The book 'If', by Sarah Perry, is a great one to introduce the concept of surrealism to kids. Each page poses one surrealistic idea like, 'If fish were leaves' and is accompanied by illustrations. I had the kids write their own 'ifs' and illustrate them as an intro to surrealism. Next we looked at many paintings by Magritte and Dali. We read 'Dinner at Magritte's' by Michael Garland and the Mike Venezia biography of Magritte. Using Magritte's painting, 'The False Mirror' as inspiration we chose a piece of patterned paper to make the iris of our own surreal eyes. Using mirrors we drew our own eyes and we practiced shading with oil pastels.