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Colored Eggshell Collage

Don’t throw away those eggshells after peeling your colored Easter eggs. Here’s a cute springtime activity that is very appealing to most children. It works to stimulate imaginations and foster creativity. We did our collages on butterflies and flowers, but any shape will do. We also chose to keep things simple, but there is no limit to the materials which can be added to these cute collages.

Materials Used:

– Construction paper
– Our free butterfly template
– Our free flower template
– Colored eggshells
– A variety of collage materials (if desired)
– Scissors
– Glue


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Barnyard Texture Collage

A trip to my local craft store inspired this texture filled collage. It all started when I saw the cow print flannel. I decided that I had to incorporate it into an art project for my classroom. I added a few other textural materials, and came up with this barnyard collage.

I am looking forward to seeing how the children use will these items, when they are given the opportunity to create their own. I hope that you all will have fun creating your own barnyard collages.

As an added note, I have found that reading books about the farm and life in the barnyard, makes this a more meaningful art project. A favorite of the children’s is Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming.

MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
– Raffia
– Mini eggs
– Chicken feed
– Cow print flannel
– Woolly fabric
– Feathers
– Glue
– Scissors

Be sure to use all of your favorite “barnyard materials”!


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Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm Pig Craft

We’ve been having such a good time with our farm unit. We read Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm, by Joy Cowley, on Monday and Tuesday, and the children have asked to read it again every day since. I guess you could say they have a slight obsession with the Mrs. and her silly animals. In this story, the animals flee the farm in order to get out of a good scrubbing.

“No more washing!” they say.

The animals make their way into the city where adventure ensues. My kids really enjoy the part where the animals find themselves in a hardware store and make a mess with the paint. So I am hoping that they will also enjoy thumb printing their own splattered pigs.



MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
– Our free downloadable pig template
– Finger paints
– Googly eyes
– Pink pipe cleaners/fuzzy sticks
– Glue
– Scissors
– Crayons


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Shaving Cream Easter Egg

Finger painting with shaving cream allows children to explore, experiment, and create – all while strengthening their senses. Let’s finger paint some Easter eggs!

Simply add a few drops of watercolor to the shaving cream, and blend. Give the children a large egg shape (download the free template here) or, depending on their age and ability, encourage them to cut out their own. Allow the kids to work the colors into the construction paper with their fingers.

What’s so great about this activity, is the way the shaving cream adheres to the paper. It goes on so lightly and dries almost instantaneously, yet it remains rich in color. The eggs don’t become soggy, making them prone to tearing or ripping like they normally would with regular paint or straight watercolor.

Preschoolers may then glue (a dab will do ya) their eggs onto a bigger piece of construction paper. Add some Easter grass, and voila! This colorful finger painted egg is the perfect Easter decoration for any bulletin board or refrigerator.

MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
– Glue
– Our free printable egg template
– Scissors
– Easter grass
– Shaving cream
– Watercolors

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