We introduced the Preschool Art Exploration Craft Kit to a small group of our three-year old children here at Cathy’s Nursery School in Glastonbury, CT. Prior to handing them the sticky frames, we arrayed the collage materials on the table. The kit included colorful plastic buttons, strands of yarn, strips of tissue paper, large pompoms, and a myriad of other paper and plastic items. The children enjoyed touching and talking about the various materials: the shapes, textures and colors. A fun sensory experience!
Once we gave them the sticky frames they immediately got to work, selecting their favorite supplies. It was interesting to watch each child create their own masterpiece. Some were very selective and artistic, others just piled it on. Once they filled the sticky space on their cards, they continued to play with the materials on the table. This was a very nice and age-appropriate activity. Continue reading
How adorable are these visors? With the weather getting warmer, it’s the perfect time to use visors for crafting! Our Super Visors Craft Kit comes with 48 white cardboard visors, non-toxic markers, and elastic. This is a fun group activity for summer camp and other recreational programs. Choose a theme, like movie characters, and have each kid decorate their own visor as their favorite characters. See the steps below for 10 different visor ideas we created from popular Disney and Pixar movies! Continue reading
Slime is the new popular activity for kids! In just 5 easy steps, you can join in on the fun. Experiment with different colors and add fun items like glitter and beads! You can also use this as a sensory experiment for kids that need tactile and visual stimulation.
There have been some concerns about using Borax as an ingredient in making slime, so we’ve got an alternative that is safer for kids – contact lens saline solution!
- 12 oz of Elmer’s white glue
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Baking Soda
- 2 tablespoons of contact lens saline solution
Thinking of hosting an art party or themed art projects that features art from around the world? If you are looking for specific projects from each country, then try out a few of the following projects that relate to the art and culture from the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
If you’re looking for a simple multicultural activity, consider using ready-made puzzles featuring the images of various foreign countries that seniors, art students, or any group can easily fill in with crayons.
Art Projects for The Americas
Provide your group with art projects that relate to Native American culture. For instance, use kits to make tepees and to paint totem poles. Another option is to use supplies that you already have on hand – like tape and cardstock – to create a fun project like a Navajo rug. For the rug, simply cover a piece of cardstock with strips of colorfully designed Washi tape, alternating the patterns. Lastly, glue pom-pom garlands (pom pon beads strung onto string) to the end of the two shortest sides to complete the rug.
For a totally different American art project, highlight the cattle ranching industry of the United States by inviting your group to make a cattle branding craft. For the activity, provide paper hides for groups to brand using crayons, watercolors, and branding patterns. Continue reading
This adorable craft idea from our craft expert Crafty Kate is sure to make kids smile! They can create their own peanut gallery using wooden craft spoons and just a few other simple materials. Kate shares some fun design ideas, like a rainbow, pastel colors, and bunnies for Easter. We love that this idea can be used for any theme or occasion!