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Arts & Crafts: Community Helpers

added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, foil

Directions: Make headbands for doctors white strips then a circle for the center that the children cover with pieces of tin foil for the light (mirror).

Post Office added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, string, stapler

Directions: Make mail carrier pouched out of construction paper, string and a stapler to staple the mail pouches together.

Doctor's Bag added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, Q-tip, cotton ball, band-aid, craft sticks, gauze

Directions: Make the doctor bag (just cut a dr. shaped bag -use black construction paper)-complete with handle. Inside put a Q-tip, a cotton ball, a Band-Aid, a craft stick, punch outs from hole puncher (pills) (be very careful with this one. You don't want to teach that pills are to be played with.) piece of gauze, and whatever else you can think of.

Good Food added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Magazines, paper, glue

Directions: Make a "good food" for their body collage out of pictures from magazines. They might even want to hang them on their own refrigerator to remind them which foods are healthy.

Healthy Mouth added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: red paper, white paper, magazine

Directions: Make a healthy mouth using red paper for the lips, and white paper for the teeth shapes. Children can practice "brushing" these mouths using paper brushes. They can feed the mouth healthy foods by gluing on pictures of healthy foods.

Spatter Paint added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: paint, toothbrushes

Directions: Try spatter painting with old toothbrushes. Spatter around a tooth shape cut out of oak tag.

Toothbrush Holder added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Flour, salt, water, food coloring

Directions: Make a toothbrush holder out of flour, salt and water. Make into a dough and coil into an upright shape. Put in the sun for a day or so to dry. You can paint when dry or add food coloring to the dough before you coil.

Fire Engine added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper, yarn, straws

Directions: Precut circular and rectangular shapes from construction paper. Have the children glue the precut shapes on to a piece of construction paper to resemble a fire truck. They may add yarn or string for the fire hose and use straws to make a ladder.

Fire Painting added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: paint, plastic wrap, paper

Directions: Using colors associated with fire (red, orange) squirt or draw thick lines on the paper and add a few drops of black paint here and there. Press clear plastic wrap onto the paper and squeegee the paint around. Pull plastic off of the paper using a strong vertical pulling action. (This will cause the paint to look like fire.) When paint is dry have the children glue a black cutout of a house (windows cut out) and/or a black cutout of a fire truck.

What I Want To Be added 9-28-98Original Author Unknown

Need: large white butcher paper, tracing crayon, crayons or paints, scissors

Directions: Have each child lie on a large piece of butcher paper and outline the body. When complete, have the children dress themselves in appropriate attire for what they want to be when they grow up. A firefighter? They will need a red suit, heavy black boots, and a firefighter's hat. A mommy? They might have a baby in their arms 
or at their side and wear pretty earrings and carry a purse. A doctor? They might have a white coat and wear a stethoscope. Cut out the life-size pictures and mount them for display.

Post Office Ink added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: 1 tsp. food coloring, 3 TBS. liquid starch, 1 TBS. water

Directions: Mix the ingredients to use as ink for rubber stamps.

Chef added 9-28-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: poster board, tissue paper, stapler

Directions: For a baker or chef we make a hat by cutting a strip of white poster board, staple it to fit the size of each child's head. Then we take one sheet of white tissue paper and staple it to the top of the poster band and fluff up the tissue to look like a bakers hat. The children wear their bakers hat and we bake some cookies for our snack.

Fireman's hat added 4-6-00 Submitted by: Kristi Levengood

Need: red construction paper, yellow construction paper  cut in the shape of a badge, glue, scotch tape

Directions: Cut the red paper in half the long way, measure the child's head. Then tape enough pieces of red paper together to make a head band around the child's head.  After the headband fits right have the child glue the badge with their name on it to the headband.

Police Badge added 3-20-06 By Christa Koch

Need:  Oak tag paper, glue, aluminum foil, black sharpie marker

Directions: Cut a badge shape from oak tag paper or any other heavy paper. Cut aluminum foil into small square pieces. Have the children cover the badge in glue, then press the aluminum foil pieces onto the badge. When it is dry, use a sharpie marker and write: Officer (child's name)

The Line Up! added 3-20-06 By Christa Koch

  White bulletin board paper, construction paper, markers, tape, collage materials, glue.

Hang a large piece of bulletin board paper on the wall. Have the children stand against it. Trace their outlines. Then let the children decorate their own silhouette. Use markers and collage materials.  Hang a sign above it that says "(class name) Line up" 

Optional: To give the project more of a line up feel. Make rectangular ID tags for each child's silhouette. Have then say:
Child's Name
Number (could be birth date with no - or /)
Then reason for the line up. (Caught being cute!, Arresting behavior, etc...)

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