- Pour small amounts of various colors of paint into shallow containers.
- Cut sponges into squares.
- Hang a long piece of butcher paper on a wall at children’s eye level.
- Give each of your children a paper plate and a sponge square.
- Let the children dip their sponges into the paint, then press them on their paper plates.
- Allow the paint to dry.
- Hook the plates together into a row with brass paper fasteners.
- Add a plate with a caterpillar face drawn on it and two pipe cleaner antennae.
- Attach the paper plate caterpillar to the butcher paper, arranging the plates so that the caterpillar appears to be moving.
- Give your children 1”x 7” strips of blue construction paper.
- Set out some glue and show them how to rub some glue onto one end of each strip and how to hook them together to make chains of blue paper.
- Let each child make a chain about six lengths long.
- Hook the children’s chains together and make four chains (approximately 4’ long).
- Pin the chains to a bulletin board to create a wavy ocean.
- Let children make simple paper sail boats to pin atop or on the blue chain ocean.
- Let your children take turns making fireworks pictures.
- Set out some washable paint dobbers and some light blue paper.
- Show your children how to take a dobber and smash it onto a piece of paper to create starburst effect.
- Have children each make 2-3 colorful starbursts on their papers.
- Attach all the papers onto a bulletin board or on the wall to create a fireworks display.
- Stretch out a decorative fish net between two chairs.
- Set out colorful weaving materials such as yarn pieces, ribbon and narrow strips of colorful fabric.
- Let your children weave the materials, in and out of the holes in the net.
- Talk about weaving “over” and “under”.
- Encourage your children to experiment with making patterns in the net.
- Hang net on wall for an attractive “cooperation mural”.