The original lesson comes from Kids Artists (tagged for slightly older children) and I adapted it to suit our 30-minute time frame.
My son and 18 of his classmates traced a paper plate with pencil on blue 12-x18 paper for the bear’s face. Then added half-circle ears. They used a big marshmallow to add white tempura paint for fur, and a mini-marshmallow to add snow. Eyes and a mouth were made with a small brush (they were so relieved!) and black tempura paint.
With no time for the white paint to dry, I thought they’d be disappointed in how a big, black painted nose would turn out. So they stuck on pre-cut noses made from sparkly adhesive-backed foam (love that stuff!).
A few children were interested in making grey, which I showed them individually so they could add depth to the insides of the ears and under the bear’s chin. But most were desperate to wash their hands!
The biggest hit of this project? Eating marshmallows once everyone’s hands were clean and reading aloud The Marshmallow Incident.