Mandarin Duck Rank Badge, Artist not known, China late 1700s-early 1800s, Qing dynasty
Mandarin Duck Rank Badge, Artist not known, China late 1700s-early 1800s, Qing dynasty

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During circle time or another daily routine, pass out a detailed image of an artwork.

Detail image from Mandarin Duck Rank Badge on the left of this page

Ask young children to describe the image. Use a large sheet of paper or wipe board to list the brainstorm ideas. The adult may have to offer guiding questions to encourage more description.

Using a separate paper or space on the wipe board, ask children to describe the larger image. Encourage them to locate the original detail in the larger image.

Guiding Questions:

  • What do you think this could be?
  • What do you see that makes you say that?
  • How many different shades of the same color do you see?
  • What else could this be?