These jumping jacks will animate story time with their antics.
Create movable shapes to enhance and illustrate book reports, stories or plays.
Pull a string on these easy and fun-to-make jumping jacks for a wonderful addition to any language discussion.
Supplies Used: Adhesive, Brads, Construction paper, Markers or pens, Scissors, String
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
- Die-cut the teddy bear, and die-cut two arms and two legs using construction paper.
- There are two holes in the arms and the legs. Leave open the first hole for the string (Figure A).
- The second hole is the pivot hole. Push a brad through a body hole first and then through an arm or leg hole (Figure A).
- When opening the brad to secure it to the body, spread the prongs loosely, so that the arm or leg can move freely.
- Attach all the arms and legs with brads.
- Cut two short lengths of string.
- Position the arms and legs straight down when attaching the string (Figure A).
- Use the first holes to attach the string across the arms, and tie a knot at each end (Figure A).
- Repeat this process for the legs (Figure A).
- Cut a longer length of string. Place it down the center of the teddy bear’s back, attaching it with knots to the arm and leg strings, and leave several inches hanging below the body for pulling (Figure A).
- Students can decorate their jumping jacks with markers or pens (Main Photo).
- Students will jump for joy when they discover how easy it is to make their own jumping jacks from any shape!
- Figure A
English Language Arts
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects Pre-K–5
Reading Standards for Literature Pre-K–5
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
- Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
Fine Arts & Visual Arts
NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques and Processes
- Students use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories.
NA-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
- Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum.