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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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Kandinsky Circles

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Submitted by: Heather Lockwood

Create an array of color paper rolled to mimic Kandinsky’s circles.

Goals:

  • To practice fine motor skills
  • To explore different color combinations
  • To work as a group to make a piece of cooperative art

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: cardboard box lids (e.g., shoe box or paper box lids); an array of different types of paper in different colors, sizes and patterns; black paint; paint brushes; scissors and glue.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Either before beginning the activity with the children, or as a class, paint the inside of the box lids black.

Step 2.
Cut the paper into strips of different widths and lengths.

Step 3.
Using a paint brush, coat the inside of the box lid(s) with a paint brush.

Step 4.
Have the children roll up the sheets of paper like a scroll. Place the rolled up paper standing up inside the box lid(s).

Step 5.
Fill the entire inside of the box lid(s) with rolled up paper.

Step 6.
Allow the glue to dry, then display on a wall.

Furthermore:
Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian artist who was famous for his abstract works that made use of circle shapes. Research Kandinsky in the library or online to spark discussion on abstract art. The Kandinsky Circle activity does not involve painting, but the same ideas behind it could be applied to a painting activity. Provide the children with paper and paint and encourage them to create an abstract painting using circles and/or other shapes.

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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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Spider Hat

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Submitted by: Kathy Worrell

Learn about spiders as children make a goofy hat!

Goals:

  • To learn about spiders
  • To learn that spiders have 8 legs

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: black construction paper, wiggly eyes, glue, staples and a stapler or black tape.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Cut black construction paper into 10 equal, long strips for each child.

Step 2.
Take two strips and attach them together to create a circle that fits around the child’s head.

Step 3.
Attach 4 legs to each side of the circle. Crinkle the legs in an accordion fashion.

Step 4.
Add wiggly eyes to the front of the spider hat.

Furthermore:
Have the children wear their hats as they sing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” and read books about spiders.

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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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Nature Window

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Celebrate nature and decorate your space!

Goals:

  • To explore items in nature
  • To create a unique collage with natural items

Before You Start:
Set out the items collected from the nature walk, repositionable clear cover, construction paper, glue and scissors. Gather yarn and a craft stick or wooden rod (optional).

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Show some examples of the things you’d like the children to look for on their walk: small flowers, leaves, etc. Discourage them from choosing sticks or thick items (pinecones, etc) – explain that flat things will work better for your project.

Step 2.
Take your group on a nature walk. Encourage them to gather interesting items, such as single petals, a dropped spray of pine needles, etc.

Step 3.
Place in front of each child one sheet of clear, self-adhesive paper, sticky side up. Allow the children to place flowers and other items and arrange them as they’d like.

Step 4.
“Sandwich” the cover with another piece, side down. It’s best if an adult does this.

Step 5.
Trim any excess if needed. Glue on a piece of construction paper as a backing.

Step 6.
Use as a place mat or as a hanging nature window! For a hanging window, use a hole punch to create holes across the top of the construction paper back. Alternate winding a piece of yarn around a craft stick or a wooden rod and threading the yarn through the holes you’ve created in the paper. (Younger ones may need some assistance with this.) Tie the ends together and hang on display.

Furthermore:
You can use the sandwiching technique with many other items! “Capture” and display pieces of colored paper, glitter, sand, etc.

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I’m Special Sunflowers

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These cheerful sunflowers are a simple fall-themed craft that celebrate each child’s individuality.

Goals:

  • To have fun creating a original fall craft
  • To encourage creative expression through art
  • To educate children about fingerprints and their uniqueness

Before You Start:
Collect (or have children bring from home) small paper plates to use as the base for the sunflowers. Set out Colorations® black and brown paint on paint trays so children can easily dip their hands into for finger-painting. Provide yellow and/or orange construction paper, scissors and pencils, tape, green pipe cleaners and small bowls of glue.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Talk to the children about fingerprints and their uniqueness. This is also a great opportunity for discussion about the personal traits and characteristics that make each of us special.

Step 2.
Have children dip their fingers one at a time into the paint and make fingerprints in the center of their paper plate. Repeat until the entire center is mostly covered with the paint. Encourage the children to use different fingers and to “print” them at different angles.

Step 3.
While the paint dries, have the children trace their hand prints onto the yellow and/or orange construction paper. They will need 6-9 hand prints (depending on the size of their hands) for the petals of their sunflowers.

Step 4.
Help the children cut their “petals” and glue around the outside of the plates. Petals can overlap to make the sunflowers appear more full.

Step 5.
Tape a pipe cleaner to the back of the sunflower for a stem.

Step 6.
Now everyone has their own one-of-a-kind sunflower to display in the classroom for autumn!

Furthermore:
Turn this craft into an opportunity for scientific exploration. Gather some small magnifying glasses and have children look at their fingerprints up-close. Talk about what kinds of patterns they see. The children can compare and contrast their finger-prints with each other or record their observations in a personal notebook. Alternatively, continue the discussion about the ways people are unique. Have children write the different traits they think are special about themselves on the petals of their sunflowers.

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