Cursive Name Aliens
Students can turn their names – written in cursive – into aliens and monsters.
By Melisa McCurley
What You Need:
- chalk or pastel
- Large black marker
- Spoon or popsicle stick
What You Do:
- Fold paper in half lengthwise and crease.
- Open back up and write your name in cursive (important) large enough to take up most of the paper. An adult can write it for the child if necessary.
- Trace the name heavily with chalk in a color that will show on the paper.
- Refold the paper on the crease and rub over the paper with the back of the spoon or a popsicle stick.
- Check inside to see if the name has transferred onto the other side of the sheet. If not, keep rubbing.
- Open sheet and trace name with black marker.
- Color in the resulting shapes with different colors. Usually there will be shapes that suggest eyes (maybe more than 2!) and antenna.
- Continue to add details to your alien.
- Make another one but this time turn it upside down and make the other end the head.
Examples from K Sue Smarties:
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by Betty Edwards
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