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Arts & Crafts: Seasons > Summer

Also See: Beach & Ocean, Ocean Life

Make a beach scene added 6-24-98 Original Author Unknown


Need: Baby food jar w/ lid, sand, pebbles, and shells

Directions: A fun way to make a beach scene is to fill a baby food jar with sand.
Arrange pebbles, shells, and put a lid on it. The lid can be sprayed gold. Pasta shells can be used to represent real shells.


Beach art activity added 6-24-98 Original Author Unknown


Need: Plaster of Paris, sand, shells, Styrofoam bowl, and a drink umbrella

Directions: Take plaster of Paris and add sand and put it into a Styrofoam bowl.
Then had the children put shells on the top before it set and add a paper umbrella (the kind in drinks). It looks just like the beach on some exotic island.


Hot air balloon added 6-24-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: 1 large paper plate, colorful crayons, brown paper, 2 Popsicle sticks, scissors

Directions: Cut a piece of brown paper into a square. (this is for the basket) Let the
children color the paper plate anyway they want. Then glue a Popsicle stick to each top corner of the square. and then to the paper plate. It looks just like a hot air balloon when it is done.


Sun Visor added 6-24-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: 1 1/2 large paper plates, scissors, tape, stapler

Directions: Let the children color the half of one paper plate and the rim of the other. When they are done, you will need to cut the rim out of the paper plate and discard the middle section. This becomes the band for there head. You staple one end to the one side of the half plate then the other end to the other side. You will need to check it to make sure it fits the child. You might need to tighten it up a bit. Once you staple it. Take some tape and cover the staples. (Both sides) This way the children do not scratch their face and it is sturdy. We wore them when we went out to play that day.


Groovy Glasses added 6-24-98 Original Author Unknown


Need: posterboard, Collage material, glue, scissors, and colored plastic wrap.

Directions:
Cut several eyeglasses shapes out of posterboard. Set out collage materials and glue. Let your children work in small groups to decorate the eyeglass frames. When the glue is dry, attach plain or colored plastic wrap to the frames for lenses.


Sea Shell Candles added 8-8-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Half-pint size milk cartons (rinsed out and dried), Paraffin wax melted over a double boiler at low temp. (One pound will fill approx. 4-1/2 pint size cartons), Grease or no- stick cooking spray, Small sea shell, Ice cubes, Small birthday candles

Directions: Open the to of the milk cartons to form rectangular boxes. Grease or spray inside of cartons. Fill the cartons with the following five layers: shells, ice, shells, ice, and shells. Place a birthday candle in the center of the carton with wick exposed (shells and ice will hold it in place) Slowly pour melted parafwax into each carton until the wax is approx. 1/8 inch from the exposed wick. Allow to cool completely, even overnight. Tear away carton. (NOTE there will be water spillage due to trapped water in the carton, so complete this step over a sink or outside) Display the candles.


Bubble Art added 8-18-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Bubble Solution, food coloring, straws, paper cups, white paper

Directions: Combine food coloring and the bubble solution in a paper cup or bowl and have the children use straws to blow into the mixture until it froths. Gently lay a piece of white paper over the bubbles, which will stick to the paper, and watch as they collapse and leave a colorful pattern.


Bubble wrap prints added 8-18-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Bubble wrap, paint, pie tin, paper

Directions: Cut the bubble wrap for used for packaging into pieces about 4 x 4. Have the children dip on paint in a pie tin, and then press on paper to make interesting designs. Can use different sizes of bubble wrap for big and small.


Sunny Faces added 9-22-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Yellow Paint, yellow streamers, glue, markers

Directions: Have the children paint large circles with yellow paint. When the paint has dried the children can draw faces with markers. Then have the children glue short yellow streamers around the edges of their sunny faces.


Paint Blob Suns added 9-22-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: White paper, Yellow paint, Q-tip or straws

Directions: Give each child a piece of white construction paper. Put a blob of yellow
paint in the center of each paper. The children can use Q-tips to draw the paint out to form rays or give them a straw and they could blow on the paint to make the rays.


Beach Scene added 3-28-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Baby food jars, sand, pebbles, shells, twigs, gold spray

Directions: A fun way to make a beach scene is to fill a baby food jar with sand.
Arrange pebbles, shells, and twigs on top and put a lid on it. The lid can be sprayed gold. Pasta shells can be used to represent real shells.


Ocean Hear and Draw added 3-28-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Ocean tape, crayons, paper

Directions: Play a recording of a nature (ocean tape). How does it make you feel?
What sounds do you hear? Give the children crayons to color with as they listen.


Cool Breeze fans added 3-28-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper plates, markers or crayons, popsicle stick, glue

Directions: Using the centers that you cut from the paper plates, cut the circle in half
to make a straight edge. Have kids decorate and glue to a popsicle stick.


Sand Castles added 3-31-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: 1 cup cornstarch, 2 cups fine sand, 1 1/2 cups cold water

Directions: Make Sand Castles the children can take home with Sand Dough.
Mix in an old pan. Stir 5 - 10 minutes over medium heat until thick. Cool, then store in a plastic bag or container until ready to use. This should yield enough for 4 -6 children.
Give each child a small amount of the sand dough on a paper plate and an assortment of small shells, stones, beads, straws, anything to decorate their castle. These will dry hard is left to set for a few days.


Sand Shakes added 3-31-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper, glue, sand

Directions: You can use this art project to reinforce lessons in writing letters or
numbers. Help each child drip glue on paper to make letters, numbers, or a design;
sprinkle sand over paper and shake off excess.


Shell Monsters added 3-31-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Shells, glue, tempera paint, paint brushes, newspaper

Directions: Spread the newspaper out on a table. Glue shells together to form monsters or other creatures. Let glue dry then paint creatures.


Cool Breeze fans added 6-18-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper plate, popsicle stick, glue, crayons & markers

Directions: Using the centers that you cut from the paper plates, cut the circle in half to make a straight edge.  Have kids decorate and glue to a popsicle stick. Now you have a fan! 


Paint Blob Sun added 6-1-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, Q-tip, yellow paint

Directions: Give each child a piece of white construction paper and a Q-Tip. Place a blob of yellow paint in the center of each paper. Have the children use their Q-Tips to draw the paint out from the blobs in long rays to create suns.


Sunshine puppets added 7-20-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper plates, markers, tongue depressors and glue or tape

Directions: Provide paper plates and markers. The children can make sunshine puppets. When they are finished, add a tongue depressor to the back of the plate with glue or tape.


Footprint Surfboards added 8-02-05 Submitted by: Celia

Cut out large surfboard (oval) shapes, put their foot prints on them and let them decorate!




 

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