Category Archives: Seasons

Giant Golf Ball Painting

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Submitted by: Jamie Toriello

Go BIG and take marble painting to a new level!

Goals:

  • To introduce and practice teamwork skills
  • To practice coordination

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: a plastic kiddie pool, used/old golf balls (check local golf shops) and a variety of paper and BioColor® paint colors.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Place sheets of paper at the bottom of the pool, somewhat in the center.

Step 2.
Squirt multiple colors of BioColor® paint around the edges of the pool. Try to be aware of and use colors that will mix with each other to create new colors.

Step 3.
Place multiple golf balls in the pool.

Step 4.
Have the children line up around the pool and grab the side. Encourage them to work together to get the golf balls to run into the paint and over the paper.

Step 5.
When finished, display your beautiful masterpieces and use a hose to rinse the pool!

Furthermore:
Do this activity several days in a row to see how the children’s improves given more practice. Ask them what they’ve learned about mixing colors. What are some of their favorite colors to make?

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Recycled Bottle Flower Prints

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Submitted by: Ann Nesladek

A great activity that shows recycling can be fun and creative!

Goals:

  • To foster creativity in using ordinary objects
  • To discover new ways of recycling old items

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: Plastic water or soda bottles in different sizes, paper, BioColor® or tempera paint, paint trays and paint brushes.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Set out different colors of paint on paint trays or paper plates.

Step 2.
Take a plastic bottle and dip the bottom into one of the colors of paint. Now, press the bottom of the bottle onto the paper. Repeat using different colors and/or different sizes of water bottles.

Step 3.
Using a paint brush, paint a stem onto each of the flowers.

Step 4.
Paint additional details into your painting, such as grass, trees, clouds or more!

Furthermore:
What other objects can be used in a new way as a method of recycling? Hold a class brainstorming session to help get everyone thinking about ways to reduce trash and save the planet!

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3-D Snowmen Scene

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Submitted by: Robyn Priest

Use modeling material and tools to create a wonder-filled winter scene.

Goals:

  • To use the imagination as a source for symbolic expression
  • To practice a variety of methods of observation from different points of view while exploring spatial relationships

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: Air-dry modeling material in assorted colors, modeling tools, paper plates and miscellaneous embellishments.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Distribute the paper plates and modeling material amongst the children. Allow them to become familiar with how the material works.

Step 2.
Demonstrate how to build a snowman using the material. Encourage the children to do likewise and build a winter scene around their snowman.

Step 3.
Use different colors of modeling material to create different parts of the snowman, such as a hat and carrot nose. Mix colors if necessary to enhance the look of the winter scene. Alternatively, use all-white air-dry modeling material and paint color and details onto your snowman and your scene.

Step 4.
Add embellishments to the snowman and the surrounding scene.

Furthermore:
Modeling material will need to sit for 24 hours to completely harden. You may wish to split this activity over two days; the first for modeling the clay, the second for any painting or decorating of the winter scenes.

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Vibrant Fall Leaves

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Submitted by: Sue Pollan

Mix paint to celebrate and recreate bright, traditional fall colors.

Goals:

  • To explore color mixing as seen with the changing season
  • To explore outside in the fall season

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: Red and yellow paint, various types and sizes of sponge brushes, white construction paper (or other art paper), Mod Podge®. Lead a nature walk outside to gather leaves and other assorted fall items, such as acorns. Provide the children with a small bag to use to collect their items.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Using the sponge brushes and the red and yellow paint, brush and dab the two colors onto a sheet of white construction paper. Blend and overlap the two colors over the paper.

Step 2.
As you work, orange should begin to appear amongst the red and yellow as the colors mix.

Step 3.
When you are finished painting the paper, take out the nature items that you collected. Glue a selection of nature items on your sheet of paper to create a collage of fall shapes and colors.

Step 4.
When your collage is finished, spread a layer of Mod Podge® over the entire picture to maintain the vibrant colors. (This step is optional.)

Furthermore:
While working, talk about the different items that were collected on the nature walk. Try to discuss and identify each item.

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Specimens and Potions

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Submitted by: Gaby Merediz

Explore outside to create a special jar of specimens and potions for Halloween.

Goals:

  • To engage in imaginative play
  • To explore outside in the fall season

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: an empty jar (jam, peanut butter, mason jar, etc.), Liquid Watercolor™, wiggly eyes, paint brushes or paint droppers, various cups for paint and water and natural items found outside. Lead a nature walk outside to gather acorns, twigs, plants, grass, dead flowers, etc. Provide the children with a small bag to use to collect their items.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Fill the empty jar about half way with water. Pour, mix and add Liquid Watercolor™ to the jar until you get the desired color.

Step 2.
Add items collected from outside to the jar.

Step 3.
Glue or attach self-adhesive wiggly eyes or other decorations to the outside of the jar.

Step 4.
Use the creepified jar to decorate for Halloween!

Furthermore:
While working, talk about the different items that were collected on the nature walk. Try to discuss and identify each item. When mixing colors in the jar, talk about color blending. What new color does two other colors create?

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Leaf Man

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Submitted by: Penny Sommers

Explore the fall season and gather materials to create a personal Leaf Man.

Goals:

  • Work cooperatively when hunting for materials to build a Leaf Man
  • Learn about the different types of things that can be found outside during the fall season

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: Large sheets of heavyweight paper (at least 9″ x 12″), glue, and an assortment of leaves from outside with which to create a Leaf Man. Lead a nature walk outside to gather leaves. Provide the children with a small bag to use to collect leaves.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Spread the collected leaves on a work surface.

Step 2.
Arrange the leaves on top of a sheet of paper in the shape a Leaf Man. When you are happy with how your Leaf Man looks, carefully glue the leaves to the paper.

Step 3.
As the children work, discuss the different types of leaves and the trees they come from.

Step 4.
Optional: Enhance your Leaf Man creation with paint or other embellishments.

Furthermore:
Read and discuss the book The Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. For future projects, use collected leaves to create an array of different creatures.

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Crabby Art

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Submitted by: Jamie Robinson

Turn paper plates into crabs and allow children to create their own creature!

Goals:

  • Use project with story time or encourage children to create their own tale about their crabs
  • Utilize crabs for activities such as crab race, crab walk or just decorate the classroom!
  • Encourage children to experiment with colors and faces as they create their crab

Before You Start:
Cut crab claws and legs out of foam pieces, pipe cleaners or construction paper. Provide paper plates, red pom poms and wiggly eyes. Use Colorations® No-Drip Foam Paint in various colors.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Have children paint two paper plates with Colorations® Foam Paint.

Step 2.
Encourage the children to make designs on their crab.

Step 3.
Allow the paint to dry.

Step 4.
Glue the paper plates together.

Step 5.
Add pom poms and wiggly eyes.

Step 6.
Add construction paper, claws and legs.

Furthermore:
With Colorations® Foam Paint and prepped materials, the project is done in one sitting and ready for a crab walk display!

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