Craft No-Nos

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NIX THESE NO-NOS

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• Spray Paint-Spray painting is fast and easy, but fumes can be
hazardous. Don’t use aerosol spray paint in the classroom or around
children.

Instead, put slightly diluted washable tempera paint in spray pump
bottles for kids to use. This way kids can create a spray-painted
effect on their artwork without the fumes.

• Paper Cutting-Cut-paper projects is a good way for kids to
develop fine motor skills, but they can be time-consuming. Some
children will labor over the cutting process and leave little time
to complete the project.

Instead, have children create torn-paper collages and projects.
Have children slowly tear the paper in small sections at a time to
give them greater control over the paper. This creates a nice
decorative edge.

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• Time-to-Dry Projects -Children love to take art projects home
immediately and don’t want to wait for their papers to dry. Plan
your craft project so that any gluing is done at the beginning of
class. That way the projects will have time to dry so kids aren’t
taking home “wet” papers.

As an alternative for projects that don’t require a heavy
adhesive, use double-stick tape. This is quick and easy, and it
doesn’t require drying time. For preschoolers who may not be adept
at using the tape dispenser, tear off tape pieces ahead of time and
attach them to the edge of a counter.

• Bathroom Germs-Paper tubes are great for collages and
sculptures, but toilet paper rolls may collect germs that are
passed on to kids.

Instead, use paper towel tubes and sections of giftwrap cut to
size. Or roll construction paper, poster board, or thin cardboard
into tubes and tape shut.

FOR YOUNGER KIDS

Two- and 3-year-olds can learn to cut with one-on-one assistance,
and older preschoolers can use safety scissors with blunt edges.
Make sure an adult is supervising three to four children at a time
while they’re cutting. It only takes seconds for children to snip
off their neighbors’ hair or their own.

Recommended Resource

Hands-On Training Scissors can help younger preschoolers learn how
to cut. The double-looped handle allows a teacher and child to
simultaneously cut, so the child feels the muscular rhythm of
cutting. Available from ABC School Supply for $3.39. Search for
124001.

RESOURCE ROUNDUP

Check out these new craft products you’ll want to try in your
classroom.

• 3D Washable Paint Pens by Elmer’s add a new dimension to writing
and painting with colors that’ll make kids’ artwork pop in 3-D.
These nontoxic paint pens are available in classic, bold, sparkle,
and fluorescent colors. Available from Hobby Lobby. Search catalog
#817163.

• Squeeze Creations Pens by Elmer’s dry like plastic so kids can
create 3-D art on T-shirts and posters. Each pen works like glue
paint with two Resource Roundup

Check out these new craft products you’ll want to try in your
classroom.

• 3D Washable Paint Pens by Elmer’s add a new dimension to writing
and painting with colors that’ll make kids’ artwork pop in 3-D.
These nontoxic paint pens are available in classic, bold, sparkle,
and fluorescent colors. Available from Hobby Lobby. Search catalog
#817163.

• Squeeze Creations Pens by Elmer’s dry like plastic so kids can
create 3-D art on T-shirts and posters. Each pen works like glue
paint with two Decorative Brayers can help kids create patterned
borders or backgrounds for art projects. Use water-based paints,
markers, or ink pads to apply color, and then roll pattern onto
paper. Available in streamers, stars, hearts, speckles, mesh, and
plain for $5.99 each. Available from Dick Blick. Search catalog
#A40115-1005.

• Bemiss Jason Magicraft Paper sticks to itself without glue. Kids
can draw on it like regular paper, but when they wet it with water,
it sticks to almost anything. It’s nontoxic, biodegradable, and
easily moldable. Each package contains 28 9¥12-inch sheets in
assorted colors for $7.90. Available from Dick Blick. Search
catalog #A60984-0009.

• Scratch-Art Rainbow White Paper is a new twist on the old
scratch board products. Kids can create colorful drawings on this
bright multicolor scratch board. Simply scratch directly on the
white surface of the paper with a wood stylus, and drawings appear
in multicolor. A 12-pack of 8½x11-inch sheets is $6.99. Available
from Dick Blick. Search catalog #A13501-111.

WHERE TO BUY SUPPLIES

• ABC School Supply-800-669-4222 or
www.abcschoolsupply.com

• Dick Blick-800-0447-8192 or www.dickblick.com

• Hobby Lobby-800-888-0321 or
www.hobbylobby.com

• Michaels Arts and Crafts Stores-800-642-4235 or www.michaels.com

• Plaid Arts and Crafts Painting Online-
800-842-4197 or www.plaidonline.com

Laurie Copley is a free-lance writer and former art teacher
living in Summerville, South Carolina.

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