Various Art Activities for 3 to 5 Year Old Children.
Mixing it up.
It's been a while since my last hub, and I've collected a lot of activities, and ideas over that time from projects at my preschool. So I figured I should share some of them so that others can enjoy these projects as well. I could simply write a hub for each theme specifically, but I figured it would be more fun make a more miscellaneous hub with all those themes included. Art and crafts are a great way for preschoolers to explore aesthetics hands on, and they're always so proud of their creations. Honestly, if I could run a center solely on art, music, and literature then I would be in career heaven. Children are so receptive to new ideas, and they'll love exploring some of the projects even if it's not the proper time of year for it.
Materials: Glue, construction paper, popsicle sticks, scissors, crayons, and hay.
Procedure: Cut out various animal shaped faces out of construction paper, and remove two circles for eyes. Have the children color the faces, and glue hay around the nose area for whiskers. Attach a popsicle stick to the base, and let them dry. These are great for dramatic play, and exploring different animals.
Flower Pot Picture
Materials: Colored construction paper, scissors, and glue.
Procedure: Cut some flower pots shapes, strips, leave shapes, and flower shapes out of construction paper. Invite the children to glue them together like a puzzle on a full sheet of paper. Some pictures may not look exactly as planned, but that's half the fun of exploring this project. Make it even more fun by adding some glitter to the flowers.
Materials: Paper cup, Popsicle sticks, felts, glue, googly eyes, printed, and cut out animal templates.
Procedure: Invite the children to color the paper cups, and animals however they wish. Then glue the animal shape to a popsicle stick, and googly eyes on the animal. Poke a hole in the bottom of the paper cup and insert the popsicle stick through it so the animal is on the inside of the cup. The children can pretend that the animal is coming out of their dens for the spring. This is also a great one to do for groundhog's day.
Materials: Tons of small to medium sized buttons, construction paper, glue, and a thick felt.
Procedure: Write each letter of the alphabet out on a piece of construction paper with the large felt. Invite the children to put glue over the lines, and cover them with buttons till the whole letter is shaped by the buttons. Let them dry, and then use them to hang up in the classroom for the children to read their alphabet from.
Materials: Felt pen, paint, construction paper, feathers, and glue.
Procedure: Invite the children to make a hand print on the paper. Then have them cover their hand print by gluing feathers to it. After they're done let the art dry, and on a clear side of the paper draw a bird's face. The children will love how you've turned their feather collage into an actual animal by simply adding a face.
Materials: Printed beckoning cat shapes, and large printed coin (preferably the one representing a fish). Three different colors of paint, and glue.
Procedure: Invite the children to glue the coin to the front of the beckoning cat. Then have them paint the cat using three different colors. A three colored cat is believed to be good luck in the Asian culture. This is a great project for around Chinese New Year.
Materials: Dry colored pasta, string, and scissors.
Procedure: Invite the children to string several pieces of pasta together to make a necklace. To make it a bit easier for them you might want to put a piece of tape at one end of the string to keep the pasta pieces from falling off till they've tied their necklace together. If you don't have colored pasta you can make some by soaking some pasta very briefly in colored water that is boiling hot. About 30 seconds to 1 min then remove the pasta to dry on some newspaper.
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