their fine-motor and artistic-expression skills to create daytime and nighttime pictures.
In Advance: Have a discussion about the night. You might ask, "How do you think the night comes about? How is the night different from the day?" Invite children to talk about nighttimE experiences that they remember. Ask them to compare these experiences with their usual daytime activities.
- Encourage children to draw a picture with light-colored crayons of something they might see during the day.
- Invite children to describe their pictures out loud to one another. You might want to ask, "What time of day is it in your picture? Is it early morning? Afternoon?" Encourage them to ask questions about their classmates' drawings.
- Now it's time for a little crayon-resist "magic." Invite children to change the time of their pictures from day to night by painting over their drawing paper. Children will probably enjoy seeing how their crayon markings "resist" the paint and remain uncovered. You might ask, "What do you think happened to your picture?"
- Ask children to write or dictate titles for their pictures. Help them attach the title to the drawing and create a special wall display of the group's "Magic Nighttime Pictures."
For younger children: Before beginning the activity, encourage children to talk about their favorite daytime activities. Then ask them to close their eyes and describe how the darkness feels. Ask: What kinds of things does the darkness make you think of?
For older children: Ask children to think about what was happening in their "day" pictures. Then encourage them to think about what might have happened "over time" as their "day" pictures turned to night. Invite them t, dictate or write stories about their day and night pictures. Read the stories with your group at story time.
SPIN OFF: Create "snowy" scenes by using dark blue paper, crayons, and white tempera paint. Use a medium to light blue tempera paint to create an underwater scene. On heavy white paper, ask children to draw fish, sand, seashells and other things that they think they would find in the ocean. When they cover the drawing with the blue paint, their drawing will appear to be under the sea.
REMEMBER: Both representational and nonrepresentational drawings are perfectly acceptable for children's drawings.
Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
What Makes Day and Night? by Franklyn Branley