Draw a picture of an "A" alligator on a lake scene with a lowercase "a" to make a turtle
Use Q-Tips to dot on paint and paint the scene
We mixed colors red and yellow to make orange and blue and green to make aquamarine
I painted a paper lunch bag white (or start with a white bag), let dry
Have child help you cut out 2 ovals for ears and cut some black paper into fringe for the hair
Color inside of ears pink and inside of mouth red
Have child help you draw or paint on stripes and face, tongue etc.
Add googlie eyes or draw on eyes too
1 Paper Towel Roll
1 Toilet Paper Roll
Yellow and Black Paint
Cut hole in paper towel roll and insert toilet paper roll
Affix with masking tape
We painted tubes yellow together, let dry
Cut "door" in submarine so toy figures can go in and out
Draw on circular "windows" or stamp on with sponge (that's what we did)
Then we watched the Beatles video for 'Yellow Submarine' and talked about who the Beatles were in music history. The instruments in the song led us to talk about other music... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wrs5DjHNUOE
Cut a "W" from red paper (preferably hard cardstock but I just glued my construction paper to an old cereal box and then cut it out again), draw a worm's lines and face on it (I also used a googlie eye)
Lay worm on brown construction paper and lightly trace 2 lines where the bottom of the "W" hits the paper, then cut 2 small slits there large enough for the worm to sit down into
Draw a horizontal line across top of paper, denoting the grass line
Have child paint the area above the line green, let dry
I then used somecolor mixing with him, to mix yellow and green to make a lighter green (or as he learned on Blue's Clues, it is called "chartreuse"...I swear I never would have taught him that but leave it to good old B.C. to fit in things I'd never even think of!)
Once the dark green had dried, he used a small brush to brush on "grass blades" of the lighter shade, let that dry
Once the paint is dry, have child use child scissors to cut grass into strips for "blades" (with some guidance so they cut into straight lines) and the paint will naturally make the paper curly but you can bend the blades if you want to make it "grassier"
Then we watched Bill Nye's episode about invertebrates - animals without a backbone, like worms
To illustrate this, Bill Nye showed an octopus pushing itself through a tube, so we did our own "experiment" using a toy lion and a scarf (the scarf being the "octopus" and the lion being the vertebrate) - The one with bones couldn't fit but the one without bones could squish down to fit through the tube
This led to us talking about exoskeletons, which invertebrates like insects have, that are hard, and therefore a bug or crab couldn't fit through a tube unless it was small enough since they are hard, but just on the outside, unlike a worm or octopus.
Then we got out all of his plastic bug figures since bugs are all invertebrates and he played with bugs until time to go to preschool
Have child color small white paper plate
Fold paper plate in half, taping the edges together
Cut folded half of paper plate so that it's a jagged long slit, like the edge of an umbrella
Cut a J shape for the handle from a white cardstock or another paper plate, tape inside umbrella
Draw person or animal on cardboard and cut out
Person can be inserted inside pocket of umbrella - this is a craft they can play with afterward!
1 Toilet Paper Roll
Paints of various colors (I used red, blue, and white and we did color mixing)
Construction Paper - Red for large hearts, White for small hearts, which we painted, White paper for the "proboscis"
My son loves bugs so this craft was fun to do.
We practiced color mixing by mixing red and blue to get purple and then we painted a toilet paper roll purple
I traced 2 large hearts and 2 small hearts on construction paper
He used child safety scissors to help me cut the hearts out, with me guiding his hand (so they acutally looked like hearts in the end!)
We painted the small hearts purple but left the large hearts red, only dotting with pink paing (we mixed red and white to make pink)
We painted 2 Q-Tips blue for the antennas, which I taped inside the roll once they all dried
We attached googlie eyes and painted on a red smile
Then, since my son is into nature and keeping things "real" I cut a paper strip from white paper and using scissors I had him help me curl it and glued it, with curl facing downward, to form a "proboscis" so the butterfly can drink nectar when he pretend plays with it later.
We have plastic flowers from Michaels that he uses for his bug figures to play with.
*This craft could easily be altered slightly to make an "Elephant" for E day for the alphabet, or for Valentine's Day. The "proboscis" would become the trunk and you'd leave off the antennas.
2 small paper plates
4 legs and 1 head and neck cut from green construction paper
"Accordian" the neck and legs and tape inside the bottom paper plate
Tape on top plate
This allows for the head and legs to "hide" if the turtle gets scared, like a real land turtle
Have child color the shell with crayons
Draw on turtle face (I was going to use googlie eyes but then the head wouldn't retract)
Dinosaurs Frozen to be "excavated" by your little paleontologist
Fill ice cube tray with a little baking soda, add water and a mini dino figurines and then freeze them
To "excavate" we used these 2 methods:
1. Little bowls of vinegar to drop each dino into and watch them fizz out and melt (very exciting!) *Note: Use only 1 bowl for 1-2 dinos each time or the baking soda won't react to the vinegar over and over - so make sure to have several small bowls of vinegar handy or be ready to empty and refill 1 bowl with fresh vinegar
2. Drop frozen dinos in the bath at bath time to watch them melt
I used a foam brush to brush red paint on my son's hands and then pressed to paper, do the same with the foot, but make sure to face the heel UP (I made the mistake of doing it right side up and had to cut out the
prints and glue them in the right direction after the fact!)
I found it was easiest to do this activity in the bathroom, with child undressed and ready to jump in the tub and rinse off the paint right after making prints - maybe a good "pre-bath" fun activity.
Add 6 legs on the body, eyes and antenna after making prints
Paper Tube "Octopus"
Paper towel roll painted, let dry
Draw on face
Decorate bottom half of tube however you like (we used paint dots using Q-Tips)
Cut bottom half into 8 strips to make tentacles
I also punched a hole on each side of the head to hang with ribbon, or you can leave as-is
Great episode about the beach, featuring many shellfish and small sea creatures. No real "book" featured, just a reference book about the sea. LeVar hosts the entire episode and it is very educational and entertaining.
With a sponge brush we applied different colored paint to leaves,
rocks, acorn shells, pine cones etc. and pressed them to paper to see
the imprint they left or didn't leave.
He saw that
just because something has texture, like a pine cone it doesn't mean
that it will leave a nice print. It just left little dots where the
prickly part of the pine cone picked up the paint.
Animal "Tracks" in Paint
Animal "tracks" - Used a foam brush to paint onto the bottom of plastic animal figures and stamped it on the paper to make tracks. He also used the figures to "stomp" into the paint and then stamp, without using a brush.
eggs and nest to white paper plates and Ben helped me cut them out with
child safety scissors. Then I folded a large paper plate in half,
glued the nest to each side, cutting 3 slits in the top so the eggs
could be inserted. I left the bottom of the paper plate open (only folded and taped the sides shut a bit) so the eggs and chick could fall through, since my son likes to "pretend play" with the crafts he makes