“The Cow Jumped over the Moon!” Prep Art lesson

LEARNING INTENTION: To make a mixed media artwork of the cow jumping over the moon from the nursery rhyme “Hey Diddle Diddle, the cow jumped over the Moon”.


I can make the TEXTURE of a moon using foil, cotton wool balls and paint sticks.

I can use SHAPE to help me draw a cow using a rectangle, adding head and legs to arrange and glue in a jumping action.

Lesson Activities:

Two videos to watch as an introduction about the rhyme: Hey Diddle Diddle  Nursery Rhyme and the story The Cow Tripped Over the Moon.

The background with the moon- is on black or grey paper, (you could flick with white /fluro yellow paint for stars) A large circle is traced on the lower half of the black card (cover paper)

To make the moon- use foil giving it a bumpy texture by gluing some cotton balls on the back, turn over and then press the surface, use a paint marker to draw around the spots. Students do one cut in from the edge of the black paper to cut out the circle so the black paper is left with a hole. Glue it over the top of the foil to make the moon.

Students used a half A4 paper (B5 size) to draw a rectangle for the body of the cow. They draw and cut out the head and legs to then assemble on the top half of the black paper with it’s legs out stretched like it is jumping over the moon!

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