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Valentine’s Day Monster

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Create a friendly “monster” to share on Valentine’s Day!

Goals:

  • To create a special gift to give on Valentine’s Day
  • To practice creativity

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: cardboard craft rolls, assorted pipe cleaners, assorted craft twist ties, ceramic or foam heart shapes, wiggly eyes, pom poms, red and pink paint, paint brushes and tacky glue.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Paint a craft roll in a Valentine’s Day color. Alternatively, you could cover the roll in construction paper or foil paper.

Step 2.
Glue two lengths of either craft twist ties or pipe cleaners in the center of the craft roll. These will be the monster’s legs.

Step 3.
Glue a heart shape to the end of each leg. You can use ceramic or foam heart shapes, or simply cut your own hearts out of construction paper. Paint, if desired.

Step 4.
Glue two wiggly eyes and a pom pom nose to the outside front of the monster.

Step 5.
Twist the ends of two pipe cleaners together to create an extra-long pipe cleaner. Wrap the extra-long pipe cleaner through the back side of the monster and create a heart-shaped antenna.

Step 6.
Display your monster, or give to someone special!

Furthermore:
Stuff the monster with a small baggie of Valentine’s Day treats to give someone an extra-special delivery!

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Flying Sharks

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Submitted by: Chandra Reyer

Children make their own “flying” sharks!

Goals:

  • To create a uniquely-designed flying shark
  • To explore the concepts of aerodynamics and physics
  • To explore cause and effect

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: construction paper, markers, crayons, glitter or metallic glue, glue sticks, scissors and transparent tape. Also, find images of shark profiles online or from magazines for reference.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Fold a piece of construction paper in half the long way.

Step 2.
Using the reference images, draw an outline of a shark and cut out, except on the bottom. Add tape to the front end and to the tail end.

Step 3.
Using the construction paper scraps, fold and cut two triangle fin pieces at least two inches or longer. Tape to the outside of the shark on each side so that the fins are able to flap up and down.

Step 4.
Using more scraps, fold and cut a large triangular dorsal fin. Glue or tape to the inside of the top of the shark.

Step 5.
Decorate the shark as desired.

Step 6.
Take the shark for a test flight. Try to determine adjustments that can be made to make the shark fly farther.

Furthermore:
The sharks around South Africa’s Seal Island have developed the unique hunting technique of flying out of the water the catch prey. Find videos of these sharks online to encourage discussion about these and other types of sharks. Consider why these particular sharks have developed this method of hunting, which is different from how most other sharks hunt.

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Contact Paper Snowman

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Submitted by: Stacey Beauchamp

Make double-sided snowmen that hang from the ceiling.

Goals:

  • To create an interesting snowman using clear contact paper to hang in the hallway for the holidays
  • To identify shapes used to make the snowman

Before You Start:
Prior to doing this craft with your class, you will need to cut out two 6-inch circles from clear contact paper. Cut out round black circles from construction paper for the eyes and mouth. Cut out orange triangles from construction paper for the nose. Cut out multicolored squares for the scarf. The last scarf square should be double the size to fringe one end with scissors. Trace top hats from black construction paper. Preparing each of these items prior to the activity with your class will help make this craft easy and organized for everyone!

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Children should peel off the protective paper from the contact paper.

Step 2.
They can distribute the pieces cut out for the eyes, nose, mouth and scarf onto the sticky side of the contact paper.

Step 3.
Children can then lay the hat at the top of the contact paper.

Step 4.
The teacher should help each child peel off the protective paper from another sheet of contact paper and place it on top of the first piece.

Step 5.
This creates a two-sided snowman to hang from the ceiling.

Furthermore:
Throughout the holiday season, your class will be able to see their projects wherever you decide to hang them!

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Marbleizing with Shaving Cream

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For all kinds of craft projects with beautiful and dramatic effects in minutes.

Goals:

  • To practice manipulating materials using a paint scraper
  • To encourage creative thinking

Before You Start:
Set out art trays, Colorations® Liquid Watercolor paint, Colorations® No-Drip Foam Paint, cardboard frames, paint scrapers and plastic forks.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Cover an art tray with an inch of white Colorations Foam Paint.

Step 2.
Drizzle 3-5 colors of Colorations® Liquid Watercolor directly onto the foam.

Step 3.
Take a fork or pick and drag it gently through the top layer of foam and paint, creating a “marbled” color pattern.

Step 4.
Lay a cardboard frame on the foam paint mix. Lift off and use BioColor® Scraper to scrape off the excess.

Furthermore:
Frames make wonderful keepsakes and gifts for loved ones. Try using white paint to add contrast to marbled designs.

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Painting Outside the Hole

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Submitted by: Laura Durbrow

This open-ended art activity allows children to learn to create around negative space!

Goals:

  • To learn how to create around negative space
  • To use imagination and creativity
  • To encourage experimentation with different art materials

Before You Start:
Gather materials for the activity. These can include a variety of painting tools, brushes, watercolor and tempera paints, easel/art paper and scissors. Before putting art paper on an easel or art table for painting, cut a hole anywhere on the paper. The hole can be a geometric shape, a holiday shape or an abstract shape.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Show the children the paper without any instructions, so that they can decide what to do around the shape.

Step 2.
Allow the child to confront the new materials on his own without any instructions. Present the materials and step back. The teacher may want to explain that there is no right or wrong way to design or draw on their paper; they get to decide.

Step 3.
Let child’s artwork dry. Hang on display in the classroom or center.

Furthermore:
This can also be done on a smaller scale on the drawing table with drawing paper and markers or pens.

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Tin Can Animals

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Submitted by: Laurel Johnston

A fun, eco-friendly activity that uses recycled goods from home to create cute animal pencil cups.

Goals:

  • To use recycled materials to create an animal pencil cup
  • To learn about different animals and their different colors, features, etc.
  • To use fine motor skills to attach small pieces to cans
  • To reinforce concepts of “same” and “different”

Before You Start:
Have children collect tin cans from home. Only one end should be cut off. You will also need paint, construction paper, wiggly eyes, feathers, scissors and tape/glue.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Make sure all cans are washed and dried thoroughly. Tape any sharp edges.

Step 2.
Discuss different kinds of animals. Talk about the colors of the animals’ fur or skin. Have the children point out how a cow and elephant are the same (they both have a tail, four legs, two eyes, etc.) Then, have the children point out the differences.

Step 3.
Create a pencil holder in the shape of an animal. Let the children decide which animal they’d like to make.

Step 4.
Have the children paint the can in the appropriate colors or patterns.

Step 5.
Use construction paper to create the cut-outs for ears, trunks, horns, bills, or snouts of the animals. Use wiggly eyes for the eyes.

Step 6.
Have the children tape and/or glue the various features to the can.

Furthermore:
Let the students practice the sounds that each animal makes by playing a fun game. Set the empty animal pencil cups in the front of the classroom. Hand each student a few pencils or markers and have them take turns going to front of the classroom and putting a pencil in an animal cup. When they place the pencil inside the cup, the whole class must make the sound of that animal. These make good counting aides as well. Place different numbers of pencils, crayons, markers, etc. into the cups and ask the students questions for them to identify and count. (Ex: “How many crayons are in the chicken cup?”)

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Shoe Print Putty

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Encourage them to step all over this project!

Goals:

  • To encourage tactile and sensory stimulation
  • To have a fun with an open-ended art activity

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: Colorations® Liquid Watercolor paint, Colorations® Air-Dry Putty, bingo bottles, spray bottles, markers, cardboard, scissors, glue and BioColor® paint (optional).

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Put a fist full of Colorations Air-Dry Putty on the ground. Step firmly onto the putty, printing your shoe pattern onto the putty.

Step 2.
Adults should punch a hole in cardboard, and then, let children cover the cardboard with glue. Press shoe print putty onto the glue to adhere it to the board. Add additional coils and other shapes made from the putty for visual interest.

Step 3.
Let dry overnight. Paint vividly with Liquid Watercolor. Begin with spray and finish with markers or bingo bottles. Hang to display.

Furthermore:
Turn on some music while children are making their shoe prints to help get them to really move! Take remaining Air-Dry Putty and create your own 3-D sculptures. Add BioColor® or Liquid Watercolor™ paint to the putty and blend in with fingertips to create colored putty.

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