she suggests a classsroom project using paint markers and Canson art papers for these nifty Dinosaur trading card projects.
i can see the kids loving the project, and i love Canson paper. It's not cheap, and neither are the $3.50 paint markers she recommends for each kid.
i figure this falls under the ginormous category of well worth it, but out of reach for most.
i'm not a naturally budget-minded person, but this activated my cost-cutting gene - and i only got one!!
So, here is my cost-conscious version of dinosaur trading cards.
ExperimentingFirst of all i tried them with a white crayon. This did not even look good enough to save. Then i tried my liquid correcting pens (above image).* Probably not a good idea. i found them difficult to work with and they probably don't save any cost over the paint markers.
But if they're handy, they're worth a try.
Trying the Colored Pencils
Since i didn't, i simply colored the dino and added a volcano.
But white in kids' sets is often underused, and this would be a good opportunity to reverse that trend.
*Tyrannosaurus & large Plesiosaur are done with Pentel Medium Point Correction Pen; the Stegosaurus 7 small Plesiosaur were drawn with a Sailor Rolling Ball Correction Pen. The Pterodactyl was drawn with a Finepoint Pentel Correction Pen. i keep these as drawing tools.
The cardboards in fact came from Creative Memories pages & protectors.