Mixed-up Days

"Then comes a Mixed-Up Day. And WHAM! I don't know who or what I am! But it all turns out all right, you see. And I go back to being...me." Dr. Seuss, My Many Colored Days

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I combined Dr. Seuss (One Fish, Two Fish) and recycled art with this lesson. These are mini (12oz) pop bottles, with the very bottom cut off to make the starfish and cuts made on the bottles to create fins for the fish. The kids painted them with tempera paint on the *inside* of the bottles, which makes them so shiny on the outside! I offered the “starfish” as an optional extra, but every single student opted to make one. I couldn’t figure out how to display the starfish without a table, so I tried gluing them to paper and that worked beautifully.

This project took a ton of time and effort, and I may not ever do it again, but it was worth it. The kids expressed amazement that something like a pop bottle could be reused to make art, and I encouraged them to use discarded things at home (with permission!) to create more art.

This display will stay up a while!

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