Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Fingerprint Ladybugs

This week we are talking about bugs. So, we started the week off by making Ladybugs! Not just any ladybugs- fingerprint ladybugs! This craft has the kids gluing and painting, and if they are at the age to start trying, cutting too!

First I collected everything we needed. A big black circle for the body, a small black circle for the head. A big red circle cut in half for the wings. I also collected googly eyes, and pipe cleaners- which I rolled the ends around pencils- with help from the kids! You will also need black finger paint, and a plate or something to put the paint on!

Then we glued the small black circle- the head, onto the big black circle- the body! And then glued the wings on, open.

Then came the finger paint! I placed a smaller amount of paint on a plate, and had the kids dip one finger in it, and put their print on the ladybug's wings!

Then we taped the antenna on- with the curled pipe cleaners! And let them dry!

Friday, March 25, 2011


Today, we made handprint sunflowers! We are trying to bring on Spring- can you tell!? These are pretty easy to make, but definitely need supervision, and help!

First I gathered everything we needed. Paper- plain paper and green paper, paint (and supplies), scissors and tape. I also had a package of wipes to wipe little hands before they leave the table. These come in handy when dealing with smaller children, or multiple children! You don't have to worry about rinsing cloths, or helping one wash while the others get into everything- you are at the table all the time!

Then I painted one of their hands yellow. (I don't have pictures because I didn't trust any of them not to touch anything while I took a picture! I also did one child at a time- just easier!). When their hand was painted, I put it on the paper- then repeat- going in a full circle on the page, palms overlapping each time.

Then, I let them dip their finger in black paint. Then they made the seeds out of their black finger print. (I have a picture of Danika doing it- she wanted to make a face in hers too!)

After that we let them dry. While they were drying myself and the older ones made the stems. We took the green paper (ours was already smaller, but you can make them as long as you want) and rolled them up. You want to use a thicker paper- or even popsicle sticks or something strong so they stay up. We put popsicle sticks in them to hold the flower up straighter.

Then once the flowers were dried we taped them to the stem (the popsicle stick inside!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Flower Vases

Today, again, was not a beautiful Spring day like it should be. So, we made "indoor flowers". We talked about how sometimes we have flowers in the house, and we put them into a vase. We talked about how flowers are different colors, and grow differently. We also talked about how they all have different names too. They all decided that what we were making were "Daisy Flowers"

First I collected the main items for this project- drawing a vase type shape on the bottom half of the paper. The muffin cups are going to be the flowers- you could use colored ones too! I also collected markers in flower type colors, and glue. We also used Spring (Easter) stickers, and sponged on glitter glue!

We decorated the muffin cups first. For this you could use anything, markers, crayons, paint, glitter, etc. Just make sure the muffin cup will be able to still "stand up" right after your item of choice is applied by your child. We went with Markers, because I know what they would look like after a coat of paint by these three!

After they were done coloring the flowers, we moved onto the vase. First they colored it, then we added stickers, then sponged on the glitter glue.

After they were done decorating the vase, we glued the flowers on. Then I had the older two draw lines from the flower to the vase, and put leaves on. I then cut them out, so they looked more vase like.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Growing flowers

Today is the first day all of the kids have been here since "Spring" began! It is definitely NOT a spring type day. But we made it Spring inside the house.

This morning the kids all had a Spring Picnic. They laid out the blanket, and made themselves a picnic with the play food!

Then for Craft we made colorful growing flowers. We started by collecting things we needed. I drew out a flower, and flower pot. Then got all the supplies we needed, markers, stickers, glue, and popsicle sticks (which I glued and taped 2 together so they were longer).

I then let the kids color the flower and pot, and add some bug stickers

Then to the back, we added a strip of paper to hold the popsicle stick in but makes it so the kids can still make their flower "grow". And taped the top of the popsicle stick to the flower

Now they have a flower that can grow- they just have to move the popsicle stick up and down at the back!

Friday, March 18, 2011

G is for Green

Today we did G is for Green. Still keeping with the St. Patrick's Day theme for the week.

I started by getting the stuff ready. I cut out a G with regular paper, and collected items that were green.

Then the kids all colored the G with different types of green colors- markers, crayons, pencil crayons.

Then we glued different green items on the letter. We used cut up paper, tissue paper, Popsicle sticks, foam stickers, and pom pom balls. (we were going to put glitter too, but I forgot to get it out!)

And then we had our final project!
During this we talked about the letters in the word GREEN (I wrote them out on the letter), and other things that start with the letter G, and also what things are green!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow

In honor of St. Patricks day today, we made rainbows, complete with the pot of gold at the end!

We started off with a plain white sheet of paper, and a number of multi-colored strips of paper. We had the pot, and used glitter glue to put the "gold" on it.

Then the kids glued the colored strips to the white paper

After those dried (or almost dried), we cut them into rainbow shapes, and glued on the pot of gold!

Happy St. Patricks Day!


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