You can see the lighthouses and houses taking shape. Most of the students are covering their newspaper with torn pieces of brown paper towels to make them easier to paint. We'll be adding rocks, trees, and whatever else we can think of to make our lighthouse models seem more realistic. The kids are coming up with some good ideas.
A few students brought in tiny seashells they found in the sand from the playground to add to the beaches they plan to make next to their lighthouses. The sand from our playground is brought to us from the beach. The kids like to dig for "fossils" I thought they had a good idea.
I think they're looking fantastic at this point. Some of the students were having trouble applying the paper towel. It's much thinner than the newspaper and wrinkles very easily. The secret they found was using very tiny pieces. It takes longer to apply, but goes on much smoother. Any wrinkles that do occur can be made to look purposeful. Some lighthouses are very weathered looking. I believe some of them will be ready to paint next time and I can't wait. I'm ready to see some finished products.