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Friday, December 12, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Collage Craft

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Teach kids about St Patrick's Day and let them show their Irish spirit with this easy collage craft. Great for Preschool.

Materials:

  • card stock
  • shamrock template to trace
  • interesting shaped pasta
  • green paint
  • green beads, feathers, and other decorating materials
  • glue


Directions:

  1. Paint pasta green and allow to dry.
  2. Trace shamrock onto card stock.
  3. Glue green decorating materials and pasta inside the shamrock.
  4. Write "St. Patrick's Day Shamrock" in green or other message.



Rainbow Rabbit Q-tip Dot Painting Craft

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Dot painting with with Q-tips is really fun. Here's a rainbow rabbit craft idea using the technique. Great for spring or anytime. 

Materials:

  • black construction paper
  • various bright color paints
  • rabbit template
  • Q-tips/cotton swabs


Directions:

  1. Trace a rabbit template onto a sheet of black paper.
  2. Use Q-tips to paint dots all over the inside of the rabbit in various colors and allow to dry.



Fun Stand-Up Elephant card Craft

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For a lesson about the circus or the zoo, here's a fun crafty elephant idea. 

Materials:

  • card stock
  • elephant template
  • scissors
  • colored paper
  • glue
  • colorful beads
  • grey paint
  • sponges
  • crayon
  • colorful yarn


Directions:

  1. Fold card stock in half and trace a simple elephant with the fold making the back.
  2. Trace and two ear pieces separately and cut out ears and elephant. 
  3. Open elephant flat and sponge paint elephant and ears grey all over. Allow to dry.
  4. Cut a strip of colored paper and glue over the back for the blanket.
  5. Glue on colorful beads.
  6. Draw details on your elephant.
  7. Glue a piece of colorful string on the inside to make the tail.

Paper Plate Christmas Wreath Craft

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A classic Christmas craft. Turn an ordinary paper plate into a beautiful Christmas wreath.

Materials:

  • paper plate
  • scissors
  • green paint and brushes
  • hole punch
  • glitter glue
  • macaroni or other interesting pasta
  • various colorful beads
  • glue
  • gold ribbon


Directions:

  1. To cut the center out of a paper plate, fold plate in half and cut the half circle from the middle.
  2. Paint paper ring green and allow to dry.
  3. Paint some macaroni or pasta in holiday colors and allow to dry.
  4. Decorate ring with colorful beads, pasta, and glitter glue.
  5. Punch a hole in the top and tie a gold ribbon to hang up.



Funny Face Collage Craft

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If you're doing a lesson about the body, here's a fun activity. Make a funny face from magazine pictures. Kids can wear it like a mask.

Materials:

old magazines
scissors
glue
skin tone construction paper
face template
various colored yarn

Directions:

Trace or copy a simple face template onto skin toned construction paper
Cut eyes, ears, noses, and mouths from old magazine pictures.
Glue the pieces on your face.
Add yarn hair.

Hiding Easter Bunny Craft

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Make a cute and shy Easter bunny hiding in the grass.

Materials:

  • Pink, blue, and green construction paper
  • bunny template
  • scissors
  • glue
  • pen or crayons


Directions:

  1. Trace and cut out your bunny from pink paper
  2. Glue the bunny in the middle of a sheet of blue paper.
  3. Tear thin strips from green paper and glue on for grass. Glue smaller pieces behind and longer pieces in front. 


Happy Easter Hand Print Bunny Card

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Make Easter bunnies from handprints for an Easter card like this. Add eggs and a "Happy Easter" message.

Materials:

  • blue sheet of construction paper
  • various colored paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • Easter egg coloring templates
  • sun template
  • pipe cleaners
  • pom poms
  • green yarn, crepe paper, or plastic grass


Directions:

  1. Trace "Spock" hand prints with fingers spread to make ears on colored construction paper and cut out.
  2. Color and cut out Easter eggs from a coloring template
  3. Trace and cut out a yellow sun.
  4. Glue Bunnies onto a blue sheet of construction paper.
  5. Add pipe cleaner whiskers and a pom pom nose. Add eyes.
  6. Glue on the sun, Easter eggs and green grass.
  7. Add a "Happy Easter" message.

Egg Carton Christmas Tree Ornaments Craft

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Here's a really cute and resourceful recycled craft idea submitted by Adrianna at Earthy Girl.  Use egg cartons o make cute little Christmas tree ornaments.

Materials:

  • egg carton
  • scissors
  • green paint
  • pipe claners
  • spangles and sequins to decorate
  • glue


Directions:

  1. Cut the cones out of an egg carton.
  2. Paint green and allow to dry.
  3. Decorate with glitter and glue on sequins.
  4. Make a hole and tie a gold pipe cleaner at the top.
  5. Hang on the tree.


Visit Earthy Girl for more details on this and loads of other great crafty ideas.




Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving Turkey Preschool Craft

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Here’s a classic paper plate Thanksgiving turkey craft that’s cute and easy to make with your preschoolers. Pre-cut the pieces out beforehand.

Materials:

  • A paper plate cut in half
  • Brown, yellow, red, white, and black craft paper
  • Various colored tissue paper cut into 1 inch squares.
  • Glue
  • Scissors


Directions:

  1. Cut a medium sized circle from brown paper, a small diamond shape for the beak and feet from yellow paper, a waddle from red, and white and black circles for eyes.
  2. Spread glue over the paper plate half and cover with colorful tissue paper squares for the tail feathers.
  3. Glue the brown circle on the front hanging down the bottom for the head.
  4. Glue on the eyes, waddle, and beak(or use google eyes or eye stickers).
  5. Glue the feet on the back at the bottom.
  6. Allow to dry.

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