Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Masks

I needed something fast and simple, yet enticing for Halloween. Yay for Michaels and their foam kits. This kit had 12 masks and all the stickers we needed to make the crafts. I pre-attached the elastic strings to the back so the kids could wear them right away. Who is that masked child?

Monday, October 29, 2012


I LOVE owls. I had about 20 TP rolls, So, voila! The TP owl is born. I saw some similar projects on Pinterest and just adapted it to the materials I had. I used cute craft paper and precut the wings, beaks and eyes. The kids drew their feathers, pupils and attached all the pieces.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Art Friday #6

Warm and Cool Chalk Scenes

Chalk on Cardstock

This may be one of my favorite projects. All of the kids did this eagerly and I think even the ones with fine motor issues had a great time and turned out well. I lightly made outlines for the colors with crayon and we did the warm first, then the cool to make the chalk completely separate. I attached each scene to a slightly larger piece of black cardstock to make it look more formal as it was out culminating color project.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Handprint Cats

I saw these on a website and adjusted them to fit our class. I precut the hands and the head from black cardstock and made the brooms from construction paper. I glued the whiskers on to the bead so they could fully dry ahead. The kids used white crayons to make the mouth and cut their own hat from any color they wished. They turned out really cute.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Bedazzled Leaves

The kids love to bedazzle things. It is an easy way to make them happy and create something pretty. I made photocopies of a leave template and printed them on heavy colored paper, then precut them and added the ribbon. Alternatively, they could each get a magnet on the back. I set out plates of goodies (jewels, buttons, sequins) and let the kids go at it. I also put the dots of glue on for them as I've learned my lesson as far as glue goes.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Art Friday #5

Art Element: Color

Project: Warm and Cool Colors

I started art friday with talking about warm and cool colors and showing some examples from a book about Monet. The kids seemed to get the difference pretty well. I talked about how color can represent mood or feeling or more literal elements of art.

Color Panels
The kids used oil pastels to create their color panels. I outlined each color ahead of time and they filled them in. This was the first time I used oil pastels with the kids and I absolutely loved it. They are so easy to use and require much less effort to fill and space.

When the paper is folded accordian style and set up, one way you can see the warm colors and the other way the cool colors.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fall Night Scene, Drawing

Theme: Fall

I wanted to use these foam stickers I already have and incorporate some sort of drawing, so we did this night scene. The kids followed along as I modeled. I was very impressed with the outcome and all but one child followed carefully and created their own scene. One child just scribbled on the paper and added the stickers on top of the scribbling. He was happy with the outcome!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fall Trees

Theme: Fall

I stenciled the trees ahead of time this year. The kids used sponge sqaures to add the leaves. They did red, yellow, then mixed the red and yellow to make the orange.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Art Friday #4

Art Element: Color

Project: Color Wheel

The color wheel easily shows kids the primary colors and the secondary colors that are created by mixing the primary colors.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fish Bowls

For ABC 123 week we used water color trays to decorate the fish bowl, then add five fish to the bowl. I tried to encourage the kids to minimally mix the colors so we could see the differences. Some kids just can't resist over mixing, but they still turned out cool.

Monday, October 8, 2012

"My" Letter Collage

Theme: ABC 123

Today the kids used HWT lines and/or curves to create the letter of their first name and various collage materials to decorate their letter. I love seeing the creativity and differences that they prefer to choose.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Who Can Help?

Theme: Community Helpers and Jobs

I found these foam shapes at Oriental Trading for a very good price so I wanted to use them somehow.

I created this chart and the kids matched the picture with the sticker of who could help. The backing on these foam stickers is suprisingly hard to remove, so it's great for the fine motor muscles.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fire Dog

To the Rescue!
Theme: Community Helpers and Jobs

This is adorable but a lot of prep cutting. I included the parts below. The kids used black paint to make the spots with their finger prints.