Friday, May 6, 2011

Zebra Stripe Drawing Project

You will only need white construction paper, scissors, black markers, and a photo of the zebra.

A. Preparation:
1. Use the template above, and trace the image on a white construction paper.
2. Cut the construction paper into zebra shapes. Fold a large piece of paper until you get the size that is close to the image size, but not to thick. This way you will not need to cut the zebra shapes one by one.
3. Prepare a photo of the zebra and black markers.
B. In-class:
1. Show a photo of the zebra and talk about the stripes on its body.
2. Tell the children that they are going to draw the stripes on the paper cutouts with the markers.
3. Pass the zebra cutouts and the markers to the children.

Children from 2 to 4 years old in my class all enjoyed this project.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Dried Flower Arranging

Easy, simple and open-ended project for Mother's Day or any occasion.

Materials: play dough, used caps, dried flowers, pipe cleaners
Age: 2.5 years old and older

1. Place the play dough in the cap.
2. Use play dough as the base, and arrange the flowers on it.
3. Decorate more with pipe cleaners.
4. Let the play dough dry.

*Use clay or flour dough instead of play dough. I used flour dough in the photo.
*Prepare pipe cleaners in different colors for a more colorful finish.
*Cut the pipe cleaners if necessary.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Art Projects

Easter Eggs:

  • milk box(or white construction paper)
  • sidewalk chalks(yellow, pink, blue, green)
  • colored lightweight paper(for decoration): pink and yellow green
  • liquid glue
1. Cut the milk box(or white construction paper) into egg shapes(4 inch by 5 inch).
2. Cut the lightweight colored paper into 0.75 inch circles or triangles, or long wavy lines.              
 *For older students(5 or older), they may help the teacher to cut the eggs and decorations together.            

1. Color the egg(white side up) with colored chalk.
2. Decorate the egg by pasting the circles, triangles or wavy lines.
* I also had some colored gift wrapping tissue paper for decoration, but only two children used them.

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 Easter Egg Hunting Paper Craft

A friend of mine gave me some bunny pop up cards which she found at RAFT, so I thought of using them for Easter art project. There was a word "baby" printed on the card, so in order to hide it, I made a paper box and glued on it. Then I made small paper eggs(2" x 2,5") in different colors and placed them all over the classroom. Children searched for the eggs and decorated the box, eggs or the base(the card) with the decorations used in the Easter Egg project as mentioned above. Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to photograph students' works, but the children all arranged the materials differently and it was so much fun to watch their artworks.