One of my very favorites (well, okay, I do have a lot of favorites!) is the classic foldover.
I cut butterfly shapes out of various colors of construction paper and let them choose the color.
We had leftover neon paint from a co-teacher's project last week. (Never let paint go to waste!) I had them apply the paint with cotton swabs, because once again, I wanted to slow the process down. The colors mix nicely this way as well.
This truly is a project that, once they see how it works, you can set it up and walk away. For at least half of my 3's, they did the entire thing by themselves:
*Name on back of paper.
*Fold paper over and rub.
*Apply more paint if desired and repeat the fold and rub.
*When done, place the butterfly on the drying rack and wash hands.
They are that independent by this time of the year, and most have been for quite awhile. We work on showing them the steps from day one.
And don't be surprised if they want to do quite a few. The surprise once they are opened is delightful and addicting!
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