Fairy Tale Red Spotted Mushrooms

Third grade students created these beautiful painted paper spotted mushrooms.
We viewed various Fairy Tale illustrations and the sweet little red-spotted mushrooms found among the grasses and trees in the forest land. Students loved finding them hidden through out the stories.

Week one: Students selected 12 x 18 white drawing paper, then picked one color of tempera paint to paint their sky, next they added tints of green and brown paint and painted vertical brushstrokes to resemble blades of grass. Some students added brown leaves in their grass.


Week Two: Students drew the mushroom tops on red glittered painted paper, next students painted white polka-a-dots on mushroom tops and added white painted stems.
We also talked about how these mushrooms are very poisonous and never taste them. Enjoy these precious mushrooms but only look please don’t sample them!


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    December 20, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I'm your newest follower. Love the art work!
    Grade ONEderful

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    Jessica Young
    December 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Beautiful mushrooms! Those mushrooms are fairly common in Sweden (where my mother was born), so my childhood was full of books with red spotted mushrooms in the illustrations. My mom always warned my sister and me to never eat them, which ended up being a futile warning since we've never seen those mushrooms growing here in the U.S. Thanks for sharing this beautiful artwork–it brings back happy memories :).



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    J. Cooper
    January 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Have you seen the Fairy Houses books by Tracy Kane? They would make a great addition to this theme! She's an author/illustrator from Maine. Her book feature making little houses and furniture from natural found objects for fairies. Every year in the spring I take my third grade outside, we read the book, and then gather materials (sticks, leaves, grass, sand, rocks etc.)for the houses. During the next session we build the fairy houses out of the materials we found and leave them on the edges of the playground for any fairies that might live on our school grounds.

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