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This activity explores the concept of symmetry and with the bright colorful blocks and familiar rainbow shape, it is the perfect activity to introduce it to preschoolers!

Start with:

  • A large, flat surface
  • A wooden dowel or tape
  • Colorful wooden blocks

Step 1: Divide a space by placing a wooden dowel or a piece of tape in a straight line.

Step 2: With wooden blocks, arrange one half of a rainbow.

Step 3: Scatter the blocks needed to complete the rainbow on the other side of the wooden dowel or tape.

Step 4: Discuss colors and rows of the rainbow and have your preschooler complete the rainbow with the blocks.

 

This paper plate Scarecrow is just right for an Autumn! Collaborate with your little one on making this craft and then give them a chance to work on scissors skills with this hair cut activity.

Start with:

  • Paper Plates
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cardboard
  • Cardstock

Create it!

Step 1: Paint a paper plate for the scarecrow's face and allow it to dry.

Step 2: Cut eyes, nose, mouth and cheeks from cardboard. Paint the pieces and allow them to dry.

Step 3: Glue the eyes, nose, mouth and cheeks to the painted paper plate.

Step 4: Cut cardstock into strips for the scarecrow's hair.

Step 5: Glue the cardstock strips to the scarecrow face.

Step 6: Cut a paper plate in half and paint it. This will make the scarecrow's hat.

Step 7: Cut the textured portion from the half of the paper plate.

Step 8: Glue the two pieces together to create the scarecrow's hat.

Step 9: Trim the edges of the hat brim.

Step 10: Glue the hat to the scarecrow.

Now, the scissors practice - have your little one work on their skills by giving the scarecrow a haircut! 

 

We used several painting techniques to create this tape resist spiderweb artwork craft. From non traditional paintbrushes and finger painting to the big surprise when the tape resist effect is revealed, this process art project is a fun one! 

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Washi Tape
  • Paint
  • Plastic Lids (from beverages and small bottles)
  • Scissors
  • Paper Plate

Create it!

Step 1: Cut a piece of cardboard for the canvas.

Step 2: Create a spiderweb with washi tape with vertical, horizontal and diagonal strips of tape on the cardboard. Next, connect the tape with smaller pieces of tape in a circular pattern to create the web. Press the tape firmly down.

Step 3: Use plastic lids to paint over the canvas. If you have a variety of colors of lids, match the paint color to the lid for some matching fun. 

Step 4: Fill in any missing portions of the canvas with good old fashioned finger painting. We dipped a finger in the paint and created a round shape to go with the round shapes of the lids. 

Step 5:  Once the canvas has dried, very carefully remove the washi tape from the canvas to reveal the spider web.

This is such a fun one - especially during this Halloween season!

 

There is just something so satisfying about seeing the end result of some good old fashioned smoosh painting, isn't there? We combined Autumn colors for this recycled material leaf artwork.

Start with:

  • Cardstock
  • Paint
  • Textured Cardboard
  • Paper Grocery Bag Handles
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

Create it!

Step 1: Fold a piece of white cardstock in half. Add blobs of paint to one side. Press the two halves of cardstock together. Gently open to reveal the unique smoosh paint pattern. Allow to paint to dry.

Step 2: Cut a piece of textured cardboard the same size as the cardstock.

Step 3: On the back of the textured cardboard, draw leaf shapes with pencil.

Step 4: Carefully cut out the leaf shapes, leaving the textured cardboard in one piece.

Step 5: Glue the textured cardboard on top of the cardstock.

Step 6: Pull the paper handles off of two paper grocery bags.

Step 7: Glue the paper handles to the edges of the textured cardboard to create a frame. Trim as needed.

Leaves aren't changing colors yet where you live or maybe you haven't been able to find all the colors? Add any colors you like in this fun process art project!