Art Projects for Pre-Schoolers

My sons and I have been having so much fun with art projects lately. I wanted to share some of them here. These ideas all came from other bloggers; you can click on the subtitles to see the detailed instructions and materials lists.

Nature Walk Art

For this art project we digressed a bit from the original blog idea. We glued all our “treasures” found on a Nature Walk to pieces of kitchen foil using watered-down glue. Once dried, I sprayed them with Matte Clear Acrylic Paint to seal it. Then frame and hang!

 

 

Color Wheel with Frosting Paint

We changed it up for this project as well. Instead of using paint to make our color wheels, we used colored frosting. Take one jar of frosting and split into three small bowls. Add 10 drops of food coloring to each bowl (red, blue, and yellow) and stir well. Then have fun painting! Provide graham crackers for “sampling” the artwork as well 🙂

 

 

Q-Tip Trees

These cute little trees are painted using Q-Tips as paint brushes. It’s a fun way to for your kids to experiment with a new technique. You can draw the outline of the tree for you child before, or let them free-hand their trees themselves. And using an egg-carton is a great way to keep the paint colors separated and contained. As you can see, Michael did not want to stop making them!

 

For lots and lots more creative ideas, checkout this lady’s amazing list of activities for your pre-schooler on her blog Play Create Explore .

Have fun!!!

Jen

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Yard Sales and Map Art!

So, all three of us Crafterella Sisters were at a Saturday yard sale looking for treasure when I spotted a big paper map. I asked, “How much is this?” The yard sale man timidly said, “um…a dollar?” Like maybe he had seen too many people ask that question, hear his price, and with a disgusted face put it back down. Like a dollar is too much to pay! I love it when people do that with quarter items! Come on, it’s hard work to have a yard sale, pay the quarter! I mean, I’m all for getting deals and the lowest price on things, but  what do they expect?

One time a lady was selling a new Angel’s jersey for 5 bucks and a “customer” was trying to get it for a dollar, so I helped out and said, “You only want 5 dollars for that!?” sounding interested. All of a sudden that jersey was worth every cent. Haha!

Anyways, on with this map art. The yard sale man threw in some old AAA maps of Los Angeles too, knowing I liked maps. Yay! What good customer service, so I tipped him 🙂

To make art like this, you need a canvas, Mod Podge, a map (big enough to fit around the canvas), acrylic paint, and a cuppa Joe or tea.

First, Cut the map about 2 inches around the canvas.

Then crumple it up being careful not to rip it.

Get your Coffee or tea, I made espresso, and stain the map with it.

Put Mod Podge on the back of the map to glue it onto the canvas.

Put Mod Podge on the sides of the canvas and map and fold it like a present.


Paint black around the edges to shade it, and paint an image in the middle.

Put Mod Podge once again, let it dry and then you’re done!

Here is another example of Map Art. Thanks for looking!~N