Zz is for a zany zebra

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on April 27, 2014

in Creative Art, Zz is for Zebra Stripes

Zebra stripes

The end of our school year is approaching much too quickly and we have come to the end of our year long study of each letter of the alphabet. Today’s letter is brought to you by letter Zz for zany zebra…

Zz is for Zebra by Teach Preschool

Our year long alphabet study doesn’t guide all we do in our classroom on any given day or week but it does give us the chance to take our time exploring the sound and formation of each letter a little more closely…

Zz is for Zebra by Teach Preschool

After introducing the letter Zz during circletime, the children explored the process of creating zebra stripes and cutting out their own “zebra” or any other shape they ended up with…

Zz is for Zebra by Teach Preschool

To begin, the children used black tape (or blue) to create zebra stripes on a sheet of white paper…

Zz is for Zebra by Teach Preschool

The stripes could go any way they wished across their paper. The children had to focus on the skill of cutting the tape, keeping it from getting all bunched up, and then placing it in lines on their paper…

Zz is for Zebra by Teach Preschool

Once the children were satisfied with all the zebra stripes they had on their paper, they were ready to cut out their zebra striped shape…

Zz is for Zebra by Teach Preschool

Some of the children also took the time to add other features like eyes with markers…

Zz is for Zebra by Teach Preschool

The completed zany zebra pictures came in all shapes and sizes…

Zz is for Zebra by Teach Preschool

Zz is for Zebra by Teach Preschool

Zz is for Zebra by Teach Preschool

The thing to keep in mind was that this was all about exploring the process of making lines and cutting shapes. The children were not hung up on making a zebra although I have titled this zany zebras as my own way of referencing the idea. I encouraged the children to cut out a shape that they thought would be interesting or fun after they finished their lines. The children were quite fascinated with how they could make the lines first and then cut the shapes around or over the lines…

Zz is for Zebra by Teach Preschool

By the way, the tape we used for this process was a very easy to tear plastic tape purchased at Office Depot!

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1 kewkew April 28, 2014 at 8:32 am

I love the zany zebra shapes. What a neat idea. I am pinning this idea for when we get back to our z unit. thanks for sharing.
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2 andie jaye April 30, 2014 at 12:25 am

love the idea of using electrical tape to create zebras!


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