The kids ate this project up. I really had NO idea how much they would love creating their own cartoon characters! I have a worksheet that a previous teacher left (looks like it was scanned from a book, maybe?) that has some ideas of eyes, noses, mouths, heads and bodies of characters. It helps to get the kids started. They are free to use their own ideas, too-in fact, it's encouraged.
We start off on a 9x12 manilla paper, and the students sketch 8 characters.
Then, they have to choose their favorite 4.
Then, they put their favorite 4 on a 9x12 white paper (we fold it in half twice to get 4 equal spaces).
Students then outline, color in prismacolors, add a border to each character (that goes with the theme), and create a name for their character.
They are then cut into 4, and mounted on a black piece of paper.
I didn't realize how much they'd LOVE this project...seriously, they were obsessed! But, it was great for hand-eye coordination, to get their little minds going creatively, and to use colored pencils.
Who knows-one day, these could be famous :)