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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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Circle Prints

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Submitted by: Maria Langis

Children use cups to make circle prints on paper.

Goals:

  • To explore various painting techniques
  • To identify the shape “circle”
  • To practice hand-eye coordination
  • To use fine motor skills

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: plastic or paper cups, various colors of paint, white finger paint paper, construction paper, scissors and glue sticks.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Fill the bottom of trays or plates with a single color of paint (make several colors available). Provide plastic or paper cups to the children. If possible, provide cups of different sizes.

Step 2.
Have the children take their cup and dip the open end into a color of paint. Then, have them press their cup onto their finger paint paper. Repeat using different colors and placing each circle in a slightly different location to create unique patterns.

Step 3.
When the painting is dry, cut around the perimeter of the painting (help the children as necessary).

Step 4.
Using glue sticks, mount the finished painting onto a contrasting color of construction paper.

Furthermore:
Discuss circle shapes with the children. What attributes do all circles have in common? What are some everyday items that are shaped like circles?

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Geometric Builders

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Submitted by: Vicki Lemanczyk

Children explore geometric shapes using simple, reusable materials.

Goals:

  • To identify, create and copy geometric shapes
  • To identify and recreate letters of the alphabet

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: colored craft sticks, paper, markers, hook and loop circles.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Stick a hook circle to one end of each craft stick and a loop circle to the other end of each craft stick.

Step 2.
On sheets of paper, draw and label a geometric shape. Each sheet should have only one shape. Suggested shapes include square, rectangle, triangle, octagon, hexagon and pentagon. Optional: Laminate each sheet for repeated use.

Step 3.
Give a shape pattern and some hook and loop craft sticks to the children. Have them recreate the shape using their craft sticks.

Step 4.
Adapt this activity to recreate numbers, letters or other patterns.

Furthermore:
Allow the children to build open-ended creations using the hook and loop craft sticks, without providing a shape or pattern for them to follow.

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Button Sorting

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Submitted by: Tracy Emond

Manipulatives are so exciting to preschoolers. They are fascinated by bright colorful buttons. With this activity, preschoolers will learn the skill of sorting by a number of categories.

Goals:

  • To develop sorting skills
  • To promote color recognition skills

Before You Start:
Gather several metal canisters and magnetic labels. (Using magnetic labels will allow you to use the same canisters while switching the sorting categories easily. Alternatively, you can use cardstock, tape and markers for labels.) Have on hand a set of buttons in an assortment of colors, shapes and sizes. Depending on the sorting category you want to start with, for instance, if you want the children to sort the buttons by color, label the canisters accordingly – draw a blue button on one magnetic label, a red button on another, a green button on another label, and so on until you have all button colors accounted for. Then, stick each label onto its own canister.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Set out the entire assortment of buttons on a table.

Step 2.
Set out the canisters labeled by category, in this case, color.

Step 3.
Have the children sort buttons by picking a button and dropping it into the canister labeled with the color that matches the color of the button selected.

Step 4.
Prepare more labels and canisters for additional sorting categories, such as number of button holes, shapes, and size and have children sort by those characteristics by matching each button to its appropriate canister.

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Reverse-Shape Valentine Cards

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An activity to make creative and one-of-a-kind Valentine Cards with Colorations®.

Goals:

  • To encourage children’s creativity and build fine motor skills
  • To make a unique and special card for Valentine’s Day

Before You Start:

Use Colorations® Heavyweight Construction Paper (or, try using Design a Postcard cards that are can be sent through the mail!) to create the cards. Gather a variety of heart-shaped and round doilies, Colorations® chubby paintbrushes and sponges, and other decorative materials. Prepare paint bowls or cups with Colorations® Simply Washable Tempera ahead of time.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Place a doily on a sheet of paper and show the children how they can paint over the doily to create a unique reverse design on their “cards.” (Doilies can be temporarily held in place with a small amount of tacky adhesive or a paper clip.) The more doilies they layer, the more unique the un-painted shapes on the paper will be.

Step 2.
Remove the doilies and let the card dry.

Step 3.
Encourage children to experiment with the different colors and doily shapes as they paint their own cards. Have the children decorate their cards as they choose.

Step 4.
Fold the dry papers in half to create your finished cards.

Furthermore:
For a more durable finished product, cover cards with Colorations® Repositionable Crystal Clear Cover. You can also help the children write a special message on the inside of cards, if they like. Or, take left over mini candy canes from Christmas and show children how to tape two of them, facing each other, on the inside of the card for an edible heart-shaped surprise.

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Yellow Star, Yellow Star

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Submitted by: Jamie Robinson

Shape and color recognition are key for toddlers and preschoolers. This simple activity can be adapted to any shape and helps children recognize shapes and colors easily.

Goal:

  • Shape and color recognition

Before You Start:
Cut out the shape of a star on the front of a manila file folder (recycle an old one by turning it inside out). Decorate the folder by stamping or coloring stars around the area you cut out. Tape the sides of the folder together leaving the top with the tab open. Place many different colors of paper in the pocket you have created.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
During circle time or in small groups sing or chant “Yellow star, Yellow Star, what do you see?”

Step 2.
Reply, “I see a…” (lift the first sheet of colored paper out of the pocket to reveal the next color) “…red star looking at me.”

Step 3.
“Red Star, Red Star, what do you see? I See a Blue star looking at me.” etc.

Furthermore:
This technique can be used on any shape as seasonal shapes, Christmas tree, snowman, snowflake etc.

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Spray Art

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Submitted by: Alison Engling

Spray stencils with Colorations® Liquid Watercolor to create dazzling new effects.

Goals:

  • To encourage creativity
  • To improve grasp and fine motor skills

Before You Start:
Gather materials: Liquid Watercolor™ paints, white paper, spray bottles and stencils.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Place stencils or flat objects on a white piece of paper and spray a fine mist of Colorations® Liquid Watercolor onto paper.

Step 2.
Try repositioning the objects to overlap previously covered areas and spray again with a different color.

Furthermore:
Gather ferns, leaves or lacy grasses outside, lay on top of paper and spray paint. You’ll be amazed at the interesting nature-inspired designs. Drizzle silver or gold Liquid Watercolor™ directly from the bottle or paint with foam rollers onto your artwork to create contrasting outlines and sparkly accents.

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