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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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Craft Tube Shark

craftsharkCelebrate Shark Week by creating your very own shark using common materials.

Goals:

  • To practice using fine motor skills
  • To engage in discussions about sharks
  • To engage in pretend play

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: BioColor® paint, craft tubes, wiggly eyes, glue, tape and paper.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Cut a triangle out of one end of a craft tube. Keep both triangle pieces.

Step 2.
Tape and glue (a little of both work best) one of the triangles to the uncut side of the craft tube.

Step 3.
Help the children carefully cut a slot in the top of the craft tube. Make a small fold along the long end of the second triangle piece and insert it into the slot. Tape the folded part of the triangle to the top underside of the craft tube.

Step 4.
Paint the craft tube and triangles grey. Allow to fully dry.

Step 5.
Cut strips of sharp teeth out of white paper and glue to the cut side of the craft tube.

Step 6.
Add final details to your shark. Use black marker to draw gills and then add wiggly eyes!

Step 7.
Optional: Glue a stick or straw to your shark to turn it into a puppet!

Furthermore:
Read books about sharks, or watch programs on TV to learn about these fascinating creatures!

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Craft Roll Toy Soldiers

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This cute seasonal craft transforms recycled materials into miniature toy soldiers similar to those in the cherished holiday story of “The Nutcracker.”

Goals:

  • To reuse and recycle common household items
  • To encourage a “greener” way to make a fun, seasonal craft
  • To encourage creativity and fine motor skills

Before You Start:
Have children collect empty, clean cardboard egg cartons (or provide for those who may not have any) and bring from home for this craft. Provide recycled craft rolls, and pre-cut small sections of blue construction paper to cover rolls (this will be the soldiers’ uniforms). Prepare small bowls BioColor® paint for the “hats” you will be making from the individual egg carton sections. Set out paintbrushes, Colorations® markers and crayons, scissors, glue and a variety of buttons to decorate soldiers’ “uniforms.” The teacher may also want to draw circles on the white paper for the faces beforehand to make it easier for the children to cut out.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Help the children cut out their soldiers’ faces and individual egg carton sections/”hats.”

Step 2.
Have them paint the egg carton “hats” and set aside to dry.

Step 3.
While the “hats” dry, have children glue the blue construction paper around the cardboard roll for the soldiers’ uniforms.

Step 4.
Have the children draw their soldiers’ faces on the white paper (or templates), cut out and glue to roll.

Step 5.
Allow children to decorate the bodies of their soldiers any way they like. They can add arms and legs and use the buttons to decorate the fronts of the uniforms if they wish. Encourage the children to experiment when designing the uniforms.

Step 6.
Show children how to glue a painted egg carton “hat” on top of their soldiers. Help them do the same as needed.

Step 7.
Help the child write his or her name on the backs of the rolls, so they know which one is theirs. Line their original creations up on a counter and display for the holidays in the classroom.

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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Paper Roll Penguins

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These cute and perky penguins are a super easy winter activity to make using recycled craft rolls!

Goal:

  • To create a fun winter craft using recycled materials and learn about a special animal
  • To practice shape recognition
  • To encourage fine motor skills and creativity

Before You Start:
Provide recycled craft rolls to use for the craft. Cut small sections of black Colorations® construction paper for the children to use to cover their rolls and small lengths of ribbon, rick rack or yarn for scarves. The teacher may also want to create templates for some of the other penguin parts ahead of time for younger children to easily trace, cut and glue to their craft rolls, i.e. wings on black paper, tummy and head shapes using white paper, yellow/brown webbed feet. Lastly, provide small bowls with glue, Colorations® markers and crayons.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Talk to the children about penguins. Discuss what they look like, where they live, what they eat, etc. Explain that they will be making their own penguins using the recycled materials and discuss how many of the penguin parts will be circles and ovals. Review circles and ovals and other shapes they may see on their penguins.

Step 2.
Have children glue the black construction paper around the cardboard rolls for the penguins’ bodies.

Step 3.
Have them cut out two circles for the head, an oval for the tummy, webbed feet and a pair of wings using the construction paper templates you’ve provided. (The results do not have to be perfect, as the creativity of the process is an important part of the project.)

Step 4.
Children can then glue the ovals onto the front of their penguins’ bodies, the feet to stick out from the bottom of the rolls and the wings to the back.

Step 5.
Show them how to layer a small white circle on top of a larger black circle and paste together to make their penguins’ heads. Have them glue the heads onto their penguins.

Step 6.
Allow children to decorate the faces with Colorations® markers and/or crayons any way they like.

Step 7.
Have children add a final touch by tying a piece of ribbon, yarn or rick rack around their craft rolls to look like scarves. Now everyone has their own original paper penguins to display around the classroom.

Furthermore:
This is a great opportunity to incorporate a lesson on other cold climate dwelling animals and their wintertime activities. The teacher could also talk to the children about the different types of penguins that live in warmer climates as well. Consider a penguin parade or some kind of dramatic play that will allow the children to interact together with their finished penguin figures.

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Eco-Friendly Snowmen

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Now you can put recycled craft rolls to good use with this great activity! This is an easy craft for young ones to create during the winter while using environmentally-friendly materials.

Goal:

  • To teach children how to recycle common household items to turn “trash” into “treasure”
  • To develop fine motor skills
  • To encourage a “greener” way to make winter crafts and decorations

Before You Start:
Have the children collect empty, clean cardboard egg cartons to bring to class. Provide craft paper rolls, white construction paper (to cover the rolls) and paint for the “hats” you will be making from the individual egg carton sections. You may want to draw templates of snowmen shapes on the construction paper beforehand to make it easier for the children to cut out. (Note: Make sure the shapes are about the same height as the empty cardboard rolls.) Prepare BioColor® paint, Colorations® markers, crayons, glitter, colored pencils, ribbon, mini pom poms, glue and other decorating materials for use when decorating snowmen.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Help the children cut out snowman shapes and individual egg carton sections.

Step 2.
Have them paint the egg carton “hats” and set aside to dry. This is a good chance to review colors.

Step 3.
While the “hats” dry, demonstrate gluing a snowman onto the cardboard roll; then show then how to glue a painted egg carton “hat” on top.

Step 4.
Help the children then glue their own snowmen and “hats,” showing them how the ribbon can be glued around the roll for a scarf.

Step 5.
Encourage the children to experiment with textures and colors as they decorate the face and body of the snowmen. With the child’s permission, write his or her name on the backs of the rolls, so they know which one is theirs.

Step 6.
If time allows, poke a small hole midway on each side of the empty paper rolls and loop pipe cleaners through to act as arms. Bend them different ways to add a unique pose for your snowman or have the children create arms out of construction paper and glue them on the sides of the snowman.

Furthermore:
You can also turn this activity into a color-review activity by having the children practice talking about what color hat each of their snowman is wearing and grouping the snowmen by hat color. Then this may be expanded into a counting activity by asking the children how many snowmen are wearing red hats, blue hats, etc.

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Fun Paint Rollers

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Submitted by: Teri Price

Here is a fun and exciting way to use paint!

Goals:

  • To use the tools to make a work of art
  • To give the children a chance to make their own painting tools

Before You Start:
You will need craft paper rolls, glue and different items that are different textures. Texture items could be: string, foam shapes, pom poms, yarn, pipe cleaners, buttons, etc.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Give each child a roll and allow them to decorate the roll with the materials you have provided.

Step 2.
When the roll dries, allow the children to roll it in paint and then on paper to make fun repetitive designs!

Step 3.
This will be so much fun to see the wonderful designs the children can make using ordinary items!

Furthermore:
Incorporate this art project into a science lesson, and supply shapes from nature that are small enough to be glued to the craft paper rolls. The teacher may also supply foam animal shapes or celestial shapes for the children to use. Talk with the group about what they have created relating to the items provided.

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