Below, I will be sharing our hands-on fun arts and crafts. I hope you will find these activities useful in keeping the little hands busy and minds happy.
DIY Seasons❄️🌸🌳🍂Trees Craft
This is a super fun art/craft for kids to express creativity while learning about seasons, as they can hands-on see the change and understand the nature's cycle. Adrian is almost five and finger painting is still as fun as when he was two years old! Sprinkle some glitter while the paint is still wet and viola! 📥Download the black and white Tree pdf printable here. Print two copies and cut each in half. Offer your child to "decorate" each tree by using fingers (or a paintbrush) to represent each season! Have fun while learning and creating!
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See details here in a post as a tribute to Van Gogh's Birthday, Adrian making 12 🌻Sunflowers Tissue Paper Recycled Cardboard Roll Paper-Mache Craft.
DIY Tissue Paper Flower 💐 Bouquet
This 💐bouquet of flowers can be a perfect 💞Mother's Day or a 🎉Birthday 🎁 Gift (👧🏻Julia and 👦🏼Adrian made these 💐flowers for Daddy's Birthday Day this week). This craft is very simple: all you need is tissue paper and pipe cleaners. We also noted a bead in the middle of the flower to resemble a"male" or pollen-bearing part called the stamen. This flower craft is very similar to the one 🌻 above, which Adrian made when he was 3 yo ~ ✂️🔸📌poke 🔸slide 🔸🌼crunch ~ see here how he made it in a post " 🎨Van Gogh Inspired 12 🌻Sunflowers Tissue Paper ♻️ Cardboard Roll Paper Mache ✂️Craft." For more Spring Inspired activities, see here 🌸Spring Inspired Themed Unit Study.
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♻️Recycled🍾Cork ☘️Shamrock 🎨Stamping Art/Craft
The next time you will be having 🍾champagne, save the ♻️corks and make 👆🏻this ☘️Shamrock craft! Just tie three corks with a green pipe cleaner to represent the leaves of a Shamrock. Then dip your "Shamrock stamp" into the green washable paint and apply to the paper. We used this tempera paint to draw a stem. For more St. Patrick's hands-on fun activities, see here ☘️St. Patrick's Day Kids Activities.
♻️Recycled💦Water Bottle Person Craft
This Green Craft is Julia's creative project in its entirety! If you have a recycled plastic water bottle, some loose parts, and sprinkles of creative imagination, you can make it too!
Cut the bottle and half, and offer your child to envision a person's face. Offer beads, feathers, recycled bottle caps, yarn and other loose parts to decorate the face. Insert one cap into the other to create a 3-D effect.
Offer your child to reduce our carbon footprint in our landfills by recycling and creating! "A child who concentrates is immensely happy," said Dr. Maria Montessori, and a child who creates during such concentration process is blissful!
♻️Recycled🍾Champagne Cork Puppets
Are you not sure what to do with all the recycled champagne corks? Well, how about DIY puppets! All you need is Sharpies and a sprinkle of imagination!
♻️📦Recycled 🎸Guitar 🖼Art
Turning newspaper and packaging materials into a piece of Art. This is a project Julia did when she was six years old. She had chosen the recycled materials and arranged all the pieces independently, making a guitar still life piece of art. This project was completely child-led! No adult supervision!
Julia actually used 🎨 watercolor paints, which are non-toxic and amazingly brilliant to lay over the cardboard! You would think they are acrylic 😱
♻️ Recycled 🚽 TPP Penguin Craft
Another child-led ️craft in its entirety! We are having a ️heat wave so there is nothing more enticing than pulling a frozen Antarctica tray from a freezer! And since it's CARDBOARD week, Julia made this penguin from a recycled toilet paper roll. All you need is black construction paper, googly eyes and pink paper for the feet. (Julia, 8 yo, Summer camp 2018.)
♻️Recycled Land 🐢Tortoise
This is another of Julia's creations from a paper plate and recycled packaging. After coloring the plate green, apply plenty of glue to have the shell harden and with a little touch of googly eyes, your tortoise can be a perfect addition to your South America unit study. (Summer camp 2018, South America study.) See our 🌎Geography 101 Kids Activities 📽Series 🎇here.
Have you tried Sun Art? It is a type of "shade art" and is super fun to do with your little ones. First, decide what objects would you like to have the imprint of? We have collected fallen leaves and flowers and I offered children to arrange them on a special SunArt paper.
Expose your arrangement to direct sunlight (1 - 5 min depending on the sun's strength). Then, slide the acrylic sheet that held everything together. The SunArt paper will turn light blue, while the shadow of the objects will turn darker. A MUST: quickly rinse with water or your image will eventually fade (to obtain a darker image, add a few drops of lemon juice to the water). Frame your Sun Art. We used this tape to give our art a frame.
🍂Nature 🍃Inspired 🎨Art
Inspired by Nature Anatomy book, today, children enjoyed "printing patterns" of different leaves. First, offer your child to make an arrangement from leaves on a paper. You will then take each leaf, cover one side with paint using a paintbrush, then carefully place that leaf paint-face down on a paper, cover with another piece of scrap paper and carefully roll over with a roller or a brayer.
Make sure to cover the leaf you are rolling over with a paper to prevent staining the roller or a brayer.
We also added glitter to the paint while it was still wet to give it a sparkling effect. Frame your nature-inspired art and your child's masterpiece is ready to decorate a wall!
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Happy 1st Day of ☀️Summer! And since today is the longest day of 🗓a year, we are taking advantage and ✏️shadow-tracing! On a regular day, either in the morning (8 a.m.) or late afternoon (4 p.m.), set up a table in a sunny spot where long shadows will be cast. Let the shadow be your child’s guide and offer your child to trace the outline of the shadow.
I offered Adrian 💚green paper since the animal he picked is a zebra (from Africa), and in a Montessori curriculum, continents are color-coded: for example, 🌍Africa is always 💚green. Adrian is using these extra large thick core coloring pencils by Lyra which are his absolute favorite!
Teachers Appreciation 🌺Gift
Summer is officially here, and Julia had her last day of school this week. We gave out to teachers these 🌺flower pots with her🖐🏻🖐🏻 handprints as a token of appreciation for all the hard work they do in helping our children 🌸bloom! Julia used jumbo washable ink pads to make the prints (just interpose one handprint over the other to give the flower more "petals"), and she then colored the popsicle sticks ~ ala "stems" with tempera paints which dry super quick and we simply inserted the hand-print into the pot. Make sure to laminate your handprint for long-lasting durability.
Stay tuned for more arts and crafts ...