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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Bubble Wrap Goldfish Craft

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I absolutely love bubble wrap painting crafts. They can be used to make snow, craters, water bubbles, and all kinds of fish and reptile scales. Here's a shiny goldfish craft to try.

Materials:

  • bubble wrap
  • yellow paper
  • scissors
  • yellow tissue paper
  • orange paint and paintbrush


Directions:

  1. Cut a simple fish shape from yellow paper. One way is to fold the paper and draw half a fish on the fold and cut out.
  2. Brush orange paint over the bubble wrap.
  3. Press the fish shape on top of the bubble wrap for a moment and peel off. Allow to dry. 
  4. Cut fish fins from yellow tissue paper and glue on the back of the fish.

Paper Strips Volcano Craft

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I really love this bright and dynamic volcano craft. This is great for a unit about the Earth or Dinosaurs.

Materials:

  • brown an green construction paper
  • sheet of white paper
  • red and yellow tissue paper
  • shiny gold paper
  • scissors
  • glue


Directions:

  1. Tear thin strips of brown and green paper and glue them on a sheet of white paper in a triangular shape to resemble a volcano. 
  2. Cut thin strips of yellow and red tissue paper an some shiny gold paper.
  3. Glue the paper on top of of the volcano to look like exploding fire and lava.


Cherry Tree Collage Craft

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Here's a simple cherry tree craft for spring or anytime. 

Materials:

  • Various colored construction paper
  • red paint
  • scissors
  • glue
  • large Q-tips


Directions:

  1. Beforehand cut several simple leaves from green paper.
  2. Tear one large and several smaller strips of brown paper. Glue the pieces to make a tree on a sheet of yellow paper.
  3. Glue on the leaves.
  4. Bind two or three large Q-tips together to make cherry shapes. Dip in red paint and dab on the cherries.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Easy Polar Bear Tissue Snow Craft

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I love arctic animal crafts. Here's a simple polar bear that's great for preschool.

Materials:

  • sheet of light blue construction paper
  • polar bear template cut from white card stock
  • marker
  • scissors
  • glue
  • tissue paper scraps


Directions:

  1. Trace and cut out a simple polar bear.
  2. Draw detail and glue to the center of light blue paper.
  3. Glue on little tissue paper balls for snow.
  4. You could also glue on tissue paper at the bottom for ground.



Sea Arctic Animals Craft

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If you're doing a theme on sea life or arctic animals, here's a great idea with a seal, fish, and floating ice.

Materials:

  • Various colored construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • marker
  • Styrofoam scraps


Directions:

  1. Cut out a simple seal head from purple paper and a fish from grey, cut in half.
  2. Cut out some waves from grey, too.
  3. Draw details on the seal and fish.
  4. Glue al the pieces on a sheet of light blue construction paper for the ocean.
  5. Glue on some broken Styrofoam pieces for floating ice.


Rainbow Handprint Craft

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Parents love hand print crafts because they're a record of their kids growth. Here's a simple and cool looking hand print craft idea. Paint your child's hand in variety of rainbow colors and press onto black paper. Great for a rainbow theme or anytime.

Easy Christmas Tree Card Craft

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This simple Christmas tree card craft is perfect for preschoolers. Simple and fun to make.

Materials:

  • Various colored construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • Christmas wrapping paper scraps
  • Christmas foam shapes


Directions:


  1. Trace and cut out a simple Christmas tree from green paper, trunk from brown, and pot from red.
  2. Fold a sheet of construction paper in half to make the card.
  3. Glue the tree pieces on the front.
  4. Decorate with foam shapes or other materials like sequins or glitter.
  5. Cut little squares from wrapping paper and glue on for presents.
  6. Write a Christmas message inside.


Friday, December 12, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Collage Craft

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Teach kids about St Patrick's Day and let them show their Irish spirit with this easy collage craft. Great for Preschool.

Materials:

  • card stock
  • shamrock template to trace
  • interesting shaped pasta
  • green paint
  • green beads, feathers, and other decorating materials
  • glue


Directions:

  1. Paint pasta green and allow to dry.
  2. Trace shamrock onto card stock.
  3. Glue green decorating materials and pasta inside the shamrock.
  4. Write "St. Patrick's Day Shamrock" in green or other message.



Rainbow Rabbit Q-tip Dot Painting Craft

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Dot painting with with Q-tips is really fun. Here's a rainbow rabbit craft idea using the technique. Great for spring or anytime. 

Materials:

  • black construction paper
  • various bright color paints
  • rabbit template
  • Q-tips/cotton swabs


Directions:

  1. Trace a rabbit template onto a sheet of black paper.
  2. Use Q-tips to paint dots all over the inside of the rabbit in various colors and allow to dry.



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