I start off by showing my sample:
I am a surprise! I am something that you sew with. I have a needle. What am I?
I also shared photos I saved from The House of Fabergé that I received in the mail.
They were instructed to design the outside of their egg, cut it apart, glue down one half on white drawing paper and then bring it to me to attach the other half of the egg with a paper fastener.
REALLY IMPORTANT! Students, with their egg closed, need to lightly trace around the half of the egg that opens. (Line should be erased later.)
To add excitement to the project, in the past, I cut out and laminated little photos of things that the students could use as inspiration for their surprise. These photos were then placed inside plastic eggs for the students to open. Eventually, I realized students could come up with ideas on their own, which is what we want to happen. But it was fun!
I also inform my students that they need to draw a stand for their egg or it might roll off the paper. Yes, I have gotten weird looks with that one!
Check them out!
I also remember doing a display with this project many years ago and this sign accompanied the art work.
It's my way of making my students happy, because they get to decorate eggs AND it makes me happy because I get to make connections to history and the beautiful art of Peter Carl Fabergé.
Thanks for reading! I hope I have inspired you today!