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NATIVE AMERICAN STORY BLANKETS [From: Multicultural]
Written by: Jaime Harrington [Jaime is a teacher from Aspen Ridge Elementary in Ishpeming, MI]

Age:

2-5 years

Activity Summary:

Children will learn how to tell stories with pictures.

Objectives

•Building drawing skills.
•Looking at storytelling using a different medium.
•Working with scissors.
•Learning about different cultures.

What You Need:

•Large piece of brown construction paper
•Black crayons
•Scissors

What You Do:

  1. Measure 3" from each end of construction paper, draw a straight line from top to bottom.

  2. Using scissors, cut in from the end of the paper to the black line several times (giving the look of fringe for the ends of the blanket).

  3. Using Native American drawings (tee-pee, horse, boy, girl, sun, moon, village) found in many children's stories of Native American origin, children create their own story.

    • For example: A drawing of a girl, a sun, a village, and a boy by a tee-pee may be interpreted as: "A young girl traveled for one day until she found a village. There she met a young boy who helped her build a tee-pee." and so on...


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