Monday, May 27, 2013

Caterpillar Project

  • construction paper in different colors(such as green, blue, yellow, orange, pink, beige, purple etc.): this will be the body for the caterpillar.
  • pipe cleaner: this will be the antenna; I used red pipe cleaner, but could be in other colors
  • white glue
  • markers or crayons for drawing the face
      1. Cut out the construction paper into circles(about 3 inches in diameter)
      2. Making the face of the caterpillar.
          (a) Cut the pipe cleaner into 3 inches long. 
          (b) Make two holes on a circle, and put the pipe cleaner through the holes.
          (c) Curl the tip of each end of the pipe cleaner so children will not get hurt.

  1.  Tell the children that they are going to make a caterpillar.
  2. Pass the face piece to each children and tell the children to draw a face with markers or crayons.
  3. Children will connect other circles with glue to make the body of the catepillar.
Use cereal box instead of construction paper, and ask the children to cut out the circles themselves, and color the circles with paints.(suitable for children older than 4 years old.)

Tree Collage

  • printing paper for collage base(or use light colored construction paper, or light colored, not too busy wrapping paper)
  • brown paper for tree trunk
  • paper in different shades of green for leaves( or use patterned paper as on the photo below)
  • white glue
1.  Cut out the tree trunk shapes(see template)
2. Cut out the leaves(about 12 leaves per student): about 2 inches long, 1 inch wide.

1. Discuss about the appearance of a tree.
1. Pass the tree truck to the children, and tell them to glue the tree trunk on the white paper.
2. The children will be gluing the leaves to complete the tree collage project.

For children older than 4 years old, they could cut out the leaves themselves.
Add fruits(apple, lemon, orange, etc) or flowers on the tree.

My Fish Tank

  • white printing paper-for the fish tank (one sheet makes 2)
  • construction paper in different colors: 
              brown, beige, black for the aquarium rocks
              green for the aquarium plants
              orange, blue, yellow, purple(or color of your choice) for the fish
  • glue
  1. Cut out the fish tank shapes.Fold printing paper in half, then fold in half again.Trace the fish tank shape and cut it out.This way you can make 2 fish tank shapes
  2. Prepare 3 boxes, one for the fish, one for the aquarium plants, and one for the rocks. Cut out the rocks, plants and fish shapes and put them into the boxes by items.  For aquarium plants, fold the green paper in half, trace the shape and cut it out. Template shapes are just for reference only. If you are comfortable cutting out the shapes without template, you may also cut them out freehand.
  1. Tell the children they are going to do a fish tank project. Discuss with the children what are in the fish tank. Encourage them to think about other things in the fish tank beside fish.
  2. Pass the fish tank to each child. Children will go to the 3 boxes and find the items they want in their fish tanks.