Assorted Art Activities


 

 


Contact_FullName:
Aimee 
Contact_Email:
airvin@stlnet.com

10-16-00

Magnet Painting- Set a shallow box ( like the kind you would use for marble painting) on top of 4 blocks. (2 on each end). Put paper with 2 or 3 blobs of different colored paint on it, into box. Place magnet balls, paper clips, and other metal items in box. Have child swipe a bar magnet under the box. This will move the items and thus the paint in the box. They will be amazed that they are painting with no brushes! It sometimes takes some experimentation to find metal objects that work well for this experiment.


Contact_FullName:
Aimee 
Contact_Email:
airvin@stlnet.com

10-16-00

At the end of the year, we plan on having an art show for the parents. In order to have the kids help me collect art, they each have a box (that they decorated themselves) this is their "art gallery." They choose which pieces of artwork they want to take home and which ones they want to place in their gallery for the show at the end of the year. It will hopefully push them to take more pride in their work and really think about what they are doing and what they can do to make it better.


Contact_FullName:
Jamie
Contact_Email:
TPQueen@juno.com

10-16-00

Mystery Pictures

Using watercolor paper and a white crayon, draw simple pictures onto the paper. After drawing the pictures, give to the children and allow them to use watercolors on the paper. The image of the picture that you drew will appear on the paper and the "mystery" will be solved.


Contact_FullName:
Helen
Contact_Email:
hpbarb@aol.com

10-10-00

A quick art project for any age. Use a salad spinner, paint, straws and card stock type paper. Have the children put "puddles of paint" on the piece of paper. Then carefully place in the salad spinner and give it a whirl. Even the little guys can do it. You can cut the paper into seasonal shapes for example Easter eggs and use pastel colors, Shamrocks and green paint, etc.


Contact_FullName:
Kelly's Korner F.D.C.H.
Contact_Email:
kbjsrowe@westol.com

10-6-00

We worked on sketching and sculpting one summer so we turned our art into a museum. We had taken many tours of our local museum and asked them to borrow some prints of some of our favorite paintings. We made a store that sold authentic signed photos of their art. (we used a Polaroid camera) We had a small cafe where you could stop to take a break from your browsing. You could have a cup of espresso (we found an espresso maker at a yard sale) or tea or coffee. We also played classical music in the background. We had an area that you could donate money to help the museum grow since visiting it was free. Some of the kids did donate actual money and we made a donation to our museum.


Contact_FullName:
Kathy
Contact_Email:
kat3668@aol.com

10-6-00

We love to paint in my classroom and to add a new spin on painting line the bottom of your water table with paper and take magnetic marbles dipped in different colors of paint and put them in there. Then let your kids use magnetic bingo wands to move the marbles around the paper to make a design. Works best with 2 children working together and be careful not to use to much paint!


Contact_FullName:
Jill
Contact_Email:
jrothman@saugus.k12.ca.us

9-26-00

This is an idea to help the children to not suck up the bubble paint or bubble solution. Put two small hole in the top of the straw. This will stop them from accidentally drinking up the solution.


Contact_FullName:
Michelle
Contact_Email:
PntBtrShell@aol.com

9-17-00

Tickle Art

Take a piece of construction paper and fold it in half. Open it back up. Have the child place small drops of paint on the paper, refold the paper and have children tickle the paper. Open it back up, mount and hang on the wall. This produces fun shapes and the children love it.


Contact_FullName:
Ruth
Contact_Email:
minnowday@aol.com

9-14-00

Have each child use Dridd fabric crayons to make pictures (seasonal, Holidays, etc.) on plain notebook paper. Use the pictures to iron on to teacher's bags, cloth book bags, etc.


Contact_FullName:
Kristina
Contact_Email:
coolteach3@juno.com

9-11-00

Use the CD's that you get in the mail for internet services and make a mobile. This will catch the children's eyes and sometimes the sun. It will cast different colors on the wall. Kind of like a crystal sun catcher.


Contact_FullName:
Stacey
Contact_Email:
staceyreed@austin.rr.com

9-10-00

Shaving Cream and Biocolors-- Put a pile of shaving cream onto a tray. Take several colors of Biocolor paint and dribble across the shaving cream. Let children stir the shaving cream to mix the colors. Next lay a white piece of poster board (cut into 5x7 size) and press down into shaving cream. Lift up and using a straight edge (ruler or such) scrape off the excess shaving cream. You will be left with a beautiful piece of marbled artwork on the white paper. Each one turns out different. Hint: Be careful not to stir the paint into the cream too much, or you'll end up with a gray color.


Contact_FullName:
leslie
Contact_Email:
munchkinsland@hotmail.com

8-21-00

Use the kitchen sponges that you are able to put soap into the handle, and fill with tempra paint. The children love to sponge paint with these. I find that coming up with new ways to paint keeps the activity popular!


Contact_FullName:
T. Richardson
Contact_Email:
sugar4939@aol.com

8-15-00

Filling glue bottles up is not my favorite thing. With a empty pump shampoo bottle, life is so much easier.


Contact_FullName:
judy
Contact_Email:
asmithj23@aol.com

7-27-00

T-shirt Art 
Cut out shapes-Holidays, leaves, etc. out of contact paper. Stick to shirt in desired pattern. Using spray bottles, small plastic ones from dollar store, fill with the following: 

One cup warm water 
One teaspoon salt 
One tablespoon Rit Dye Liquid 

Shake lightly.   Put newspaper in the middle of the shirt so the paint doesn't seep from front to back (waxed paper also works) Now, spray the shirt lightly around the contact paper with one, two, or more colors. Blot the contact paper parts before lifting the shirt up, so, the paint won't drip. Then, let dry. Neat huh? 


Contact_FullName:
Jacquie
Contact_Email:
jacquiejlb@aol.com

7-15-00

We found a great idea for snack placemats - purchase 9x12 foam sheets in a variety of colors and decorate with acrylic paints - we have done hand prints as well as stencils - we add each child's name with fabric paints. These placemats are inexpensive - washable and bleachable - as well as colorful additions to our snack table!


Contact_FullName:
Talena
Contact_Email:
talenavelez@hotmail.com

7-15-00

Instead of using the oven to melt your crayons, just let the sun do it. Have the children help with peeling the paper from the broken/scrap crayons, then put them into a Ziploc bag and leave it in the sun for a day or two. Each kid could have their own bag, it could even be sort of a science experiment if you want it too. after they are melted, take the chunks out of the bags and break into smaller chunks or just use the one big chunk : )


Contact_FullName:
denise
Contact_Email:
denise.cole@mailcity.com

7-14-00

Always keep a couple small plastic bowls with lids up with the crafting items. In one bowl keep small cut up circles of various colors...and other squares...another triangles.... Then when you need a time filler you can give these to the kids with a glue stick and blank sheet of paper and they will be busy busy busy. Plus they come in handy when doing lessons on various shapes or colors.


Contact_FullName:
Mary
Contact_Email:
daffydowndilly@home.com

7-12-00

Coffee Tea and Me

Supplies needed: coffee beans, peppermint tea, green construction paper , glue sticks, paper plates

This art project smells as good as it looks and your home or classroom will be filled with a variety of lovely scents.

Place a small handful of coffee beans into a plate for each child. Tear open a peppermint tea bag (one per child) and place into another plate. I recommend keeping the scents separate so the children can experience them on their own. Economical route: peppermint tea leaves are available in bulk at most health food stores.

Children glue a short bushy tree made with green construction paper onto a piece of construction paper. Apply glue on the top of the tree, then place coffee beans on the tree. This is a lot of fun, as some children will place the beans one at a time, while others dump them on! When this is completed, have the children put a few horizontal lines with their glue stick at the bottom of their paper. Children then sprinkle the peppermint tea into the glue as grass. Allow time to dry, as you don't want coffee beans rolling off everywhere.

Alternative: Use dried lavender instead of coffee beans, and spearmint tea for grass.


Contact_FullName:
Liz
Contact_Email:
bjungal@aol.com

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Instead of letting younger children only paint with fingers, brushes, and paint.... take a sheet of brightly colored tissue paper and wet the end. Give it to the children and let them paint colorful pictures with no paint mess!!!!


Contact_FullName:
Julie
Contact_Email:
Firstact8@aol.com

6-12-00

Spaghetti Painting: Cook a pound of spaghetti and toss it with a little oil so it won't stick together. Give each child a hand full and have them dip the spaghetti into pie tins of paint, then place it onto construction paper. If they don't want to use their hands, have them use tongs. It looks really cool and it's okay if they mix the colors!


Contact_FullName:
sandra
Contact_Email:
jrwhite@aol.com

6-4-00

Cutting time is more fun if the children like what they are cutting. I get a lot of catalogs from different supplies companies. I save these for cutting exercises. I just tear out pages and pass them out to the children. They love to compare what each one got. "I got puzzles!!" "Look mine is dolls!!" The children love cutting time now. An additional exercise to do is to let them glue the pictures that they cut out onto paper and make a collage.


Contact_FullName:
Christine
Contact_Email:
cap0927@aol.com

6-4-00

My class was studying art history. We created a piece of artwork similar to Any Warhol's art by drawing and painting familiar popular images repeatedly. We chose to draw and paint ice cream cones. The children can make patterns with the number of ice cream scoops, shape of cone and colors. First, they draw the ice cream and cones in black marker. Next, paint the cones. We used bright colors, and we showed the children pictures and prints of Andy Warhol's artwork. Once the paint was dry, we traced over the original black marker. Each child did four cones on pieces of construction paper that was cut into thirds horizontally. They loved it!


Contact_FullName:
Venica
Contact_Email:
vdaqueen@home.com

6-4-00

Scratch N Sniff

Mix a Package of Kool-Aid with 1 TBSP of warm water. Let the children paint with it and allow it to dry for 24 hours. Scratch N Sniff the paintings. Use various flavors of Kool-Aid for different smells.


Contact_FullName:
Nyla
Contact_Email:
nylascherr@hotmail.com

6-1-00

Leaf printing using a brayer. Cover area with newspaper. Find large leaves with profound veins. Roll brayer in paint and coat back of leaf. Flip leaf onto paper and rub gently. Any age may find success in manipulating a brayer. Enjoy!


Contact_FullName:
Jan
Contact_Email:
jannsue@earthlink.net

6-1-00

This art activity can be used to create cards or just for painting. Use string or yarn tied to the closed end of a clothespin. Put paint, tempera or water color, in cups or saucers. Have the child hold the top of the clothespin, to keep hands relatively clean, and dip the string in the paint. Then lift the string and let it settle on paper, construction or watercolor paper. Next, help the child lower the clothespin, and the top portion of the string, to the level of the tabletop. Then, pull the string straight off the edge of the paper, keeping it at the level of the tabletop so the paint laden string drags across the paper, painting as it goes. This may be done with green paint on blue paper to create a beautiful flower stem painting. Tissue or construction paper flowers may be added for a Mother's day or May day project. Using other colors makes great abstract paintings. Done with a sheet of paper laid on top of the string the same process creates symmetrical paintings.


Contact_FullName:
Stacey
Contact_Email:
staceycat@prodigy.net

5-28-00

This is called the stained glass technique. Have the children take a black crayon and scribble any way they want on a white piece of paper. Have them do large scribble motions; it will be easier and less time consuming to complete. Then give the children many different colors of crayons to "fill in" all the scribble areas, using as many different colors as they can. It's easier for them to understand if you do one yourself first to show them the finished product, and then maybe start another one so the children can see how to make large scribble motions. It's fun to play some classical music while the children are doing this project.


Contact_FullName:
michelle
Contact_Email:
yellowrosetex78@cs.com

5-28-00

make an "activity box"

Use a box with a lid (the boxes which printer paper comes in works nicely)-cover it with contact paper and make a sign to glue on it which says-activity box-glue this on the top of the lid.

Gather what activity or activities you want to do for the day-and all materials needed for those activities in the box-this works wonderful if you have coloring pages, masks, or any such activity to place each activity separately in a folder with labels. Place any other items in a separate box/such as a sterile flip top. This is a wonderful way to be organized and the kids love it!


Contact_FullName:
Kristi
Contact_Email:
JEWELJAN12@aol.com

5-25-00

If you have a salad spinner this is perfect. Cut paper sizes small enough to fit on the bottom of a salad spinner. usually a prong sticks out of the bottom middle to stick through the paper to keep it in place. Next put the child's selection of paint on the paper and have the child put the lid on the spinner. Next have the child spin the top at the speed they want for a while (quick works best). Then when you open it, a cool design is left!


Contact_FullName:
kristi
Contact_Email:
JEWELJAN12@aol.com

5-25-00

Start by taking two small tables (or big it doesn't matter as long as they're the same size). Next, line them up parallel to each other but w/about two feet of space in-between. After this, take a large flat piece of clear plexi-glass (shatter proof stuff) put it over the two tables so it covers the gap on top. Take a few tempera paints and put them on top of the gap along w/ magnets. Now the kids can crawl under the table w/magnet wands and spread the paint w/o even touching it (all magnets)! When they're done you can have the children keep taking turns or print their work on paper by lightly pressing a piece on top.


Contact_FullName:
Jennifer
Contact_Email:
Justinsgrl_84@yahoo.com

5-20-00

In our preschool, the children love to get dirty and messy. Whenever we get the chance we make the art center as messy as possible. The last time we did this we decided to put a bunch of paint in plates on the table. Then the children decided to dump it all over the table and paint the table instead of the paper. Some of the children got it all over their clothes but they had fun doing it. So I guess I owe this one to the children @ my preschool.


Contact_FullName:
Susan
Contact_Email:
romanw@sprint.ca

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An idea for getting beads for projects: I have bought tons of beads at garage sales, by buying the beaded seat covers that people use in cars, and cutting the strings that hold it together. For just a few dollars you can get thousands of beads. I have also bought beaded Christmas tree garlands and unstrung them.


Contact_FullName:
Sara
Contact_Email:
arusak7272@aol.com

5-18-00

Colored Salt This project is nice to do when doing Mother's Day sand art. It's cheaper and much more fun. All you need is salt, giant sidewalk chalk, and either clean Styrofoam meat trays, or paper plates. The meat trays provide more friction, but I've even done this project in paper bowls! Each child will get their own color chalk and some salt in their container. The children will have a blast rubbing the salt until it turns the same color as the chalk. This colored salt resembles sand and can be used to fill baby food jars, layer by layer to make a beautiful design. You can also make cool pictures when glued to black paper. Sort of like those pastel milky pens on black paper, because sidewalk chalk is usually pastel.


Contact_FullName:
Ellen
Contact_Email:
jmatzo9216@AOL.com

4-20-00

Every week we save one drawing from each child. We call it the "Folder Picture" as we have a folder for each child in which the drawing is saved. At the end of the school year, a cover is made and all of the drawings for each child are spiral bound. The drawings are in order so that they start in Sept. and end in June. The parents enjoy this booklet of their child's drawing progress.


Contact_FullName:
Barb
Contact_Email:
beauty@hay.net

4-18-00

Color a picture pressing hard with your crayons onto a med. sandpaper on the rough side ,then place it on a white shirt or pillow cases anything Place a tee towel over top of sand paper facing down and iron with high dry heat...Crayon silk screen!!!!


Contact_FullName:
Angie
Contact_Email:
smurffdogg@prodigy.net

4-18-00

Recipe: 1/4 cup of dishwashing detergent 1/2 cup water 1 teaspoon of sugar food coloring of any choice Preparation: 1. Prepare bubble mixture and divide into small paper cups. 2. Mix a different color of food coloring into each cup. 3. to make a bubble wands, bend the end of pipe cleaners to form circles and twist to secure it. 4. Use white paper only To do the job: Have the children stand above or slightly to the side of the paper and have them gently blow as soon and the bubble pops the bubble will appear as the color of the solution. I don't know who likes this art project more me or the kids. I like to get a white roll of paper and roll it across the table so all the children can create the bubble picture together.


Contact_FullName:
Marie
Contact_Email:
hello@mormons.com

4-12-00

I tried this idea with a group of four and five year olds and it really worked. I cut out five different types of paper--newspaper, wrapping paper, wax paper, brown paper bag and wallpaper--and placed each one in a small tub. The children then got to touch each paper and explore it with their senses. They picked the papers which appealed to them and then glue them onto pieces of brightly colored construction paper. I had children waiting in line to do this so it was a big success.


Contact_FullName:
Laura
Contact_Email:
ibsaved@door.net

Date: 4-5-00

Here is a really neat idea for protecting those precious creations when sending them home! Take an empty paper towel tube and cut it in half. Label each half with a child's name. Let each child decorate with stickers, paint, glued bits of materials, etc. Then, at the end of each day, just gently roll the child's work and insert into the tube. Parents will not mind leaving this tube in the child's back pack for continued protection of his/her precious art work! Kids love being able to take part in how their parents are able to see each day's work! And it takes the pressure off of you to arrange those papers "neatly" in an overstuffed bag!!!


Contact_FullName:
Trudy
Contact_Email:
todville@msn.com

Date: 3-14-00

Using about 2 tbs of liquid starch, place on center of a table, put in a fairly good helping of powered tempra paint. Allow the child to mix, draw designs, then place a blank white paper over to transfer (backwards the print. When the mixture begins to dry, add more liquid starch.


Contact_FullName:
Donna
Contact_Email:
dmmetler@bellsouth.net

Date: 3-10-00

I was able to get a bunch of bingo markers for $.25 each at the $1.00 store. The kids really love using these big markers, and they work very well with stencils, too. I plan to try to reuse them with paint when empty.


Contact_FullName:
Susanne
Contact_Email:
sue-warren@home.com

Date: 3-8-00

I saw this idea at a playgroup for 2 year olds. It is perfect for the younger preschoolers who don't like to get their fingers sticky with glue or paste. Using cupboard liner/mac-tac, cut off a length of a few feet. Tape this piece, sticky side facing out onto a wall in your center. Then, provide the children with feathers, cut out shapes, scraps of yarn, etc. and let them stick them on for a mural made by them :)


Contact_FullName:
Susan Riley
Contact_Email:
lady@mail.istal.com

Date: 3-30-00

Children's placemats for breakfast, snacks, and lunchtime - This is a great idea for all of those manila folders on students from previous years. I cut the tabs of the top of the folders and cut both sides together to form a shape of a placemat - they turn out to be the perfect size for a placemat and you have cut out 2 at the same time. I will have several Ellison shapes depending on our theme of the month or time of the year and let the children choose several shapes to glue on their placemat. You can even sprinkle glitter, use markers and crayons, etc. Then an adult or the child (if they can write their name) writes the name on a shape that was glued on the placemat. After the glue has dried, I will then laminate the placemats. The placemats usually hold up pretty well for 1 month, then I send them home with the child. The children are very proud of their placemat they have made at their spot. This activity includes using fine motor skills, choice-making, colors, numbers, recognizing their name, lots of language interactions.


Contact_FullName:
Kelly
Contact_Email:
coreilk@aol.com

2-23-00

I used small sample bottles of medicine that I obtained from my pediatrician (other small bottles with a lid that can be firmly attached will work). I drilled a hole large enough to fit a small paint brush or q-tip. I filled them about half-full with various colors of washable tempra paint. The children can use them to paint. The holes are small enough so that if they are knocked over, they do not spill and the paint does not dry out, even if not covered. They are good for hand-eye coordination. They are easy to store and very portable. If you are concerned about the "medicine" label and the danger that posed to children thinking that they can play with medicine, the label can be soaked off or cover the outside with some kind of opaque paper (colored contact paper or construction paper for example). I have used the paints with children ranging from 22 months to 12 years old, all have enjoyed them. They conserve the amount of paint used and the containers are free.


Contact_FullName:
Kelly
Contact_Email:
coreilk@aol.com

2-23-00

Another idea for the small medicine bottles - the sample size works great. Put glue in the containers and let children use small paint brushes to spread the glue. I did this before with small cups, but always had to dump a lot of glue out with the cleaning process. If you have a small container with a tight lid, they can be used repeatedly and the glue doesn't have to be cleaned out each time. This conserves a lot of glue over time. If you are concerned about children seeing the medicine bottles as "play objects", you can cover them with colored contact paper, construction paper, or some other covering.


Contact_FullName:
kelly
Contact_Email:
coreilk@aol.com

2-23-00

Use your cereal boxes, fruit-bar boxes, oatmeal boxes, etc. for art. Any kind of box with the thin cardboard will work. Cut the top, bottom and small side, so that only one side is holding the front and back together, sort of like a hinge. Cut off the tattered edges, leaving the front and back with the side holding them together. Use the inside of the box (where it is gray) as an art canvas. Children can draw, paint, color, glue onto, or whatever. It provides a different canvas for them that peaks their interest. It also will stand up on its own so that children's art can be displayed on shelves, countertops, etc. rather than the wall or frig. The novelty intrigues the kids and the parents.

The boxes can also be cut, front and back individually, and used as picture frames. Just let the children decorate the edges and use the middle as the place for the picture.


Contact_FullName:
Chana Fellig
Contact_Email:
chanale@hotmail.com

2-16-00

Use blockbuster video containers (available at most blockbusters) to simplify sending home fragile projects or as charity boxes. Simply reverse the paper in the inside to reveal white paper that the kids could color and slide it back in!


Contact_FullName:
Christina
Contact_Email:
BoojieWoo@hotmail.com

Date: 2-9-00

I recently did this project with my 2 year old son. I had a lot of potpourri left over from the holidays and lots of cute pictures. I decided to make picture frames from cardboard and put dabs of glue on the frame. I had previously separated the dried flowers from the potpourri. So he had fun picking which ones would go where. When the frame was done we taped a string to the back to hang it from. Then we went through the pictures and he picked which one to put in the frame while it was drying. He had a lot of fun and grandma loved the project!


Contact_FullName:
Jayda
Contact_Email:
jaydalynn@aol.com

Date: 2-9-00

Safer foot painting - Everyone loves foot painting and other messy foot play but it can be very dangerous and slippery. We let our kids wear an old sock on one foot and have the other foot bare. Our fours did real well foot painting this way.


Contact_FullName:
Neena
Contact_Email:
bopo@hotmail.com

Date: 2-6-00

Magic crayons

Materials: Paper.....1 Crayons...black and colored Pencil....1

Take the paper and color the whole surface with crayons (do not use black). After the surface of paper is filled with colors, take the black crayon and color over top of the coloring you did before. Now take the sharp point (not to sharp) of a pencil and draw over the black on the paper. Try to push hard enough to scratch off the black crayon.

What happens: When the black crayon rubs off, the colors underneath magically appear!


Contact_FullName:
kathy
Contact_Email:
katliveshere@aol.com

Date: 2-6-00

Colored Salt Art

You will need a large container of table salt, and colored chalk.

Put desired amount of salt into a disposable bowl. "stir" the salt with the desired color chalk. After a while the salt will pick up the color of the chalk.

Uses for the colored salt: Use when teaching colors layer in baby food jars for a paper weight use the salt to make textured letters many more great ideas are out there I am sure.


Contact_FullName:
Nancy
Contact_Email:
cre8things@aol.com

Date: 1-31-00

There are packing pieces made out of starch that when slightly wet, stick together. you need: packing pieces, shirt cardboard, sponges wet with colored water. The children are instructed to touch the packing pieces onto the wet sponges then stick them onto the cardboard and to each other to build interesting and creative structures. (they do not need to be very wet to stick to each other).


Contact_FullName:
Anne
Contact_Email:
rstyles@alphalink.com.au

idea

Stained Glass Windows A variation on the ironed waxed paper idea. Use a piece of contact paper, have the children decorate with a variety of material, I try to find lots of see through items e.g. ribbon, lace, cellophane cut into shapes. The children like confetti and glitter. When finished, cover with another piece of contact and tape to the window. Good idea to use with Christmas theme and green, red, gold and silver collage.


Contact_FullName:
kelly
Contact_Email:
kellcaneh@aol.com

Date: 12-21-00

At the dollar store, I picked up some condiment dispenser bottles that had brushes on the end, for basting. These work great with tempera paints. A twist on the old squeeze bottle painting idea.


Contact_FullName:
Vicki Hildebrandt
Contact_Email:
mvh3@techheadnet.com

Date: 1-19-00

I submitted this idea to The Mailbox magazine a few months ago but I would like to share it with all of you. It's a flower and vase. To be given as a gift for any occasion or holiday. Materials needed: 3 or 4 Styrofoam cups per child, paint, glitter glue, markers pipe cleaners, clay. The teacher will melt 1 cup upside down for the vase, cut 4 slits in the other cup and melt, this will melt to look like a flower. The children will paint or glitter or use markers to decorate the melted cups. Let them be creative. Then the teacher will poke a hole through the flower bottom and push a pipe cleaner through and bend, push the other end into a ball of clay to secure the flowers.


Contact_FullName:
Lisa
Contact_Email:
lisa_garderie@yahoo.com

Date: 1-15-00

I use empty film canisters to put glue in so that each child gets an individual portion and do not waste too much!


Contact_FullName:
Lisa
Contact_Email:
lisa_garderie@yahoo.com

Date: 1-15-00

Here's a great idea for not wasting too much paint. First, take a margarine container lid. then, about 5 or 6 plastic pop bottle caps. You hot-glue the caps to the inside of the lid, fill each one with a different color, and voil�! The kids can use small paintbrushes, or even their fingers. They get a variety of different colors, but don't use up too much paint!


Contact_FullName:
shannon
Contact_Email:
Scn2g2@aol.com

Date: 1-15-00

Collect several hole punchers (circle, star, bears, etc.). Let your children make several punches on different colored paper. Give each child a piece of contact paper. Let them arrange the paper punches on the paper. This makes a great sun-catcher.


Contact_FullName:
Tara
Contact_Email:
tara_eichhorn@hotmail.com

Date: 1-11-00

Blot painting: Fold a piece of construction paper in half and let the children drip some tempra paint onto it. Have them fold the paper again and "squish" the area the paint is in to spread it out. Do this with several different colors to make pretty designs. My kids loved it and enjoyed trying to decide what their designs looked like.


Contact_FullName:
Rebecca
Contact_Email:
z11becca11

Date: 1-11-00

Sun Catchers

Cut out a 6 inch circle from cardboard and then cut another circle inside. Glue a circle shape piece of plastic (I used page protectors and cut them up.) Allow the students to use glitter glue pens to color the plastic. Then laminate, punch a hole in the top and hang in the window.


Contact_FullName:
Lori
Contact_Email:
mike187@yta.attmil.ne.jp

Date: 1-9-00

The project is a tunnel for hot wheels or marbles. you need wrapping paper tubes and assorted objects such as buttons and pom poms or fabric scraps. just have a box of the objects available to the kids and glue and a tube for each child and let them create. I did this with 6 4-year-olds and they loved this!


Contact_FullName:
Dana Contact_Email:
dlees4@msn.com

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Sun Catchers! Use plastic lids from coffee cans. Set them out lid side up. Use Elmer's White Glue and small pieces of tissue paper. Have the children paint the lids with glue and tissue paper using fingers or brushes. Let the lids dry for a couple of days. When dry, pull the glue out of the lid. Punch a whole in the top and tie a ribbon through it. Hang them from the window. They are beautiful! Save the lids for use at a later time.

Date: 11-13-99


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Christine Crivelli Contact_Email:
 

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AGE: any OBJECTIVE: Have children paint with their feet to create a new type of designs as well as increase balance. MATERIALS: Paint, paper, paper bags, water rags, music, and trays DIRECTIONS: 1) Have children remove shoes and socks. 2) Put newspaper or plastic under the art area. 3) Have trays of paints near children. 4) Let children paint freely with feet to music that the teacher is playing. 5) After children are done, clean their feet in water tray and dry with the rags.

Date: 11-6-99


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This is a great one for toddlers, it's called see through art. Materials: cooking oil White paper Newspaper Crayons , markers Paper towel or napkins

Directions: 1. Cover the tables with newspaper 2. Let the children create any image they want on the paper. 3. Turn the white paper to the back side. 4. Smear oil on the back on the paper with the napkin or paper towel 5. Hang the paper by the window and the art is transparent.

My children had a lot of fun with this activity, they were very excited to see their work on the window.

Date: 11-6-99


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This activity is good for any age I use this one for creativity it's called Hole Punch Constellation. Materials: Black construction paper Hole Punch

Directions:

1. Let the child use the hole punch to create any design they wish on the paper. 2. The children will tell you what they made write that on the top of paper.

I had very many different Hole Punch Constellation, that the children created. The children showed their parents as soon as the walked in the room.

 

Date: 11-6-99


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Amy Contact_Email:
jhnag@aol.com

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Have each child draw a picture. Allow them to squirt glue on different parts of their picture. Before the glue dries, have each child sprinkle salt onto their picture. Shake off the excess salt

Date: 11-6-99


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Sarah Drexler Contact_Email:
 

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Paper Plate Art You need large paper plates, small paper plates, crayons scissors, construction paper and glue.

Instructions: Using the above materials, design and construct an object such as an animal, a face, fruits/vegetables etc.

Date: 11-6-99


Contact_FullName:
Rhondi Contact_Email:
rja@westex.net

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Record Player Art: pock a hole in the middle of a paper plate and place it on an old record player and give the children markers and encourage them to make designs as the record player spins. We have lots of fun with this and everyone wants a turn!

Date: 10-14-99


Contact_FullName:
dana Contact_Email:
dlees4@msn.com

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Sun catchers! Collect plastic coffee lids. Put them out lip side up. Set out out. Punch a hole in the top and tie a ribbon through it to hang with tape from the window. These are beautiful and the children find it fascinating that it "rips" away from the plastic lid.

Date: 9-9-99


 

Name:
Susi
E-Mail:
laprofe2@aol.com

Date: 8-13-99

Upside-Down art! This was one of the best activities I did this past year, and I can't wait to do it with my kids this coming year. Tape butcher paper on the underside of a large art table. Place baskets with markers, crayons and sticky dot stickers under the table. Allow the children to lay on their backs under the table and draw and stick to their hearts content. It feels very different to be raising your arms to draw, you should try it! One thing that my kids did was to place sticky dots on the paper first, then draw lines connecting them, like an upside-down abstract dot to dot picture.


 

Name:
Amanda
E-Mail:
CatzTigg93@aol.com

Date: 8-13-99

Maracas

Materials: 2 small paper plates, watercolors, stapler , and rice.

The kids love making these and then have a band to play them in .First you need to take the paper plates pour some rice in them and then put them together and staple them . After that you can take the water colors and paint them . they dry really fast and you can tell them a tune to play and have a band. It is so much fun.


Name:
Tami
Email:
Tami@tgold.freeserve.co.uk

Date: 7-24-99

Edible Necklaces You will need 'shoelaces' of licorice and a box of Cheerio cereal. Thread the licorice shoelaces with the cheerios and tie up. The kids can wear these around their necks prior to going home and can eat them having shown their Mum and Dad's! This originally started as an idea for feeding the birds (by hanging from a tree) but the kids liked them so much they started eating them!


Name:
Kate
E-Mail:
Fireproofwoman@webtv.net

Date: 6-28-99

Awesome tie-dying for young kids ...and not messy! Don't believe me? Give this a try: Purchase small bottles of fabric paints (from any craft store). Empty one into a spray nozzle bottle. Add water and shake well. Do this with all colors you have chosen. When I did this we used the pearled pastels but the others will work fine too. Find a place outdoors to hang your white shirt or whatever item you are "dying". Use the spray bottles at different distances and varying sprays( mist or stream) to create awesome designs. This will work with any child who is able to squeeze the nozzle. Let the shirt dry and then set according to the manufacturers directions... Try it, you'll like it...Kate


Name:
Daylene
E-Mail:
daylene@perpetualpreschool.com
  Date:  6-3-99   Tin Foil Prints    Needed:  Lots of tin foil     Tempera paint      Paper    Have the children crumple up the tin foil then un-crumple it.  Have the children paint on the tin foil with a multitude of colors.  When they are done, lay a piece of paper over their creation to make cool prints!
Name:
Daylene
E-Mail:
daylene@perpetualpreschool.com
  Date:  6-3-99   Magic Sponges
 
Needed:  Dehydrated sponge sheets (you can find them at any craft or school supply store), water, cookie cutters, Tempera paint, paper    Trace cookie cutter shapes on the dehydrated sponge sheet.  Cut out the shapes.   Put each shape in a bowel full of water and watch what happens.  You can now use your sponges for "sponge painting."
  Name:
kate Thompson
E-Mail:
g&k@fast.net.au
 

Date: 3-20-99

Add sugar and boiling water to chalk and this allows and creates beautiful bright colors that will not rub off. Use black card board as a base for the best affect


 

Name:
Shandra
E-Mail:
shandrapedersen@usa.net
 

Date: 3-20-99

A great apple picture is to cut an apple in half lengthwise. have the child take a bite from the edge of the apple. Dip the apple in paint and press on to a piece of paper. Lift the apple up. You have a picture of an apple with a bite taken out of it. Kids love this. Use the other half of the apple for snack.


Name:
val
E-Mail:
valette@usa.net
 

Date: 3-20-99

We just learned this at a staff meeting. It was so much fun, I thought I'd pass it on (even though I haven't tried it with the kids yet). It involves bio-degradable Styrofoam peanuts. Many shippers are using them now. When they are dampened, they stick!! Not only to each other but to anything else with which they come in contact! At the meeting we dabbed the "S" shaped pieces on a wet sponge to dampen them, then we had way too much fun sticking them everywhere. If the kids have half as much fun as we did, this will be a keeper!!


Name:
Mary Lynne
E-Mail:
mlchik@cgocable.net
 

Date: 3-20-99

Fun Foam Picture Frames Using fun foam, I cut out rectangles then cut out the centers leaving about 1/2 and inch for a boarder. With the center pieces I cut up several different shapes. Using glue the children paste on the shapes to the frame. Once the children are done I hot glue on the back a couple pieces of magnet to create a picture frame for the fridge.


Name:
Charlotte
E-Mail:
QtfrmIL@aol.com
 

Date: 3-20-99

Bungee painting.....

You will need : knee high panty hose, sand or kitty litter, various colors of tempera paint, large pieces of paper.

BEFORE HAND---- fill knee highs w/ 1/4 cup of sand or kitty litter, place paint on flat surface=paper plate......

Let children dip fat end of hose in paint then let them bounce their bungees on their paper.... it might be easier for their paper to be on the floor...... This is allot of fun and my father volunteers had a great time too :o)


Name: Mary
E-Mail: mcnkelly@home.com

Date: 3-14-99

Just for a change of pace, put some large pieces of newsprint or easel paper on the floor. You can secure
them with some tape if you wish. Then put out some felt pens or paints or crayons, and let them draw while
sitting down on the ground. You may find that you see some very interesting designs,as when they are at
ground level they have a different perspective!
Name:
Michelle
Email:
lttlmanNat@aol.com
 

Date: 1-25-99

For a fast and easy way to paint kids hands for handprint pictures, use a large Styrofoam meat tray with a piece of felt cut to fit. Add some (slightly watered down) paint, and voila! Instant stamp pad for hands.


Name:
Mary
Email:
mcnkelly@home.com
 

Date: 1-25-99

Just for a change of pace, put some large pieces of newsprint or easel paper on the floor. You can secure them with some tape if you wish. Then put out some felt pens or paints or crayons, and let them draw while sitting down on the ground. You may find that you see some very interesting designs,as when they are at ground level they have a different perspective!


Name:
Kathryn
E-Mail:
shapie96

Date: 1-19-99

Toast Painting Materials: One piece of toast for each child. Milk Food Coloring Thin Paintbrushes

Pour milk into containers and let children add drops of food coloring to each container. Place containers in center of work area and children begin to paint what ever type of picture on the toast. Children may eat heir toast or take it home in zip lock baggy.This project can be done with all ages. And came many area of learning


Name:
Renee
Email:
lk0616@globalco.net
 

Date: 12-1-98

How many of you play BINGO and then throw away the dauber when empty? Well I have found a way to recycle them. Take the empty bottle and run water in it until all the ink is out. (this may take some time because all the ink must be out) Also, clean the sponge. After the bottle dries, fill with very thin tempera paint. Put the sponge tip back on and let the children use these to paint with. This is a great way to introduce painting a very young child, and they also love the shapes they make!


11-21-98 During certain times of the year I often use food items in our art projects. I like to do this before the snack time. I then get the kids use to finishing their projects, cleaning their spot and washing their hands. Then they are all ready for snack time. A good snack/art project for small groups are painted toast. I put a few drops of food coloring in a glass of milk and let the kids paint bread using the colors and cotton swabs. After the bread is painted, toast it!   The colors come out very vivid and the kids love eating their projects!
Kristi
upta@valint.net

Name:
Michelle
Email:
MPrzes@aol.com

Date: 10-26-98

To Make a free, easy table top easel, go to your local Pizza Hut and request a new Pizza Box and liner. Position the liner so that it holds the box open and staple to the box top. Use tacks to hold the paper in place and let your child paint away!


9-27-98

Name: Ann-Marie
E-Mail: KDarg@aol.com

Popsicle stick painting for toddlers. Mix water, liquid soap and powdered tempera to a desired consistency. Pour this mixture into a plastic ice cube tray and a clean cork. Freeze overnight. The cork acts as a chubby handle that is easy for toddlers to hold. At the end of the week, if there is sufficient paint left in the paint pots from the easel, the paint can be scraped out and used in this fashion. THANKS to my co-worker Michelle for the idea!


9-2-98

Name: Jennifer

E-Mail: JREARDON@prodigy.net

It is called "Ice Cube Painting".  All you need to do is pour tempera paints into an ice cube tray. Place Popsicle stick halves in the center and freeze. The next day you will have solid paint that can be applied to paper and writes almost like a crayon.


8-26-98

Name: AMBER

E-Mail: AmberP813@aol.com

Use different art "props" when allowing the children to paint on the easel--cotton balls, cotton swabs, craft sticks, sponges, spray bottles, partially blown-up balloons, cookie cutters, tennis balls, rubber balls, string, yarn, etc.. etc...


8-26-98

Name: Dawn

E-Mail: dswan@techheadnet.com

Take a plastic container like a yogurt container with a lid. You make two holes on top. One you insert a straw and the other is left open. You put bubble solution in the cup and cover. Let the children blow through the straw and watch the bubbles pour out over the top of the cup and down the sides. This is a wonderful rainy day or outside activity. Have fun with it.


8-18-98

Name: Jen

E-Mail: adman@mnsi.net

A SURPRISE INSIDE

Fill one lunch bag for every child with various items from your cupboard. This is a good way to use up those odds and ends. Here are some examples of things to include in your surprise bag:

googly eyes

scraps of material

gummed paper

stickers

pipe cleaners

cotton balls

Just check out your cupboards and see what you got. Provide the children with glue, scissors and crayons, you'll be amazed at what they can make. One time, my coworker and I made up a really silly story about something called a Floople, we made sure not to describe what the Floople looked like. We left that up to the children's imagination. We then asked them to create a floople with the materials found in their bag. They can even use the bag! They were very creative! Try it!


8-8-98

Name: Peggy

E-Mail: mebw98@aol.com

Kids love to make things that are shaped like their hands. Let each child choose his/her own color of construction paper. Trace their hands. I find that girls really enjoy turning their hands into flowers or lambs. Boys LOVED making (slightly off) octopuses or simply drawing a funny face on the palm and making the fingers appear as hair.


7-30-98

Name: Jean

E-Mail: mjg74@dfsi.net

Yarn Holders: Cut a hole in the top of a plastic cake frosting container. Put a ball of yarn inside, replace the top, and pull the yarn through. Make several of these containers, each holding a different color ball of yarn. Put them in a box and keep in the art area. The children love to pull the yarn through and snip pieces off for their art creations.


7-30-98

Name: Malia

E-Mail: malia_patton@hotmail.com

Give children a large piece of butcher block paper (big enough to cover the table tops in your classroom). Let them sponge paint on the paper. After it dries contact paper the butcher paper to the table for a really fun and creative table cover. Children love to see their work while they are working at the table and they work on language skills as they tell others which ones are theirs.


7-22-98

Name: Gina...

E-Mail: burkhard@ecsu.campus.mci.net

Another way to paint is to use (empty, clean and refilled with paint) roll-on deodorant bottles. The "roller-ball" can be pried out with a butter knife.


7-22-98

Name: Eunike

E-Mail: niketim@e-z.net

We had a blast doing BODY PAINTING. We let our toddlers to be on their diapers and shoes. Each of them got a little container of paint (clear liquid soap and food coloring) and a paint brush to paint their bodies or their friends bodies, if friends permitted. When they were done, we put water sprinkler out and let the children play with water and washed off the paint. That was fun!


7-17-98

Name: Sherri

E-Mail: Sunsher@aol.com

CLEAN MUD

Not to sure what this activity should really be considered but I used it as a molding activity during creative time. Tear toilet paper into thin strips (use 4 rolls or more)Use a potato peeler on a bar of soap to get shavings. Add water and soap shavings to the toilet paper strips. Play with the water and soap until you get the consistency you want some children will want it mushier and soapier than others, I just add more soap and water for those children.  I did this activity with the children and had a difficult time tearing them away from it. They molded the Clean Mud into everything from pizza to snow people


7-17-98

Name: Kelly

E-Mail: kellyeaston@hotmail.com

Just a tip when string painting: attach a clothes peg to the side of the paint jar. Then tie one end of the string to the peg with the other end in the paint. Let the children use their hands to unclip the peg, paint using the string and then return the peg to the edge of the jar.


7-17-98

Name: Sue

E-Mail: clew@texasonline.net

Shaving cream finger-painting--Give each child a glop of shaving cream on a large piece of finger paint paper (coated). Then sprinkle dry tempera on top and smear away. You can do this right on top of laminated tables because it cleans up easily and really smells fresh when you're finished.


7-1-98

Name: Teri

E-Mail: teri123@yahoo.com

Apple Art

Have your children paint two paper plates (underside only) red, yellow or green. Then punch holes and attach these so that they open like a book. Discuss with the children what is inside an apple. Glue apple seeds inside.


7-1-98

Name: Marilyn

E-Mail: Cabana 94 @aol.com

Take tennis balls and put them in different colors of tempera paints. Put a large piece of construction paper in the bottom of a deep box. Then drop the paint covered tennis balls into the box. It splatters on the paper, creating an interesting design. Do this outdoors and be prepared for the children to get a little messy!!


6-30-98

Name: Pat

E-Mail: Pattypre@aol.com

1. Having noticed all the ideas using old crayons, here's a thought. Instead of peeling off the paper dry, soak the crayons in a pail of water for 3-5 minutes. The paper then just slips right off. You might make this an outdoor activity in the summer for the children to help with. 2. Hot work - Not really hot but... get a flat warming tray from a yard sale etc. These are usually about 12 by 18 inches in size. Lay a piece of copier paper (nothing thick like construction paper) on the warmer and draw with peeled crayons. Cut paper shapes such as flowers or butterflies are also fun. The slower the child draws, the more the crayons melt and blend together. Have a adult remove the paper from the warmer as the melted crayon can drip. It is very difficult for a child to get a burn doing this activity. Hang the resulting art work in a window as it makes a stained-glass effect.


6-18-98

Name: Diane

E-Mail: 5muldoon@voicenet.com

Turtles. Cut out a turtle shape from poster board. At the bottom of the turtle shell, cut a 2-3 in. slit. The children use a paint brush loaded with green paint. They paint not the turtle but a same size piece of bubble wrap. Once the bubble wrap is covered with the green paint, they take the pre-cut turtle and place it over the painted wrap. They press their hand over all areas of the bubble wrap to make a print on the turtle. Then, the wrap is lifted off and the print remains. When the paint dried, we overlapped the 2 pieces of poster board where the slit was and stapled it together. This was their favorite project this year. We hung the turtles on the wall in a curved type of pattern. This made it look like the turtles were all following each other.


6-16-98

Name: Quitsie

E-Mail: ferrer@beol.net

First you go to a one hour film store ask for the empty film container. Second you take the clear film containers with the lids and put a drops or two of paint in it. Then add a few drops of water to it and shake. Then put a pin hole into the lid with a paper clip. After it is all ready you can use this for coffee filter butterflies. Take the coffee filter and shake the paint on it and wow. Let it dry and use a pipe cleaner to wrap the middle together and you have a beautiful butterfly. Easy for young children and not very messy.


6-14-98

Name: carol

E-Mail: ckirk@xompuserve.com

When traveling with young children take dry erase markers and a paper towel. Let them write/draw on the windows of the car, then just wipe them off. Keeps them busy for hours.


6-13-98

Name: Jen

E-Mail: adman@mnsi.net

When your roses are done blooming collect all the petals (before they turn brown). Cut out flower shapes from construction paper and provide your children with glue and as many rose petals as you can. Have the children decorate their flower shape with the aromatic rose petals to create their own flower. We did this with our 2-3 group and they loved it. Our children decorated a petal shape and we then made a big flower on our bulletin board. Our room smelt great all day.


5-26-98

Name: Christina

E-Mail: tinabattle@aol.com

Paper bag bees: For children three years old. All you need are paper lunch bags, yellow and black paint, newspaper to stuff them, yellow construction paper for wings and string to hang them. Let the children paint the bags yellow and black. The next day they can stuff them and add the wings. You can hang them from the ceiling.


5-26-98

Name: Teri

E-Mail: Teri123@yahoo.com

I have seen Plexiglas easels commercially made but our program can not afford one so I decided to make my own and it was very inexpensive ($5.00) and very easy. I made the frame out of PVC pipe. You can buy a 8 ft piece for under a dollar. I then bought the joints and put it together. My easel sits on the table top so I made legs to keep it from tipping over. Then I bought a piece of Plexiglas and drilled three holes on each side and tied it to the inside of the frame. The children then finger-painted or brush painted on the glass. We had fun putting one child on each child and let them mimic painting. When they were finished we laid a piece of white paper on the drawing and made a print. Very pretty an very inexpensive.


5-26-98

Name: AmySue

E-Mail: txbarbrat@aol.com

Bubble Prints

Each child can make a mixture in a small cup of one drop liquid soap, a few drops of food coloring and a small amount of water. Give each child a straw and let them blow into the mixture in the cup. Colored bubbles will begin to flow out over the top of the cup. Give each child a white piece of construction paper to place over the bubbles for a few seconds then when they remove the paper there will be bubble prints on it!!


5-26-98

Name: Kim

E-Mail: Tgaebel@city-online.com

Contact Paper Collage (2yrs)

Materials: contact paper, collage materials, thumb tacks.

Hang contact paper on the wall at child's level with thumb tacks. (sticky side facing out) On the floor below, provide an assortment of collage materials such as scrap paper, shapes, ribbon, pom poms, etc. Then just let children create a beautiful collage by just placing materials on the paper. No glue, no mess. When finished, just stick on wall! Children will love to see what they created.


5-12-98

Name: Tara

E-Mail: taralynsparks@mailexcite.com

Marble Painting

This is a fun activity with almost no mess!  Place a sheet of paper in the bottom of a plastic tub. Coat 4 or 5 marbles in tempera paint.  Drop marbles onto paper in tub (I use a spoon to lift them out of the paint).  Have children tilt tub in different directions to create patterns.  These papers are great for other art activities too.  


5-12-98

Daylene

Another variation of marble painting

Ask the parents in your classroom to save Pringles' Potato Chip cans for you.  When you have several cans, cut paper to fit inside of the can.  Dip marbles into paint and place into the can.  Put on the lid and have the children shake, shake, shake the can.  This makes really cool patterns on the paper, also.


5-1-98

Name: Shelley

E-Mail: swk65@aol.com

To make coffee scented paint. Let used coffee grounds dry and add them to finger-paint. Not only will they enjoy the smell they like the texture too. Use this idea when you are studying the five senses.


4-27-98

Name: Cassie

E-Mail: stucamcl@acs.eku.edu

Sun catcher Art

Materials: Glue, Wax Paper, Tissue Paper cut into 1 inch squares

While your young ones are still learning gluing skills, and you are working on squeezing the bottles, try this activity. It is almost impossible to mess up. Give each child a square sheet of wax paper. Let them cover it with glue. Then have them cover the glue with tissue paper, it works best if most of the wax paper is covered. Then have them cover the paper with another layer of glue. Place another sheet of wax paper on top, and let dry (this may take a couple days). After it is dry, peel the wax paper off and punch a hole in the glue/tissue creation, it makes a wonderful sun catcher.


4-27-98

Name: Shelley

E-Mail: swk65@aol.com

Paint with spray bottles. Tape a large piece of paper to the wall. Make sure you cover the floor also. Fill three spray bottles with the primary colors (red, yellow, blue) watered down paint. Really add a lot of water to make almost a watercolor type affect. Let the children (one at a time) spray paint the paper on the wall. Miniature spray bottles work best for their little hands.


4-25-98

Name: Linda

E-Mail: li8er@cros.net

Why have your children color only on the table. Tape bulletin board table under the table and on the walls, supply them with markers, crayons, stickers and let their imaginations go wild. Its lots of fun.


4-23-98

Name: Pat

E-Mail: pattypre@aol.com

Salt rubbing

Cover the bottom of a dish or tray with construction paper. Sprinkle table salt over the paper. Using a piece of sidewalk should, preferably those poured into a shaped mold as these have a flat bottomed surface, rub the chalk over the salt. I just have the children leave the salt in the tray and I periodically pour excess out. The chalk will color the salt. Use this colored salt in different ways including - (a) dribble glue over a surface and shake colored salt over then dump off excess, (b) dip plastic cookie cutters into glue and stamp over a paper then shake colored salt onto glue and dump off excess, (c) use baby food jars and layer different colors of colored salt.


4-15-98

Name: Emily                     E-Mail: hokom@cyberport.com

For a spring collage use crushed egg shells on different colors of paper. Let the kids be creative with the crushed shells and have fun!


3-26-98

Name: Kelly            E-Mail: KelibeanAaol.com

We recently had a goofy day and decided to paint with gloves. We filled rubber glove with watered down paint. We then poked a tiny hole in a finger and painted by squeezing paint out the tip. The children had a ball and the paints were kind of neat. It was not as messy as we had anticipated either.


3-20-98

Name: Rob                 E-Mail: RRobin902@aol.com

We made this paint this week in kindergarten and my kids loved it!

Mix/Shake/Stir Together:

2 teaspoons corn starch

2 teaspoons white vinegar

20 drops of food coloring

This makes an individual portion for painting with--we've made it several times; we've mixed more/fewer drops of coloring; we've mixed primary colors together; made some for our friends and shared with them; and on and on . . .


3-18-98

Name: Dina                   E-Mail: dinamccardle@juno.com

Have children use a variety of painting utensils to make designs. May use large paint rollers, dish sponges on stick, corks, old curlers, brillo pads, anything that will make a great print!!

Potato Mashers make great prints, too!  (Daylene)


3-18-98

Name: Marcy                 E-Mail: mtspeaks@wtp.net

Stained glass windows

Items needed:  

iron, wax paper, old crayons, old towel, and vegetable grater.

Using old crayons shave them with a vegetable grater. Cut wax paper in any shape (heart, shamrock, foot, flowers, etc), cut two for each stained glass.

1. Place the crayon shavings between the two pieces of wax paper.

2. Place on an old towel.

3. With the iron set on low place the iron on the wax paper moving it quickly back and forth until crayons melt.

4. Hang the finished product up in a window.

Change the colors of the crayons as the seasons change. Dark colors do not make the best stained glass pictures.


3-17-98

Name: Jackie               E-Mail: jwaustin@san.rr.com

Coffee filter sun catcher and transfers

materials:

One or more coffee filters for each child

liquid watercolor paints or food coloring

baby food jars or small containers for paint

eye droppers

paper plates

Place a coffee filter on a each paper plate and let the children drip small amounts of color on them. I use only red, blue and yellow. This activity is great for introducing concepts like absorption and color blending. Also, once it  dries you have a sun catcher for the window and a transfer to the paper plate.

Another way to do this is by letting the children use washable markers on the filters and then use water in the  eye droppers. It's a little less messy this way.


3-13-98

Name: Shannon                E-Mail: gusamer@voicenet.com

If you are looking for containers to put glue in that will eliminate the "puddle gluers," I have found that an egg carton works well. You just cut up the egg carton bottom into twelve sections and fill them with glue.


3-11-98

Name: Carol                     E-Mail: apple@wantree.com.au

Having trouble with your children cutting out? How we get our 4 year olds to use scissors correctly is to either draw or blutack wobbly eyes onto either side on one handle (?). These then become the crocodiles eyes and they have to go on top with the thumb inside - otherwise the crocodile is upside down and cannot swim through the water. Children love using them and find it much easier to cut correctly.

We have also had success with special needs children and their cutting by singing:

Open, shut them.

Open, shut them.

Cut along the line.

Open, shut them.

Open, shut them.

Now I'm cutting fine. (Find children will cut in time to the music and if you sing it slowly - they manage to cut out with very little trouble.)


3-8-98

Name: julie                     E-Mail: jules@zoomnet.net

Spray shaving cream on a table. Easy clean up is to take a Styrofoam cup and swirl it on top of the shaving cream. The Styrofoam cup acts like a magnet.


3-8-98

Name: Kim                E-Mail: Kschult933@aol.com

I have found especially in my 4 yr. old class, that they love to just squeeze glue bottles until it is one puddle of glue. I now use old small butter tubs for glue. I cut a whole in the middle of the cap (big enough for two small brushes) and the kids brush on the glue... and no mess!


3-6-98

Name: Kathryn                      E-Mail: EKCC@aol.com

To keep our art table reasonably clean, I cover it with an old vinyl tablecloth. At the end of each week, I just take it home in a plastic garbage bag, wash it, hang it up to dry and bring it back for the next week. Really easy and it cuts down on having to tote newspaper to school for the same purpose.


3-6-98

Name: sunny                    E-Mail: sunnyone@sunet.net

Let your children paint using different body parts. Tape a paint brush to a hard hat, paint with your head. Tape a paint brush to cardboard and then to a large belt, paint with your waist. Try your shoulder, elbow, and knee. A child needs a helper to get the paint, when he is waist and knee painting.


3-6-98

Name: Mary Jo                      E-Mail: www.cconnors@NMU.edu

Color glue with food coloring. Make designs with colored glue on wax paper cut into shapes. When finished cover the design with another piece of wax paper and let dry. We cut shapes for holidays such as ghosts, trees, flowers, hearts.


3-6-98

Name: Cheri                    E-Mail: jcrm@slinknet.com

We love to paint rainbows with Eagle Brand milk with food coloring added. Do several different colors. It will be shiny when it dries (and taste good too).


3-4-98

Name: Deborah                      E-Mail: Debbort@aol.com

Bath Time Fun! To make creative fun paint for the bathtub mix a few drops of food coloring in a cup of shaving cream, mix together and let the kids paint the walls and themselves. They can use paintbrushes or their fingers to paint with.


3-1-98

Name: Gina..                   E-Mail: burkhard@ecsu.campus.mci.net

My co-workers and I have discussed ways to store and use glue. For instance- For activities like squeezing glue out all over the paper then shaking colored salt, glitter or other stuff on, we use the smallest squeeze bottles with long tips.

For applying pieces of paper, material, wallpaper samples, and other materials on the paper with glue we use glue or paste in individual medicine cups and q-tips or craft sticks.

Using clean, empty nail polish bottles has also been suggested but we haven't been able to find plastic bottles (although, I hear they do exist).

We have also used larger containers like frozen food and "Lunchable" trays for small groups to share glue.


3-1-98

Name: Gina..                     E-Mail: burkhard@ecsu.campus.mci.net

For "blob painting" (dripping paint from a squeeze bottle of some kind) I use empty, clean contact solution bottles. Bousch and Lomb has bottles with the easiest cap to get off. Of course, since the hole is smaller, the paint needs to be thinner than if a shampoo, dish soap or other such bottle is used.


3-1-98

Name: Gina...               E-Mail: burkhard@ecsu.campus.mci.net

Sometimes, I put out sheets of newspaper with crayons and let the kids color on the newspaper. It doesn't even have to be adds or comics, they like to color over the words, too!


2-28-98

Name: Tammy                    E-Mail: lg55130@navix.net

We like to have the kids finger-paint a lot, usually painting on the table or a tray, then making a print. One way we extend this activity is to have them do the finger-painting one day, then the second day they can add cookie cutter stamps to it if they want. We have done this with blue finger-paint then add fish, and with brown and green paint, then add dinosaurs. As each cookie cutter is used with all colors of tempera, they make beautiful multi-color prints.


2-19-98

Name: Linda                E-Mail: LLJRSKI@aol.com

Our idea was simply to let the children paint with tempera on donated rectangular pieces of colored burlap material. They used easel sized brushes and painted the material, that we taped down to the table (with newsprint underneath burlap). That was fun and different. But when we picked up the burlap, we saw what a neat print it made on the newsprint! So now we put construction paper under the burlap and make prints that way.


2-17-98

Name: Eve                     E-Mail: eve@pratt.net

Prepare bubble solution with various food colors in separate trays. Allow the children to blow bubbles onto art paper and watch them pop. This will create interesting effects and the children love it!


2-10-98

Name: Lynne                E-Mail: Mrslynne@aol.com

Our preschoolers love to make shave cream prints. To do this we put shave cream in a large flat deep tray, add drops of food coloring, have the children mix this with their hands. Then gently lay a sheet of any color construction paper on top of the shave cream, take it off to dry, and each child has a different print to take home!


2-10-98

Name: Jamie               E-Mail: jamiesmilz@aol.com

Here's a song that my co-teacher and I made up to remind the children how to hold their hands when cutting with scissors... (to the tune of "Are You Sleeping?")

Keep your thumbs up,

Keep your thumbs up,

When you cut!

When you cut!

We can cut with scissors,

We can cut with scissors,

Open & shut!

Open & shut!


2-9-98

Name: Linda               E-Mail: LLJRSKI@aol.com

One of our parents donated a large piece of felt to the class. It was a long, rectangular piece maybe 1'w by 3' long. Anyway, we took out different color paints, cookie cutters and shaped sponges. The children made a classroom banner for our toddler room, by making prints with the cookie cutters and sponges on the felt. It was a fun group project, and we kept it up all year long. We wrote the year and the name of our school on it and plan to make one each year.


Name: sharon                E-Mail: dougbs@vvm.com

100th Day Of School Art Activity

Celebrate the 100th day of school by making crowns with 10 groups of 10 items. Ex. 10 'hole punches', 10 buttons, circles, triangles, etc. Also children bring 100 identical items from home (be creative).  Past contributions include Cheerios, beans, pennies..


Name: Dena           E-Mail: VI0LASWAMP@aol.com

Paint Popsicle's - I mix tempera paint with water in a cup (I usually do half and half.) Then stick a Popsicle stick in the cup and freeze. Take them out of the freezer about 5-10 min before the children are ready to use them. The Popsicle's work best once they have melted a little bit. I have also layered the Popsicle's with different colors by freezing one color then adding another color and letting it freeze on top. Another idea is make ice Popsicle's (with no paint) and use the ice pops with powdered paint. Just sprinkle the powdered paint on the paper and let the children rub the ice over it. This is a great way to mix and make colors.


Name:  Jean                   E-mail:  mjg74@dfsi.net

I've been reading with great interest some health risk messages on another list of using toilet tissue rolls and glitter . I had always used lots of toilet tissue rolls in the past even though in the back of my mind I was a little worried about them (where has this been, who touched it with what on their hands, what germs may have touched it , etc,etc). But, I used them anyway because they're so neat and you can do so many creative things with them). Well, about 3 years ago, Shigella came to visit the Pre-k classrooms at our school. Look Shigella up in your medical book if you don't know what it is. We still talk about the year "Shigella" enrolled in our classroom. "She" was NO fun!! Anyway, that's when I stopped using toilet tissue rolls. Nobody made me and the other class uses them but I just can't!! What I do instead is ask for lots of paper towel rolls then cut them to the size I want. As for the glitter, I'm afraid to use it too and don't buy it any longer. I was told it was dangerous too if it got in an eye (makes sense too). Instead of glitter, I make colored rice, colored sand and colored cous-cous. The colored cous-cous is the prettiest of them all to me. Give it a try if you haven't already.


Name: Linda            E-Mail: LLJRSKI@aol.com

Using colored glue or glue mixed with different colored tempera paints, let children paint a big piece of waxed paper with brushes. Then let them stick different colored leaves on colored glue. Cover with another sheet of same size waxed paper. Press to stick. Hang in a window or cut into smaller pieces and hang in window. Comes out very pretty--and you don't have to melt wax crayons in between with an iron! This is simpler and very bright!


Name: MaryAnn Kohl            E-Mail: brightring@aol.com

URL: http://www.ghbooks.com/ACTIVITY/act16985.htm

This idea is one of the many free ones from the website http://www.ghbooks.com/ACTIVITY/act16985.htm.

From the book, Preschool Art, by MaryAnn Kohl, published by Gryphon House inc.

GLUE OVER

Materials

€Styrofoam grocery tray

€scissors

€felt pens

€paintbrush

€white glue in a cap

Art Process

1.  Adult cuts a shape or piece from a Styrofoam meat tray.

2.  Draw on the Styrofoam piece with felt pens using a wide variety of  colors, completely covering the surface.

3.  Dry the artwork.

4.  Paint white glue over the entire surface of the colored piece.

5.  Dry the glue completely to produce a slick sealed surface that  brightens and enhances the colors underneath.

Variations

€ Use the glue over as an ornament, to hang from a mobile or as a piece of artwork to hang on a wall.

€ If hanging the glue over on a wall, use a pencil to poke a small hole in the Styrofoam and insert a bit of yarn. You may also tape a paper clip to the back of the design for use as a hanger.

Hint: Glue Overs can be made very small or very large depending on the artist's choice, plan or desire.

This excerpt is from the book: Preschool Art: It's the Process, Not the Product �1994, Mary Ann Kohl. Published by Gryphon House, Inc., Box 207, Beltsville MD 20704.


Name: Judy           E-Mail: Teachnkidz@aol.com

Many bingo fans throw away their old dobbers. These make wonderful painting tools for the children when refilled with whatever kind of paints you wish to put in them...I like to use tempera.....Judy In OKC...


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URL: http://www.ghbooks.com/ACTIVITY/16987176.htm

Sticky-Dot Illusion:  Pattern and collage

Sticky-dots create an optical geometric illusion when placed in a pattern on a paper of contrasting color. Look at a color wheel to see which colors are opposites and, therefore, most contrasting.

Materials

€sticky-dots, one color

€contrasting color of base paper, about 8" x 10"

Process

1.  Choose a color of sticky-dots and then a contrasting color of paper. For example, yellow dots on purple paper work as an effective illusionary combination.

2.  Stick a yellow dot on the purple paper. then another. Then another and another and another. Try to leave purple paper showing between the dots.

3.  When the paper is well filled with dots, stand back and look at the design. Foe more optical fun, stare at the design for a little while, then stare at a white wall. See the dots?

Variations

€Use two sizes of dots of the same color on a contrasting paper. Try to make patterns with the large and small dot for an optically stimulating experience.

€Cut construction paper or colorful sticky-backed paper into squares, circles and other shapes from several colors. Create a collage on a contrasting color of base paper. Incorporate patterns for wonderfully weird optical results.


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URL: http://www.ghbooks.com/ACTIVITY/16987176.htm

Partner Square Painting:  The whole and its parts painting

Chalk grid lines are snapped on the paper forming sections that are then painted. The design comes together and shows how the sectioned parts of the paper make up the whole design.

Materials

€newsprint to protect floor

€butcher paper taped to floor, about 3' x 3' square

€sidewalk chalk

€4' length of heavy twine

€tempera paints and paintbrushes

€aprons or shirts to cover artists

€2 or 3 children

Process

1.Cover about a 5' x 5' area of floor with newsprint to protect from spills.

2.Tape a large square of butcher paper to the center of the newsprint.

3.Stretch a length of twine between two artists. A third artist rubs chalk back and forth on the twine until it is well coated with chalk.

4.The two artist kneel on either side of the large square paper, holding the twine tight across the paper at floor level.

5.For the amazing fun moment, one of the partners or a third person lifts the center of the twine a few inches then lets it snap back to the paper, leaving a chalk line on the paper.

6.Repeat the chalking of the twine. This time, move the twine over about 5"-6" and snap again.

7.Repeat about six times, then cross over the first lines so that the squares appear on the paper each time (see illustration). It is common for the shapes to resemble squares but not quite be true squares. Working together is difficult!

8.When the paper is covered with chalk squares, paint the squares with tempera paints. Leave some squares blank, if desired. Leave in place and dry several hours.

9.When dry, notice how the parts of the squares make up a whole; the large butcher paper is sectioned with many colorful smaller squares.

Variation

€Segment a chalkboard or sidewalk into a grid and use colored chalk to color in the squares.


Name: Pat                E-Mail: pattypre@aol.com

Finger Print Trees

On a tray, place individual water color tablets - you can place these in little individual cups so the colors don't mix. You can usually just push out the tablets from those water color paint sets available at most stores or go to an art hardware store and purchase them separately. Include the colors of red, orange, yellow, green and brown or any other colors of autumn in your area of the world. Also provide black and brown crayons or pencil crayons, a small glass of water to dip fingers into, a sponge for clean up and white drawing paper. Using the brown or black crayon, the child draws the trunk and branches of a tree. Then the child dips their index finger into the water and rubs it onto the paint tablet - the longer they rub, the more brilliant will be the resulting colors. Their paint loaded finger is then used to make "finger print leaves" all over the tree branches. Some leaves can be placed on the ground or can be blowing in the wind. The results are stunning!


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Muffin Tin Prints

Cover a table with newspaper.  Next, place enough old muffin tins on top of the newspaper to completely cover your table.  Have the children paint the tops of the muffin tins.  When the children are done painting, have them place a piece of paper on top of the painted muffin tins to make a print.


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bubble prints

Materials needed are white construction paper, 2 or 3 kitchen Dixie cups, straws, and tempera paint (powdered mixed with water so it's kind of runny works best).

Pour paint mixture into cups. Put straw into each cup, have child take turns blowing the mixture until bubbles are ready to go over edges. Gently lay paper on top of cups, when bubbles have popped, take paper off. The bubble designs will be left on the paper.


Submitted By:  Daylene           E-Mail:  aactchrday@aol.com

Bubble Wrap Prints

Materials:  Bubble wrap packing material, paint, brushes, lots of paper

1.  Tape the bubble wrap securely to the table.  You will want enough bubble wrap to cover your entire table.

2.  Provide different colors of paint and brushes.  Tell the children to paint any color or design on the bubble wrap that they want.

3.  When they are done painting, show them how to make a print by pressing a piece of paper down on top of their creation.

The more paint and colors there are on the bubble wrap, the more interesting the designs get.


Submitted By:  Daylene           E-Mail:  aactchrday@aol.com

BIG Marble Painting

Materials:  an old plastic wading pool, golf balls, paint, paper

1.  Tape each child's paper onto the bottom of the wading pool

2.  Have the children paint the golf balls different colors

3.  Put the golf balls in the wading pool

4.  Have the children cooperate with one another to move the pool so the golf balls roll around on their paper.


Submitted by:  Kelly                E-Mail: mump5@aol.com

Fly Swatter Painting

Materials: Plastic fly Swatters, assorted colors of paint in bowls, paint brushes, and butcher paper.

1. Have the children "paint" the fly swatters with their choice of paint.

2. Now swat the paper. This activity will leave wonderful designs on the paper and the children love "swatting" the paper.


Submitted By:  Diana              E-Mail:  BooBear128@aol.com

Moo Cow Painting

Materials:

Sawhorse

Sack of disposable latex gloves (Gloves hang approximately 16" [40.64 cm] from the base.)

Two 2" (5.08 cm) C clamps (Cost is approximately $2.00 each at a hardware store.)

Liquid tempera paint

Straight pin for punching holes in fingers of glove

Large, flat boxes to fit under the sawhorse

Newspaper to cover the floor

Take two latex gloves and fill with liquid tempera paint. Add enough water so the paint is evenly dispersed into the fingers. Rubber band the top after filling, and place in container to take to the udder base frame. Unclamp the top and with a friend (it's easier with two), insert the glove and C clamp it at the top portion. The glove should dangle freely. Do the same with the other glove. Remove the rubber bands.

Cover the floor with newspaper.  Lay sheets of paper in the cardboard boxes. Puncture the glove fingers with a hole using a straight pin. You may want to make two small holes in the finger. Pull and squeeze the fingers of paint as if you were milking a cow. The paint splattering on the paper makes groovy designs!

After the glove is empty, reopen the clamp and remove and discard.


Submitted By:  Daylene           E-Mail:  aactchrday@aol.com

Activity:  Moonscape Sculptures

Materials

Blown up balloons of various sizes and shapes

String

Yarn

Liquid Starch

Have the children drench their string and yarn in the liquid starch and wrap around their balloon.  When the children are done covering their balloon with the string-yarn-starch mixture, hang them up in and out of a way place to dry.  When the sculpture is completely dry, have an adult pop the balloon.  Hang the string sculptures from the ceiling.


Submitted By:  Daylene           E-Mail:  aactchrday@aol.com

Activity:  Macaroni Collage

Materials

different shapes and sizes of macaroni (uncooked)

food coloring

rubbing alcohol

paper

glue

Procedure

1.  Color the macaroni by mixing 3 to 4 Tbs. of rubbing alcohol and the food coloring.

2.  Gently, mix the colored alcohol into the macaroni

3.  Spread the colored macaroni onto a cookie sheet and let dry in the sun.  Be forewarned that this will SMELL really bad.  I suggest that you color your macaroni before the kids come in.

4.  When the macaroni is dry, place on the art table with the paper and glue.  Let the children create!

Tips

Years ago, all the macaroni you could get was your basic shapes.  However, now you can get come REALLY cool shapes.  In the southwest, we can buy a brand of pasta called Gamesa.  This pasta comes in many different shapes such as alphabet, numbers, stars, fish, people, etc.  Also, you can find pasta in seasonal shapes at Trader Joe's.  During Christmas they have many different theme shapes.  The same is true for all of the other major holidays.  I just picked up some flag shaped pasta a Trader Joe's for the Fourth of July.

In addition to pasta, you can also color rice using the alcohol-food coloring method.


Submitted By:  Daylene           E-Mail:  aactchrday@aol.com

Activity:  Michelangelo Art

Materials

paper

crayons

markers

imagination

Procedure

I did this activity as a follow up to an art museum field trip with my 4 and 5 year old kiddos.  I purchased a bunch of postcards with pictures of famous pieces of artwork on them.  During circle time, we talked about each postcard and brainstormed how each of the artists painted their creation.  When we got to some of Michelangelo's work, I explained that he painted his pictures upside down.  We decided to try out our Michelangelo skills! We crawled under our tables and covered them with butcher paper until the whole underside was covered.  Then, the children created their pictures with markers and crayons while laying under the table.  After the activity, we admired our creations and discussed how it felt to draw upside down! 


Submitted By:  Daylene           E-Mail:  aactchrday@aol.com

Activity:  Preschool Art Museum

Materials

appliance boxes

tempera paint

children's art work collected through the year

tape

Procedure

Throughout the year, I collect samples of the children's art work.  Instead of putting them in a portfolio and sharing them with their parents at our spring conference, we create an art museum for the parents to visit.  We begin to promote our museum at least three weeks in advance.  We normally have our "showing" in the evening, after all the parents have gotten off work.  During our exhibition, we provide fancy snacks that the children have made and punch.

To set up our art museum I beg, borrow, and steal large appliance boxes.  Next, the kids paint the boxes with tempera paint.  We set the boxes up in an empty room in our school and display the children's art work on the painted boxes.  This activity has been a huge success in the past.  One year, we used this as a fundraiser for our school.  After the parents had a chance to check out all the art, we auctioned it off.  We made boocoo bucks for the school!