Mobiles: Youll need: mixing bowl, rolling pin, circle
and star cookie cutters, toothpicks, and a baking sheet. Preheat
oven to 250 degrees. Add 2 cups salt to 2-1/2 cups water,
then stir in 4 cups flour. Mix well. Knead until the dough
is a good consistency for shaping. Roll the dough out about
1/2 inch thick. Cut out star and circle shapes for make stars
and planets. With a toothpick, poke holes in
the top of each shape. Bake in oven for 2-3 hours. Check
frequently to make sure they do not burn. Remove when brown
and hard. Cool on cookie rack. Paint the shapes when cool.
Use fluorescent paints or add glitter to wet paint to make
them sparkle! Let dry. Thread string or yarn through the
holes and tie to a clothes hanger to create a mobile. Hang
your galactic mobile and enjoy!
Seed Mosaic. A colorful mosaic for a wall decoration,
map making or other designs can be made from a variety of
dried beans or seeds. Draw the design on thin plywood or heavy
cardboard. Fill in with a thin layer of glue, then the seeds.
White rice may be colored by placing in water tinted with
food coloring. Dry before gluing. Use to make water, grass,
Cycle of an Apple Tree. Learn about a tree's life cycle
with this art project. Show children an apple seed. Explain
that apple trees grow from apple seeds. Use a black marker
to draw four identical tree trunks. Label them Winter,
Spring, Summer, Fall. Have the children paste a few seeds
on the "ground"
in front of the trees. Color the trunks and then decorate
the trees to represent each part of the life cycle as follows:
Winter: Use black marker and brown crayons to extend the
trunk into bare branches. Paint branches with a mixture
of water and white glue to create a frosty, wintry look.
Add some white glitter to make it shine. Spring: Dip an
index finger in green tempera paint and make tiny leaf
buds on the branches. When the paint dries, pinch small
strips of pink tissue paper to make blossoms. Glue blossoms
to the tree. Summer: Dip brush in dark green tempera paint
and make splotches of green on the branches to represent
broad summer leaves. Cut out small light green apples from
construction paper and glue them to the tree. Fall: Dip
brush alternately in yellow and orange tempera paint and
create splotches to represent changing autumn leaves. When
the paint dries, cut out and glue on apples from red construction.
Foam Flower Pot: Materials (Flower Pot, acrylic paint,
flowers cut out of fun foam, glue, craft sticks, picture
of each child, spanish craft moss, foam brick or clay.
Directions: Let children paint their flower pot. Let dry.
Decorate, write Happy Mother's Day, etc. Have children
glue their flowers on craft sticks. Take the child's picture
and cut their face out and glue on one of the flowers.
Put piece of foam brick or clay in bottom of pot, add moss.
Stick 3 or 4 flowers in the pot. Variation: Instead of
cutting flowers out of the fun foam, cut out the kids handprints
and make those into the flowers! Very Cute! From
the ChildFun site (http://childfun.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=597)
clay to make coiled pottery. Roll clay into long ropes
about 1/2" thick. Coil tightly into pottery shape. Bake at
350° for 30-45 minutes. Cool. Paint and dry.
Pen and Ink craft from Science Learning.
pen and a Horn
Book from Old Sturbridge.
husk doll from Claude Moore Colonial Farm.
Soap Making, History and Techniques from The Soap Factory
Punch Craft: You'll need nails and aluminum pie tins.
Sketch out a design on the pie plate bottom. Use nails
to punch holes along the design. Press the back edges
flat. Hang and enjoy!
cotton to creat a snow scene or a lamb.
children were little, they loved to play
in the bathtub for hours. Why not make it a productive
hour! Here's a recipe for making soap crayons that your
children can use in the tub to do "art" while
you work on lesson plans or read a good book, nearby.
(Don't leave small children unattended in the bathtub!)
cups of powdered soap flakes such as Ivory
Warm water - add a couple of drops of food coloring for colored
soap (make a batches for each color)
Candy molds, empty (clean) glitter tubes, or ice cube tray
water with soap a little at a time just until wet and
the mixture is very thick. Press into mold. Let air dry
for several days or longer until hardened. Remove from
mold. If you use a glitter tube, you will have to crack
it to remove the crayon, but it will be more shaped like
a crayon. Be sure to test on your tub before letting
your children use it to make sure it doesn't leave a
permanent stain. It depends upon the finish of the tub.
Aquarium. Cut a piece of blue construction paper
to fit a ziplock baggie. Cut out pictures of fish
and glue to the blue paper. Insert into baggie. Add
a small amount of oatmeal to the bottom for sand.
Fun for PreK-1st.
sure to use The
Checklist to plan and keep track of your lessons!