young-studentThis is a basic arts and crafts style project.

Age range: 2 – 6

Use it to introuduce English vocabulary such as:



paint (brush)



Required Materials:

colored construction paper

masking tape

your choice of paint

a paint brush


This is a very easy and fun picture to make. An adult can help and supervise the child so the task is much easier and fun. Make sure to introduce the various materials with their proper English name, and make the student(s) repeat after you.

Place the sheet of paper on a table and then get the masking tape. Cut and place strips of tape it all the way across the sheet horizontally by starting from about two inches below the top edge of the paper. Then make a criss cross or checkered pattern by again cutting and placing the masking tape in a vertical direction. Make sure you keep placing masking tape throughout the whole length of the paper about two inches apart from the other strips. Now there should be open untaped squares  all over the paper. The paper should look like a fish net or mesh design created out of the masking tape.

Now get a paint brush and paint. This is a great chance to review the names of the various colors with the student(s). Paint the entire sheet of paper along with the masking tape. Don’t worry about neatness and make sure to cover the entire paper, tape and all.

Allow it to dry and peel off the masking tape once it has dried thoroughly. You will have a beautiful criss cross pattern. Now you can repeat the process again placing the masking tape so it overlaps the previous pattern. Repeat the painting process with a different color and again allow the paper and tape to dry.

You don’t only have to make criss cross patterns. You can place masking tape diagonally or in any direction you like. You can make straight-edged shapes like squares, rectangles and triangles if you want to make more complex designs while introducing even more vocaulary. If your students are old enough you can even ask them to label the various colors and shapes.

You should end up with a different masterpiece every time. You can even frame them if you want and show them off to friends, visitors or parents. This project work extremely well for both one-on-one instruction and in the larger EFL classrooms typically encountered in Asian and South American locations.