Middle school students still like those fun seasonal activities! Many years ago (I have no idea how many) I used this pattern coloring activity with my middle-schoolers. I don't remember where the idea came from, and I had even forgotten that I ever used it! However, I was looking through an old "November" file to find some ideas for a fun activity for a sub day, and found the tracers and examples in my file.
Once I found it, I DID remember that the kids used to really enjoy this activity. They had fun creating the patterns and deciding what colors to include. So, I gathered materials (graph paper, tracers, colored pencils, thin black markers, construction paper) and left them for the sub, with these directions:
1. Students take one piece of graph paper (I use the tiny squares, but younger students could use larger ones).
2. Place the tracer under the graph paper and trace the outline and details of the shape.
3. Color the squares with different shades, alternating light and dark (colored pencils work better than markers).
4. When finished, outline in black, and go over detail lines in a darker color.
5. Cut out and glue onto construction paper.
This is a great way to create attractive pictures any time. I was just so excited to find it again that I thought I'd share:) You can click on the pumpkin or turkey pictures below to download the tracers.
For a more academic activity, I also included the cross number puzzle (pictured above) and a math color by number and Footloose math game. These are both mixed practice and great to use for review any time. You can find these in my TPT store if you click the main image above. Happy coloring!
Hi, I'm Ellie! My mission here is to support teachers as they work to provide engaging, meaningful experiences for their students. I've been in education for 25 years, teaching all subject areas at both the elementary and middle school levels, and am here to share what I've learned through those years, as well as what I continue to learn. I hope you'll find some ideas or resources here to help you out!