You will need some medium sized colored beads for this project.
- Set out a bowl of beads.
- Next, cut some 12” lengths of yard.
- Wrap tape around one end of each piece of yarn (to act as a needle).
- Tie a bead on the other end of each piece of yarn.
- Give each child one of the yarn pieces.
- Show them how to thread beads onto their yarn piece.
- Encourage your children to select multiple colors of beads.
- When children have seven to nine beads on their yarn, help them by cutting off the tape and tie the two ends together to create a bracelet.
CAUTION: Be sure your beads are not too small that they are hard to thread or so large that they may cause a choking problem.
You will need a variety of multi-colored feathers for this project.
- Set out some feathers and some 8” squares of Contact type paper (with a sticky surface on one side).
- Encourage your children to use the paper and the feathers to create a multi-colored feather collage.
You will need a bag of colorful confetti for this project.
- Set out some glue, glue brushes and some 8 ½ by 11 pieces of construction paper.
- Have your children take a piece of paper and brush glue over the top of it.
- Then give each child a small zip-lock bag of confetti.
- Have children sprinkle the confetti over their papers to make a confetti picture.
You will need a variety of colors of paint daubers for this activity. (Paint dobbers for children are like Bingo Daubers except they are filled with non-toxic paint. Available at School Supply Stores or on-line.)
- Set out the paint daubers along with some construction paper.
- Show your child how to press the end of the dauber onto their paper to make a circle print.
- Encourage children to make two or three circles of one color, then switch daubers and continue until their paper is filled with colorful circles.
You will need a box of large square water colors for each child, plus multiple medium sized paint brushes.
- Give each child a box of water colors, a small cup of water and two paint brushes.
- Next, give each child a piece of water color paper and show them how to dip a brush into their water, then rub it around on top of a paint square, then use the brush to paint across their papers.
- After children uses two brushes with two colors of paint, help them clean their brushes so they can add more colors to their pictures.
You will need several boxes of colored chalk for this project.
- Give each child a piece of white construction paper.
- Set out some colored chalk on the table and encourage your children to draw pictures using multiple colors of the chalk.
You will need four different colors of balloons and four corresponding colors of paint.
- Set out four paint trays filled with four different colors of paint.
- Have your children take turns creating a balloon picture.
- Set out a sheet of white construction paper.
- Set out four small inflated balloons.
- Have a child pick up one of the balloons and dip it into the same color of paint as the balloon.
- Then press the balloon onto his paper to make a print.
- Have him continue making colored balloon prints on his paper until the paper is filled with color.
This project is similar to the activity above, but large colored marbles are used.
- Set out four paint trays, with a different color paint in each tray.
- Drop a marble in each tray.
- Have children take turns picking up a marble and rolling it across his paper.
- Continue with the other marbles and colors.
- Continue until paper is filled with colored lines or child is no longer interested in project.
TIP: Place paper in a small box lid, so that the marble can roll back and forth across the paper.
This project is similar to the activity above, but it uses colored yarn as the paint spreader.
- Set out four paint trays with a different color of paint in each tray.
- Set out four pieces of thick yarn (for each child).
- Have children take a piece of white construction paper.
- Then have him place a piece of yarn in a color tray and then drag it across his paper, pretending to be a worn wiggling around.
- Encourage your child to use all the different colors to make a colorful wiggle worm picture.