Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thing 1 and Thing 2 Guided Drawing Project

A couple years ago, I was goofing around and did a "fly by the seat of my pants" hand print activity. I had the kiddo's trace their hands and then at that moment, caught a glimpse of my "Thing 2" classroom pointer. This game me a great idea! From this point on, I was going to make it a guided drawing lesson.

I had the children write a C in each of their hand prints then  draw a backward C next to it. Next, make a big black dot in each of the C's. ...The list went on and then at the very end, I had them draw their traced fingers blue. And all of the sudden, THING 1 and THING 2 came to life for them! They were so thrilled that they just drew a Dr. Seuss character...or should I say characters with an S since there were two of them! This is what the final product looked like!

This year, many of my colleagues used the Art series that we use to make The Cat in the Hat but I wanted to do something different. So again, I put on my thinking cap and went to work. How could I make this a guided drawing lesson so that these little fellas ACTUALLY look like Thing 1 and Thing 2. There was no better way to try than to just go for it...if they turned out horrible...well, we could try again.
So, again, I began with hand prints for the head. I reminded students that what ever we did on one hand print, we would do to the other. Next I  made sure we had a neck and a round-oval shaped body. The legs we wrote the letter L and then wrote another one next to it and closed it up. Then a backward L for the next leg and repeated the process. The arms were done very similar to the legs. This time I told students to draw a straight line out then a short line down. Then close them up. One of the students said "hey, that is a side-ways L"! So, we drew a side-ways L on the other side and closed it up.

Then we started to color their hair...AKA the students' fingers...

After coloring their hair, I realized that I almost forgot to draw the circles on their bellies!!! So, we stopped and drew a circle in the center of their bellies and wrote Thing 1 and Thing 2! 

Last but not least...I had students color the bodies red and then had them trace over the facial features with a black crayon. Then VIOLA...they turned out like THIS!!!!

 So, for trying a guided drawing lesson from scratch, I thought they turned out pretty good if I don't say so myself! 

You can pick up the directions at my TpT store! Just click the picture above!!!

Have a Seusstastic Weekend!!!


  1. Love this! It is so cute and easy for the kids to do. I just did this last week with the kids and they loved it! Thanks for sharing!
    Teaching Little Miracles

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