First graders learned about cave art in Lascaux, France. I love teaching about cave art and paleolithic peoples. Kids are always INCREDIBLY excited about cave men, their tools, weapons, clothing, and how they lived. Also, kids are almost always think that dinosaurs lived in the same time period (nope, nope, nope). We usually end up comparing the numbers 65,000,000 (when dinosaurs existed) and 17,000 (when the Lascaux cave art was made).
To make our own cave art, we began by making the 'cave paper'. We used brown butcher paper and painted it with mod podge to make it look wet and shiny. While that dried, we sketched out our cave animals using simple shapes. The second day we drew our animal onto our cave paper using oil pastels and colored it with browns, blacks, taupes, and nudes. Then we signed our work with our handprints. Here is our very own cave wall: