Intro To Design Lesson: Create A Paper Mache Darth Vader Tin Can Math Game

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I've been working on a lesson for my students design and create a paper mache head around a tin can that can then be used to play a math game at school or at home. 

The materials are cheap and the final product not only involves many subject areas, so it's aligned with the common core, but it's just plain cool to sit around!  If you choose not to use it as a math game, you could use the can as a pencil holder, a pot for a plant, paint brush holder, random junk holder, and I'm 100% sure there are many more uses.

So, sit back and learn how to create a paper mache Darth Vader and remember the technique can be used to create other characters, faces and more!!  (I will add pictures of others as well so you can get ideas and as soon as my students finish I will put up their work as well.)

Lesson plan info will be found on step 8 and as always tips and tricks will be found at the end of the instructable.

If you make a tin can face, I would LOVE to see your work, please come back and share. 

Ok-dokey Let's get started!
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Step 1: Materials Needed

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Materials Needed:

1 Tin Can
1 Sharpie
1 Egg Carton (cardboard)
1 Roll of Masking Tape
1 Bed Sheet or Pillow Case
1 Pair of Scissors
1 Pair of Google Eyes
1 Bottle of Glue
1 Plastic Cup

1 Can Black Spray Paint (flat) - Optional
Random bottles of acrylic paint
Various Paint Brushes

Step 2: "CAN" You Do This? Yes YOU CAN!

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You need  tin can, so eat some soup, green beans, or other food in a can.  Ok, you can also just plain ask someone hey, can you save you tin cans for me.

You need to decided what your can is going to look like.  I've included a blank can for you to print out and draw on. 

Take a sharpie and draw on the can.  Put lines where you are going to need to build up with the cardboard.
These are fantastic! They look really interesting when they're done. :D
poofrabbit (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago
I just remembered to add student work check it out if you have a second. :)
poofrabbit (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Thanks! I just introduced the project to my second group of 3rd graders (I have four groups in all) they are so excited! It may take us a month to finish, but I'm stoked to share their work with the instructables community!
poofrabbit (author) 1 year ago
I forgot I planned to show student work! These are a few of my 3rd graders cans. :)
yellowcatt2 years ago
Another material that is easy to use is gummed brown paper tape. It has a water activated gum on the back, it is easy to use and reasonably cheap.
You should be able to get it from most art supplies as it is used for sealing the back of picture frames.
poofrabbit (author)  yellowcatt2 years ago
Ah yes I know the tape you speak of, I have also used it to hold down prints and watercolor paper to keep it from buckling, I had not thought about it in a mache, brilliant! Thanks for the idea!
Woodenbikes2 years ago
I like your " little art teacher trick" of not over perfecting the example piece. I was inspired by a very rough example that seemed so much more acceptable, understandable, and accomplishable than finely the finished pieces that mask their methods. I still reflect often on that crudely bolted together mash-up of a lawn chair blended with a kid bike that inspired me to give bike making a try.
poofrabbit (author)  Woodenbikes2 years ago
Thank you, I have found that it's so hard for a student (adult or child) to want to even try to do something when they do not feel it's obtainable. My goal as an elementary art teacher is to ensure students feel they have a safe environment to work, play, and try new things. If I gave them a crazy example that looked like it walked out of an art gallery or off a shelf in a store, I have shut off many students before we even begin. Sometimes I even stop myself and "goof" on purpose. I also tell students when I make mistake, they need to know I'm human too. My level of craftsmanship and things (tho I really do try to be a decent example of craftsmanship, so a balance is needed) go up and down with the age of students I'm working with. This is a 3rd grade project in my room, so I didn't want to be to intimidating. I'm glad to here you were inspired by a rough example. It's really cool in my eyes that you can look back and remember where your inspiration came from! Thanks for checking out my instructable!