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Mother’s Day Gift Craft Cans

Many of the children in my classroom have mothers who are very crafty. They love to scrapbook and paint. So this year I decided to to have the children make decorative craft cans for Mother’s Day. In preparation, I covered the cans with foam in a variety of colors (I discovered the best way to be sure the foam adhered properly was to use a glue gun). When it was time to complete the project, I provided each child with a can, some tacky glue and a variety of materials to decorate with. I encouraged each child to pick what they thought their mother would like best. I then sat back and watched some beautiful cans emerge. The children are all very excited about presenting their gifts at our Mother’s Day Tea.


MATERIALS USED:

– Soup cans
– Craft foam sheets
– Scissors
– Glue gun
– Buttons
– Jewels
– Foam self adhesive stickers
– Stickers
– Tacky glue


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Mother’s Day Gift Bags

I always like the children to make their own wrapping for their Mother’s Day gifts. I have found that paper bags, when decorated, make the perfect gift wrap. The flowers on our bags are paper cupcake liners that have been pressed onto colorful blobs of paint. We spread the paint by smoothing it over with our hands. Brass fasteners were used to attach the flowers (some children will need help with this step). We then pasted some stems and leaves on, and added bright pom poms, in the center, to complete our flowers. As a final step, we punched holes in the bags and tied them with a colorful yarn. The completed bag is the perfect compliment to any Mother’s Day Gift.


MATERIALS USED:

– White paper bags
– White cupcake liners
– A variety of paints
– Brass fasteners (brads)
– Pom poms
– Our leaf and stem template
– Construction paper
– Yarn
– Hole punch
– Glue
– Scissors


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Family Friday 2017

Today is the last day of (NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child™, and it’s Family Friday!

We are busy drawing family portraits, while discussing the wonderful people closest to us and our experiences with them. What a fun, meaningful week it has been!


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Foil Imprint Art

It’s Artsy Thursday, and we are on day 4 of NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child™. You know what they say: time flies when you’re having fun.

Today we are getting our hands messy with some colorful finger paint, and look! The children are painting on a new sensory texture surface; foil!

For this activity, give each child a generous piece of foil. Have them squeeze it into a ball, and then ask them to uncrumple it. Add some paint, and let your preschoolers go to town. Once they are finished painting, have them press a piece of construction paper onto the foil. Kids should use their arm/hand strength to smooth out the foil, spreading the paint below. Simply peel off the paper and voila! Behold the artsiness!

MATERIALS USED:

– Finger paints
– Foil
– Construction paper


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