Craft Ideas

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11 new, active craft ideas.

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Can’t look another crayon in the eye? If you’re bored with your
craft program, infuse new life into it with these 11 ideas.

Sawdust Sculptures-In a large bowl, mix 1 cup of fine sawdust
with 1/2 cup of school glue until it becomes a doughy consistency.
Kids can sculpt shapes. These will harden if left out for several
days.

Marbleized Paper Swirls-Fill a bucket half-full of water. Place
droplets of oil-based paint onto the water. Put paper gently on top
of the water, rotate it once, then “peel” the paper off the water
and hang it to dry.

Encaustic Painting-With adult supervision, kids can heat up
crayons with a candle, lighter, or blow-dryer. Then have kids
immediately apply them to construction paper. Take advantage of
color contrasts such as silver-speckled crayons on black paper.

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Glitter Dazzle-Add five drops of food coloring to 1/2 cup of
salt in a covered container and shake vigorously. You can change
the amounts using the same ratio. With school glue, make various
designs on paper, shake on the glitter, then move the paper back
and forth for glitter adhesion. When dry, it sparkles in the
sunlight.

Window Fun-In a mixing bowl, mix food coloring with shaving
cream. Then “paint” pictures on the windows with your hands. It’ll
harden and stay for several weeks.

Tongue Painting-As a novel experience, put whipped cream on a
large plate and make designs with your tongue. First, color the
whipped cream if you’re using a white plate, or use white cream on
dark plastic plates. Save it or savor it!

Fingertip Painting-Tape cotton-tipped swabs on your index and
middle fingers, dip into paint, and draw on paper. Experiment with
the amount of fingers used (one to ten) or taping different lengths
of swabs (half or whole) onto your fingers.

Big Box Fun-Have four or five kids decorate the outside of a
large box, at least 3 feet square. Provide wallpaper, wrapping
paper, paint, markers, string, stickers, streamers, glitter, and
stamps. Give the box to your preschool class for kids to enjoy.

Potpourri Jars-Remove paper from baby food jars. Fill the jars
with dried flowers, petals, leaves, grass, pine needles, berries,
rinds, and other natural objects with aesthetic appeal. Pour in
cooking oil and secure the cap. This makes an attractive
decoration.

Frozen Paint Cubes-Line an ice cube tray with plastic wrap. Pour
in various colors of tempera paint. After cubes freeze, don rubber
gloves and paint with the cubes on any warm, absorbent paper, such
as construction paper.

Re-Dough Bread-Trim and discard the crust from a loaf of bread.
Add 1/4 cup of school glue and 1/4 cup of water to the bread. Knead
until it re-constitutes to a dough consistency. Kids can then
sculpt it. Once it hardens, paint it.

Joan Goldberg works with children in Williston Park, New
York.

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