Art Projects for Kids: Kids & Glitter
Elementary arts and crafts are an important part of a child's education. In hopes of helping elementary teachers who must include art classes in their weekly schedules, I have included a number of the many art and craft activities for kids that are on my blog, Kids & Glitter. Some of the projects included here are the Mexican folk art owl, angry birds, paper cut owl, and the Japanese kokeshi doll project.
These are some of the most popular arts and crafts on my blog.This article, which features these, and other projects, also include a link to the patterns, directions and pictures of the projects. Many of the art lessons also include a PowerPoint presentation.
Find the Sunset Silhouette project shown above by going to the 6th Grade Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter.
On HubPages we are only allowed to have two links to any one website, so in order to give you an idea of the variety of elementary art projects that you can find at Kids & Glitter, it will be necessary for you to click here, Kids & Glitter, and then go to the particular Grade Projects Gallery that has the project. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, but rules are rules. Thanks for your patience.
Look carefully and you'll see the hidden reptile. Kids and teachers alike love this project. I printed off pictures of reptiles for the kids to look at to help them decide which, and how, to draw a reptile of their choice. If you want to do this Reptile Relief project, you can find pictures of the kids in class working on their art, and directions for the project, Reptile Camouflage, by going the 4th Grade Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter.
Readers Are Leaders
This is a really nice bulletin board idea. Although this bulletin board was used in the school library, the same owls and idea could be used for other subjects. For instance, a math bulletin board could say, "Math Makes You a Wise Guy." The owls could also be just an art or craft project. I'm sure all you teachers will find more and unique uses for this idea. Go to, Readers Are Leaders, in the Miscellaneous Projects Gallery for the instructions and patterns for this project.
Black Flower Simplicity
So we've been having a lot of fun with colored tissue paper painting, and now we have sheets of black tissue left and need a project to use them in. Looking at Google images, I can across a number of images of black flowers on a white background and thought it would be worth a try. Here's the result and I think they look quite elegant. Flower petals are cut from the black tissue, folded and glued to the white background. For the directions for this "Black Flower Simplicity" project, go to the 6th Grade Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter.
Japanese Kokeshi Doll
Kokeshi dolls are characterized by their lack of arms and legs, as well as their brightly painted kimono in floral designs and geometric patterns. We prepared the background, and the paper the flowers were cut from, before coloring and cutting out the doll. The background paper was painted by using two inch squares of colored tissue paper (tissue painting). The paper for the flowers was painted with torn tissue paper. For the directions and a list of supplies, go to Japanese Kokeshi Doll, in the 4th Grade Project Gallery at Kids & Glitter.
Mexican Folk Art Owl
Many schools are without art teachers in an attempt to keep costs down. Therefore classroom teachers will need to include art in their weekly schedule. Many of these teachers will want to find art projects that are more or less planned for them. There are many terrific elementary art blogs to help these teachers with fast, easy projects. It certainly helps if these projects include supply lists, directions and full sized patterns.With this in mind, this lens will be offering ideas and descriptions of projects for the teacher and home school teacher. For the directions, supplies list, etc. for the project called, "Mexican Folk Art Owl," go to the 5th Grade Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter.
Paper Cut Owl
This was such a fun project that I was anxious to share it with you. When I was on vacation this fall, I found an owl decoration in one of the stores and thought it would make a nice art project for the kids. I took a picture of the decoration to show the students and gave them an owl shape, construction paper, tissue paper and buttons and told them to make an owl using the supplies I provided and the owl shape. If you would like to see the great decorations that they made and the directions for this Paper Cut Owl project, go to the 6th Grade Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter.
Tissue Paper Painted Flowers
A great thing about many of the projects on the elementary blog sites is that much of the information is FREE. And let's not forget the importance of the cost of supplies. Really interesting and beautiful projects can be made with colored tissue paper. You need to use the cheap kind ---the kind that bleeds. For the directions, etc. for this project, called, "Spring Bouquet," go to the 3rd Grade Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter.
We have a few wire coat hanger projects to share with you. This little bunny can be made to hang in the classroom, but also he would be right at home in a baby's roon. Hunny Bunny is easy to make with all pattern pieces, full-sized, included in the directions. If you want to try your hand at making our little bunny, you'll find the easy to following directions for Hunny Bunny in the Miscellaneous Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter.
Teachers are frugal people. They believe in recycling what they can and art teachers are exceptionally good at doing that. Wire coat hangers are a perfect example of that. It usually is pretty easy to gather a huge amount of wire coat hangers---just send a note home with the kids and see what happens. A wire coat hanger, some colored construction paper and a pattern are all you need to make an outstanding home or classroom decoration. For this project called, "Puppy Love," go to the Miscellaneous Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter.
I have to admit that I'm a real kid when it comes to adding glitter to art projects. Most, if not all, of the lower elementary students feel the same way. But, as the teacher, there are times when white glue and glitter is just too messy or doesn't dry fast enough. And the same can be said about glitter glue. Did you know that a good alternative for the white glue is clear nail polish? It dries very quickly and glitter sticks to it. For the directions, etc. for this project, "Butterfly Sparkle," go to the 4th Grade Projects Gallery on Kids & Glitter.
Hanging CD Turtle
Do you have a bunch of out of date CDs that you hate to just trash? If you don't, sending a note home with the kids and asking for old CDs will usually net you plenty. Recycling is teaching students an important lesson, and there's no reason that that lesson shouldn't be fun. These little turtles are very cute, easy to fashion and make an outstanding decoration that isn't holiday themed. Go to the 2nd Grade Projects Gallery on Kids & Glitter for this project called, "Hanging CD Turtle."
Coffee Filter Candle Bowls
Coffee filters are very inexpensive and yet they can be used to make a number of different art projects. The main supplies needed for the project shown is a coffee filter, colored tissue paper and spray starch. You'll want to make more than just one, so you might as well start with at least three. The candles are the little battery operated ones. Go to the Miscellaneous Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter to find "Coffee Filter Candle Bowls."
Everyone has assorted sized boxes (milk cartons, asprin boxes, tea bag boxes, etc.) that can be used for craft projects. A box can be decorated and used as a bank, treasure box or the base for a paper mache project. Frugal folks (teachers) believe in the saying, "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without." Recycle and have fun doing it. Go to the Miscellaneous Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter for the project directions, etc. for "Angry Birds."
Although this project is time consuming, I think the finished product is well worth the time. Find the simple directions for making this Radial Design project by going to the 5th Grade Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter.
Frogs on Lily Pads
Elementary kids love drawing animals but, some of them, feel the need of a little guidance. That's when it's nice to do an example, step-by-step, drawing for them. For teachers that don't feel comfortable with drawing examples for art projects, there are a number of great websites to give them the assistance they need. One of the sites that I have used can be seen by clicking on the address shone in this art project. For this project, "Frogs on Lily Pads," go to the 1st Grade Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter.
Gaston Chaissan on Glass
Glass bottles and jars can have a new life just by painting them. Only your imagination will limit you in what can be painted on the bottles. Large jars could be used as canisters on your counter top. An outstanding accessory if themed to your kitchen décor. Different sized and shaped bottles can be used in the bathroom to hold bath oils, cotton swabs, cotton balls, etc. In the bedroom make a fancy looking jar to hold change or other treasures. Paint tall bottles for decorator items in the living room or dining room. For this project called, "Gaston Chaissan on Glass," go to the 5th Grade Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter.
Minnie Paws, the Smart Cat
Kids love to make paper mache projects and this one is especially fun to do. Tinfoil is used for the basic shape of the cat's body and skewer sticks are used for the legs, neck and tail. You'll find this project called, Minnie Paws… the Smart Cat in the Miscellaneous Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter. Imagine all the unique cats you will have when the kids are finished painting them.
American Indian Parfleche
Using brown grocery bags in art class is also a lesson in recycling. This is an interesting project because of the history of the parfleche which was used by the plains Indians as they moved from place to place. They carried their clothing, valuables, tools, etc. in a parfleche, which was made from dried buffalo hide and decorated with brightly colored geometric designs. The parfleche was used by the Indian as we would use a suitcase.For this project we used a brown grocery bag paper as the rawhide and then colored our geometric designs with markers. "American Indian Parfleche," can be found in the 3rd Grade Project Gallery at Kids & Glitter.
On a crisp, fall morning you see frost covered leaves floating gently to the ground. We don't have frost, but we have glitter to reproduce the sparkly, colorful shower of leaves.Go to the 5th Grade Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter the project called "Fall Leaves."
"Love You To Pieces" Picture Frame
This makes a nice gift for the kids to give to mom or dad anytime of year. Grandma and Grandpa would like it too. Just about everyone has picture puzzles with missing pieces. Here is a cute project that uses up some of the remaining pieces. Cut a hole in the center of a paper plate for a snapshop, leave some space around the picture for writing, "Love you to Pieces," and glue lots of puzzle pieces around the edge. For this project, "Love You to Pieces," look under the Miscellaneous Project Gallery at Kids & Glitter.
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