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Bread Art
Submitted by Cheryl
What You Need
  • Butter
  • Food Coloring
  • Bread
  • Sugar (optional)
What You Do:
  • Put butter into a few small dishes. Add different colors of food coloring to the butter. Let your children spread the butter on the bread to create a colorful creation. Finally toast the bread (sprinkle some sugar to make it even more Yummy!) and let your children have an edible treat.
Idea:
Let your children dip cookie cutters into paint and press them on a piece of paper.
Idea:
Let your children paint with spaghetti. Provide them with cooked spaghetti and let them dip it in paint and create a masterpiece!
Pizza Vest
Submitted by an Unknown Friend
What You Need:
  • Brown Grocery Bags
  • Paint/Crayons/Etc.
What You Do:
  • Cut a bag in the shape of a pizza wedge (point at top of bag, leaving top connected - essentially makes two slices connected in the middle) Then cut a whole in the top for your child's head. Let your children create a different slice of pizza for the front and back. Now they can wear a pizza slice vest!
Pasta Shapes
Submitted by Mary
What You Need:
  • Pasta
  • Paper
  • Markers Crayons
What You Do:
  • Have your children create a picture of something they like. Then give them pasta and let them outline the item with the pasta. When the pasta dries you it will be shaped like their picture! Alternatively you can have them trace their name, or a pre-made design.
Pasta Necklace
Submitted by Debra
What You Need:
  • Pasta
  • Food Coloring/Rubbing Alcohol
  • Yarn
What You Do:
  • Before class dye rigatoni pasta different colors using a mixture of rubbing alcohol and food coloring. Then tape one side of a piece of yarn to the table and let your children thread the pasta through it.
Idea:
For a fun addition to any art project have your children write their name on the project with alphabet pasta.
Pasta Snowflake
Submitted by Florence
What You Need:
  • Spaghetti
  • White Paint
  • Paper
What You Do:
  • Put the (uncooked) spaghetti in a baggie with white paint and shake it. Take the spaghetti out of the bag and let it dry overnight. Give each of your children a black biece of paper with a pre-drawn circle on it.
    Let your children create a unique snowflake on the paper. Using the circle as a guide.
Idea:
Let your children paint with spaghetti/Pizza Sauce for a neat sensory art project.
Idea:
Put popcorn and paint in a bag and shake it. This makes a great item to use with an art project.
Popcorn Pieces
Submitted by Paula
What You Need:
  • Paint
  • Paper
What You Do:
  • Give your children a precut popcorn piece (or let them cut their own) Let them add the features to really make it look like popcorn. These work great on a bulletin board like "Popping into summer" etc
Popcorn Collage
Submitted by Helen
What You Need:
  • Colored Glue (paint or food coloring mixed with glue)
  • Paper
  • Popcorn
What You Do:
  • Provide your children with many different colors of glue. Let them basically paint a picture with the glue (glue must be thick enough to hold popcorn) and then have them press popcorn onto the painted parts. This makes a wonder, cute, and creative collage look!
Class Pizza
Submitted by Betty
What You Need:
  • Large Piece of Paper
  • Paint
  • Yarn
  • Other Art Supplies of you choosing
What You Do:
  • Cut a large Paper circle. Then have your children make a pizza. They can paint it red for sauce, add yarn for cheese, ham (pink triangles), add pepperoni buttons, etc. There is no limit to the creativity of toppings you can create. If you run out of ideas ask your children they may be able to come up with some. At the end of the day you can slice the pizza and let each child take a piece home.
Popcorn Bag
Submitted by Patsy
What You Need:
  • Small Paper Bags
  • Crayons, paint, markers, etc.
  • Popcorn
What You Do:
  • Give the children each a bag and the materials and let them make a decorative popcorn bag. Once the bags have dried put some popcorn in it and let them have it for a snack or to take home.
Gingerbread People Name Tags
Submitted by Nancy
What You Need:
  • Craft Foam
  • Glitter
  • Other Collage materials
What You Do:
  • Cut out gingerbread people from the craft foam. Then let your children decorate them however they want (Provide them with collage material: glitter, Paper, buttons, etc). Finally write the children's names on them.
Five Senses Gingerbread Art
Submitted by Carla
What You Need:
  • Sandpaper
  • Crayons
  • Cinnamon Sticks
What You Do:
  • Cut out gingerbread men sandpaper and give them to your children. Allow them to decorate their Gingerbread man with crayons, and cinnamon sticks. The children will be able to smell and taste the cinnamon, feel the sandpaper, hear the scratching (of cinnamon and sandpaper), and finally see their gingerbread people
Gingerbread Person Ornament
Submitted by Lisa
What You Need
  • Flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Paint
  • Ribbon
What You Do:
  • Preparation
    • Mix One Cup Flour, ¾ Cup Cinnamon, One Cup Salt, and One cup water well. Roll the dough to about a half and inch in thickness. Then cut out Gingerbread People with a cookie cutter.
    • Place these on a cookie sheet, then punch a hole in them (for hanging). Bake at 350 for about 23 minutes (more for thicker ornaments, less for thinner).
  • The Project
    • Now provide your children with paint, ribbon, etc for decorating. This makes a great Christmas gift to parents
Stuffed Gingerbread People
Submitted by Tonya
What You Need
  • Grocery bags
  • Paint
  • Ribbon
  • Cotton
What You Do:
  • Cut out two identical gingerbread people out of grocery bags. Glue them together putting cotton in-between. Now let your children decorate their gingerbread person
Gingerbread Person Ornament II
Submitted by Julie
What You Need
  • Applesauce
  • Cinnamon
  • Paint
  • Ribbon
What You Do:
  • Preparation:
    • Mix applesauce with enough cinnamon to form a dough.
  • The Project:
    • Give your children the dough and cookie cutters. Let them roll the dough and then cut out a gingerbread person shape. Help them make a hole. Now put them aside and let them dry overnight. Now provide your children with paint, ribbon, etc for decorating. This makes a great Christmas gift to parents
Grape painting
What You Need:
  • Soda Bottle Caps
  • Paint
  • Twigs
  • Brown
  • Yarn
  • Glue
What You Do:
  • Have the children paint the bottle cap with grape colors then use it as a stamp, making a bunch of grapes. Use twigs or brown yarn glued on top of the grapes to make the stem
Flip the Latkes
Submitted By Diane, Headstart Program, Monticello, NY
What You Need:
  • Small Paper Plates
  • Poster Board
  • Yarn
  • Popsicle Stick
What You Do:
  • Our class will make Latkes (A pancake) and then we will do an art project called Flip the Latkes. You will need small paper plates, cut out a small circle from poster board, yarn. Have the children decorate the paper plate and then punch a hole on the side of the paper plate, put the yarn through the hole and then put the round circle through the yarn, add a popsicle stick to the circle so that the children can hold it and flip the latke. I hope this will be as much fun in your class as it is in mine. Email me at Hartdia47@hotmail.com. I Would love some more ideas. Glad to share.
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