Friday, 24 April 2015

The Four Friends. M10

7 year olds

I based todays art day around A.A.Milne's poem, 'The Four Friends'.

Ernest was an elephant, a great big fellow,
Leonard was a lion with a six foot tail,
George was a goat, and his beard was yellow,
And James was a very small snail.

Leonard had a stall, and a great big strong one,
Earnest had a manger, and its walls were thick,
George found a pen, but I think it was the wrong one,
And James sat down on a brick

Earnest started trumpeting, and cracked his manger,
Leonard started roaring, and shivered his stall,
James gave a huffle of a snail in danger
And nobody heard him at all.

Earnest started trumpeting and raised such a rumpus,
Leonard started roaring and trying to kick,
James went on a journey with the goats new compass
And he reached the end of his brick.

Ernest was an elephant and very well intentioned,
Leonard was a lion with a brave new tail,
George was a goat, as I think I have mentioned,
but James was only a snail.

The children put pencil lines across their page and filled the page with crayon text from the poem. It didn't make sense, have spaces between words and every letter went to the top of the line. They filled in the circle letters with colour, then dyed the page. This is the background completed.
They filled a practice page with the animals from the poem. They chose one or all of them to draw in pen and colour with paint. 
They cut out and stuck their animals on a red page then an other colour. They wrote out the first verse of the poem and assembled the art.


  1. Gretchen, I love this so much. I have been so encouraged and inspired by your teaching this year. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas. So wonderful.

    1. Celia, comments like yours are what keep me going. Thank you for your support.



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