This is a fantastic craft to go along with many Earth Day lessons! The Lorax is one of if not my favorite children's story. Many years ago I read it as a prose piece for forensic (competitive acting and speaking competitions). To this day when I read the book with gusto I get a little choked up at the end. Oh Dr. Suess, how I adore this book!
Great for a guided reading or MTSS activity after reading The Lorax and discussing it's meaning
Fantastic art project to use to talk about book illustrations and the work of Dr. Suess
Wonderful for discussing earth day and how we can help our environment
Great project to discuss about being good citizens
I actually think The Lorax by Dr. Suess could be used as a week long project leading up to Earth day. There are so many activities you can do along with the book. I once had my class make recycled paper with marigold seeds in the paper. Once the paper dried they wrote down one thing they could do to make a difference in the world. We then went out and planted the paper. The other sheet (they made two) they gave to someone they cared about telling them what they learned about the environment. The kids loved it! I think this lesson along with others can be used to teach about our environment and why it's important for us to be good world citizens and do our part.
Step 1: Materials Needed
White :S302 001
Black: S302 042
Emerald :S302 323
Chocolate: S302 053
Hot Pink: S302 503
Just Orange: S302 1634
Small garden pot (3")
Sculpey® Tools (Mine came with the Sculpey® Crafty Clay Variety Pack I bought)
Sculpey® Clay Conditioning Machine
Sculpey® Acrylic Roller
Sculpey® Clay Softener
Step 2: Fill Your Pot
I was able to use old foil that I rinsed off and dried. My flower pot was found at a dollar tree years ago and I had long forgot I even owned it until I was rummaging around in the basement.
Decided how far down you want the base of your tree to be. I wanted it down a little from the lip so it looked like my tree and Lorax were inside the pot.
Step 3: Lay Down the Grass
Step 4: Covering the Trunk
Step 5: The Tuft of the Truffala Tree!
From there roll out some hot pink clay (or whatever color you want your trees tuft to be) and cover the entire ball of tinfoil and attach the clay to the clay on the trunk. Here is a great place to fan our the clay on the edges so you get that cartoon drawing book feel.
Step 6: Highlights
Step 7: More Mixing
Step 8: Bling That Trunk
Step 9: Bake It!
He was made using orange clay in his basic shape. Then mixing orange and a little white for his eye brows and mustache. His mouth was made using pink white and black clay, his eyes white with black clay for pupils.
Take Directly from Sculpey®'s Website:
Bake at 275 °F (130 °C) for 15 minutes per 1/4 in (6 mm) thickness. DO NOT MICROWAVE. Baking should be completed by an adult. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME.
Once you are finished baking and it has cooled off display it proudly!