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Name:
Brooke
Email:
jbsm.oz@sympatico.ca

2-22-01

A great way to interest toddlers in doing a messy art project is to take away the paper and just let them do it right on the easel or table. Add cornstarch, water and food coloring in a bin first to mix up then dump it onto the table and let to children smear it around. Depending on your theme you could make it any color you want. It is disappearing art because at the end of the fun it all just wipes up or it dries on and then is washed away.

Name:
Sarah
Email:
ziggy1zz@cs.com

2-12-01

"Stained Glass Windows" Cut squares of clear contact paper for each child. Put the squares on the table sticky side up. Give the child scraps of colored cellophane to put on the contact paper to make a design. When they are done, cover the sticky side with another piece of contact paper. Hang the stained glass by the window to catch the sun. Very pretty!

Name:
Aaran McKinnon
Email:
mckjam2@risecom.net

2-12-01

Toddlers love stickers! No matter the theme, they can make pictures with them or can be put on the pages of books made of stapled together construction paper. Pick a theme and supply plenty of stickers that are relevant to the theme. They will "read" these books over and over and show them to whomever will look at them!

Name:
Amy in MA
Email:
argilman@yahoo.com

2-12-01

Do no-mess finger-painting! Especially nice for those children who are slow to warm up to getting their hands painty. Put out finger-paint paper or wax paper, and tape to the table. Drop on a few blobs of thick tempera paint or finger-paint. Cover the paint with a sheet of saran wrap, and tape down the edges. Encourage the children to move the colors around with their hands to mix. When they're done, take off the saran wrap, and invite the children to press sheets of white paper over the wet paint to make prints.

Name:
Amy in MA
Email:
argilman@yahoo.com

2-12-01

Make color blending bags! In a saucepan, pour 1 cup cornstarch, 1/3 cup sugar, and four cups water. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently. The mixture will start to turn lumpy, and then thicken into a sort of Vaseline-looking product. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Divide into 4-6 small strong Ziploc storage bags. Squirt in a few drops of food coloring in primary colors, aiming for different areas of the bags. Press out as much air as possible, and seal the bags. Fold a piece of duct tape over the top for added security. Now- give to the kids, and let them squeeze and press the colors around. The colors will blend beautifully, and the bags will last for quite a while.

Name:
Amy in MA
Email:
argilman@yahoo.com

2-12-01

Sensory/Art: Squeezing Goop- in easy -squeeze bottles, (you may need to widen the hole) mix equal parts flour, water, and salt. Color with paint or food coloring. You should have a mixture the consistency of wet sand that can be squeezed out. Let the children squeeze their goop onto cardboard. Let dry.

Contact_FullName:
Lydia Diaz
Contact_Email:
Lily83178@aol.com

2-9-01

A centerpiece for any occasion simple enough for any toddler to make. In a plastic bowl (about the size of a margarine one) pour dried beans 3/4 of the way up. Pour white glue halfway up. Insert a taper candle in the center and pour enough glue to make sure all the beans will stick together. Take out of plastic bowl after it dries. This can also be done with colored gravel, small rocks and mixed dried beans.

Contact_FullName:
Lydia Diaz
Contact_Email:
Lily83178@aol.com

2-9-01

Line an oven pan (rectangular) with white paper. Put a couple of drops of paint on it. Put a golf ball on the paper and help the child twirl the pan around. Observe what happens as the ball rolls on the paint. This can be done with marbles with the older kids.

Contact_FullName:
Crissy Fleetwood
Contact_Email:
crissyfleetwood@yahoo.com

2-9-01

Recipe: Modeling Clay

Ingredients: 2-1/4 cups non self-rising wheat flour, 4 tbsp. vegetable oil, 1 cup salt, 1 tbsp. powdered alum, 1-1/2 cups boiling water, food coloring

Procedure:

1. Mix flour, alum and salt 2. Add veg. oil 3 Vigorously stir in boiling water with a big spoon until mixture sticks together. 4. Knead dough until smooth. 5. Divide the dough into several piles. 6. Add a few drops of food coloring to each pile until you reach the desired color. 7. Store in airtight containers such as butter tubs or yogurt cups.

Contact_FullName:
Marilyn
Contact_Email:
Cabana94@aol.com

2-9-01

Cook up a package of spaghetti. Drain and let cool. when ready to use, moisten with a little water and add a little school glue. Mix well. Give the children sturdy construction paper, oak tag or cardboard and have them place the spaghetti onto the surface. Let harden.

Name:
Kathy
Email:
kat3668@aol.com

Date: 1-24-01

Sometimes toddlers really do not like to get their hands messy while painting, so, use bubble wrap and make a mitt that the children can slip their hands into. Leaves a great print too!

Name:
Amber
Email:
droop28@aol.com

Date: 1-24-01

Shiny/Sticky Paint 

Add a few drops of food color for pastels or more for brighter colors to a few tablespoons of corn syrup. Makes a great finger-paint that dries to a glossy finish and is completely safe if eaten. Use a few different colors, they swirl and blend nicely.

Name:
Amber
Email:
droop28@aol.com

Date: 1-24-01

Salt Paint 

Mix salt and water with food coloring to reasonably thick consistency. Paint with fingers or brushes. Dries with sparkly crystals, much lighter than original color. This paint is a great transition between edible paints and regular finger/tempra paints as it will not hurt them to try but the taste will discourage from eating paint.

Name:
Teresa Rich
Email:
tlr86112000@aol.com

Date: 1-24-01

I tape two pieces of butcher paper across the length and width of a table. Place crayons and colored pencils etc. on the center of table.  Children can choose this area to draw or create pictures whenever they choose. I keep this going all week . Change the paper as needed.

Name:
Sue
Email:
sue-warren@home.com

Date: 1-24-01

This one is for toddlers or even younger preschoolers. Since this age group often doesn't like to get messy hands when accomplishing craft creations, tape a piece of cupboard liner/contact paper onto a wall, sticky side out. Give your toddlers cut out shapes, feathers, sparkles, pasta, etc. etc. to make a wall collage.

Name:
Amy
Email:
Sassypooh95@hotmail.com

Date: 1-24-01

Q-Tip Painting 

Toddlers love to explore with paint but some times paint brushes seem a little to much for there small hands. Q-tip's work great as a toddler "paint brush."

Name:
waheeda Maqsood
Email:
Nk73@aol.com

Date: 1-24-01

On art table, pour out some pudding (make sure that children put smocks on).  Let kids put their hands in the pudding and print them on paper. Though it's messy, they love it.

Name:
Toni
Email:
thealey@chesapeake.net

Date: 1-24-01

Add food coloring to glue used for collage materials.

Name:
stacy
Email:
misssprout@yahoo.com

Date: 1-24-01

In my toddler class the toddlers love to ice cube paint. you mix a little bit of paint with water and freeze with a Popsicle stick or a q-tip in the middle. To make this more interesting for the parents to look at on the walls for Valentine's day we cut a heart out of the center of pink construction paper. The kids ice cube painted on white paper and we used the border of the construction paper to "frame" their pictures. With the pink cut out hearts, we marble painted them with white and red paint.

Name:
Ruth
Email:
BertandRuthDavis@aol.com

Date: 1-24-01

Crayon Doughnuts:

Items Needed: Old Crayons Cupcake Liners Cupcake Pan Yarn or Shoe Laces

Break up old crayons into bits, place in lined cupcake tin. Melt old crayons in oven. When crayons are all melted take out, being very careful not to shake the melted crayon too much (this causes them to turn brown). Before the crayons cool completely use a wooden spoon to make a doughnut hole. Allow to cool. When cooled tie a string from yarn or a shoe lace through the hole on the doughnut crayon. Tape to a table for the toddlers. This will prevent you having to pick up crayons from the floor. (Supervise children while coloring, because of the string).

Name:
Denise
Email:
mtlakegrl@aol.com

Date: 1-24-01

Use brown tempera paint, mud and dirt and let the children run trucks through to make a tire track painting.

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