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    Effigy Mounds

    National Monument Iowa

Mound Sponge Painting

Mound Sponge Painting

Strand: Art
Grade Level: 1 - 2
Duration: 20 minutes
Location: classroom
Objective: The student will be able to create a picture using mound-shaped sponges and paint.
Materials: sponges (pre-cut into mound shapes by teacher)
paint (various colors)
construction paper (white or a light color)
Vocabulary: burial mound conical compound linear effigy
  1. The students use the sponges to sponge paint on the construction paper. Optional: After the paint is dry, the students could color a background (trees, plants etc.) and Woodland people.

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Effigy Mounds National Monument

Did You Know?

2000 Year Old Burial Mounds at Fire Point

Effigy Mounds National Monument preserves 31 early American Indian earthen mounds in the shape of animals. The monument preserves over 200 mounds representing almost 2000 years of mound building along the Upper Mississippi River.