Center Focus

Picture Frames

  1. You will need the following materials
    • corrugated cardboard
    • tag board
    • plastic wrap
    • construction paper
    • string, beads, glitter, and other decorative items
    • glue, tape, scissors
  2. The first thing you will need to have your students make (or have pre-made) are squares of tagboard cut into the shape of the frame they desire. A square-shaped piece with a 1" border is best for this activity. Make sure the opening is large enough so that the poem can be seen completely.
  3. Then the students need to turn the tagboard over and tape-on a piece of plastic wrap, just slightly larger than the frame opening.
  4. They should then glue the poem face-down on to the tagboard, making sure it shows through completely on the face-up side.
  5. Students will then need to cut a piece of corrugated cardboard, i.e. pumpkin, cornucopia, turkey. The shape must be at least as large as the tagboard. They will then glue the tagboard frame onto the piece of cardboard.
  6. Now the students can decorate the frame (which is the tagboard and cardboard together). Let them use a variety of the materials available. Mosaics are good to use for this activity. To do this, small pieces of construction paper of different colors are used to form a picture or pattern.
  7. The last step is to attach a clasp to the back of the cardboard so that they may be hung on the wall. There are little picture hangers available that can simply be glued on to the back.

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