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Art Activities

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Magnet Frames
Materials: sheet magnets, straight edge knife, construction paper patterns (frame di-cut shapes are good but you can make your own by cutting out a shape and then cutting the inside out so that a picture "peaks" through), glue, beads, small shells or colored rocks, tiny silk flowers, etc.
  1. Glue the patterns on the magnet sheets.
  2. Cut the along the outer edge of the patters and then cut the inside out using the straight-edge knife.
  3. Glue on the decorations (shells, beads, etc.).
  4. Place a picture under the frame and cut to fit.
Plate Tamborine
Materials: 2 paper plates (duh) per tamborine, markers, pinto beans, tape or a stapler.
  1. Decorate the plates with markers.
  2. Place a plate on the table and cover with pinto beans.
  3. Staple the 2nd plate on top of the other.
Materials: yarn, cardboard, hole punch, scissors, cup (for tracing), butcher paper or construction paper.
  1. Use the cup to trace circles on the cardboard and the construction paper(use both ends of the cup for 2 sizes).
  2. Glue paper circles on both sides of the cardboard circles.
  3. Use the hole punch to punch a hole in the circles.
  4. String the circles through the holes with a length of yarn.
  5. Tie the two ends together.
Materials: white unlined paper, plain small white envelopes, ink & stamps of cute animals or bugs, colored pencils.
  1. Stamp the bug or animal at the top of the white paper or along the sides and on the back of the envelope on the flap.
  2. Color with colored pencils.
Bunny Ears
Materials: pink or white construction paper, pipe cleaners, strong tape, stapler.
  1. Cut 1 1/2" strips of construction paper to be the head band.
  2. Draw long bunny ears with a marker and then cut these out.
  3. Staple strip(s) ends together so that they fit around the child's head.
  4. Staple or glue the ears on the headband.
  5. Tape a pipe cleaner behind each ear and to the headband so that the ears stand up.

Eventually, I hope to have some pictures to better illustrate the art projects.

Did you notice that the home page button has a mouse-over trick? Neat, huh? Well, I am not near clever enough to do that on my own!! I got the code from Nana Ellen's studio. Click the mouse for this background and mouse over code.