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Sand Painting
Submitted by Carla
What You Need:
  • Glue
  • f
  • Sand
What You Do:
  • Have your children paint a picture with glue. They can then sift sand on top of their picture. This will cause their painting to look like it was painted with sand!
Street Signs
Submitted by Mandy
What You Need:
  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Markers Crayons
What You Do:
  • Provide your children with different shapes of cardboard and then let them design signs. You can also have them designed specifically for preschool (tricycle crossing, etc.)
Snowman
Submitted by Paula
What You Need:
  • Paint
  • Balloons
  • Paper
What You Do:
  • Give your children three balloons (one big, one medium, and one small) Have them roll the balloons in white paint and then place them on a piece of paper (to make a snowman). Then give them black paint in order to add the features of the snowman.
Idea:
Use a mixture of shaving crème and glue to form a unique (puffy) winter art project (using cool-whip creates a similar result).
Submitted by Karen
Idea:
Star prints make great snowflakes.
Submitted by Jen
Cardboard Shoe
Submitted by Lisa
What You Need:
  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Shoe laces
What You Do:
  • Have your children stand on a piece of cardboard and trace their foot. Next cut out the cardboard in the shape of a unsown shoe (picture a shoe unsown and laid out flat - this may take a few times to get) Finally cut part way through the cardboard around the child's foot tracing and punch holes in the top of the shoe. Now your child can lace and decorate their shoe!
Silhouette Collage
Submitted by Danielle
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Glue
What You Do:
  • Create a silhouette of your children by turning out the lights and having each child sit in front of a projector. Trace their face on a piece of white paper. Then have your children use magazines to find items that match their personalities. Have them cut these out and paste these on their paper and create a personality silhouette.
Soccer Ball
Submitted by Lori
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Paint
What You Do:
  • Give your children a round white circle and have them paint the circle with black paint to make a soccer ball.
Sand Box Painting
Submitted by an Unknown Friend
  • Give the children spray bottles with colored water. When the children spray the sand it will change color until they shovel it up. This always amazes the children.
Sun catchers
Submitted by Amy
  • Cut the inside out of a paper plate for each child. Place clear contact paper with the covering removed over the hole. Have each child stick pieces of bright tissue paper all over his contact paper. When the child is done place another piece of contact paper over the tissue paper. Hang the suncatchers from your ceiling or windows.
Lid Suncatchers
Submitted by Julie
Punch a hole at the top of different sized clear lids. Allow the children to spread glue over the lid and then cover it with bright tissue paper for a stunning sun catcher. Or mix corn syrup and a lot of food coloring, paint the lids with this mixture and let dry for a rainbow sun catcher. With both of these suncatchers thread a ribbon through the hole and hang in front of your window.
Q-Tip Snowflake
Submitted by Val
What You Need
  • Q-Tips (or craft sticks)
  • Glue
  • Wax Paper
  • Glitter
What You Do:
  • Give each of your children small circles cut from wax paper. Have them glue on Q-tips in the rough shape of a snowflake with all touching in a middle puddle of glue. Sprinkle glitter onto the snowflake, and then let it dry for a couple of days. When it is dry you can peel it from the paper and you have a wonderful snowflake

    Note: You can also use colored paper and let them leave it on the paper

    Note: Add string before it dries to make the snowflake an ornament.
Idea:
In art projects you can use many different items as snow (egg shells, flour, sugar, laundry soap, white sand, mashed potatoes, cotton, shaving crème, cool-whip, etc.)
Submitted by Lisa
Idea:
Have your children step in paint and walk across a piece of butcher paper either barefooted or with old shoes on.
Submitted by Paula
Smoke Detectors
Submitted by Connie
What You Need:
  • Paper Plates
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Various Other Art Supplies of Your Choice
What You Do:
  • Explain to your children how a fire detector works and how it could save their life. Show them the inside of one then have them make their own with paper plates, glue, and paint.
Shadow Image
Submitted by Julie
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Markers/Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue
What You Do:
  • Have your children draw themselves or another image on a piece of white paper. Then have them put a piece of black paper behind it and cut out their drawing. Then have them paste the white piece on a separate piece of paper and dray a sun. Finally, they can use the black piece to make a shadow on the paper. These are really cute art projects and teach your children about shadows.
Idea:
Let your children use old Tennis Shoes to make shoe prints on paper
Sole Rubbing
Submitted by an Unknown Friend
What You Need:
  • Crayons
  • Paper
What You Do:
  • Have your children put a piece of paper on the sole of their shoe and rub it with a crayon. Talk about the differences in the rubbings with your class
Idea:
Let your children paint with shoe strings during shoe week
Sub. by Jen
Idea:
Create a silhouette of your children by turning out the lights and having each child sit in front of a projector. Trace their face on a piece of white paper. Cut out and paste on black paper.
Submitted by Connie
Shadow Puppets
Submitted by Beverly
What You Need:
  • Poster Board
  • Markers
  • Popsicle Sticks
What You Do:
  • Have your children draw objects on poster board. Then have them cut out the objects and attach them to Popsicle sticks. They can then put these in front of a flashlight and see the shadows created from their shadow puppets.
Idea:
To make a shape collage have your children paint with colored glue and then put shapes on top of it.
Submitted by Ginger
Sally Square
Submitted by Courtney
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Paste
  • Paint
What You Do:
  • Have your children cut out two- 1" white square (eyes), One-1" brown square (nose), a 2" red square (mouth), and Two - 2" blue squares (feet) Also provide them with four long yellow strips for arms and legs (have children fold back and forth to make legs zigzag). Finally, give them a 9" square body and have them put it together. They can use paint to personalize their Sally Square. For added effect you can add goggly eyes
Silhouette Collage
Submitted by Danielle
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Glue
What You Do:
  • Create a silhouette of your children by turning out the lights and having each child sit in front of a projector. Trace their face on a piece of white paper. Then have your children use magazines to find items that match their personalities. Have them cut these out and paste these on their paper and create a personality silhouette.
Shape Train
Submitted by Illian
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Paste
  • Paint
What You Do:
  • Have your children cut two circles, one triangle, one large square, and one rectangle from the paper. They can then add the circles to the bottom of the square and the rectangle standing up on top of the square and the triangle pointy end to the square. Then let your children paint their train. This makes a cute train and lets your children see how different shapes can go together to form a unique shape.
Idea:
Provide your children shapes made out of sandpaper, corrugated cardboard, oak tag, and foam for your children to use as stencils or for rubbings.
Submitted by Jenny
Many Shape
Submitted by Ginger
What You Need:
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Paper
What You Do:
  • Give your children as many different shapes as you can think of (or have them cut them out) Then explain to them how shapes can go together to make different objects and have them be creative to make a wonderful design. They can then paint on the details.
    Additionally your children can make a shape collages on any shape they choose
Idea:
Make Puffy Shapes by putting tissue paper on shapes with starch.
Idea:
Provide your children with different sizes of circles and have them make a circle dinosaur.
Submitted by Nancy
Idea:
Use toilet tissue rolls, plastic cups, corks, coasters, etc to make circle stamps for your children to use.
Submitted by Amy
"The Shape of Me and Other Stuff" Shadow image
Submitted by April
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Markers/Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue
What You Do:
  • Have your children draw themselves or another image on a piece of white paper. Then have them put a piece of black paper behind it and cut out their drawing. Then have them paste the white piece on a separate piece of paper and dray a sun. Finally, they can use the black piece to make a shadow on the paper. These are really cute art projects and teach your children about the shape of them
Shapely Stained Glass
Submitted by Lisa
What You Need:
  • Cardboard
  • Cellophane
  • Paint
What You Do:
  • Cut out a shape out of cardboard. Then cut several smaller shapes out of the cardboard shape. Next have your children paint the cardboard black and put cellophane over the smaller cutouts to make a wonderful stain glass look.
Idea:
have your children make shapes on paper. Then put spaghetti around the shape and let dry. The spaghetti will harden in the shape the children put that in.
Idea:
Make a shape frame using contact paper and cardboard. On the open contact paper have your children make a collage of different shapes that they have cut out. This makes a great classroom hanging
Family Snowflake
Submitted by Sarah
What You Need:
  • Pasta
  • Bag
  • Paper
What You Do:
  • Send the ingredients home with your students with an explanation that they need to build a snowflake with their parents. They can use anything that they want to at their house. Remind them that all snowflakes are unique so they need to make theirs very unique. These all ways turn out really cute.
Glitter Scene
Submitted by Nancy
What You Need:
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Black Paper
What You Do:
  • Have your children paint a winter scene on black paper using glue. Before the glue dries sprinkle glitter all over it. This makes a lovely winter scene.
Idea:
Use ivory flakes mixed with water to create a wonderful winter scene.
Glittering Snowballs
Submitted by Carla
What You Need:
  • Balloon
  • Glue
  • Yarn
  • Glitter
What You Do:
  • Blow up a small balloon for each child. Have them dip yarn pieces into a mixture of glue and water. Then have them put the yarn over the balloon. Have them do this until the balloon is mostly covered. Finally, pour glitter over the balloon and let dry. When it is dry you can pop the balloon and remove it. These are fabulous snowballs for a winter theme.
Suddenly Snowy
Submitted by Wendy
What You Need:
  • Paint
  • Markers/Crayons
  • Papers
What You Do:
  • Have your children create a summer scene. Then once they are done give them white paint and let them make it a winter one.
Idea:
For realistic looking snowflakes paint precut snowflakes with a thick mixture of Epsom Salt and Water
Submitted by Nancy
Paper Plate Snowmen
Submitted by Frances
What You Need:
  • Paper Plates
  • Pom-pom's or butons
  • Orange craft foam or rolled up orange paper
  • Cotton
  • Glue
What You Do:
  • Give each of your children three paper plates. Have them make a snowman smile and eyes with black Pom-pom's. Then have use the orange craft foam to make a carrot nose. Next fill in the spaces between the facial features with white cotton. Finally, glue the other plates to the bottom and add pom-pom buttons and small stick arms.
    For a smaller snowman use Cupcake liners, or small plates.
Idea:
For quick and easy snow flakes paint over dollies
Submitted by Paula
Idea:
Empty thread spools make great snowflake prints
Submitted by Lori
Contact Paper Snowman
Submitted by Amy
What You Need:
  • Contact Paper
  • Cotton or marshmallows
  • Pom-poms or chocolate chips
What You Do:
  • Give your children contact paper cut out as a snowman. Let them put cotton and other pom-poms and anything else they want to in order to make a unique special snowman.
Idea:
For a snowflake pattern cut several slits up from the end of a toilet paper roll and then bend them out. Dip in paint and press on paper.

Note: If you use shape scissors you get even more unique snowflakes.
Submitted by Karen
Bubble Wrap Snowmen
Submitted By Theresa DeLau
What You Need:
  • Bubble Wrap
  • White Paint
  • Construction Paper
What You Do:
  • Cut circle shapes from small bubble, bubble wrap. Press onto white paint, then press onto paper (two or three high),to make a snowman that appears to made from snowballs.
Fluffy Snowmen
What You Need:
  • Glue
  • Shaving Cream
  • Paint
What You Do:
  • Mix glue and shaving cream together. Then have the kids paint 3 circles using the mixture. Let dry and mixture will look fluffy and textured.
    You can also add food coloring for colors to make ice cream cones
Four Melted Snowman
What You Need:
  • Glue
  • Wax Paper
  • Twigs
  • Pipe Cleaner (orange)
  • Googly Eyes
  • Yarn
  • Glitter
What You Do:
  1. Give child wax paper with a puddle of glue (glue is the actual snowman)
  2. Let your children place twigs (arms), orange pipe cleaner (nose), googlye eyes, & yarn (tied for hanging) in the glue
  3. Sprinkle rainbow white glitter on the glue
  4. Let snowmen sit for 2-3 days
  5. Once Dried melted snowman should pull right off of the wax paper
Bubble Wrap Snowmen
Submitted By Kate S.-Director Tiny Town USA LaVista, NE
What You Need:
  • Paint
  • Paper
  • Various Other Materials of your choosing
What You Do:
  • In our center for reindeer we have the children paint their hands brown and turn it upside down. The thumbs are the head (add antlers and a red glitter nose) and the fingers are the legs. Finally, give your children other art supplies and let them make their own reindeer. This is so cute!!!!
Idea:
Freeze colored water and let your children paint with it.
Submitted by Jen
Melted Snowman
Submitted by Danielle
What You Need:
  • Contact Paper
  • Ivory Snow
  • Paper
What You Do:
  • Have your children cut out a nose, eyes, buttons, etc from construction paper. Then put these along with ivory snow into contact paper. Fold over and weal and you have a melted snowman.
Idea:
Provide your children with different sizes of round corks in order to make snowmen.
Submitted by India
Idea:
To add snowflakes to your classroom try coating mini pretzels with white paint and then gluing four together in a circle
Submitted by Holly
Tag Board Snowman
Submitted by Sarah
What You Need:
  • Tag Board
  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Rollers
What You Do:
  • Precut a snowman template out of tagboard. Then have your children roller paint on a piece of paper over the tagboard. This makes really neat designs.
Idea:
bring snow into the classroom, put it in the water table and let your children squirt colored water on it. The colors will mix into neat patterns.
Submitted by Beverly
Idea:
Dip small, medium, and large balloons into white paint and have your children use them to make snowmen on paper.
Submitted by Joe
Idea:
Let your children paint with marshmallows, they can dip them in paint and use them as a stamp for snowmen
Submitted by Beverly
Paper Bag Snowman
Submitted by Mandy
What You Need:
  • Paper Bag (Two per child)
  • Pipe Cleaners (Red, Orange, Brown)
  • Newspaper
  • Felt
What You Do:
  • Have your children stuff one of the bags with newspaper. Next, have them put the second bag (opened) on top of the other in order to prevent the newspaper from spilling out. Tie off the top third of the bags in order to make it form a snowman's head (use red pipe cleaner to form scarf also). Add felt for facial features and clothing. Use the orange pipe cleaner for the carrot nose, and the brown pipe cleaner as stick arms.
Idea:
For a great snowflake print use a strawberry basket turned inside out.
Marshmallow snowman
Submitted by Lori
What You Need:
  • Marshmallows
  • Paper
What You Do:
  • Give your children a piece of paper with a snowman outlined on it. Have them lick marshmallows and then press them onto the paper to make a snowman, the marshmallows actually stick very well
Sunflowers
Submitted by Wilma
Help your children paint their own paper plate yellow. After the paint has dries glue yellow crepe paper around the edges and glue sunflower seed in the center. If the children want they can attach a green stem.
Sunflower Handprints
Submitted by Hanah
Use your children's hands to make a summery sunflower picture.
Paint the child hand yellow and place it on the paper. Continue to make handprints until you have made a complete circle. Then let the child use her thumb to make brown seeds in the center. Use green paint to make a stem and some grass.
Shredded Paper Snowman
Submitted by Tina
What You Need:
  • Construction Paper/Cardboard
  • Shredded Paper
  • Glue
  • Pom-poms or Buttons
  • Pipe Cleaners
What You Do:
  • Have your children cut out a snowman from the construction paper. Then give them shredded paper and have them glue it on the cutout. Next have them make a top hat from black construction paper. Finally let them add the facial features with Pom-pom (or button) mouth, pipe cleaner arms, and a Candy Corn Nose.
Spider Mask
Submitted by Ang
What You Need:
  • Paint
  • Paper Plate
  • Yarn
  • Garbage Bag
What You Do:
  • I'm a 3 yr. old preschool teacher, one of our projects was a spider mask. We took a large paper plate painted it black, next hole punch 4 holes 2 on each side of the mask near the edge of the plate. Then from a clean black garbage bag cut four 16 inch strips. Help the child thread a strip through each small hole in his plate and tie the strip in the center, it will make the spiders eight legs, glue a large craft stick on the back of the mask.
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