Paper plate crafts are some of the schools favorites! They’re easy and inexpensive to boot. Here’s one for a cute rabbit. Use the Kraftykid paper plate bunny template and glue on the arms, ears, and feet, or for a bigger challenge, children can draw and make their own arms, legs, ect. and will make a good open ended art project.
• Kraftykid Bunny Paper Plate template
• Chenille Stems
1. Lay your project pieces on a clean flat work area.
2. Take one large paper plate and one small paper plate and glue them together on the edges (see illustrations). Let dry.
3. Print the Kraftykid Bunny Paper Plate template and cut out all pieces.
4. Follow the illustrations for placement. Glue down the construction paper shapes and let dry.
5. Take three pompons and two chenille stems and decorate your critter. Glue them in place and let dry.
6. Use scrap construction paper to create other accessories for your critter.
7. HELPFUL HINTS: When gluing down parts you may want to use a heavy book as a weight.
Bunnies have big ears and can hear lots of things. How good are our ears? What experiment can we try? How about an old fashioned walkie-talkie!
Supplies: 2 plastic disposable cups and a long piece of string
• Put the kids in partners
• Make a split in each cup and have the string through each one then knot.
• The kids should spread apart and talk to each other through their new walkie-talkie. While one is taking in the cup the other is listening!
Rumor has it that toilet paper rolls are here to stay! Good thing, too. What would happen to all of these cool toilet paper roll crafts? This parrot is bold, bright, and colorful – just like our preschoolers! The more colorful, the better so make sure to add lots of primary color feathers and paint the toilet paper roll green, red or blue! Kids will like to play with them as a puppet by inserting their fingers into the roll. Cawww.. Caww…..Polly wants a cracker!
August 22 is Be an Angel Day. Not that YOUR kids aren’t angles EVERY day, right? This popsicle puppet is a cute take on angels, since it’s an angel kitten. Animals can be angels too!
Here’s a cute, little coloring booklet full of baby animals, preschoolers favorites. Baby elephants, hippos, tigers, and more, this book will keep them busy coloring for hours. Just print and color and reinforce learning the names of all of the kid’s favorite animals. Make sure you “roar like a lion”, “baa like a lamb”, “walk like a penguin” and more. This is also a good craft that they can take home and share with their family.
Here’s one for bear and pirate lovers! Simply cut out the pieces from the Kraftykid Bear Pirate template and cut out the clothes dress with the bear to look like a pirate. Think of it as paper dolls with attitude! Why not finish up with a pirate party where all your kids bring in their favorite stuffed animal and decorate them as a pirate with eye patches and bandannas?
Here’s a simple to color turtle page. If you are putting together a bulletin board theme for the month, the turtle is a great addition to yesterday’s Fun at the Pond theme. This turtle is sure to make a great friend to the bullfrog project the kids made yesterday. Alternatively, you can tear some green paper into squares and create a mosaic project if time permits.
Here comes the dog show. This perfect little poodle pedigree is as cute as can be! Add some cotton balls to look like the real deal!
Make Your Own Hot Dog Card
Today is National Hot Dog Day. Try coloring this card with pastels or crayons and use it as a visual aid to explain to your kids that a dachshund is sometimes called a hot dog. Ask them if they know why. Yup, because it’s a similar shape. Can they think of any other things that look like different shapes, such as what can items can they name that look like a circle (moon, pizza, ect.). How about a rectangle? Look around in the classroom and see what they can find. Follow it up, with this silly little frankfurter joke:
Q: What did the Mama Hot Dog say to the little frankfurter?
Make sure you let the kids know that eating hot dogs is no joking matter. They are one of the number one choking hazards for small children. Teach them that they need to chew carefully before swallowing!
• Kraftykid Hot Dog Card template
• Pastels or crayons
• Print the Kraftykid Hot Dog Card template
• Color using pastels or crayons.
Lacing is an excellent activity for developing fine motor skills, improving hand-eye coordination and concentration, and keeping little kids happily amused! Use the Kraftykid animal lacing craft printables for lots of lacing fun. This is an inexpensive alternative to pricey lacing toys.
• Kraftykid Animal Lacing Cards template
• Good printing paper
• Hole puncher
• Shoe lace or yarn
• Tape or white glue
• Needle or pipe cleaner (if desired)
• Laminator (if desired)
1. Print the Kraftykid Animal Lacing Cards template onto good printer paper and cut out the desired animals.
2. Laminate, and cut carefully around the edge (if desired).
3. Using a single hole punch, punch holes evenly around the edges, just inside the solid line, following the shape as much or as little as is appropriate for the age of your child: bear in mind that younger children might need a simplified outline, while older children will be able to lace a more complicated design.
4. Use a shoe lace or lengths of colored yarn with the ends strengthened either with sticky tape or white glue (PVA) to thread the shapes. Alternatively capture some wool inside a small piece of pipe cleaner and bend it to form a “needle”. Older children can use a large-eyed blunt needle and length of yarn.
This easy to make owl and moon mobile is a hoot to make and an easy and appropriate craft theme to celebrate Moon Day! Be prepared to answer this question: Why does the Moon sometimes come out during the day? . Here’s the answer from David Palmer and Tim Kallman, from the Ask an Astrophysicist team.
You can see the Moon in the daytime because it is big and brightly lit by the Sun. The surface of the Moon is about as reflective as an asphalt road–rather dark but not totally black. When you look at the Moon, you are seeing the light which reflects off it. This is not nearly as bright as the Sun, but it is up to 100,000 times as bright as the brightest nighttime star.
During the day, the brightness of the sky washes out the light from the stars: a region of the sky including a bright star is only very slightly brighter than a region of the sky without a bright star, so your eye cannot notice the difference. However, the region of the sky containing the Moon is much brighter, so you can see it. You can also sometimes see Venus during the day if the conditions are right and you know exactly where to look, but anything dimmer is lost.
It might be useful to think of the Sun as a large light bulb, and the moon as a large mirror. There are situations where we can’t see the light bulb, but we can see the light from the bulb reflected in the mirror. This is the situation when the moon is out at night. We can’t see the Sun directly because the earth is blocking our view of it, but we can see its light reflected from the moon. However, there are also situations where we can see both the light bulb and the mirror, and this is what is happening when we see the moon during the day. You can explore this for yourself with a light and a hand mirror. Depending on which way you face (away from the light or sideways to the light) you can see either just the mirror, or both the light and the mirror.
• Glue or tape
• Kraftykid Owl and Moon Mobile template
• Hole puncher
1. Print the Kraftykid Owl and Moon Mobile template and cut out all pieces.
2. Glue the owl to the moon using the sample as a guide.
3. Punch a hole in the top of the moon and insert a string for hanging (around 18 inches) and tie in a knot.
4. Glue the word “hoot” to the circle with the owl on it, following the sample as a guide.
5. Attach a string about 6” to the back of the moon with tape or glue.
6. Attach the string to the back of the circle, so that the decorative owl circle is dangling from the moon.
7. Hang up for all to see.
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