This is one of my favorite kindergarten projects and it is perfect to teach at the beginning of the year.
Lines are introduced and we talk about the many types of lines... straight, zigzag, loopy, wavy, etc. Then I show them how they can make dotted and dashed lines, lines that start out wavy and then become spiky and even lines that are made by placing shapes in a row.
The kindergartners start with a black marker and draw the lines across the page (9x12": I find that drawing on a small piece of paper is good for this project, because the kids get tired of coloring neatly after a short time) This usually takes the entire first class period (40 minutes).
The second class period, I show them how they can color in the shapes and in between the lines.
This is also a good sub plan lesson if you choose to use it that way, since it uses just a few materials and is pretty straightforward to teach.
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