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Kwanzaa Arts & Crafts

Kwanzaa Mat mkeka (em-Kay-kah) added 12-29-98
Original Author Unknown

Need: Black paper, red and green squares

Directions: Glue red and green squares on the black paper do one square red one
green cover the black paper with squares.


Unity cup added 12-29-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Plastic champagne glasses, red, green, and black fabric paint.

Directions: Children decorate their cups with the paint then they take them home and share them with their families every night they take a drink from the cup.


Necklace added 12-19-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Long macaroni dye red, black, green, String

Directions: My children enjoy making Kwanzaa necklaces.  Color long macaroni red, black and green. They can all wear theirs together to show unity (Umoja).


Make a Kinara added 12-19-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Craft sticks, red, green and black paint, playdough or model magic

Directions: Children paint and decorate three craft sticks red, three green and one black for the middle candle. Children can stand them in playdough rollout and flatten a bit. Kinara (candle holder for seven candles)


Kwanzaa Flag added 11-18-03 Submitted By: Anonymous

Need: 8X11 red, black, and green construction paper and a plain piece of paper to glue strips onto.

Directions: Fold the construction paper into thirds length wise. Cut on the lines. Take one strip of each color and glue onto plain 8X11 piece of plain paper. This makes a Kwanzaa Flag which we display from string strung across the wall or ceiling. Each color is a symbol of the African peoples struggles and hopes.


Hanukkah Arts & Crafts

Menorahs added 11-19-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper, scissors, glue, glitter, paint

Directions: Trace the children’s hands on yellow paper, have them cut them out and glue on blue construction paper so the shapes of the pinkies overlap. Cut nine white paper flames. You can mix a bit of glitter with paint or use glitter glue to make the flames shine brightly.


Dreidel Delight added 11-19-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: White paper, white crayon, blue paint

Directions: Using a white crayon and a dreidel template, trace the dreidel shape with white crayon on white construction paper. Then paint over the shape with watered-down blue tempera paint. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle on gold or blue glitter. When dry shake off any excess glitter.


Candlelight and Menorah added 11-19-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper, paint, sponges, glue, scissors, tissue paper
Directions: Cut sponges into narrow rectangular shapes. Cut a menorah shape from paper and glue to a piece of white paper. Have each child sponge paint candles to the menorah shape. When the paint is dry, glue on scrunched up tissue paper flames to complete the effect.


Dreidel Painting added 11-19-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Dreidle, paper, paint, a tray
Directions: Put paint on tray’s and let Children dip a Dreidel in the paint and spin the Dreidel on paper.


Cardboard Tube Menorah added 12-17-01 Original Author Unknown
Need: 9 cardboard tubes, tape, markers, long piece of cardboard, red – orange and yellow tissue paper
Directions: Cut 1/2 inch off of 8 of the tubes. Either cover the 9 tubes with construction paper, paint them, or color with markers. Feel free to decorate tubes with glitter and markers, you can also draw a Star of David on the center tube. Try to use blues and silver to decorate the tubes. Now, place the taller tube in the middle and 4 shorter ones on each side. Tape together and glue to the long piece of cardboard (you can also stick them into a piece of foam). Decorate the base to match. Tear apart the tissue paper and insert various colors (red, orange, yellow) into the top of each tube to represent the flame of a candle.


Marshmallow Menorahs added 12-2-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: Marshmallows, tagboard, birthday candles, frostingDirections: Let children make a menorah using frosting and marshmallows. Give each child a piece of tagboard 11″ x 4″ (28cm x 10cm), ten marshmallows, and nine candles. Have the children spread some white frosting on the bottom of each marshmallow and then put them onto the tagboard. With the Frosting, “glue” a second marshmallow on top of the middle marshmallow to create the shammash or “servant.” Poke birthday candles into each marshmallow to create a menorah.


Hanukkah Chains added 11-18-03 Original Author Unknown Need: Blue and White paper, scissors, glue or tape
Directions: Cut out or have the children cut 8 rectangular paper pieces, 4 blue and 4 white.  Then connect them to make a paper chain and the idea is to have them remove one link on each day so they know how many days are left.


Yarn Art Star added 11-18-03 Original Author Unknown
Need: flexible dinner sized paper plate, yarn, crayons, tape, hole punch
Directions: Punch evenly spaced holes about 1″ from the outside edge of he plate.  Cut 6 slits about 3″ in toward the center.  Put slits halfway between holes. To make the small start you’ll connect the slits.  Begin by taping one end of a long piece of yarn to the back of the plate.  String the yarn through a slit and across the plate to the next slit.  When the star is complete, tape the back of the slits. You’ll connect the holes to from the large Star of David. Finish by taping the other end of the yarn to the plate’s back and make a hanger.


Gelt Bank added 11-28-06 Original Author Unknown
Need: Empty can with a plastic lid, paper, glue, markers, and other collage materials.
Directions: Select an empty can with straight sides and a plastic lid, such as a nut can or a frosting can. Cut a piece of paper to fit around the can and let your child decorate it as desired. Glue or tape her paper around the outside of the can, and cut a slit in the plastic lid. Over the eight days of Hanukkah, let your child drop spare change into the bank. At the end of the holiday, donate the money to a favorite charity.


Christmas Arts & Crafts

Pretzel Wreath added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Little Pretzels, Glue, Ribbon
Directions: Glue pretzels together so they form a circle -like a wreath. Glue a second layer on top of that making sure the pretzels on this layer meet in the center of a pretzel on the bottom layer. Hang with a ribbon.


Christmas Puppets added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Little Paper Bags, Glue, Crayons, Construction Paper, Misc. Craft Items – such as fabric scraps, beads, etc.
Directions: Get creative and make all sorts of Christmas characters. Make a Santa Claus; make eyes, ears, etc, and then use cotton balls, felt, etc for the hair and beard. Don’t forget the hat and red nose – like a cherry. You can also make Rudolph, Mrs. Claus, elves……


Candy Cane Reindeer added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Candy Cane, Glue, Brown Pipe Cleaners, Small Wiggle eyes, Small Red Pom Pom, Thin Ribbon – optional, Small Bell – optional
Directions: Bring pipe cleaner under curve -neck- of candy cane and then twist to tighten into a V shape. Bend into a Z shape to look like antlers. Glue on two small wiggle eyes and the small pom pom for a nose. String the bell through the ribbon and attach it to the candy cane. You may need to use a hot glue gun – with adult help.


Shredded Wheat Wreath added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Cool Whip Type Lids, Shredded Wheat, Glue, Green Food Color, Red Hots
Directions: Crumble up shredded wheat and mix with enough glue and green food coloring to coat. Put it onto the cool whip lid and shape it to look like a wreath. Press in the red hots for the berries and let dry overnight.


Wreath added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper Plate or Cereal Box, Glue, Crayons, Misc. Craft Items – such as fabric scraps, beads, etc.
Directions: If you are using cardboard, cut it into a circle about the size of a paper plate. Cut the center out of the paper plate or cardboard to make a wreath shape. Use various craft supplies to decorate.


Reindeer Magnet added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Small Dog Biscuit, Hot Glue – adults only, Small wiggle eyes, Small Red Pom Pom, Brown Chenille – cut into 2 – 2-3 inch strips, Magnet Strip
Directions: Work on the dog biscuit vertically. Hot glue the red pom pom onto the bottom – where the dog biscuit indents- for the nose. Hot glue the wiggle eyes into the middle of the biscuit. Bend the chenille into antlers and hot glue them to the top, back of the biscuit. Glue the magnet onto the back.


Christmas Card Holder added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Gallon Milk Jug, Brown Paper (or paper grocery bags), Glue, Crayons, Large Red Pom Pom – optional
Directions: Take the gallon milk jug and cut off the top section, just below the handle. Cover with brown paper. Trace the child’s hand on another piece of brown paper, cut them out, and glue on as antlers. Draw eyes and mouth, and attach the big red pom pom for the nose.


Christmas Reindeer Craft added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Large Craft Stick – or Popsicle stick, Pipe Cleaner, Glue, Markers, Wiggle Eyes, Small Red Pom Pom, Thin Red Ribbon or a magnetic Strip
Directions: Make a reindeer by shaping the pipe cleaner into a V shave and gluing it to the top, back of the stick; glue on wiggle eyes and nose, and draw a mouth. You can make this a gift tag by writing To: and From: on it; you can use the ribbon and make it an ornament; or you can make it a magnet.


Christmas Trees added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Green Construction Paper, Glue, Red Paint, Misc. Collage Materials
Directions: Cut out Christmas tree shapes. Decorate the Christmas tree: you can dip a finger in in red paint and make fingerprint ornaments, you can use various collage materials, such as glitter, buttons, fabric scraps, to decorate as desired. You can also make wreaths.


Pasta Christmas Wreaths added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Small Paper Plates, A Variety of Different Shaped Pasta, Craft Glue, Silver or Gold Spray Paint, Tinsel Bow
Directions: Cut center out of the paper plate. Glue pasta noodles around the outer ring try to completely cover the paper plate. Let glue dry and then spray paint the desired color. Embellish with a bow of tinsel.


Egg Carton Tree added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Two Egg Cartons, Large Piece of Paper, Glue, Paint, Misc. Craft Items – such as fabric scraps, beads, etc.
Directions: Cup the egg cartons so you have one row of 6 cups, one row of 5 cups, and so on to 1 cup. Paint the outside of the egg cup green. When the paint is dry, glue them on a large sheet of paper as follows: Glue the 6 cup row on the bottom of the paper, just above that glue the 5 cup row, and so on until you have used all the cups. It should look like a triangle when you are done. Decorate with misc. craft items.


Triangle Reindeer added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Popsicle Sticks, wiggle eyes, Glue, and a Red Pom Pom
Directions: Put 3 Popsicle sticks together to make a triangle. With the point facing down, the top stick should be placed lower to make antlers, glue together. Glue red pom pom on the point for a nose, and glue the eyes on the sticks about half way up from the point.


Christmas Necklace added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Cling Wrap, Christmas Candy (about the size of a quarter), and Curling Ribbon
Directions: Cut 2-3 feet of cling wrap and lay flat on table. Starting on one end, place candy in the center of the cling wrap. Do this the whole length of the cling wrap, leaving 2-3 inches between each candy. Fold the cling wrap over a few times – the long way- to seal the candy. Tie a piece of curling ribbon around the cling wrap in between each piece if candy. Tie the ends together to make a necklace.


Days Till Christmas Bell added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper Bowl, Paint, Construction Paper, Glue, Pipe Cleaner, Misc. Craft Supplies – optional
Directions: Turn the bowl upside down and paint, allow it to dry. Cut strips of paper to make a paper chain for however many days there are left until Christmas; reserve on strip to attach chain to the bowl. Place dried bowl upside down on the table and poke a small hole in the center bottom. Bring two ends of a pipe cleaner together; stick ends down through the hole in the bowl until half of the pipe cleaner is through. To keep the pipe cleaner in place, twist it on each side of the bottom of the bowl, and put some glue on it. Add the paper chain to the top of the bell, and tear off on chain link each day until Christmas. You can also use misc. supplies to decorate the bell.


Gingerbread Man added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper Grocery Bag, Glue, Crayons, Misc. Craft Items – such as fabric scraps, beads, etc.
Directions: Cut a gingerbread man shape out of the grocery bag. Color or decorate as desired.


Reindeer added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper Grocery Bag, Glue, Crayons, Red Pom-pom, Ribbon
Directions: Trace child’s shoe and both hands onto the paper bag. Cut them out. The shoe is the reindeers head, and glue on the hands to be the antlers. Glue on the pom-pom and ribbon, and decorate as desired.


Christmas Placemats added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper, Used Christmas Cards, Glue, Crayons, Markers, or Paint, Clear Contact Paper
Directions: Cut the pictures from cards. Draw a picture on a piece of paper and this was the back. Then glue on the card pictures. Cover both sides with contact paper.


Glitter Bells added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Cereal Box, Glue, Glitter, Ribbon or Yarn, Misc. Craft Items – such as fabric scraps, beads, etc.
Directions: Cut bell shapes out of light weight cardboard. Put the glitter in a plastic sandwich bag. Paint the bell shape with glue, put it in the bag with the glitter and shake until it is coated. Make as many as you want. Let the bells dry. Poke a hole in the top and tie bells together, letting each one hang down about 5-6 inches. You can also decorate with misc. craft items.


Christmas Tree added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Green Tagboard – the bigger the better, Paint, Shaped Sponges
Directions: Cut out a big green tree out of giant tagboard and sponge paint ornaments on it.


Christmas Stockings added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction Paper, Glue, Cotton Balls, Old Toy Catalogs, magazines
Directions: Trace a picture of a stocking on construction paper and cut. Use cotton balls to trim the stocking on the top. Use catalogs and cut out pictures of what you want for Christmas, and glue to the stocking.


Christmas Trees added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction Paper, Glue, Colored Cellophane, Crayons
Directions: Cut out trees made of construction paper. Punch out holes in the tree. Have children glue colored pieces of colored cellophane or construction paper to the back to cover the holes. This makes it look like lights on the tree. Turn over and decorate the tree with whatever they wish (crayons, construction paper bits, etc).


Hand Print Wreath added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Thick, White Fabric – cloth napkins work well, Red and Green Paint, Wooden Dowel, Ribbon or Yarn
Directions: Lay fabric flat on some newspapers. Using one hand to dip in paint, form a circle on the material to look like a wreath. Let the green dry. Dip one finger in the red paint and make holly berries on the wreath. Fold over the top of the material to form an opening to slid the dowel through. Tie the ribbon or yard onto the ends of the dowel to hang it from.


Drum Ornament added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Toilet Paper Rolls, Red and White Contact Paper, Felt, or Paint, Glue, Gold Metallic Yarn, Toothpicks
Directions: Cut the roll in thirds. Cover with red paper, felt, Contact, or even paint or markers, just so it is covered. Glue 2 circles of white felt, paper or fabric just big enough to go over each end and glue around the edge about 1/8″. Using gold metallic yarn (like the plastic canvas stuff), anchor one end to the top edge of the covered roll, then glue to the other edge going down and at an angle, then angle back up to the top and continue around in the fashion. Glue a couple of round toothpicks to the top, add a string for hanging.


Santa Hat added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Red Construction Paper, Glue, Cotton Balls
Directions: Cut out a large triangle out of red construction paper. Glue on the cotton balls to make a white ball on one of the triangle tips, and glue cotton balls along the bottom edge to form the brim. You can also cut out two triangles and tape or staple them together to make a hat to fit the child’s head.


Ice Cream Cone Christmas Trees added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Ice Cream Cones – Sugar Cones, Green Frosting, Misc. Candy Items
Directions: Take a sugar cone, turn it upside down and slather with thick, green frosting and stick *whatever* on to decorate it. VERY EASY!


Pine Cone Christmas Tree added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Pine Cones, Green Paint, Glue, Misc. Craft Items – such as Yarn, beads, etc.
Directions: Cover the work area with newspaper and paint the pine cone green. When the paint is dry, glue on yarn, beads, etc for the decorations.


Handprint Christmas Tree added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Green, Red, and Yellow Construction Paper, Crayons, Pencils, or Markers, and Glue
Directions: Cut ten handprints on green paper, a yellow star, and ten red hearts small enough to fit on the hand print. Start gluing one handprint at the top of the page and with the fingers pointing down. This is the top of your tree. Use the rest of the handprints fanning out to make a Christmas tree. In the star write I love….then in each heart let the kids pick special people… mommy, daddy, friends, grands, pets, dolls, etc. Glue star on the top and a heart on each hand.


Christmas Cards added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Old Calendars -can also use old Greeting Cards, Construction Paper, Glue, Crayons or Markers
Directions: Simply fold a piece of construction paper in half lengthwise for the card and cut out appropriate picture from one of the calendar months to glue on cover of card. If kids can’t spell Merry Christmas on their own, write it out for them on separate piece of paper and have them try to duplicate the phrase in their own handwriting on the inside of the card.


Christmas Tree Mobile added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Green Construction Paper, Glue, Tape, Crayons, Yarn, Misc. Craft Items – such as fabric scraps, beads, etc.
Directions: Cut a large Christmas tree shape -triangle- out of green construction paper. Cut the triangle into one inch wide strips. Lay down the strips in the order you cut them out, with the strips laying about an inch apart. Tape a long piece of yarn onto the back of the strips. Use a scrap of brown construction paper to cut out a pot and tape it below the tree; cut off any excess yarn hanging below the pot. Decorate the tree as desired.


Reindeer added 12-11-98Original Author Unknown

Need: Brown paper, white paper, black paper, Red paper, and garland

Here is a poem to go with the following project. This isn’t just a Reindeer As anyone can see I made it with my hands and foot Which is part of me! And this Reindeer comes with lots of love To say have a very Merry Christmas Day!!

Directions: Trace the outline of your foot on brown paper, cut it out. Then do the same for your hands. Stick the “hands” on the “foot” then on the “foot”, stick two  large white circles with two smaller black ones in the middle, a big red one for the nose, draw the mouth. Then take a small piece of garland and glue it between the antlers for hair.


Reindeer added 12-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Brown paint, heavy paper, wiggly eyes, red pom pom. red glitter, brown pipe cleaners, and ribbon

Directions: Paint the child’s hand brown and have them make a print (fingers spread wide) on a piece of heavy paper. Let it dry completely. The thumb becomes the head. You create the reindeer palm up. Glue a wiggly eye on the thumb and put a tiny red pom pom or red glitter glue on the end of the thumb for the nose. Punch a hole in the part of the thumb closest to the hand and put a short brown pipe cleaner in and twist it for the antlers. punch another hole at the bottom of the palm and tie a ribbon through.


Grocery Bag Rudolph added 12-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Grocery bag, and construction paper

Directions: Cut out a triangle ahead of time for each child measuring 12 x 14 x 14 inches on the plain side of a grocery bag. Have them cut out antlers of their choice, and attach them to top of head. Trace and cut out rectangles for eyelashes, circle for nose, and two white circles for eyes.


Christmas Angel added 12-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper, glitter, coffee filter
Directions: Make the body out of a triangle and a circle for her head. Fold a coffee filter in half and glue on a black con. paper. Then glue the body and then the head. Make a face on the head: eyes closed, oval nose sideways and oval mouth. Add glitter on the bottom of her dress and by her bodice. Put glitter on for her halo.


Christmas Cutout added 12-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Christmas Catalogs and constructions paper

Directions: Display Christmas catalogs allow the children to cut out pictures of what they’d like for Christmas. Glue them onto construction paper for the parents to view.


Poinsettia added 11-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper, and brads
Directions: Each child gets 3 red papers, 1 1/2 x 6 inches. They cut off the 4 corners.  They “round off the corners” of a 1 1/2 or 2 inch yellow square and  fringe.  I fold the 3 red papers in half lengthwise, open, put what’s left of the yellow square in the center and fasten with a brad.  Fan them out and voila! a poinsettia!  You could made the red papers any size and could make one of them green and put that one on the bottom.


Paper Candy Cane added 11-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: copy paper, crayons or markers, pencil, yarn and tape

Directions: Take a sheet of copy paper. Have the child color the edges that would make an L red, about one half inch wide, or I tell them about the size of their finger.  Turn the paper over, and start at the “clean” corner.  I tell them to peek under and make sure that there is no red at that corner.  They put a pencil across the clean corner and aim diagonally for the all red corner.  Holding tightly, they roll the paper over the pencil to the other corner.  They hold tight and bring it to me.  I slide out the pencil and tape it at the center point. It now looks like a peppermint stick.  They go back to their table and roll one end over the pencil for the cane part.  Yes, it squishes that end, but it still looks fine.  You can add a yarn bow or just hang by the hook. A few have trouble with the rolling, and some are fatter than others, but have plenty of copy paper. They love these!  You can color all edges, but 2 don’t show.  You might want newspaper under where they color, because when they color the edge, some gets on the tables.  The darker the red and right on the edge looks best.


Bell Cup  added 11-24-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: small paper cup, aluminum foil, and construction paper

Directions: Decorate a small paper cup (we use aluminum foil). Tie a jingle bell inside. Use at end of paper chain for counting days until Christmas. Remember to work with the kids on creating patterns with their red and green loops, and counting how many they need.

How many days till Christmas It’s mighty hard to tell Take off a link every night When Sandman cast his spell And Christmas Eve will be here By the time you reach the bell.


Poinsettia Project  added 12-9-00 Original Author Unknown
Need: Construction paper, crayons, pop corn kernels
Directions: I cut out large almond shapes in red construct. paper. Each paper will have four of these shapes. These shapes will become the poinsettia leaves. The children can add details with a green crayon. I let the children glue these red shapes on green construct. paper. After gluing add a large drop of glue in the center & add about 5 kernels of popcorn. This becomes the center of the poinsettia plant. These are simple & fast. They look so cute. I made a Christmas tree shape out of these papers for display. Add a brown paper for the trunk of the tree.


Bottle Brush Wreaths added 12-9-00 Original Author Unknown
Need: White paper, small paper plate, bottle brush, tape, green paint

Directions: Take a sheet of white paper and tape a small paper plate in the center. Give each child a “bottle” brush  (The sponge brushes that look like * at the top.). Have them dab the bottle brush in green tempera paint, and then dab up and down on the paper–all around the paper plate.  When finished, remove the paper plate from the center of the white paper and discard. When dry add:  Red tempera paint –“fingerprint” berries. Glue on small pinecones. Glue a ribbon at the bottom of your wreath. You could also cut out the center and tape the child’s picture to the center of the wreath.


Toilet Roll Reindeer added 12-9-00 Original Author Unknown
Need: paper roll, brown paper, brown pipe cleaner (optional), crayons, red pom pom, black yarn

Directions: Take an empty toilet paper roll and place brown construction paper around it.  Using a hole puncher and punch two holes on opposite sides.  Place a brown pipe cleaner through each hole and twist it to for an antler.  If you don’t have any pipe cleaner, use brown construction paper to make antlers.  (trace the kids hands on brown paper then cut them out for antlers works well too.) For the eyes, use a black crayon to make eyes or use 2 wiggle eyes.  For the nose, glue a small red pom pom below the eyes. For the mouth, use a black crayon or glue a small piece of black yarn below the nose.


Holiday stockings added 12-9-00 Original Author Unknown
Need: red paper or felt, hole punch, curling ribbon, old Christmas cards, wrapping paper, glue
Directions: For each child cut out 2 stocking shapes from red paper or felt.  Punch holes around the edge of the stockings and have children stitch thru the holes with curling ribbon.  Cut up old Christmas cards or holiday wrapping paper to decorate the stocking.


Rudolph added 12-9-00 Original Author Unknown
Need: brown paper, scissors, crayons or markers, pink cotton ball, glue
Directions: Have children trace one of their feet and both of their hands on brown paper and cut them out.  Glue the handprint antlers to the back of the footprint head. Decorate the reindeer face and glue on a pink cotton ball nose.


Fragrant Trees added 11-6-01 Submitted by: Debbie Dryburgh
Need: Pringles containers, brown paint, paper, Christmas potpourri or spices, green paper, glitter and collage materials.
Directions: Collect PRINGLES containers a few weeks before you want to do this. When you have enough paint them brown.  Then stuff them with paper till they are three quarters full.  Sprinkle some spices onto paper (or anything that smells Christmassy).  Then put lid back on puncture some holes and tape it up securely.  You then cut 2 green sheets of card into a Christmas Tree shape and get the children to decorate using glitter etc.  Now glue these shapes onto opposite sides of your container and they have made their very own free standing Xmas Tree.  Yippee!  Great site by the way!


Pine Branch Painting added 11-19-01 Original Author Unknown
Need:  Pine branches, paint, paper
Directions: Supply the children with a pine branch, with pine needles on it, instead of a paint brush. You could use red and green for a holiday picture, or whatever colors they wish.


Christmas Tree Mobile added 12-16-01 Original Author Unknown
Need:  Green construction paper, glue, tape, crayons, yarn, misc. craft items (such as fabric scraps beads etc.)
Directions: Cut a large Christmas tree shape -triangle- out of green construction paper. Cut the triangle into one inch wide strips (starting at the top, then working your way down to the bottom) . Lay down the strips in the order that you cut them out, with an inch in-between them. Tape or glue a long piece of yarn onto the back of the strips – make sure to leave a couple of inches at the top to use as a hanger. Use brown construction paper to cut out a pot & tape it below the tree; cut off any excess yarn hanging below the pot. Decorate the tree as desired by adding ribbons, beads, glitter, etc.! You can also make this with green fun foam instead of construction paper.


Jingle Bell Wreaths added 12-16-01 Original Author Unknown
Need: Small jingle bells (any color) (Be careful with young children and the small bells, they could be a chocking hazard.), pipe cleaners, ribbon
Directions: This is an easy and cute craft for little ones to make! Take out a pipe cleaner and start threading the bells onto it. If you are using several colors – thread the bells on in a pattern.  Leave about 1/2 inch on each end. Take the two ends and twist them together and bend them down. Form the wreath into a circle. Tie a ribbon hanger on the top and enjoy. You can hang these on your doorknob, in a window, on the tree, etc.!


Recycle Christmas Cards added 12-10-02 Original Author Unknown
Need: Old Christmas Cards, hole punch, curling ribbon.
Directions: Cut the cards apart. Take the front of the card & punch holes all around it. Let the children sew or lace around the card. I like to use the curling ribbon. It can be laced w/out using a needle.


Star Santa added 11-3-03 Original Author Unknown
Need: Construction Paper, Star pattern, markets, cotton, and glue
Directions: Cut out large red stars. (5 point) Have children put the stars with 1 point facing up – this will be Santa’s head. The 2 points of the star that point out to the sides are the arms, and the 2 points that point downwards are his legs. Let children add face with markers and skin colored paper, use cotton for his fur (top of hat, cuffs of arms and legs) glue black strips across center for his belt. Color black boots on the two feet tips.


Tree Garland added 10-25-04 By: Christa J Koch of Preschool Education
Need: Yarn, fruit loops cereal, making tape
Directions: Put tape around one end of the yarn to make a needle. (This keeps the yarn from fraying.) Then tape the other end of the yarn to the table. Have the children lace the fruit loops onto the yarn. When it is full tie off both end. Then hang the garland on your Christmas tree. When Christmas is over, take the fruit loop garland outside and hang it on the trees. The birds will eat the cereal. A few days later go out and cut the yarn into small pieces and hang back on the tree. The birds will use it for there nests.


Ornaments

Christmas Ornaments added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Wax Paper, Glue, Glitter, Yarn – various colors
Directions: Cut yarn into various lengths. Dip yarn in glue and lay on wax paper, over lapping each piece. Let dry. Pull yarn off wax paper, attach a string to the top, apply glue and add glitter. Hang to dry.


Plaster Ornaments added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Faster Plaster, Christmas Candy Molds, Paint or Markers
Directions: Use the Faster Plaster and Christmas candy molds to make ornaments. Decorate them with paint or markers. Attach a hanger, pin backs, or magnets to the plaster mold.


Jigsaw Ornament added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Popsicle Sticks, Glue, Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces, Child’s Picture, Light Weight Cardboard, Ribbon
Directions: Glue popsicle sticks together to form a triangle. Glue the puzzle pieces onto the triangle to make a frame. Glue the picture behind the frame, and then glue the cardboard behind the picture. Add a ribbon for hanging.


Pipe Cleaner Ornaments added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Pipe Cleaners, Tri-cornered beads, Ribbon – optional
Directions: Thread the beads onto a pipe cleaner so they nest together. You can bend to shape a candy cane, a wreath, a star, etc. You can also punch holes in ribbon and weave it onto the pipe cleaner, between each bead.


Glue Ornaments added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Glue, Glitter, Paper, Wax Paper, Tape
Directions: Draw a Christmas shape -such as a bell- onto the paper; tape the paper onto the table. Lay wax paper over the design, and tape it to the table. Trace design with glue, you will want it to be kind of thick. Sprinkle glitter over glue. Allow to dry over night and then peel off of wax paper.


Styrofoam Ball Ornament added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Styrofoam Ball – about 2 and a half inches, Glue, Paper Clips, Paint, Misc. Craft Items – glitter, jewels, ribbons, etc.
Directions: Put some glue on one end of a paper clip and push it into the ball, this will be the hanger. Paint and decorate as desired.


Santa Ornament added 12-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: White paper, crayons, cotton and yarn

Directions: Every child got a piece of white construction paper 6 X 6. Then each child traced his/her hand like it was a mitten. Fingers together, thumb sticking out quite far. This was cut out, and turned upside down…fingers pointing down, thumb sticking out. The top was colored red, to look like Santa’s cap. They drew on eyes, nose,  mouth with crayons. Then cotton was added on the tip of the hat, across the forehead and for a beard. We punched a hole in the top and added a yarn loop.


Clothes Pin Ornament added 12-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Cookie cutters, felt, glitter, and clothespins
Directions: You can use cookie cutters to cut holiday shapes out of felt, let kids decorate with glitter, etc, and glue to clothespin. Makes a great little ornament to clip on their trees.


Candle Ornament added 12-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Toilet paper roll, construction paper, glitter, sequins, markers, and clothes pins

Directions: Take a toilet paper tube and cover it with colored construction paper. Glue a cut out flame to the top inside of it. Decorate the construction paper with glitter, sequins, markers, whatever… Then, hot glue a cardboard circle to the bottom of the “candle” Finally, glue a clothespin horizontally to that circle. This will allow the “candle” to clip onto the branches of the Christmas tree.


Crayon Ornament added 11-30-00 Original Author Unknown

Need:
Glue, crayons, ribbon

Directions:
Buy inexpensive crayons, have the children glue them together in bunches of 5 or so. Let them Dry over night.  Tie a bow around the bunch and then hang them with additional ribbon or string.


Gingerbread People Sand Paper Ornament added 10-29-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: red paper or felt, hole punch, curling ribbon, old Christmas cards, wrapping paper, glue

Directions:
  Cut gingerbread people out of sand paper.  Scrape with a cinnamon stick.  Add some white frosting (white paint) around the edges. Then decorate with eyes, nose, mouth, etc..


Applesauce Ornaments added 12-16-01 Submitted by: Lauie Johnson
Need: 1/2cup cinnamon, 1/2cup applesauce, 2 teaspoons glue, straw, string
Directions:  Mix all ingredients together.  Let children mold into a shape or you could use cookie cutters.  Poke a hole at the top of ornament with a straw for string.  Let air dry for 2-3 days.  The smell great for a long time!!


Hand Tree added 12-2-02 Original Author Unknown
Need: Construction paper, markers or crayons, scissors
Directions:  Trace 23 hands onto green paper. Cut them out. Have the tree form a triangle. Begin with a wide row across the bottom fingers pointing down (5 hands) and another row of five angled in a little. Then four, then four angled in a little. Then 3, then 2, then 1. Put a star on top.


Star Ornaments added 9-26-04 Original Author Unknown
Need: Poster board, star shape, gold glitter, picture of child, and scissors.
Directions: Cut out 2 star shapes for each child, but cut a hole in the middle of one. Let children decorate how they want and add gold glitter. Have them glue their picture to the star with the hole, and then glue the solid star to the back.


GiftsAngel Pins added 12-12-98Original Author Unknown

Need: Camera, film, clothespins, white cardboard, and gold cardboard

Directions: Take individual pictures of the kids. The made an “angel” using a spring clothespin and pasted a white cardboard angel shape onto it. Then paste the kid’s “face” on the angel head and added gold cardboard for a halo. Put the date on the back.

 


Care Package added 12-12-98 Original Author Unknown

Directions: Place everything listed below in a little baggie with a slip of paper with the following written on it: A STICK OF GUM – to remind you to stick with it. A CANDLE – to give you light when you feel burned out. A CHOCOLATE KISS – to remind you that someone cares. SMARTIES – to help you on days when you don’t feel so smart. LIFESAVER – to remind you that everyone needs help once in a while. A SNICKER – to remind you to see the funny side — there is one! A ROSE – to remind you to take time to smell the flowers. CONFETTI – to help you celebrate the good times. A PENNY – with thanks for sharing your thoughts. A BAG – to help you keep it all together.

In the bag were all the items mentioned, the candle was a little birthday candle, the confetti was the glittzy stuff you spread on a table, the rose was one of a bunch you can buy at craft stores – very tiny, the smarties are those little candies that come in a roll. ” A Care Package To Help You Do … “Whatever It Takes” ”


Picture Frames added 12-12-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Craft stick frames, buttons, pictures of the children, and magnets

Directions: We made craft stick frames, and glued buttons all around them, and the words “cute as a button!” then glued pics of the kids in them. Then we glued magnets to the back so they could hang on the fridge.

 


Votive Candle Holders added 12-12-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: one baby food jar per child, different colored tissue paper, watered down glue, paint brush, votive candle or tealight

Directions: Rip paper into pieces, paint on tissue paper with watered down glue. Allow to dry. Drop in a candle or tealight. They look stained glass. We also did these one year on salad dressing bottles for a bud vase.

 


Clear Plastic Pencil Holder added 12-12-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Clear plastic cups, crayons

Directions: This craft has also been done by my daughter, with favorable response. Purchase clear plastic disposable cups (not opaque, clear). The first thing you have to do is make a pattern from construction paper by cutting it until it fits along the inside of a plastic cup. (This may take you a few tries by trial and error. The finished product will look a little bit like a “U” or a semi-circle.) Once you have the pattern created, allow your child to draw, paint, glue pictures, etc. to the pattern. When dried and finished, place the artwork inside a plastic cup, then another cup inside the cup. Use a glue that dries clear to seal the cups together, taking care not to drip the glue inside the cups. My daughter drew pictures of herself and the recipient of the pencil holder, and used stickers as well as those tiny pictures often a part of the portrait packages.

 


Tin Can Pencil Holder added 12-12-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: A can, canceled stamps, tissue paper, or stickers, and constructions paper

Directions: Begin with a clean, dry empty can of any size. Have your child cover the can with any of the following: canceled stamps (what mine is made of), tissue paper, stickers, etc. Or you may wish to cut a piece of construction paper to cover the can and allow your child to decorate it as desired.

 


Car Freshener added 12-12-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Thin piece of cardboard, felt, yarn, glue, scissors, cookie cutter and a favorite scent such as oil of lemon, peppermint, vanilla or a favorite perfume/cologne (not a strong one.)

Directions: Use a cookie cutter or other stencil to draw a shape on the cardboard and two felt pieces. Cut out the cardboard and felt and glue the felt pieces to both sides of the cardboard. Make a hole in the top and use yarn to make a hangar. Drop about 10 drops of the scent on to the felt. I plan to adapt this idea a little by cutting a free form shape from a picture of the girls. I’ll cut the cardboard and felt into the same shape as the picture. I’ll scent the felt first, and when dry, glue the three pieces together as described above.

 


 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts

Placemats added 9-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Corn cob, paint, cardboard box, paper

Directions: Make placemats with the children. Take corn cobs (kids love shelling off popcorn and popping it for snack time) dipped in paint and roll corn cob on 9X18 construction paper. The designs are amazing. Different sized corn cobs can be used for variety. I usually paint these in cardboard boxes, to help cut down on the mess. Let pages dry. Add colored leaf cutouts, pilgrim hats cutouts, or turkey cutouts with the child’s name (or symbol) on them. Laminate and use for snack time and Thanksgiving feast.


Indian corn added 9-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Tissue paper, paper, glue

Directions: Take tissue paper (red, yellow orange brown, and shades of those colors) and cut them into squares. Give each child a piece of paper that looks like an ear of corn. Then let them either crunch up and glue on the tissue paper, or just place it flat on. When they dry add tissue paper husks. They are so bright! Before the project let the children play with and feel Indian corn.


Big Turkey added 9-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Brown craft paper, construction paper, markers

Directions: Make a large Turkey out of brown craft paper. Make a bunch of large colored feathers out of construction paper and place them all around the turkey On each feather glue a piece of white paper onto it that says: “child’s name” “IS THANKFUL FOR” and then a blank line under that. During circle time one morning, have a discussion on what everyone is thankful for and write children’s name and response on the feathers. The parents and the kids really enjoy it.


Stained Glass Turkeys added 9-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Brown paint, Paper plates, 3 large sheets of brown construction paper, Orange construction paper, Red construction paper, Tissue paper, Glue

Directions: To make the turkey you will need to cut five large feathers out of brown construction paper, then approximately 1 inch in from the edge of the feather, cut the center out. Cut feather shapes out of tissue paper; glue to one side of feather. Paint the paper plate brown. Cut turkey head out and attach to paper plate. Cut beak and feet from the orange paper. Red is for around the beak. These turkeys look very nice attached to a glass door so the sun can shine through.


Thanksgiving Centerpiece added 9-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, craft sticks or toothpicks, large potato

Directions: Use multi-colored feathers or feather shapes with toothpicks or craft sticks attached to them. Make a turkey head and attach a stick. Insert the feathers and head into a large potato. Makes a cute centerpiece.


Multi-Colored Turkey Hand added 9-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paint, paper, marker

Directions: Paint the child’s palm brown and then paint each finger using one color for each finger: red, green, yellow, and orange. Have child press hand on piece of paper. After the paint dries you can add the eye, beak, and that little red dangly thing under the beak.


Spice Turkeys added 9-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, glue, spices

Directions: Trace each child’s hand on paper. Let them “paint” glue on palm and fingers with brush. Let them sprinkle on different Thanksgiving spices on fingers – nutmeg, salt, pepper, cinnamon, allspice, or the like. Let them smell the scents of a Thanksgiving dinner.


Native American Vests added 9-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Markers, T-Shirt paint, burlap

Directions: Have children choose a Native American name to use in the classroom during the course of study relating to Native Americans (Dancing Raccoon, Little Bear, Pretty Flower). Using markers and T-shirt paint, have children illustrate their name on burlap vests. Native American symbols can also be used to decorate the vests. Burlap that is purchased by the yard works great. Simply cut doubled burlap into 12″ pieces and make an opening for the child’s head.


In Step With Thanksgiving added 9-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, old shoes, paper plates, paint

Directions: For wall mural or individual purposes. Draw outline of turkey, side view. Take old, used shoes, have paper plates and paint ready for dipping. After the kids have colored in their turkeys, have them take their shoes, dip in paint, and press paint for turkey feathers. This is adorable as a bulletin board and can be laminated and made into place mats for Thanksgiving. Add the above caption.


Sponge Painting Feathers added 9-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Sponges, paint, paper

Directions: Cut feather shapes from sponges. Be sure to vary the size and include the small stem on the end. Use these to sponge paint with fall colors on large sheets of paper.


Paper Bag Turkeys added 9-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper bag, newspaper, yarn, paint. paper

Directions: Give each child a brown paper grocery bag (any size) and several sheets of newspaper. Have the children crumple the sheets of newspaper and stuff them into their bags until the bags are half full. Twist the bags closed and tie them around the middle with pieces of yarn. To make tails for their paper bag turkeys, have the children make several cuts from the top edges of their bags down to the yarn ties. Let the children paint their turkey tails. Then give each child a precut turkey head shape to decorate. Attach the head shapes to the front of the bags to complete the turkeys.


Collage Turkeys added 9-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, fabric, glue, crayons or markers

Directions: Cut turkey shapes out of construction paper. Give each child a turkey shape and scraps of colorful construction paper or fabric. Have them glue the pieces of construction paper or fabric on their turkey shapes to make colored feathers. Let them use crayons or markers to finish the turkey’s features.


The First Thanksgiving added 9-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Butcher paper, crayons or markers

Directions: Tack a long sheet of butcher paper to the wall. Tell the children the story of the first Thanksgiving. Let the children tell you what they are thankful for. As each child shares why they are thankful write it on the paper. Tack the list on your classroom door for everyone to read.


Foot & Hands Turkey added 11-4-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: construction paper or fun foam, scissors, glue, markers Directions:  Each child traces his/her foot with brown or tan construction paper. Have the children trace their hands on several different colors of construction paper. Cut out foot and hands. Have the child glue the hands behind the heel of their cut out foot (for feathers). Have the children cut out and glue on the eyes, gobbler, and beak.


Thanksgiving Card added 11-20-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper, Child’s Picture, glue, markers, crayons

Directions: First I cut out a tree in brown made from their two hands together with an arm as the trunk.   This tree is the full size of an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper.  Fold in in half to fit into the card made from any color piece of the same size paper folded across the width of the paper.  I then took a small picture of each of the children and glued it into the center part of the trunk avoiding the fold of the paper.  I then cut out leaves on which we wrote the names of the child’s family, Mom, Dad, brother, sister, etc and we glued them on the tree.  I did this one on one and we talked about how special each member of the family was to them.  On the front of the card I had a poem which reads: “I have a special place in my own family. I need my family and my family needs me. Open up this card with my family tree To find the important person I can me!”


Cornucopia added 11-20-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: brown Lunch bags, paper, crayons and markers, ribbon

Directions: To make the cornucopia you will need a brown lunch bag.  Fold the open edges inside about an inch.  Crush the bottom into a small, soft point  Then bend the bottom into a cornucopia shape.  Have children draw pictures of fruits and vegetables on paper.  Cut out pictures and glue each one about 1 inch apart on a long piece of yarn or ribbon.  Glue one end of the yarn to the inside of the cornucopia.  Suspend the cornucopia by another piece of yarn taped to the top.


Pilgrim & Native American Heads using Handprints added 11-20-99
Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, paint

Directions: Make place mats for your Thanksgiving feast, using handprint Pilgrim and Native American heads.  For the Native American paint the palm of the hand with a med brown paint (or any color you want.) and paint each finger a different color. Press on the paper. The use a paint brush and any color paint to ad the head band just below the feathers.  For the Pilgrim paint the palm of the hand light brown, and the middle three fingers were painted black.  A brush was used to add a black line of paint for the hat brim.  After the paint was dry the children added the facial features.


Native American Arm Bands/ Bracelets added 11-20-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: toilet paper roll, foil, glue, buttons, jewels, sequins, turquoise macaroniDirections: You take a toilet paper roll slit it down the middle and then cut it in half, wrap it in foil to look like a silver clamp bracelet, then you can glue buttons, jewels, sequins, or even turquoise colored macaroni to make it look more “authentic” Our girls loved them and the boys used them as an arm band.


Native American Vests added 11-20-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: pillow cases, tea bags, fabric paint, margarine lids

Directions: Our class has decorated pillow cases (dyed with tea bags) with Indian symbols with fabric paint (hand-made stencils from margarine lids).  We plan to cut a hole for the head and arms and also make fringe at the bottom. Another idea would be to do the same with an oversized shirt. Fringe the sleeves and hem.


Tootsy Turkeys added 11-2-00 Original Author Unknown

Need:
1 sheet of 12 x 18 construction paper, Brown tempera, tempera paints or pencils in fall colors, paintbrushes, black marker

Directions:
Have each child place one bare foot in a shallow tray of brown tempera, then place on the construction paper. Allow the print to dry with the toes facing down, draw or paint feathers around the foot in other fall colors. Use a marker and paint to add facial features to the footprint to represent the turkey.


Wampum Necklace added 11-2-00 Original Author Unknown

Need:
1 piece of yarn, 18″ length, Fruit Loops

Directions:
For each child tape one end of a piece of yarn to keep it from unraveling. Have children string fruit loops onto a strand of yarn to make a pattern. Remove the tape and tie the ends of the yarn together to make necklace.


Thanksgiving Thankful Wreaths added 10-15-01 Original Author Unknown

Need:
bright fall colored tissue paper, yellow paper, paper plates, glue, marker, and yarn

Directions:
You need to cut some bright colored tissue paper into good size squares (about 2 inches).  Cut a supply of yellow circles that will fit into the middle of a small paper plate.  Have the children glue the circle onto the plate.  Then have the children crumple the tissue paper and glue it to the outside edge of the plate.  While they are gluing go around and ask each child what he/she is thankful for and write it on the yellow circle.Taped yarn to the back for hanging.


Paper Tube Turkey added 10-22-01 Original Author Unknown

Need:
Paper, paper tube, glue, red felt, wiggle eyes

Directions:
Take a paper tube and cover it with brown construction paper. Trace both hands on white paper and let child color feathers. Cut out hands. Cut thumb off the cutouts. Lay tube horizontally. Glue hands to back of tube. Cut out peanut shape for head and glue to the front of tube. Use a red piece of felt to droop down from top of his head. Add wiggle eyes.


Hand And Turkey Thanksgiving Card added 10-22-01 Original Author Unknown

Need:
Paper, crayons or markers

Directions:
Trace child’s hand and color brown body and colored feathers (fingers) Write in card: This isn’t just a Turkey As anyone can see, I made it with my hand Which is part of me. It comes with lots of love Especially to say, I hope that you have a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY!!


Turkey Collages added 10-29-01 Original Author Unknown

Need:
brown paper, collage scraps, glue, marker

Directions:
Give each child a turkey shape cut from brown construction paper. Provide them with a variety of collage scraps such as tissue paper squares, felt, construction paper, etc. Have them glue on the scraps to make feathers for the turkey. They can use markers to draw on any features they choose.


Indian Corn added 10-29-01 Original Author Unknown

Need:
Q-tip, paper, fall paints, glue

Directions:
Provide each child with a cut out shaped like an ear of corn. Have them dip a Q-tip into various fall-colored paints, and make corn by dabbing the Q-tip onto the cutout. When dried, they can attach corn husks which you have cut from green or yellow construction paper.


Noodle Necklace added 10-29-01 Original Author Unknown

Need:
pasta (such as macaroni, ziti, or penne), food coloring, rubbing alcohol, and yarn.

Directions:
Beads are a common adornment used by Native Americans. They are used in necklaces, masks, and other ceremonial wear. When the Native Americans traded with the Europeans, they would often trade with beads. Kids can make their own necklace out of pasta.
Place two cups of pasta in a glass bowl. Add one Tablespoon of rubbing alcohol and 10 drops of food coloring. Have your child stir the pasta until it is all colored. Drain out any excess liquid and spread pasta onto a paper towel until dry. Help your child string pasta onto the desired length of yarn.


Thankful Wreath added 11-6-01 Submitted by: Anonymous

Need:
magazines, scissors, paper plate, glue, and tissue paper

Directions:
  In the middle of a paper plate, you can either illustrate a picture or cut pictures from magazines of something you are thankful for. Then glue an array of orange, yellow and brown tissue squares around the plate. Add a bow at the bottom.


Wallpaper Turkeys added 10-1-02 Original Author Unknown

Need:
brown paper, crayons or markers, wallpaper, scissors

Directions:
Have the children cut about a 5″ circle from brown construction paper.  We provide the children with a precut profile of a turkey head and neck. (You could also use a rectangle for the neck and a small circle for the head.)  They glue the base of it to the center of the circle at about a 45-degree angle.  This is glued to a large sheet of drawing paper.  They then draw the waddle, beak, eyes and feet.  The children are provided with a wide variety of feathers cut from old wallpaper.  (The stores will often give you outdated wallpaper books.)  We then encourage the children add details to their picture like grass, bugs to eat or whatever they like.


Feather Painting added 10-8-02 Original Author Unknown

Need:
feathers, pain, and paper

Directions:
Provide each child with a feather, paint and paper. Ask the children paint a pictures using the feather as a paint brush.


Thanksgiving Tree added 10-28-02 Original Author Unknown

Need:
tree branch, plastic container, plaster of paris, construction paper

Directions:
November 1st put up the “Thanksgiving Tree”.  Find a branch from a tree, (can be as small or large as you like).  Mix up a batch of plaster of paris and pour into a container that will hold the trunk of your “tree”.  (You can use a plastic deli container. Then put inside a basket so it looks pretty) Insert the tree branch and brace against something until the plaster hardens.  Then make leaves out of autumn colored construction paper, (like red, yellow, orange, brown…)  All through the month, parent and students (with help) write things on the leaves that they are thankful for and then hang each leaf on the tree.  By Thanksgiving, you have a beautiful autumn tree. If you have a thanksgiving party, read all the leaves aloud around the table.


Thanksgiving Collage added 11-11-02 Original Author Unknown

Need:
A child’s hand, construction paper, crayons or markers, glue, different types of uncooked macaroni or beans

Directions:
Place child’ s hand on construction paper and trace around with marker or crayon. Use marker or crayon to draw in feet and eyes on the thumb. Let children decorate the turkey by gluing beans and macaroni.


Turkey Plate added 11-18-02 Original Author Unknown

Need:
Paper plate, paint, paper, scissors, hole punch

Directions: Have your child paint a paper plate with lots of different colors, or have them sponge paint all over the plate. Let the plate dry. Cut out a brown construction pear shape to resemble the body of a turkey. Cut out a yellow triangle and red teardrop shape to form the beak, and punch out two black “eyes” with a hole punch out of black paper. Have the child assemble the turkey and then glue onto the plate as the turkey’s feathers.


Feather Art added 9-23-03 Original Author Unknown

Need:
Colored paper plates, feathers, hole punch, yarn, glue

Directions: Take a small colored paper plate (or white if you like). Glue a lot of feathers on the plate. Make a hole using a hole puncher. In order to hang it, place a piece of yarn and tie it in a knot or a small piece of pipe cleaner and twist it together. Let the glue dry.


Big Fat Turkey added 11-8-04 Submitted By: Erin

Need:
Balloon, flour, water, Torn newspaper, brown paint, face of a turkey, feathers.

Directions: Mix the flour and water together until you create a Papier-Machie’ Mixture.  Then blow up a balloon for every child, and allow them to wrap their balloon up by dipping the torn newspaper into the mixture.  Help the children to cover the balloon completely and have the balloon dry over night.  Once it is dried, paint it brown and add a turkey face and feathers.


Halloween Arts & Craft

Ghosts added 8-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: White Lima Beans, marker, branch

Directions: Find white lima beans at the grocery store and turn them into ghost. Add eyes and mouth to the beans. Glue them to a branch, that is placed in a pot.


Ghost Magnet added 8-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Oatmeal Container, black paper, white paint, and a marble

Directions: Make a ghost cut out of black construction paper and place in an old oatmeal canister with one teaspoon white paint and marbles and shake. Makes a really cute spooky ghost. Mount them on fun foam and add glitter and a magnet for a spooky fridge magnet.


Spooky Spider Webs added 8-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper plate, pie pan, black paint, marble, spider ring

Directions: Put a paper plate in a pie pan and give the student a small dab of black paint. You can also paint a paper plate black and do the activity with the white paint to look more realistic. After the small dab of paint is placed on the student” plate, drop a marble in and let the child move the pie pan in all different directions to make a spooky spider web. After it has dried, punch a hole in the plate and attach a plastic spider ring or sponge paint a spider in the web.


Rattling Skeletons added 8-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: White paper, crayons, and glue

Directions: Use white paper to form 5 paper chains, and then connect to make a skeleton. Trace children’s hands and feet on white paper, cut and glue to the ends of the arms and legs. Cut an oval shape and draw on the face. These work best when made with small groups of children.


Tempera Paint Spider Webs added 8-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Black paint, Straws, and paper

Directions: Using runny black paint, allow the children to use a straw to blow the paint across the page to make a spider’s web.


Glue Ghosts added 8-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Wax, paper, pencil, glue, marker, and string

Directions: Have the child draw a ghost outline on a piece of waxed paper, and then have them fill in the outline with white school glue. Dry overnight, and then have the child add facial features. Place on a string and you have a spooky ghost necklace.


Giggly Ghosts added 8-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Quilt batting, Narrow elastic, Construction paper, Glue

Directions: Have the children tear off a wad of the quilt batting. Have the children form the “ghost” any way they want. Next, have the children cut eyes, legs, arms, etc. from the construction paper and glue onto their ghost. Finally, cut some of the elastic and tape to the top of the ghosts and hang them from the ceiling. The kids love to watch them bob up and down.


Halloween Pasta Collage added 8-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: pasta Halloween shapes, glue

Directions: Check out your local grocery store, Michael’s, Trader Joe’s, or Ben Franklin craft store to find pasta in Halloween shapes. Let your kids create a cool collage with the pasta and whatever else you decide to add.


Halloween Cookie Cutter Prints added 8-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Halloween Cookie Cutters, paint, and paper

Directions: Buy an assortment of Halloween cookie cutters. Let the children dip the cookie cutters into paint and then press onto paper.


Halloween Pasta Necklaces added 8-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Pasta Halloween shapes, string

Directions: Find Halloween shaped pasta. Let your children string the pasta shapes on a piece of yarn to create a necklace or bracelet.


Footprint Ghosts added 8-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: white paint, Black paper, markers

Directions: Paint each child’s foot with white paint and print it on a black sheet of construction paper. When it dries add eyes to the heel part of the foot. That will be the ghost’s head.


Paper Bag Pumpkins added 8-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Lunch size paper bags, Orange paint, Green paint, Newspaper, String

Directions: Have the children crumple up newspaper and stuff their paper bags so they are ½ full. Twist the un-stuffed part of the bag and tie at the bottom to make a stem. Let the children paint their pumpkins. When they are dry, the children can draw faces on them.


Pumpkin Painting added 8-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: small pumpkins, paint, and paper

Directions: Buy several small, fresh pumpkins. Cut them in half. Let the children dip the pumpkin halves into paint to make prints.


Spaghetti Cobwebs added 8-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Cooked spaghetti (cold), White glue, Waxed paper

Directions: Have the children dip the spaghetti into the glue and arrange the pieces onto the waxed paper. When the spaghetti dries, carefully peel the “cobweb” off the waxed paper. Hang from the ceiling.


Cheese Cloth Ghosts added 8-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Cheese cloth, 2 cups white glue, 16-oz. plastic cups

Directions: Dilute the white glue with ½ to ¾ cups of water. Let the children dip a piece of cheesecloth into the diluted glue. Have the children drape the wet cheesecloth over the 16 oz. cups. Let the “ghosts” dry for two days. Carefully remove the cup from the hardened cheesecloth. Let the children decorate their ghosts. Hang the completed ghosts from the ceiling.


Puffy Paint Cobwebs added 8-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Flour, salt, water, paper plate or construction paper

Directions: Mix equal parts of flour, salt, and water in a large bowl. Pour the mixture into squeeze bottles. Give each child a black paper plate or a piece of black construction paper. Let the children squeeze the white puffy paint onto the black paper. When the puffy paint dries, it will look like glittery cobwebs.


Pumpkin Pies added 9-15-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Orange paper, powdered Cinnamon, powdered ginger, whole cloves, paper cup, glue

Directions: Cut pie shapes out of orange construction paper. Set out small containers of powdered cinnamon and ginger and place a few whole cloves In a paper cup for each child. Have the children brush glue on their pie shapes. Then let them sprinkle the spices over the glue to create fragrant “pumpkin pies.”


Pasta Pumpkins added 9-15-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Tagboard, glue, assorted pasta, popsicle sticks, and orange paint

Directions: Cut pumpkin shapes out of tagboard or lightweight cardboard. Pour glue into small containers and set out bowls of assorted pasta shapes (macaroni, wheels, bows, etc.). Let the children use Popsicle stick applicators to glue the pasta shapes all over their pumpkins. Then after the glue has dried, let them paint their pasta pumpkins orange. If desired, punch holes in the tops of the shapes and insert yarn to make hangers.


Shape Ghosts added 9-15-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Black tag board, Black yarn, White lima beans, Glue

Directions: Cut tag board into circles, triangles, and squares, about four or five inches across. Punch a hole in the top of each shape. Cut an18 in. length of yarn for each child. Explain that the black shapes are ghosts and the beans are ghost eyes. Then the left the children glue of the bean eyes on their ghosts.


Spiders Web added 9-15-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: String or yarn, 6 6 inch pieces of string, 4 12 inch pieces of string, Diluted white glue or liquid starch, Wax paper

Directions: Let the children dip pieces of string into dishes of glue or starch. Then have them lay their strings on wax paper to create the spider’s web. Lay the string in the shape of a spiral overlapping the ends. Lay the large pieces of string over the spiral in the shape of a cross. When the strings dry, they will become stiff and hold their shapes.


Footprint Ghost 2 added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, crayons

Directions: Using white paper, have children step on paper and trace around their shoes. To make a face, use crayons, pens, or black construction paper with white chalk.


Garbage Bag Ghost added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: large white garbage bag, permanent black marker, newspaper, strong string

Directions:
Stuff one corner of a large white garbage bag with crumpled newspaper to form a head. Twist shut, folding other corner down and secure with string. Draw a face on the ghost with permanent markers. Let face dry. Cut bottom part of bag into 3-4″ wide strips. Attach string to top of head with wide tape; knotting string so it doesn’t pull out. Make lots and hang them indoors or out. *Please note: please be careful of plastic bags around small children. No one should ever put a plastic bag over their own or anyone else’s head or use this craft as a “costume” .


Halloween Wreath added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper plate, green paint, Halloween patterns, yarn, ribbon

Directions: Use a paper plate with the center circle cut out. Paint this wreath with green tempera paint. Have the children cut out Halloween figures–Jack-o-Lantern, ghosts, bats, black cats, candy shapes, etc.–Glue the shapes around the circle. Some of my kids wanted to tie yarn and ribbons around the circle.


Paper Bag Masks added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Grocery Bag, crayons, markers, scissors, and glue

Directions: Very simple or very elaborate masks can be made from grocery bags. Start with crayons, markers, scissors and glue, and let your imagination go wild.


Pumpkin Collage added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: pre-cut pumpkins (different sizes and shapes), orange, yellow, green paint, pumpkin seeds, yellow and orange wool (for pumpkin guts)

Directions: Paint pumpkins and let dry. Then let children arrange seeds and wool on pumpkins.


Spiders added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: black tempera paint, medium Styrofoam balls, black pipe cleaners (wide ones), wiggly eyes, fishing line, needle

Directions: Have the kids paint their Styrofoam balls black. Cut your pipe cleaners in half and stick into the painted ball. Four on each side of the ball. Then glue wiggly eyes on. We strung fishing line through them and hung them from the ceiling with just a piece of scotch tape.


Spiders added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Black paper, glitter

Directions: To make spiders, trace children’s 4 fingers on black paper, then turn around paper and trace finger on other hand, adjacent to the first 4 fingers. (the palm areas will overlap each other) Cut out. Punch two holes for eyes, decorate w/ glitter and suspend from ceiling or window, draping with spider web gauze.


A Fistful of Ghost added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: White paint, dark paper

Directions: With a flick of the wrist, a hand print becomes a ghost! Make a paint pad from a folded, wet paper towel and white paint. Press the little finger side of the hand onto the pad and then onto background paper with a bit of a swish. The little finger makes a head and the bottom of the hand creates the ghost!


Lollipop Ghost added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Tissue paper, Tootsie pop, and string

Directions: Take a tissue paper and cover the top of a tootsie pop and tie a string around the “head” of Ghost! Makes a cute snack!


Ghosts added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Black paper, White paint

Directions: On black construction paper have the children paint white ghosts. When the ghosts are dry, ask the children to give their ghost a name that begins with the letter G and tell a goofy story about their ghost.


George the Ghost added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Green paper, Green Glue (green paint mixed in makes green glue.), Markers

Directions: Cut a ghost shape out of green construction paper. Draw a goofy face on the ghost. Then use green glue to put green glasses on the ghost. Write the letter “G” on the ghost. Use both upper and lower case letters. You now have a “goofy green ghost wearing green glasses.”


Juice Can Monster added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: One clean frozen juice can per puppet, Construction paper or fabric for body, Glue, Felt or paper strips for arms and legs, Buttons, feathers, fabric, glitter, paper, and other assorted decorations.

Directions: Cover the juice can by gluing on construction paper or fabric, then place the can upright on a table (with the opening at the bottom). Glue felt “arm” strips midway down both sides of the can and “leg” strips to the front of the lower edge. Set out the rest of your decorations and watch as your children create some interesting characters.


The Blob added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paint, sponge, paper, tape, crayons

Directions: Draw a shape on a piece of paper. Cut out the shape. Place the Blob Pattern on top of another piece of paper (can tape down). Use a sponge to dab paint along the edges where the pattern and piece of paper meet. Remove the pattern. Use crayons to draw a face on your Blob any way you like it.


Halloween Candy Holder added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Large Can, white paint, orange paint, black paint or a black marker, hammer and Nail (Adult Only), String

Directions: This is a great craft that the children can use to go trick or treating with, or you can use it as a decoration, and more. Take a large can (coffee can, spaghetti sauce can.) and wash thoroughly, making sure to remove all outside paper and stickiness. Paint the can with one coat of white paint and let dry. !Then paint the can with a coat of orange paint let dry. Then either with black paint, or a black marker draw the face of a jack-o-lantern on the can. Punch two holes into the top edges of the can on opposite sides. (Use a hammer and nail) Tie string or twine to make a handle. Now you have a great holiday decoration that you can actually use. Optional: You can use smaller cans, fill them with candy & stuff and use them as party favors at a Halloween party.


Jack-o-Lantern added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper plate, orange paint, green paper, and markers

Directions: Give each of the children a round paper plate. Have them paint the back side of the paper plate with Orange tempera paint. Use black paint or markers to draw the face and add a green construction paper stem.


Pumpkins added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper Plates, Pumpkin Seeds, Orange Paint, Paper Plates

Directions: Paint paper plates orange and glue on pumpkin seeds.


Thumbprint pumpkins added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper, Paint, markers, and your thumb

Directions: Give each child a sheet of white or yellow construction paper. Pour small amounts of orange paint into shallow containers. Have the kids dip their thumb into the paints and press them all over the paper. When the paint has dried, help the children turn their thumbprints into pumpkins by adding stems, leaves and vines with a green marker


Light up pictures added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Q-tips, tempera paint, manila paper, salad oil

Directions: Provide Q-tips and small amounts of tempera paint in small containers. Let the children use the Q-tips to paint designs on manila paper. After the paint is dry, let the children use a paint brush to quickly spread the oil over the entire picture. Light will show through and light up the picture when it is hung in a window.


Pumpkin Seed Collage added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Pumpkin seeds, glue and paper

Directions: Wash and dry pumpkin seeds and place them in the art area with glue and paper. The children cam make pumpkin seed collages.


Torn up about Jack-O-Lanterns added 9-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Halloween Music, Tissue paper, paper, glue

Directions: Play some Halloween music or a story tape as you have youngsters tear orange, yellow, and green tissue paper into small pieces. To create this illuminating masterpiece, draw a circle on black construction paper and spread glue to fill the circle. Press enough orange paper pieces on the glue to cover it; then glue the yellow paper atop the orange paper to create a jack-o-lanterns face. Add a green paper stem in the same manner.


Stencil Pumpkins added 9-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Plastic lids from food containers such as cottage cheese, margarine, potato salad, etc., knife or razor, black paint, brushes, and an orange cut-out pumpkin.

Directions: Using a knife, razor or scissors, the instructor cuts out two eyes and a mouth on the plastic lid to create a stencil. The child is given a pumpkin. Positioning the plastic stencil over the pumpkin, he/she paints in the eyes and mouth.


Paper and Paint Pumpkins added 9-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Yellow construction paper, scissors, liquid starch, and paint brushes.

Directions: The instructor cuts out a yellow pumpkin for each child. Each child is given a yellow construction paper pumpkin. Liquid starch in bowls and paint brushes are placed on the work table. Children paint the pumpkins with the liquid starch. Wherever the starch is applied on the pumpkin, it will turn orange.


Paper Plate Pumpkins added 9-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: a large paper plate, orange construction paper, green construction paper, and glue.

Directions: Encourage each child to cover the paper plate with torn pieces of orange construction paper and then add a stem torn from green construction paper. Use the completed pumpkins on your October bulletin board.


Pumpkin Sun Catchers added 9-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Clear Contact paper, Tissue paper

Directions: Supply each child with a section of clear *Contact* paper and red and yellow bits of tissue paper. Remove the backing and tape the *Contact* paper to the table in the child’s spot. Encourage the children to place red bits of paper in a single layer on one half of the *Contact* paper, and yellow bits on the other half. Then, fold the *Contact* paper in half and ask the children to describe what happens when the red and yellow tissue overlaps. Provide child with a pattern or stencil with which to cut a pumpkin out of the finished orange *Contact* paper. Hang in a sunny window to get the full effect.


Pom Pom Spider added 10-18-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Black yarn, Small square of cardboard, Black pipe cleaners, Goggly eyes, Red construction paper, Glue

Directions: Wind yard around and around cardboard square until heavily covered. Using a small piece of yarn tie securely at the center, cut edges and remove the cardboard. Insert three pipe cleaners into the knotted center and bend to form legs. Glue on eyes if desired, or cut out eyes from red paper. Use thread or yarn to hang spider.


Egg Carton Spider added 10-18-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Cardboard egg carton, Black pipe cleaners, Black tempera paint, marker or crayon, Red construction paper, Glue, Thread or yarn

Directions: Using paint, marker or crayons, color the cup sections of the egg carton. Cut each egg cup apart. Push pipe cleaner legs into egg cup and bend to shape legs. Cut red paper and glue on for eyes. Use thread or yarn to hang.


Ghost Puppet added 10-18-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Tissue paper, Cotton ball, Rubber band, String

Directions: Place tissue paper over a cotton ball and secure under ball with rubber band. Draw
eyes on with marker. Tie a string around neck and hang or use as a finger puppet by hooking over a finger with rubber band.


Halloween Chain added 10-18-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Orange and Black construction paper

Directions: Cut orange and black strips of paper, three to four inches long and one-half inch wide. Form a circle with one strip and glue or staple ends. Take next strip and loop it through first circle, again gluing or stapling ends. Continue on making as long as you like, alternating colors.


Eye Masks added 10-18-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Inexpensive eye masks, Sequins, Feathers, Buttons, Dried beans

Directions: Have kids attach a variety of items on hand to the masks with glue to make their own decorated eye masks.


Halloween Table Cloth added 10-18-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: White paper table cloth, Sponges, Tempera acrylic paint, Markers, Stickers, Halloween cutouts

Directions: On white paper tablecloth decorate with assorted shapes cut from sponges. Glue on Halloween cutouts or stickers.


Trick or Treat Bags added 10-18-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Brown paper lunch bags, Felt-tip markers, Halloween stickers, Cutout pumpkins, ghosts, bats, cats, Glue

Directions: Decorate the brown paper bags with assorted Halloween designs. Larger brown paper grocery bags can be decorated and used for trick or treating.


Bone Mobileadded 10-18-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Bone shaped dog biscuits, White spray paint, String, Coat hanger

Directions: Spray paint dog biscuits white on both sides. Once dry tie together with string in a variety of patterns. Hang from coat hangers or crossed dowels.


Secret BOO! added 10-18-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: White paper, white crayon, black watercolor paint

Directions: Before class I drew ghosts and the words BOO on white paper with white crayon. (very difficult to see)–no one noticed it was there. The children watched magic being formed right in front of their eyes and they painted water colors over the entire paper. The Ghost and Boo appeared.


Mummy added 10-18-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Tag Board, black paper, glue, white tissue paper (or toilet paper)

Directions: Cut out a “body” shape from tag board. Glued it to a half piece of black construction paper. Cut strips of white tissue paper and have the children glued them all over the body to look like a mummy. You can write on the black paper with white crayon or chalk. “MUMMY” I love you!


Handprint Ghosts added 9-17-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: white paint, black paper

Directions: Have the children paint their hands white and press onto black construction paper. When they dry have the children turn them upside down and add faces.


Leaf Witches added 9-17-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: leaves, paper, crayons and markers

Directions: Have children glue down pressed leaves on construction paper for witches body. Then allow them to fill in their own features on the witch. Perhaps they would like to have the witch riding on her broom or standing next to her brew.


Paper Plate Bat added 9-17-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: small paper plate, black paint, black paper, chalk, hole punch, yarn

Directions: Paint a small paper plate with black finger paint, and let it dry. Cut triangle shapes from black construction paper, 3 for each wing and lay them out so you can glue the two top corners to another triangle. Fasten the wings to the back of the paper plate and draw a face with white correction fluid or chalk. Punch a hole in the top to hang.


Paper Plate Masksadded 9-17-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper Plates, Popsicle Sticks, Yarn, or Rubber Bands, Glue or tape, Crayons, Markers, or Paint, Scrap Paper, Fabric, Buttons.

Directions: Cut out holes for eyes. Decorate as desired. Use a popsicle stick as a “handle” to hold up the mask, or use yarn or rubber bands to tie it to the face.


Halloween Votivesadded 9-24-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Collect one baby food jar, one votive, back & orange tissue paper, glue and paint brush for each child.

Directions: Soak labels off of jars. Let the jars dry. Let each child cut tissue paper pieces and glue onto the jar with paint brush. Much like a decoupage. They can make mosaics or even a jack-o-lantern. With permanent marker add child’s name and date to the bottom of the jar. Add a votive. When they get home they have a wonderful, keepsake to use year after year.


Pumpkin Headadded 9-24-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: pumpkin, washable markers, and props.

Directions: Get props such as glasses, paper mustache, hats, scarves, and wigs. Let each child have turn to decorate and dress up pumpkin. When next child’s turn – just wash the markers off!


Ghost Windsockadded 10-15-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: White paper paper, paper, glue, White crepe paper streamers, and string or yarn

Directions: Take a white paper lunch bag (flip it upside down so the top opening of the bag is at the bottom). Have your students cut out eyes and a mouth from black construction paper and glue to the front side of the bag. After that, have them glue white crepe paper streamers to the inside of the bag. Open up the bag and you can put a string through the top and hang the windsock.


Paper Plate Pumpkin Shakersadded 9-9-02 Submitted By: Kendra Phinney

Need: 2 small paper plates, orange paint, green construction paper and popcorn kernels

Directions: Have children paint both paper plates. when dry staple them together but leave room to add popcorn kernels and construction paper stem. children can add face with markers and have fun with them in a dancing game.


Balloon Jack O Lanterns added 9-16-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: Orange balloons (Older Children Only!), black markers, stickers, or black finger paint.

Directions: Blow up an orange balloon and let the child use a black marker, stickers, or black finger paint to create facial features.


Mummy trick-or-treat bags added 9-2-03 Original Author Unknown

Need: Brown Bags with handles, white crepe paper, glue, paper, scissors

Directions: Collect brown bags with handles. Enough for each child to have one. (bath and body works bags work great.) Take white crepe paper streamers and glue strips over the front of the bag going in random directions. Glue scary eyes on it and a mouth and there is your mummy bag.


Handprint Pumpkin Patch added 10-6-03 Original Author Unknown

Need: Orange Tempra Paint, Green Tempra Paint, Paper, Sponge to apply paint, Palm of hand, index finger, soap & water.

Directions: Apply Orange Tempra Paint to the palm of a hand. Press palm onto paper. Repeat process until desired number of “pumpkins appear”. (It’s okay if they overlap.) Using index finger & Green Tempra Paint, make stem and leaves on the pumpkins. Use the soap and water to clean up hands.


Hand Print Spiders added 10-16-04 Submitted by: Anonymous

Need: Black paint, white paper

Directions: Take black tempera paint or finger paint and paint the child’s hands. Then place each hand on a white piece of construction paper heal to heal. Add eyes to the spiders body.


 

 

Passover Arts & Crafts

Matzah Added 4-5-99 Original Author Unknown

Need:
Stencil, paint

Directions:
An art idea for 2’s could be as simple as sponge painting inside of a stencil for a matzah cover. You could cut out the word and just have them take a sponge and paint inside.


Seder Plate Added 4-5-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Plate, cupcake papers, pre cut items

Directions: A seder plate is another idea where you could have precut items that go on the plate and have them glue them into cupcake papers that are glued on to the plate.


Baby Moses in a basket Added 4-5-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper plate, paint, brown bag, paper, clothes pin

Directions: First you have the children either paint a paper plate blue or they can color it blue. Then take a brown paper bag. Have them or you do it depending on the age cut it down about 1/2 way. This is the basket. Glue it onto the plate. Then have them cut green strips or I use Easter grass to fill the basket. Then take a wooden clothes pin and have the children draw a face on the head of the clothes pin. That is baby Moses. You can add fish to the plate or reeds or any thing you like. I think you could have the children make a swaddling cloth etc. One thing for sure is the children love their baby!


Easter Arts & Crafts

Baby Chicks added 3-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Small Cotton Ball (or Yellow pom pom), Yellow Powdered tempera paint, googly eyes, Orange paper beak, egg carton (or clean and dry egg shell), Glue.

Directions: Take a small cotton ball and dip it in the powdered yellow paint. Then add eyes and beaks however you want. Take thechick and glue it into a piece of an egg carton.


Egg shell collage added 3-9-98Original Author Unknown

Need: Egg shells, Glue, paper, and water color Paint.

Directions: Save the dyed shells from the Easter eggs or just from breakfast. Glue them onto a piece of paper. When the Glue Dries paint over it with water colors for a neat effect.


Decorated Eggs added 3-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Legg’s eggs or small blown up balloon, Masking tape, Glue, Brushes, and Colored tissue paper.

Directions: Put tape around seam of Legg’s eggs.Then brush glue (watered down a bit) all over egg. Place different colored tissue paper pieces onto the glue. Dip your finger into some glue and be sure all paper edges are down by rubbing glue over paper.


Mini Easter Baskets added 3-12-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Margarine container, Hole punch, Pipe cleaners, Glue, Fabric, and ribbon.

Directions: Wash and dry a margarine container. Punch a hole on both sides of container – near the top. Wrap 2 pipe cleaners around each other and insert each end into a hole and twist the ends together for the handle. Glue fabric and ribbon to outside of container. Decorate the handle with ribbon and a bow. Fill the basket with treats!


Tissue Paper Egg added 3-12-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: White poster board, Liquid starch, scissors, sponge brush, and tissue paper.

Directions: Each child gets a large white poster board egg shape. They use liquid starch and sponge brushes to paint the egg. Then use pastel colors of tissue paper to cover the egg shape.


Easter Bonnet added 4-29-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper plate, cupcake papers, Crepe paper, and Acrylic spray paint.

Directions: Take a paper plate, turn it over and staple cupcake cups to the top in clusters of 3. I then take crepe paper and staple it to the underside of the hat to tie it on. They are so cute. I also spray paint the plate with an acrylic paint (if there’s time). They really look like an old fashioned bonnet. You can also glue (hot glue or tacky glue) silk flowers and greens to give it dimension.


Easter Bonnet 2 added 4-29-98 Author Christa of Preschool Education

Need: Paper Bowl, Glue, hole punch, Yarn, and Colored tissue paper.

Directions: What you do is take a paper bowl and turned it upside down. Then glue pastel colored tissue paper onto the bowl. When it dries put two hole in the brim, with a hole punch. One on each side. Then put yarn in the holes to make a tie for around there chin.


Shiny Easter Egg added 11-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: White Tag board, condensed milk, food coloring, paint brush

Directions: Cut out an egg shape from white tag board. In a separate container mix condensed milk with different colors of food coloring. Use a separate paint brush for each color, paint the Easter egg the way they choose. Tilt egg causing the colors to mix. Let the egg dry for at least 48 hours.


Tag Board Eggs added 11-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: White tag board, corn syrup (light), food coloring, paint brush

Directions: Cut out an egg for each child out of white tag board. Mix together corn syrup (light) and food coloring. Mix together as many different colors as you wish. Have children paint their eggs. Let dry.


Spring Baskets added 11-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: 2 litter bottle, hole punch, pipe cleaner, Glue, tissue paper, puffy paint

Directions: Cut 2/3 off the top of a two-liter bottle. Discard the top portion of the bottle. Punch holes opposite of each other near the rim of the bottle. Attach a long pipe cleaner from one hole to the other to form a handle. Then glue pastel colored tissue paper pieces on the bottle. When the glue dries use puffy paint to personalize the baskets.


Easter Ornament added 11-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Wilton candy molds, pink construction paper, blender, warm water, sponge or paper towel, sharp knife (Adult only). use of an oven or warm place.

Directions: You will need Wilton candy molds or a stoneware cookie mold in an Easter egg shape or other design. Tear up a piece of pink construction paper (or any color) into 1″ pieces. Place in a blender with 1 cup of very warm water and let set for 10 minutes. Then process for 2 minutes on low and 1 minute on high until the paper is mushy and fibrous. Squeeze out most of the water and push this pulp into the molds. Press a sponge or paper towel onto the smooth side of the mold until most of the water is gone. Bake at 200 degrees for 1 hour or sit on top of a clothes dryer or other warm place for 2-3 days. Paper should pop out of molds using the tip of a sharp knife to loosen. If it doesn’t come right out, it’s not yet dry. These can be hung on Easter Egg trees or just used as refrigerator magnets or to make necklaces for the children. These can be painted with tempera or acrylics and decorated with glitter. These also make nice pins for Mother’s Day if you glue a pin backing on the back side. This is a great project when cost is a factor.


Filter Paper Eggs added 2-25-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Coffee Filters, water, food coloring,

Directions: Precut egg shapes out of coffee filters. Mix water with the basic colors. Let the children use eyedroppers to drip colors on the filter shape. The colors will run together and make beautiful eggs.


Rabbit Ears added 2-25-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Constructions paper, straws

Directions: Make rabbit ear head bands. Have the children cut ears out of construction paper. Glue then to a Paper head band. You can add straws to the back of the ears so they will stay upright.


Marble eggs added 2-25-99Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper, box, paint, and a marble (or a plastic egg is fun too)

Directions: Cut an egg shape from construction paper. Get a box and place the egg in the center of the box. Put a few drops of pastel color paint in the corner of the box and place a marble in too. Then roll it.


Another Easter Bonnet added 2-25-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Styrofoam soup bowl, paper plate, flowers, and ribbon

Directions: Make Easter bonnets from Styrofoam soup bowls stapled to paper plates that have the center cut out of them. Let the children decorate them as desired. Supply them with cut out flowers and ribbon.


Pretty Easter Egg added 3-13-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: White Construction paper, water, food coloring, eye droppers

Directions: Precut Egg shapes from white construction paper. Fill cups with water and different colors of food coloring. Let the children use eye droppers to squeeze the colors onto their Easter egg. These come out so colorful!


Foot Shaped Bunnies added 3-13-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: White construction paper

Directions: Trace around each child’s foot on a piece of white construction paper. Let the children cut them out. Turn the foot so the narrow end is the head of the bunny. Decorate with rabbit ears, nose etc…


Fingerprint Easter Eggs added 3-13-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Picture of an Easter Basket, Paint, and your thumb

Directions: Have a simple picture of an empty eater basket or draw one. Get different color paints in shallow dishes and let the kids dip their thumbs and make Easter eggs in the basket!


Easter Egg Baskets added 3-13-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Crochet String ( multi pastel colors) found in walmart, Liquid Starch, Balloons, Tray, Yarn, Spray bottle, Bowl, Easter favors, Easter grass, lace

Directions: First you blow up the balloon to medium size. Just a little bigger than your hand but not too big. Next take the string and wrap it around the balloon till you cover it. Make sure you go in all directions and there are no big gaps in it. Pour the starch in a spray bottle and then some in a bowl. Roll the balloon in the starch. I used string to hang it from a basket then let it drip onto a tray. It can get messy so always have something under the balloon. Once it is dry to touch– layer with more starch by spraying it. Continue adding starch until the string is very stiff- stiff enough to hold its own shape. Once it is completely dry- Pop the balloon. Take the balloon out of the balloon shaped egg. I cut a small circle out of the string large enough to put my hand in it and insert Easter grass and goodies. Around the cut edge of the circle. I reinforce the egg shape with lace and it also makes it look nicer!! I just use hot glue to glue it. Then I fill with goodies. Its really easy once you get started… You can have the kids help wrap the string and then spray the starch on everyday… and also POP the balloon! They love to do that!! MAKE SURE YOU TELL THE KIDS THAT THEY ARE VERY DELICATE! because they will crush!


Juice Can Rabbits added 3-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: frozen juice cans (glue white paper around), construction paper ears (white outer & pink inner), nose (pink), eyes (or use googly eyes), and feet (white), cotton balls (for tails), black construction paper strips for whiskers, glue, tissue paper or Easter grass, Easter goodies

Directions: Children assemble rabbits by gluing rabbit parts onto juice can. Put some tissue paper or Easter grass and goodies into cans for children’s Easter treats.


Rabbit Bag added 3-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: White paper bag, tape, ribbon, wiggle eyes, and a pom pom

Directions: Take a paper bag (Preferably white). Tape together about one third of the way up. Cut a slit in the middle of the bag down to where you have it taped (makes ears) . Round the corners of the ears off and poke 2 holes in each ear. The holes should be near the top. These are to put ribbon through to make the “inner ear”. Use 2 large pom poms for the cheeks and one for the nose. Use 2 large wiggle eyes. Use string or ribbon for the whiskers.


Basket of Eggs added 3-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Colored constructions paper, and glue

Directions: Trace around 2 hands on green paper. Cut them out. Cut out a large basket shape from brown paper and four eggs on colored paper – glue the hands (fingers up) as grass behind the eggs and basket on blue paper.


Easter baskets added 3-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Strawberry baskets, lace ribbon, Easter grass

Directions: You take the empty green pint containers that strawberries (or other berries) come in, put pipe cleaners through one of the holes at the top. Lace ribbon through the baskets to decorate. Fill with Easter grass and top with candy etc.


Circle Bunny added 3-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Constructions paper, and Glue

Directions: Trace circles on white or pink paper. Cut them out. Cut ears from the sides of one circle leaving an hour glass shape in the center – use that as a bow tie – Draw a bunny face on the other circle. Glue ears and bow on rabbit face. Color – place on large sheet of Const. paper.


Chicken in a Shell added 3-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Constructions paper, brad paper fastener

Directions: Cut a large oval egg form wall paper or white paper. Draw jagged line across half of egg and cut. If white paper is used, it should be decorated. Make a chick’s head out of yellow or white construction paper. Color beak and eyes black. Paste chick to bottom half of egg shell. Fasten top and bottom shell together with paper fastener so top half of shell can be moved to reveal chick.


Bunny Baskets added 3-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Empty & Clean Milk Carton, Construction Paper, Glue, Crayons or Markers

Directions: Bottom 1/3 of a milk carton. Staple a 1″ strip across the top for a handle. Cut out bunny shapes; sitting up bunny – ears on top, round head and fat body. Make sure it is the width of the milk carton (a bit like the traditional cat drawing). Decorate the basket with paper chips (small pieces of paper cut or torn) and draw on bunny’s face. You can also paint the basket with glue and dip it into a container of confetti. Glue on a cotton ball on the opposite side of basket for bunny’s tail.


Barefoot Chick added 3-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Yellow Paint, Construction Paper, Crayons, Glue, Cornmeal

Directions: Paint (giggling allowed!) the bottom of the child’s foot with yellow washable liquid paint. Have him press his foot onto a sheet of construction paper. When the child’s foot is clean and the paint is dry, have him use crayons to add an eye, beak, and legs to his chick. Finally have him spread gluealong the bottom of the paper, then sprinkle the glue with cornmeal.


Lambs added 3-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: White Paper, Black Paint, Glue, Packing Popcorn, etc.

Directions: Use black paint on the hands and stamp them on a white piece of paper, then decorate. The lambs look cute with packing “popcorn” or white paper reinforcements make great “wool”. Also, left-over batting or stuffing can be used.


Bunnies in the Grass added 3-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: White Paper, Crayons, Glue, Pom-poms or cotton balls

Directions: Have the children color a white sheet of paper all green (scribbling is just perfect) that have them glue on 10-15 1/2″ pom poms or pieces of cotton balls – wa la you now have “Baby Bunnies Hiding in the Grass!!”


Cottony lambs added 3-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Black construction Paper, Cotton Balls, White Chalk

Directions: Have the child trace their hands on the black paper. Cut these out, placing the “hands” upside down so that the four fingers are the legs and the thumb is the head. Have the kids glue cotton balls to the “body”. Use chalk or construction paper or whatever to make the eyes.


Paper plate rabbits added 3-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper plate large and small, constructions paper

Directions: Use a small white paper plate and a large white paper plate. Glued the face parts, i.e.. nose, whiskers, eyes, nose,ears to the small paper plate. Then we glued on a tail feet to the large paper plate. Then we glued both together.


Easter Placemats added 3-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Old Easter cards, Easter pictures from magazines, your children’s drawings, light weight cardboard or heavy, construction paper, glue, contact paper

Directions: Gather up Easter cards from past years, pictures from magazines or your children’s favorite drawings. Glue onto light cardboard or construction paper in decorative fashion the size of a placemat. Cover this collage with clear contact paper to seal the placemat. Be sure to have your child date and sign it.


Bunny Mask added 3-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper plate, pink construction paper, pink and/or white pipe cleaners, yarn

Directions: Using the paper plate, cut out eyes and nose in the plate. Cut out bunny ears from pink paper and glue to the plate. Use pipe cleaners to make whiskers, attach to plate by poking through and knotting at back, or glue on. Use yarn to tie to either side of plate to tie on your little one’s head.


Colorful Stamping added 3-23-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Large Jelly beans, Hot glue (adult only) film canister, shallow container, pain and paper

Directions: Your little ones will be amazed and you will be too over these stamps made from real jelly beans. To make two stamps, cut a large jelly bean in half length wise. Hot-glue each half to the bottom of a separate film canister so that its flat side can be used for printing. Make the desired number of stamps or make a pair of jellybean stamps for each different color of beans in your package. Provide shallow containers of paints that correspond to the colors of the beans. Make a jellybean book out of a large shaped jellybean, cutting each jellybean out of white construction paper and giving one to each child. Encourage each child to use the stamps to make prints on a cut-out shape.


Giant Easter Eggs added 3-23-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Balloon, Liquid Starch or Watered Down Glue, Large Paintbrushes, Crochet Thread

Directions: Blow up a balloon and tie a 2 ft. piece of thread to the bottom of it. Cover the entire balloon with starch or watered down glue, using a large paint brush. Wrap crochet thread around the balloon in one direction, leaving small gaps about 1/2 inch wide so the balloon isn’t completely covered. Wrapping doesn’t have to be perfect. Apply another light layer of starch or glue on top of the thread and wrap with another layer of crochet thread in another direction. Repeat one or more times until the balloon is covered with thread. Hang the balloon from the bottom thread to dry for about 24 hours. When fully dry, pop the balloon and gently pull it out of the thread. Hang the giant egg from the ceiling or place it in a giant Easter basket. Variations: Use multicolored thread or yarn. You can flatten the end of the egg by pressing on it gently so it will stand on end. Leave an intentional opening to set figurines and eggs/candy in. They are very pretty this way.

Practical tips: Work quickly before the glue/starch dries or add more when necessary. Handle the egg with care after it dries, as it may cave in if you squish it.


Bunny Easter Basket added 3-13-02 Submitted by: Jennifer Kudron

Need: Flower pot, paper, wiggly eyes, pink pompom, Easter grass, glue, marker

Directions: You take a flower pot (Be careful the children do not walk around with them. They are breakable.) and glue white and pink ears on the back of the pot for the ears. On the front glue on wiggly eyes and pink pompom for the nose. Draw a mouth with a marker. Fill the pot with Easter grass and give to the parents with a card for Easter.


Jellybean Painting added 3-31-03 Original Author Unknown

Need: jellybeans, paint, paper, tape, and a box

Directions: Place a piece of paper in a box (roll tape and put under the paper to hold it still in the box.). Add small amounts of paint in the corners. Place a few jellybeans in the box too. Encourage children to move the box so that the jellybeans will paint the picture.


April Fools Arts & Crafts

What is wrong? added 3-18-97 Submitted by: Ariel

Need: Magazines, scissors, glue, construction paper and crayons, or markers

Directions: Cut our several pictures from magazines (or draw your own). Then paste each picture on a piece of construction paper, omitting, adding, or changing one part to make it look foolish, (a school bus with the lettering backwards, flowers growing upside down, a bike with a missing wheel). Take turns guessing what’s wrong with each silly picture. And see who can fool their friends.

St. Patrick’s Day Arts & Crafts

Easy Shamrock added 2-15-98 Christa from Preschool Education

Need: Paper, scissors

Directions: Cut three heart and a stem from paper. Glue them in the shape of a shamrock. Then trace it onto green paper. You will have a perfect shamrock every time.


Leprechaun Latter! added 2-15-98 Christa from Preschool Education

Need: Yarn, Straws, Green Construction paper, and Scissors.

Directions: Cut about 10 Shamrocks out for each child. Make the Shamrocks Small. About 3 inches wide. Cut Straw into 2 inch pieces. String the Straws and the shamrocks. One Straw, One Shamrock, One Straw, One Shamrock, One Straw, One Shamrock, etc…. (A good Idea is to put tape on one end of the string so it does not come apart, while Stringing. Tape the second end to the table so the objects don’t come off the other side.) When it is done tie a knot in the Yarn on both side. Hang it From the Ceiling. You can make them as long or as short as you wish. They really look great. Also a great
Stringing project for Preschoolers.


Paper Plate Shamrock added 2-15-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: 3 paper plates, Green Crayons, Green Construction paper, glue, and scissors.

Directions: Color all three paper plates green. Cut a stem from green construction paper. Glue the three paper plates together and in a triangle type shape. Then glue the stem at the bottom.


Coffee Filter Shamrock added 3-12-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Coffee Filter, 2 baby food Jars, Water, scissors, Yellow and Blue food coloring, and a Q-tip

Directions: Cut Coffee filter in the shape of a shamrock. Put water in two baby food jars. Add yellow food color in one jar and blue in the other. Give the children Q-tips and let them mix the colors on the coffee filter. You end up with a very interesting green shamrock.


Fingerpaint Clover Field added 3-12-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: 1 piece fingerpaint paper, green tempera paint mixed with liquid starch (mixed very thick), 3×3 in pieces of tissue paper in shades of green, scissors, newspaper

Directions: Cut shamrocks out of tissue paper (many different sizes). Place fingerpaint paper on top of newspaper. Pour about 3 tablespoons of paint in the middle and spread all over the paper with one hand. Make all over design on the paper. before the paint dries add tissue shamrocks to the paper.


Lucky Leprechaun Hats added 3-12-98 Original Author Unknown
Submitted by Amy

Need: paper bowls, green paint, paintbrush, hole punch, ribbon, and gold glitter

Directions: Have the children paint the backside of a paper bowl green. When they dry, punch a hole in the rim of the bowl. One on each side. Lace ribbon through the hole so you can tie the hat on. Great for a St. Patty’s party.

(OPTIONAL) While paint in wet on the hats, sprinkle gold glitter on them.


Living Leprechauns added 2-18-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Styrofoam cups, markers, paper, cotton balls, dirt, grass seeds

Directions: Give each child a styrofoam cup. Have them draw or paste precut facial features on the cup. Use cotton balls for beard. The next day (after the glue dries) fill the cup with dirt. Plant grass or alfalfa seeds. Each Leprechaun should have a green head of hair soon!!


Shamrock Painting added 2-18-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Peppers, paint, and paper

Directions: Green peppers cut in half (they look like shamrocks.) White Paint on Green paper, or green paint on white paper.


Glitter Shamrocks added 2-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Cookie Cutters, paint, paper, glitter

Directions: Using cookie cutters in the shape of shamrocks have the children dip the cutters into shallow pans of paint and press to paper. After they have desired amount of shamrocks, they may add glitter.


Shamrocks added 2-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Tissue paper, paper, glue

Directions: Cut a shamrock from construction paper. Glue pieces of green variegated tissue paper or scraps of green paper on shamrock.


Rice Shamrocks added 2-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Oak-tag or heavy white paper, rice, green food coloring, brushes, glue, glue containers, paper towels or pie tins, shamrock patterns.

Directions: Prepare rice a day ahead of project. Place rice in a small amount of water to which green food coloring has been added. Let it soak until desired shade of green had been reached. Drain off the water and let rice dry on paper towels or in pie tins overnight. Trace and cut out shamrock shapes. Have the children brush diluted glue on their shamrocks and sprinkle green rice over the glue. (A drop or two of alcohol in a few drops food coloring will color very darkly any kind of pasta: macaroni, etc. Perhaps this will work with rice too. It dries much quicker without the water. )


Marble paint green added 2-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Three marbles, paint

Directions: Using three marbles roll green, yellow, and white paint, let dry. Paste on shamrocks, and lace around the edges.


Shamrock Sun Catcher added 2-25-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Shamrocks, wax paper, paper

Directions: Begin by collecting shamrocks or three leafed clovers. Then press between two sheets of waxed paper. Cut a large shamrock shape from a sheet of construction paper. Then cut the center out, reserving the shamrock cutout for another project. Glue the resulting shamrock shaped frame to the clover containing waxed paper.


Texture Shamrocks added 2-25-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Green paint, grits, paper

Directions: Have the children use green finger-paint that has been mixed with grits (to give it a texture) to cover a shamrock shape.


Irish Flag added 2-25-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, glue

Directions: Using a full sheet of white construction paper let the children glue 3 pieces of paper that you have cut to fit the white paper to make the flag. Starting from the left side of the white paper glue on 1/3 of green construction paper, 1/3 of white paper & 1/3 of orange paper.


Shamrock crayon rubbing added 2-25-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: cardboard, pencil, glue, paper, crayons

Directions: Using a piece of cardboard or matt board draw on some shamrocks with a pencil. Now take some glue in the bottle & outline the shapes with glue. Let the glue dry. Now take some paper & lay it on top of the shamrocks & rub it with the side of a green crayon. My kids like to call this magic when the design appears.


Shamrock Men added 2-25-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction Paper, Glue, Markers or Crayons

Directions: Let the children draw a face on the shamrock and add accordion fold arms and legs.


Shimmering Shamrocks added 2-25-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, glue, salt or sugar, green cellophane

Directions: Cut out shamrock shapes from green paper. Have the children put glue around the edge of the shamrock. Sprinkle salt or sugar on the glue. Or if you can find the green cellophane paper in the grocery store cut holes in the shamrock and put cellophane behind it.


Finger Paint added 2-25-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Finger paint paper, yellow and blue paint

Directions: Cut large shamrock shapes from finger-painting paper. Put a blob of yellow and a blob of blue paint on the shamrock. Have the children finger-paint and soon…GREEN! This is a good sensory way to learn about colors.


Dancing Leprechaun added 3-7-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: pudding box, markers, green and white paper, scissors, tape, glue, craft, easel or other long paper

Directions:
1. Cover the pudding box w/green paper.
2. Cut a circle out of white paper and draw the leprechauns’ face on it w/the markers. Glue it on the pudding box.
3. Cut some pieces of red yard to make the leprechaun’s hair. Tie in the middle w/a small piece of yarn and glue to the top of the box.
4. Glue some snips of red yarn to the leprechaun’s face to make a beard.
5. Cut 4 strips of shelf paper 1″ wide by 3′ long for legs. Cut 4 strips 1′ wide x 2′ long for arms. Fold the strips over each other back and forth to form the arms and legs.
6. Cut shoes and hands out of paper and glue to the legs and arms.
7. Tape a loop of yarn to the top of the leprechaun’s head for hanging. 


Finger Painting Shamrocks added 2-26-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: 1/2 finger paint sheet, yellow & blue finger-paint, 5 cardboard shamrocks to trace around, black markers, scissors

Directions: Have children finger paint yellow and blue all over finger paint sheet. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle on gold glitter. Let dry. Have children trace a shamrock shape on the backside of the finger-paint sheet and then cut out their shamrocks.


Shamrocks added 2-26-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: 1 sheet white construction paper with Shamrock pattern per child, green tissue paper cut into squares, glue

Directions: Have the children glue the green tissue paper onto their Shamrock.


Lucky Charms added 2-26-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Lucky Charms cereal box, and cereal

Directions: Cut out the rainbow on the lucky charms breakfast cereal and have the kids glue the cereal shapes right on to the rainbow.


Potato Person added 2-26-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Potato, grass seed, paper

Directions: What could be better than a potato craft for St. Paddy’s day? Cut a good size raw potato in half, scoop out the potato flesh, fill with soil and sprinkle with grass seed. Place the potato in a small margarine container to stand upright and decorate the front of the potato with eyes, nose and mouth…when the grass sprouts it will look like the silliest leprechaun ever!


Puffy Shamrocks added 2-26-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Colored paper, Scissors, Glitter, string, paint-items to decorate with, Glue, Stapler, Newspaper

Directions: Cut two shamrocks from white or light colored paper. If the child(ren) is old enough, have them practice their cutting skills by cutting it out. Next decorate one side of each piece. They can sponge paint, string paint, markers, glue and glitter, whatever. Next, staple the two shapes together, leaving a hole at the top. Stuff with crumpled up newspaper and finish stuffing. Viola! A Puffy shamrock!


Shamrock Necklace added 2-26-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, green paint, salt, hole punch, ribbon

Directions: Trace shamrock shapes onto heavy white paper. Carefully cut out, then paint green and sprinkle with salt. After shamrocks have dried, they will have a shimmery appearance. You may punch holes in the tops of these then use yarn or ribbon to tie them to a clothes hangar for a simple mobile, or you may hole punch them, string them on separate 24″ ribbons, tie, and give to friends as St. Patrick’s Day necklaces. If you give them as necklaces, you may use the shamrock to explain the Trinity as St. Patrick did when you give each one away.


Green On Green added 2-22-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Green Construction Paper, Green crayons or oil pastels, White tempera paint, Paintbrushes

Directions: Draw a design or picture on the green construction paper using green crayon. (This can get a bit tricky because its sometimes hard to see what it is you are drawing.) Just do some fun designs. Press hard with the crayon so its nice and thick. When the picture is drawn, brush some white tempera paint (not too thick) over the paper. Like magic, lines will appear from out of nowhere!


Shamrock Wands added 2-02-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: Green Construction Paper, scissors, glue, stapler, gold glitter, green straw, thin ribbon in both green and gold

Directions: Cut three heart shapes from the green paper. Glue the tips of the three shapes together to form a shamrock. Staple the center of the shamrock to the end of the straw to make a handle. Decorate the shamrock with gold glitter. Cut three of more 3 foot ribbons. Hold the ribbons together and staple them to the back of the shamrock at the center so that the ends hang down from the shamrock wand. Cut several tiny shamrocks and staple them along the ribbons. Maybe your magic wand will help you catch a leprechaun!!


Pot-O-Gold Craft added 2-02-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper Plate, Toilet Tissue or Paper Towel Roll, Glue, Paint

Directions: Cut down the toilet tissue or paper towel roll so it is about 2 inches high. Paint it black. Cut the paper plate in half. Cut out an arc shape from the outside edge of the paper plate. Make sure the end of the arc can fit into the hole in the painted toilet tissue roll. Paint the arc so it looks like a rainbow. Once the paint is all dry. Slide one end of the rainbow into the black toilet tissue roll. Glue in place. You now have a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow! For an added touch, put a line of glue around the top edge of the toilet tissue roll and sprinkle on gold glitter or sequins.


Green Shaving Cream Art added 2-07-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: Shaving cream, green paint, paper, paintbrush

Directions: Add a few drops of green paint to shaving cream. Have the children use this to paint with. Not mixing the paint in will give it a special look.


Shamrock Hats added 2-07-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: newsprint, shamrock stickers, green paint

Directions: Make hats from newsprint and have the child decorate with green paint or shamrock stickers.


Torn Paper Shamrocks added 2-07-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, glue

Directions: Draw a shamrock shape on a piece of paper. Have the children tear pieces of green construction paper, and glue them inside the lines for the shamrock shape.


Leaping Leprechaun added 2-07-02 Submitted by: rlangan

Need: styrofoam cup, pattern for black pot, Leprechaun, craft stick.

Direction: Have children color a small picture of a leprechaun and cut it out. Glue the leprechaun onto craft stick. Cut out and glue 2 black pots on cup. Stick the craft stick through bottom of cup. Leprechaun can now “pop” out of his pot of gold. (Paper coins can also be glued to the top of the cup to look like gold.)


A Shamrock Sun Catcher added 3-12-02 Submitted by: Sheila Gail

Need: Paper, wax paper, scissors, crayon shavings, warm iron (Adult only!), Ironing board, hole punch, yarn

Direction: Have pre-cut shamrocks from construction paper ready. Cut one inch into the outer edge of the shamrocks, so that there is no middle. Lay shamrock on wax paper, have children sprinkle shaved crayons into the empty middle. Lay another sheet of wax paper on top of the entire shamrock. Cover the whole thing with a light dish towel. Assist child in pressing an iron on top of the wax paper to create their sun catcher. Allow children to cut around the edge to re-form shamrock shape. Hole punch the top, add string, hang in window.


Magic Leprechaun Glasses added 2-07-03 Original Author Unknown

Need: green tagboard, green cellophane

Directions: Cut green tagboard into shamrock shaped sunglasses with green cellophane covering the eye openings.


Leprechaun Binoculars added 2-07-03 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper rolls, green paint, staple or glue, yarn

Directions: Take two paper rolls and stapled them together. Punch a hole on each side of the tubes. Then paint the tubes green. Add different shades of tissue for color. Then use your leprechaun with your new binoculars.


Green Spray Paint Art added 3-09-03 Original Author Unknown

Need: green paint, spray bottle, paper

Directions: Obtain a clean spray bottle. Add water and a little bit of liquid or powdered tempera. Then, place a large piece of paper on an easel, and have the children spray the colored water onto the paper.


Blarney Stones added 2-21-05 Original Author Unknown

Need: smooth rocks, paintbrush, green & gold glitter, glue

Directions: Have the kids gather smooth rocks from outside. Wash and dry the rocks, then use a paintbrush to cover rocks with white glue. Dip each of them in green or gold glitter and let dry. You now have Blarney Stones for good luck!


 

 

President’s Day Arts & Crafts

Paper Plate Penny added 1-25-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Small paper plate, crayons

Directions: Copy words from penny onto a small paper plate. Give each kid a penny and draw pictures and color to match. Can use picture of Lincoln.


Lincoln Picture added 1-25-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Picture of Lincoln, paper, paper bag, crayons

Directions: Color picture of Lincoln. Mount on construction paper. Use brown paper bag to cut out a frame. Run a brown crayon over the frame to give an antique look to it.


Rubbings added 1-25-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: pennies, paper, crayons

Directions: Do rubbings of both sides of pennies. Look at other money and see how many different pieces of money Lincoln is on.


Log Cabin Puzzle added 1-25-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Picture of a log cabin, scissors, glue

Directions: Color picture of log cabin mount on construction paper and cut into a puzzle.


Lincoln or Washington added 1-03-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper, glue

Directions: I take a piece of 9×13 white construction paper. Then the students tear red and blue construction paper into small pieces to cover the entire page. Then we add a silhouette of either Lincoln or Washington.


Cherry Tree added 1-16-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper, glue, red paint

Directions: Have children glue on trunk and top of tree onto paper. Then make fingerprints for the cherries.


Log Cabins added 1-27-03 Original Author Unknown

Need: Poster board, glue, pretzel logs

Directions: Make log cabins by gluing pretzel logs onto poster board into a shape of a log cabin.