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Colored Shaving Cream Paint

Colored Shaving Cream Paint

Colored shaving cream is inexpensive, and can be used in a variety of ways. It also provides a nice change from using traditional paint.

It can be easily made by adding a few drops of washable water color to shaving cream. Stir slowly until blended.

Colored Shaving Cream Paint

Colored Shaving Cream Paint

MATERIALS USED:

– Shaving cream
– Washable water colors
– Containers in desired size
– Paper plates
– Paint brushes
– Cotton balls
– Glue

A couple of weeks ago, my class used it to paint rainbows on paper plates. We added a couple of pieces of cotton to simulate clouds, and the children had beautiful rainbows to take home. This was such a big hit.

More colored shaving cream activities to come!



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Shamrock Collages

Collages are a great way for children to creatively express themselves, and a simple way for mothers and teachers to incorporate learning. With these shamrock collages, descriptive words were used to point out various aspects of the materials. We talked about their colors, shapes, textures, compositions, and patterns.

There is an everlasting supply of collage materials. However, it is all about quality and organization. Whether if it’s in an activity or in an art center, a thrown together mishmash of miscellany is unlikely to a inspire a preschooler’s creativity. Be sure to use a method – for example, paper stacked neatly on a shelf, a container for glue bottles and sticks, a bin for recycled materials, and another for buttons and pom poms, and so on. Presenting these things in an orderly fashion will aid children in recognizing artistic possibilities. Here I’ve used a plastic compartment serving tray to display these green goodies.

MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
– Glue
– Scissors
– Our free printable shamrock template
– Fabric scraps
– Feathers
– Pom poms
– Tissue paper
– Sequins
– Sequin shamrocks
– Pipe cleaners/fuzzy sticks


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Printing with Strawberry Baskets

Printing With Strawberry Baskets

This is one of my favorite times of the year; strawberry season. The strawberry stands have recently cropped up along the roadsides, meaning that you may have quite the collection of those little green baskets. Whatever you do, DON’T throw them away. This is a post on just one of their many uses. I will be sharing more of them in the near future.

How about a little strawberry basket printing? This simple activity is an alternative to painting that will engage children.

MATERIALS USED:

– Paper
– Paint
– Strawberry baskets
– Glitter (optional)

Pour some paint into a shallow container. Have the child place the basket into the paint, lift and press onto the paper. If desired, glitter may be sprinkled over the wet paint. That’s all there is to it!



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