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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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Liquid Watercolor™ Paper Flowers

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Make and gather your own bouquet.

Goals:

  • To encourage creative expression
  • To develop fine motor skills

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed for activity: Liquid Watercolor™ Texas Snowflakes, droppers, spray bottles, bingo bottles, paintbrushes, Liquid Watercolor™ paint and pipe cleaners. You may want to pre-fill bottles ahead of time with paint and pre-cut coffee filters into 2 inch strips for the petals.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Use droppers, spray bottles, brushes or bingo bottles to apply Liquid Watercolor™ to two paper petal strips, dry and then gather the petals together.

Step 2.
Wrap the base in a pipe cleaner or rubber band.

Furthermore:
You can also use the flowers to decorate the tops of pencils. Once you’ve attached a flower to a pipe cleaner, simply wrap the pipe cleaner around the top portion of a pencil. Or, you can tape the flower to the top of the pencil by itself. Personalize the flower pencils by writing a name or a short message on a few of the petals. These make great gifts for loved ones.

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Bobble Head Snowman

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Submitted by: Tracy Emond

Kids will enjoy creating these bobble head snowmen – a unique twist on a familiar holiday activity.

Goals:

  • To reinforce fine motor skills
  • To encourage creativity

Before You Start:
You will need two medium and one large-sized polystyrene craft foam balls per child and pipe cleaners in the following colors: white, brown and orange. For a more festive touch you can use metallic or sparkly pipe cleaners. You will also need glue, foam sheets (or felt), wiggly eyes and small black pom-poms.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Let the kids decorate the medium-sized foam ball (this will be the face of the snowman) by gluing on wiggly eyes, an orange pipe cleaner nose and a small black pom-pom for the mouth.

Step 2.
Instruct the young ones to each take a white pipe cleaner and stick it into the top of the large foam ball.

Step 3.
Making sure the larger ball is on the bottom, stick one medium-sized foam ball on top of the large one. Then, take the remaining medium ball and stick it on top, creating a snowman. If you leave a small space by separating the two medium-sized foam balls on the pipe cleaner, the snowman will have a little bobble to his head.

Step 4.
Glue small pom poms onto the front of the large ball as buttons.

Step 5.
Finally, have the children make stick arms out of the brown pipe cleaners by sticking them into the large ball on the sides.

Step 6.
Have the assortment of accessories laid out for the children to select and glue onto their snowmen. Allow the kids use foam sheets, felt, ribbon and other craft materials to create accessories, such as a top hat, scarf, or anything else they’d like their snowmen to “wear”!

Furthermore:
Use the finished snowmen as part of a decorative display in your center. These snowmen also make a great gift!

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Chunky Glitter Spiders

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Submitted by: Michele Pennison

Create a spider to dance with as you sing Itsy Bitsy Spider at Halloween!

Goals:

  • To develop fine motor and manipulative skills
  • To strengthen name and word association

Before You Start:
You will need large colored pom poms or Styrofoam balls painted in fun colors, black wiggly eyes, glitter, glue, 5 pipe cleaners (4 cut in half), and yarn.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Allow children to “paint” balls with glue and roll in glitter.

Step 2.
Take the 8 short pipe cleaners and insert into the balls to create legs.

Step 3.
Push the long pipe cleaner through the ball making a loop at the top so that a long piece of yarn may be attached to make the spider “walk.”

Step 4.
Glue wiggly eyes onto each of the spiders.

Furthermore:
This is a great activity for Halloween. Use the spiders as fun props for singing the song Itsy Bitsy Spider. Preschoolers really like the idea of making the spiders walk and dance!

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Bead Ornaments / Decorations

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Submitted by: Alicia Colebeck

You can use pipe cleaners and an assortment of beads to make great holiday ornaments!

Goal:

  • To make an ornament for your home, while you’re at school

Before You Start:
Get various festive colored beads (large enough for a pipe cleaner to fit through) and festive colored pipe cleaners. Set out scissors and trays for the kids to work on.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
The kids simply slide their beads of choice onto the pipe cleaners.

Step 2.
Bend the pipe cleaner into the shape of the ornament that they want and they’re done!

Step 3.
Some of these can get pretty ornate, or somewhat simple, like candy canes or wreaths.

Furthermore:
Get various sized pipe cleaners according to their thickness – some beads won’t slip over thick pipe cleaners and some won’t hold so well on the really thin pipe cleaners, so give options. Use what they make on the classroom tree, or as classroom decorations. Clean up is a cinch!

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