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Tape Art

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Submitted by: Alison Busby

Toddlers use tape to create amazing effects in their art.

Goals:

  • To explore cause and effect
  • To practice fine motor skills
  • To participate in a hands-on sensory activity

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: paint in multiple colors, masking or painter’s tape, cardstock or heavy painting paper, paint brushes.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Apply tape to the paper in the desired design.

Step 2.
Use fingers or painting tools to paint over the tape.

Step 3.
Carefully remove the tape from the paper.

Furthermore:
Try adding additional layers of colors. After painting with one color and removing the tape, put down more tape and paint a second color. What happens in the areas where the paint colors overlap?

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3-D Pyramid Ornament

3-D Pyramid Ornament

Submitted by: Rhonda Pena

Create a decorative holiday ornament while reinforcing knowledge of geometric properties.

Goals:

  • Create a decorative holiday ornament
  • Identify the geometric properties of a 3-D square pyramid, including faces, edges and vertices

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: Foam or tag board to cut the pyramid shapes from, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, ribbon, glue and tape.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Cut out a square and 4 identical triangles from the foam or tag board. The triangles should have a side that is the same length as the sides of the square. More-advanced students can try to create a “net” from a single piece of foam or tag board that will simply fold together to form the square pyramid.

Step 2.
Use glue or tape to put together the square pyramid. Hot glue may work best for this step, but be sure to do so carefully with adult supervision.

Step 3.
Decorate the ornaments using pipe cleaners along the edges, pom-poms at the vertices (corners) or anything else you like.

Step 4.
Attach a loop of ribbon and hang!

Furthermore:
As you are making your ornaments, discuss with the students the different attributes of a pyramid. Encourage them to discuss the attributes with their families after taking their ornament home.

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Star Tree

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Submitted by: Tracy Emond

This is a great math activity to celebrate the Christmas/holiday season.

Goals:

  • To help children practice fractions and measurement
  • To create a beautiful centerpiece to display for the holiday season

Before You Start:
Gather all the necessary supplies, including: green and yellow construction paper, rulers, tape, glue, scissors, glitter, sequins, beads, pom-poms and other decorating items.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Have children measure 1″ increments lengthwise (and draw lines) on 2-3 sheets of green construction paper. Have them cut along the lines, creating 1″ wide strips.

Step 2.
Have children measure and cut the 1″ strips into the following seven lengths: 20″, 17-1/2″, 15″, 12-1/2″, 10″, 7-1/2″ and 5″. (For longer lengths, you may need to tape 2 strips together at the ends before measuring.)

Step 3.
Demonstrate how to fan-fold (like an accordion) the 20″ strip in 2″ wide sections. Have the children fan-fold the rest of the strips in varying increments. Fold 17-1/2″ strip into 1-3/4″ increments, 15″ into 1-1/2″ increments, 12-1/2″ strip into 1-1/4″ increments, 10″ strip folded into 1″ increments, 7-1/2″ strip folded into 3/4″ increments and 5″ strip folded into 1/2″ increments.

Step 4.
Let children decorate their strips on one side with the glitter, beads and other items and let dry.

Step 5.
Have them refold each strip and tape the ends together. This will create beautiful star shapes.

Step 6.
Starting with the largest star, stack them on top of one another, turning each one just slightly so they will balance on the one below.

Step 7.
Now you have a decorated Christmas tree to display in the classroom and/or use as a centerpiece for the holiday season!

Furthermore:
You can top off your tree by creating a star out of yellow construction paper or by using a large, yellow pom-pom. This is an easy project to take apart and reassemble over and over for years to come.

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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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Personalized Deer

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Submitted by: Amanda Lacey

Make wonderful keepsakes or gifts with minimal cost!

Goals:

  • To create a fun, inexpensive seasonal craft
  • To let children explore the sense of touch through art

Before You Start:
Gather your materials: paper plates, plain white cloth kitchen towels, brown and black washable finger paint, baby wipes and paper towels (red washable finger paint and glitter optional). Pour an ample amount of paint onto the plates to provide easy access for painting hands and feet. You may want to cover the floor and/or work surface to protect from paint.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Set up all materials onto the floor or a low work surface. Have children remove one of their shoes, and give each child their own plain towel.

Step 2.
Let one child at a time step into the brown paint with their bare foot and slowly step onto their kitchen towel to make a foot print for the deer’s head. Help them clean their foot using the baby wipes and/or paper towels.

Step 3.
Have children place one hand at a time in the brown paint, palm side down. They can then place one hand on to the top left side of their foot print to create one antler and repeat with on other side to make the other antler. (The children may overlap their handprints and paint on top of the toes – allow them to be creative any way they like. Allow the prints to dry completely.

Step 4.
Children can return to paint one of their thumbs black and paint eyes and a nose on their deer/reindeer. If they are creating a reindeer, then have them paint one thumb red to make nose and sprinkle with glitter.

Furthermore:
This is a great craft for winter and the holiday season. Children can personalize their deer/reindeer any way they like and use for gifts or as a keepsake. The deer can also be printed on canvas quilt squares, tote bags or other pieces of fabric. You may also provide other collage items for children to further decorate their deer.

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Wrapping Paper Collage

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Submitted by: Alicia Colebeck

Use fun and varied wrapping papers to help little ones practice beginning scissor, cutting and pasting skills!

Goals:

  • To encourage decision making skills
  • To build beginning scissor skills and practice pasting/gluing
  • To encourage communication between children and conversation about likes/dislikes of shapes, characters and other aspects of the project

Before You Start:
Gather a variety of wrapping paper scraps (the teacher may request students to brings some in from home) in different patterns and sizes, construction paper, scissors, glue sticks, glue bottles or pens and other adhesives. Set out additional art materials, such as markers, crayons and collage items.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Have the children put their names on the back of their construction paper. Allow them to search for a wrapping paper scrap or cut-out in a pattern that they like, and begin to cut the shapes and symbols out for their papers.

Step 2.
Let children glue their cut pieces of wrapping paper to their construction paper in a collage any way they wish.

Step 3.
Encourage students to add words, drawings, or additional personal touches to their pages to extend their creativity.

Step 4.
Display around the room for everyone to see.

Furthermore:
Popular character wrapping papers are a favorite among children. Holiday-specific wrapping papers are fun for the holiday season. Graphic wrapping paper makes great looking artistic paper collages. This activity can definitely be left out for free-play/open-ended art with a group of children who are old enough to self-direct and use scissors by themselves.

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Holiday Wreaths

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Submitted by: Laura Firpo

This is a fun, easy, hands-on (and messy) experience for preschoolers.

Goals:

  • To create a holiday gift children can take home and give to their loved ones
  • To teach children the fun of messy fun in their creations

Before You Start:
You will need shredded wheat cereal, green Liquid Watercolor™ mixed with white glue, ornament hooks, small lids such as from margarine tubs, small plastic bowls, wax paper, red-hot candies or red beads, clear varnish and red bows. You also may want to have handy wipes or wet paper towels on hand for quick clean up of sticky fingers!

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Assist children in shredding the wheat cereal into a small bowl or on wax paper until it resembles sticks.

Step 2.
Help them add their prepared green glue to the shredded wheat until it is covered completely but not runny.

Step 3.
Ask the children to scoop approximately 1/3 cup onto margarine lid.

Step 4.
Using their fingers, instruct children to form an “O” shape.

Step 5.
Place ornament hook into top back of wreath.

Step 6.
Add red-hot candies or beads as berries.

Step 7.
Allow wreath to dry thoroughly 2-3 days on wax paper until rock hard.

Furthermore:
Teacher will need to varnish with clear gloss and add a red satin bow as desired for great take home gifts for children!

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