Tag Archives: seasonal

Tape Art

tapeart

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?

Products You May Need:

Advertisements

Spider Hat

spiderhat

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.

Products You May Need:

Footprint Ghosts

footprintghosts

Submitted by: Laurie Shaw

Children use their feet to make ghost decorations for Halloween.

Goals:

  • To promote creative thinking
  • To encourage organizational and planning skills

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: white paint, construction paper, a small paint roller, glitter glue, wiggly eyes and other decorative items.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Lay out plastic or newspaper to protect the floor.

Step 2.
Using a paint roller, gently roll white paint onto the bottom of the children’s feet.

Step 3.
Have the children carefully stand on a piece of construction paper, placed on a hard surface.

Step 4.
Decorate the ghosts using wiggly eyes, glitter glue or any other decorative items.

Furthermore:
Have the children compare and discuss the different shapes and sizes of each other’s footprints.

Products You May Need:

Personalized Deer

personalized

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.

Products You May Need:

Pumpkin Sox

pumpkinsox

Submitted by: LeeAnn Veinotte

Make a pumpkin using a nylon knee-high sock!

Goals:

  • To create a 3-D art project for fall
  • To encourage creativity with a fun craft

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed for activity: knee-high nylons (0.33 weight suggested), material for stuffing, plastic craft needles, yarn, paintbrushes and yellow and orange paint. The teacher may want to pre-thread the needles with yarn beforehand.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Give each child a nylon knee-high sock and have them stuff with the materials you have provided. Have them fill their socks with enough stuffing so it begins to take the shape of a pumpkin. The more they stuff, the bigger the pumpkin.

Step 2.
Help children tie off the end and cut the excess sock. Be sure to leave enough so that it looks like a stem!

Step 3.
Help children thread the needles (or provide a pre-threaded needle) with yarn, and tie a knot at the end of the string.

Step 4.
Have children start from the bottom of the pumpkin. Push needle up to the top through the middle.

Step 5.
Next, take yarn on the outside of the pumpkin and come back up through the bottom again to the top. Repeat, leaving a space between each of your “stitches”, all the way around the pumpkin (pull a little tight). This makes the rings or grooves around the outside of the pumpkin.

Step 6.
Once you’ve made your grooves in the pumpkin, make a knot in the yarn at the top and tie off.

Step 7.
Children can paint their pumpkins any way they like. Display around the room for the fall season!

Furthermore:
Paint or glue on some leaves and color the stem with green or brown paint. You may also want to experiment with sponges or rollers to add texture when painting. For Halloween, make jack-o-lanterns by decorating you new creation with pom poms, buttons, wiggly eyes, markers and more!

Products You May Need:

Puffy Pumpkins

puffypumpkins

Submitted by: Stephanie Avarett

Make some adorable puffy pumpkins for autumn with this fun, sensory art experience!

Goals:

  • To explore tactile properties of the squishy paint mixture
  • To express creativity and make a fun autumn craft

Before You Start:
For each child, prepare one cup of shaving cream, one squirt of orange Colorations® paint, a few squirts of school glue in small bowls. Set out facial tissues, construction paper (for background) and brown pipe cleaners.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Have each child combine the paint, glue and shaving cream in their bowls to create an orange mixture.

Step 2.
Let them drop in the tissues, one at a time, into their mixtures and squeeze until saturated.

Step 3.
Have the children then drop the tissues onto the construction paper backgrounds to form a pumpkin shape.

Step 4.
Allow the children to add facial features to their pumpkin “blobs” while they are still wet.

Step 5.
Show the children how to curl a brown pipe cleaner and glue on as a stem if they wish.

Step 6.
Once pumpkins are dry, they will stay puffy for a few weeks and make a great hall display for fall and Thanksgiving!

Furthermore:
Colorations® foam paint can also be used instead of the paint and shaving cream mixture. Children can also make their pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns for Halloween! Simply pre-cut tissues into a variety of shapes for dipping into the paint mixture and place onto the pumpkins to form the jack-o-lantern face.

Products You May Need:

Christmas Tree Count Ornaments

christmascount

Submitted by: Jennifer Galvin

Count the days until Christmas this year with these fabulous foam trees your class or family can decorate with a sequin each day. Finally, on Christmas, each tree will be covered with 24 gorgeous sequin ornaments and one shiny star. These tree ornaments will help your class or family count up to Christmas and then be ready just in time to hang on the tree for the celebration Christmas day!

Goals:

  • Create a festive holiday ornament for the Christmas tree
  • Enhance fine motor skills
  • This activity is especially good for practicing cutting skills
  • Practice counting skills every day, while counting up to Christmas
  • Use as a lead-in to calendar activities for the month of December

Before You Start:
Materials: Green Craft foam, a Christmas tree cookie cutter shape or a piece of cardboard shape that children can trace around, markers, a hole punch, string or ribbon, scissors, sequins, star shapes and Tacky glue. Before doing the craft with your class or family, make enough cardboard tree stencils (or purchase tree cookie cutters) for each table of children to share. Put scissors, the stencils (or cookie cutters), glue and the sequins in the middle of the table. Provide each student with a piece of green craft foam, a marker to trace with, and a 6″ piece of ribbon.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Have children trace around a tree cookie cutter or a pre-made cardboard tree stencil onto the green craft foam.

Step 2.
The children should now cut out their green foam trees.

Step 3.
Next, the children should trace around the bottom of the stencil to make a trunk for their tree and then cut out their trunk.

Step 4.
Now, the children should glue the trunk onto their tree.

Step 5.
Next, the children should punch a hole in the top of their tree. An adult should help with this step, but since children really like to hole punch things, I always let them actually do the hole punching. I just hold the hole puncher steady.

Step 6.
Tie a string through the top of each tree.

Step 7.
Each day, have the children glue a sequin to the tree to count the days until Christmas. On Christmas, have the children glue a star to the top of the tree.

Furthermore:
If you want to use this as more of a math activity, you can stress patterning with your sequins and place all the sequins in lines across the trees like garlands. Since most schools go on vacation before Christmas day, you can send children home with their remaining sequins and their star in a plastic bag to be put on at home as a family activity.

Products You May Need: