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String Eggs

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Subjects

  • Arts & Humanities

Grades

  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

Decorate the classroom with beautiful string eggs for Easter.

Objectives

Students will
  • follow instructions to make a string egg.
  • work appropriately and neatly with art materials.

Keywords

craft, art, egg, string, Easter

Materials Needed

  • string or yarn of various colors
  • small balloons
  • glue
  • water
  • disposable containers to hold glue/water mixture
  • newspaper or drop cloth
  • waxed paper
  • tape
  • needle

Lesson Plan

Need an attractive display for the Easter holiday? String eggs are delicate and bright decorations that can be hung around the room or on a tree.

Start by gathering materials and covering the tables, desks, or the floor with newspaper or a drop cloth as a student workspace. Add a little water to thin out glue in disposable containers. Then

  • Have students blow up a balloon to a small egg shape (size according to your preference) and tie it.
  • Distribute string. Lengths of about two yards or more work well. Students may choose to use a single color or vary their selection.
  • Students should dip each string into the glue mixture, squeeze it through the hand to remove extra glue, and wrap the string around the egg. String should be wrapped in a diagonal pattern continuously around the balloon, leaving some open space. Then additional string may be added in a random pattern.
  • When the desired coverage is achieved, have students place eggs on waxed paper to dry.
  • On each egg, the teacher or student may add a loop of string and tie it in a knot to use for hanging.
  • Attach a piece of tape to this loop with the name of the egg's creator.
  • When the eggs are dry, pop the balloons with a needle or pin and remove them.

For more fun, have students decorate the outside of their eggs with sequins, beads, silk flowers, ribbon, or other craft items. Students might also design something small, such as a pom-pom chick or bunny, to hang within their eggs.

Assessment

Student eggs should reflect the instructions given. All work should be completed cooperatively.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Cara Bafile

National Standards

FINE ARTS: Visual Arts

  • GRADES K - 4

  • NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes

  • GRADES 5 - 8

  • NA-VA.5-8.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes

  • GRADES 9 - 12
    NA-VA.9-12.1
    Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes

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Originally published 03/21/2003
Last updated 02/15/2008

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