As the 4th grade students study germs in science class, I thought this would be the perfect way to integrate that learning with a fun hand-sewing project!
Students used images of different sorts of germs as inspiration to draw their own germ monster. The drawings were used as a reference point to create their large, stuffed "animal" germ monsters!
Students dug through scraps of fabric and felt to select colors for their germ monsters. This gave students the opportunity to use different materials and techniques than we usually use in art class. Students cut crazy germ shapes and layered on patterns and goggly eyes and all sorts of fun germ-like characteristics. They had to create two matching sides for their germ.
Once both sides were done, students learned how to hand-sew around the edges of both and filled their germ monster with stuffing. Students loudly dreamt of snuggling with their germ monster at night, hiding their germ monster to scare people, and taking their germ monster on long walks on the beach.
Students seemed to really love this project and many have already asked if they can do more hand-sewing projects in the future. What a joy as an art teacher to see students so excited about their work!