Activity:

Make Cave Paintings

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What You Need:

  • Butcher paper 11” x 17”
  • Charcoal or willow sticks
  • Card stock paper 11” x 17”
  • Brown or red Conte crayons or oil pastels
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

What You Do:

  1. Draw outlines of bison, deer, and buffalo on the card stock paper. Cut them out to use as stencils.
  2. Carefully tear the edges of the butcher paper.
  3. Place the stencils on top of the butcher paper and outline them with charcoal. Use as many stencils as you like to create your scene.
  4. Blend out the edges of the charcoal outline, working the charcoal smears away from the animal, but leaving the center of the animal empty.
  5. Use charcoal around the edges of the torn paper to make it appear ancient.
  6. Add symbols and smudges of red and brown Conte crayons or pastels between your animal shapes. These symbols can include stick figure hunters, bows, arrows and fire.
  7. Continue until you have a wall full of cave paintings. Before you know it your kid will have created her very own life-size, pre-historic scene.

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