sticker board, colored sand, condiment bottles
- pour some of the bulk colored sand into condiment bottles
- peel off the cover sheet to expose the adhesive side of the sticker board
- pour sand onto sticker
- smooth sand around with hands if you’d like (another great sensory experience)
- dump excess in trash to reveal the design that was created by the very first sand to touch the sticker
bubble wrap, masking tape, tempera paint, squeeze bottles, brayers, paper, shaving cream (optional), a sink close by!
- tape bubble wrap with bubbles facing up all over a table
- ideally, put tempera paints in small squeeze bottles
- set brayers and squeeze bottles all along table
- squeeze a little bit (good luck) of TWO colors in one spot on the bubble wrap (I had only yellow, blue, and pink paint available to make sure their mixing would turn out pretty)
- roll paint out with a brayer
- make a print!
- repeat! (if your table is crowded, have children keep their prints paint side up on the floor near them in between prints)
- if there are a few extra minutes, add shaving cream to the table and let them mix it with the paint with their hands- great sensory experience!
embroidery hoops (these are 6 and 8 inch and I love the look with 6), markers or washi tape, yarn or ribbon, wooden beads, plastic needles
- decorate the wooden hoops with marker (these images also show some decorated with washi tape but it is tricky for kids to wrap it tightly enough to stick)
- attach decorative hanging pieces of yarn by folding one piece in half, holding by the loop, placing loop under the hoop, putting loose ends of yarn piece over hoop and through loop, and pulling! (directions I tell kids- so simple- see picture and video)
- add as many hanging pieces as you’d like
- use the plastic beading needle to thread beads onto hanging yarn and tie off the last one on each strand
- tie a long piece of yarn to the hoop and wrap around until there is only enough left to tie off, creating the web- I think less is more regarding the web because if kids play with it (it’s a jellyfish! it’s a hat with hair! etc) the web can come undone into a loose tangle and you’ll have to stretch it back to be taut again (this is also why we do the web part last)
I did this with 4-7 year olds so we kept it simple so they could work independently, but there are lots of ways to embellish and make these really fun for all ages! Here is Art Bar‘s version, and Meri Cherry‘s.
These turned out SO well- it was hard to send them home with the kids because I wanted to keep them all for myself! First, we looked at pictures of Frankenthaler’s paintings and talked about how she made them and what they reminded us of. The pouring step was inspired by Frankenthaler’s process, and the hammering was an added touch that was an idea from Purple Twig.
muslin, liquid watercolors in condiment cups, sponge brushes, plastic placemats or wax paper taped to table, hammers, flowers and leaves, dowels, sewing machine with white thread, white yarn
- cut muslin into about 10×20 inch pieces
- cover table with paper to soak up extra paint once pouring starts
- pour *a little* paint at a time on the fabric, and spread it around with a sponge brush
- let that dry, or leave empty spots that are dry for the hammering step
- place plastic or wax paper (anything that does not allow the pigment from leaves/flowers to soak into it) on the table (or floor- wherever kids can hammer without ruining the surface)
- place painted and dried muslin on plastic
- place a leaf or flower under muslin wherever you want the color to be smashed (with leaves- lay them flat if you want the leaf shape, or bunch them up to make it easier to squish color out)
- hammer! I did this with 4 and 5 year olds and they did great- I had them hold the hammer right at the top so they would have more control and be safer
- throw away the smashed leaf/flower
- repeat steps 7-9
- sew the top of the banner so that the dowel can slide in
- tie a small piece of yarn to the dowel for a hanger…we didn’t have time but kids could also decorate the hanger with beads
I couldn’t find chalkboards at Staples or Walmart, and instead of ordering online or looking at art stores, I just bought black heavy duty poster paper. It worked really well as a chalkboard, and the kids even washed it off repeatedly. Still can be used again later as well!
heavy poster paper, chalk pastels, water, wash cloths, water container, tape (for wall)
cardboard, tempera paint, brushes, palette
- cut cardboard into shapes, and cut notches – at least three per shape (I did this before class but if you are working with older children they could do it on their own)
- paint each shape
- when the first side is dry, flip it over and paint the back
- let dry then use shapes to build!
Happy Halloween weekend! Before you throw your pumpkins out in the next few weeks, let some kids paint on them!
pumpkins, acrylic paint, glue, glitter, paintbrushes, paint tray/palette
I found this lesson on Dick Blick, and modified it for my students who are much younger than the lesson’s intended students. I drew the shapes on the metallic paper, and the children used air dry clay instead of styrofoam for the base. You can click over to read the lesson, but since I changed it I will include my supply list here (paper, colored wooden beads, and thick wire from Dick Blick). Check this post for Alexander Calder children’s books.
air dry clay, wire, Twisteez, wooden and plastic beads, metallic paper, white glue, brushes for glue