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Arts & Crafts: Picnic

Ants at the Picnic Mural added 5-20-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Old magazine, Scissors, paper plates, paper, Ink Pads, glue

Directions: Cut out pictures of food (or let the children do it) out of magazines. Give each of your children a paper plate. Have them glue their plates to a paper tablecloth. Then have the children glue the food pictures on the plates. Let them add "ants" to the mural by lightly touching their thumbs to washable black ink pads and pressing their thumbs on the tablecloth. Hang the tablecloth on the wall or a bulletin board.


Picnic Basket added 5-20-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper, glue, old magazines

Directions: Take a 9x12 piece of brown construction paper and fold in half. Lay lighter or darker brown strips across top (woven basket effect). Make a handle that sticks up and glue on top of basket. Open up paper and glue on foods that were previously cut out of newspaper flyers and magazines--picnic-type foods. Cover a piece of tagboard with cut up red and white checked table cloth. Glue basket on that. And don't forget the ants. (Oriental Trading). Or use an ant stamp.


Picnic Basket (3-D) added 5-20-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Strawberry basket and ribbon

Directions: Get some plastic strawberry containers and some ribbon for weaving.
Have the children weave their own mini picnic basket.


Ant Thumbprints  added 5-20-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Black paint or ink pad, paper, marker

Directions:
Make thumbprints and then add legs and faces if desired.


Perfect Picnic Places added 5-20-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Old Magazines, story paper

Directions:
What could be more relaxing than daydreaming about the perfect picnic
spot? As students call them out, list picnic settings such as the beach, the park and the mountains. Then supply students with garden, travel or nature magazines or a collection of landscape photographs. Have each student choose a picture setting which appeals to him/her. Glue their picture to the upper portion of a sheet of story paper. Then write as they dictates about picnicking in this special location. Encourage the use of a lot of descriptive words.


Food Collage added 5-20-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: magazines, scissors, glue, paper

Directions:
Have students cut from magazines food they would take on a picnic. Make a collage.


Sponge print Ants  added 5-20-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Sponges, paint, paper and marker

Directions:
No picnic would be complete without a pesky ant or two. To make these cute little critters cut 3 circles out of sponge. Each circle should be a different size. With brown or black tempera paint have the kids sponge the 3 circles onto manila paper. When the paint is dry add features to the ants ( legs, eyes, etc.) with a
marker. These are really cute!


The ABC's of a Picnic added 5-20-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper, crayons, markers, or paint

Directions:
Assign a Letter to each student (some may have to get 2). Give them a die-cut of the letter and have them think of something picnic-related that begins with their letter (i.e. B-blanket). They then draw or paint on paper that picture and place their letter by their picture. Good for a book.


What to have on a Picnic added 5-20-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper, crayons or markers

Directions:
Have the children draw pictures of what they have eaten (or can eat) on
a picnic. Such as sandwiches, potato chips, pop, potato salad, etc. 


Place Mat  added 5-20-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, laminate or contact paper, glue, scissors

Directions:
Make place mats for picnics. Cut out pictures of ants and paste them on
construction paper and have them laminated.





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