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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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Fall Art Ideas for Young Children

Fall is here, the leaves are starting to turn and the air is becoming crisper. Hooray! It’s time for the scents and smells of autumn. Here are some fun ways to bring autumn themes into YOUR home or classroom.

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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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Rows of Pumpkins

With the weather getting crisper, kids will enjoy creating some pumpkins (and learn about color mixing as they do it). Read More…

Congratulations to our Arts in Education Giveaway Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in helping us celebrate Arts in Education Week,September 8-12. The following 5 sweepstakes winners received our Smart Art Books as well as a $500 Arts & Crafts Shopping Spree.

Congratulations to:
Anna Roman
Darlene Cruz
Susan Shelton
Crystal Harding-Jenkins
Margi Carter

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.

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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