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Colour swatch whale collage

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Colour swatch whale

Colour swatch whale

We had a busy summer and had great fun making things over the holidays. The start of school seemed to come round so quickly it has taken me until now to start sharing on-line what we made – so here is the first. This whale was inspired by the whale in the book ‘The Shark in the Dark’ by Peter Bentley with wonderful illustrations by Ben Cort. It has been a firm favourite for quite some time, with great rhymes and a strong message about treating others well and the power of brain over brute force. We have always loved how the sea creatures all grouped together to form the shape of a whale, to stop the hungry shark from eating them and here is our whale made from colourful fish cut out of paint colour swatches. We have had the paint swatches for some time, after recent DIY projects, and they seemed ideal to be used to create really colourful sea creatures. Ted enjoyed choosing where to place the different coloured fish and it was great for giving him chance to practice cutting the fish out – he found it quite fiddly so I cut a lot of the fish out with him. Because some of the fish can be quite small, I think it would be a good activity to help little ones develop manual dexterity when gluing and sticking down the fish.

Materials

  • Large piece of black coloured paper or card
  • Paint colour swatches
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • White chalk

How we made it

  1. I drew a simple outline of a whale onto the black paper, using a piece of white chalk
  2. We cut out lots of shall fish, with a few couple of octopuses and star fish
  3. Ted glued inside the outline of the whale
  4. The fish and sea creatures were then stuck down inside the outline of the whale to create our whale
Chalk outline of whale

Chalk outline of whale

Cutting out fish from paint colour swatches

Cutting out fish from paint colour swatches

Gluing and sticking down fish

Gluing and sticking down fish

Gluing and sticking down fish

Gluing and sticking down fish

 

 

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