Category Archives: Featured Craft

This Thankful Tree Is Perfect for Any Season!

Use this craft during any season or holiday by switching out the paper colors! Children will love using their handprints to creat this beautiful tree!

Materials Needed:
9×12″ Heavyweight Construction Paper
Best Value Safety Scissors
Colorations® Washable School Glue
Huge 9″ Alphabet Collage Letters
Fadeless® Paper Rolls, 48″W x 50’L

Goals:

  • Teaching appreciation for the things that are important to each child.
  • To have the children learn about Thanksgiving and what it means to be thankful.
  • Using fine motor skills to trace and cut

Before You Start:

  • You will need enough pieces of construction paper for your class. To make an autumn tree, use fall colors, such as red, yellow, green and orange.

Let’s Begin:

  1. Assist children in tracing their hands.
  2. Help them cut out the shape of their traced hands and have them write, “I am thankful for…” on the hand. Let them choose what they are thankful for.
  3. Help the children construct the trunk of the tree by using brown construction paper.
  4. Next, have each child tape or glue their “thankful hands” to the tree.
  5. You can also add pictures of the children if you would like!
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Make These Adorable Puffy Pumpkins for Autumn!

This puffy pumpkin craft is a fun, sensory art experience that will help keep autumn in full swing!

An Activity for Preschoolers:
Make some adorable puffy pumpkins for autumn with this fun, sensory art experience!

Goals:

•To explore tactile properties of the squishy paint mixture

•To express creativity and make a fun autumn craft

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

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

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Make These 3-D Self Portraits for an Abstract Art Exhibit in Your Classroom!

Materials Needed:
BioColor® 16 oz – Set of 11
Bingo Bottles with Tips & Caps – Set of 12
World Colors Paper – 50 Sheets

Best Value Tape
Full Strip Stapler

Let’s Begin:
1. Have each child create a self-portrait on paper using Bingo bottles filled with BioColor® paint.

2. Make a monoprint of each finished portrait by placing a clean sheet of paper on top and rubbing.

3. To create the 3-D effect cut out the oval face from your monoprint, then cut a 2” dart on the top and bottom, overlap dart and staple to secure.

4. Adhere 3-D face to original self-portrait with staple or tape.

Create Puppets and Explore Uniqueness!

Materials Needed:
Colorations® Acrylic Yarn – Set of 12
Colorations® Fabric Markers – Set of 24
400 Feet of Satin Ribbon – 16 Spools

Let’s Begin:
1. Lay out all of the materials and encourage the children to select the pieces they want to create their puppets. Allow them to be creative – there are no rules!

2. Create your own puppet alongside the children and show it to them as an example.

3. This is a great opportunity to talk about differences that make each of us unique. Encourage discussion among the children about eye color, hair color, and favorite features.

Icicle Paint: A Great Project for Little Hands!

Materials Needed:
BioColor® Paint, 16 oz. – Set of 11
Wood Craft Sticks – 1000 Pieces

Let’s Begin:

  1. Fill an ice-cube tray with BioColor® paint, cover with foil.
  2. Insert a craft stick into each cube and freeze.
  3. When completely frozen, BioColor® paint draws like chalk.
  4. As it softens, the effect is as a crayon and then like paint.
  5. Variation: layer several colors, one at a time, to create a layered look.

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Celebrate Nature & Decorate Your Space!

Materials Needed:
Colorations® Extra-Safe Plastic Glitter – 1 lb.
Colorations® Comfort Grip Blunt Tip Scissors
Colorations® Acrylic Yarn – Set of 12
One Hole Punch
Clear Con-Tact® Cover – 18″ x 9′

Let’s Begin:
1. Show some examples of the things you’d like the children to look for on their walk: small flowers, leaves, etc. Discourage them from choosing sticks or thick items (pine cones, etc.) – explain that flat things will work better for your project.
2. Take your group on a nature walk. Encourage them to gather interesting items, such as single petals, a dropped spray of pine needles, etc.
3. Place in front of each child one sheet of clear, self-adhesive paper, sticky side up. Allow the children to place flowers and other items and arrange them as they’d like.
4. “Sandwich” the cover with another piece, sticky side down. It’s best if an adult does this.
5. Trim any excess if needed.
6. Use as a place mat or as a hanging nature window!
7. You can use the sandwiching technique with many other items! “Capture and display pieces of colored paper, glitter, sand, etc.

This Ocean in a Bottle Project Is Perfect for Little Hands!

Materials Needed:
Colorations® Liquid Watercolor Paint, 8 oz.
Colorations® Silver Liquid Watercolor Paint, 8 oz.
Sea Life Photo Foam Stickers
Colorations® Tacky Glue
Colorations® Blunt Tip Scissors, 5″L – Set of 12
Colorations® Color Permanent Markers – Set of 12
Colorations® Black Permanent Markers – Set of 12
Colored Masking Tape – 1 Roll

Let’s Begin:

  1. Fill a water bottle with water. Add a few squirts of Colorations Liquid Watercolor, and then add approximately 1 tsp. Colorations® Silver Liquid Watercolor Paint.
  2. Close bottle and shake.
  3. Seal cap onto bottle using tacky glue or masking tape.
  4. To add decoration, use Sea Life foam stickers, or create your own. You can use a marker to add details.

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