Drawing is a great way for adults and kids to express themselves and to tune up some motor skills. It’s a fun way to practice creating dimensional works, to cultivate a specific style and to create memories that will last a lifetime. Handmade drawings always make the best gifts too! Let’s scroll down to see […]
Fine Motor Skills Activities
A silhouette is the image of a person, animal, object or scene represented as a solid shape of a single color, usually black, with its edges matching the outline of the subject. The interior of a silhouette is featureless, and the whole is typically presented on a light background, usually white, or none at all. […]
Creating silhouettes has been around for ages. The art of the silhouette originated in Europe in the early 1700’s. The word silhouette derives from the name of Étienne de Silhouette, a French finance minister who, in 1759, was forced by France’s credit crisis during the Seven Years’ War to impose severe economic demands upon the French people, particularly […]
On Mother’s Day, Mom is Queen. Last year, my kids had the cutest Mother’s Day craft idea. They decided to make me a throne. This handmade Mother’s Day gift was adorable and it made me feel so loved. They insisted I eat all my meals while sitting on my “throne” and even topped my head […]
After my class went on our annual fall nature walk (we do one every season), I decided to come up with some new autumn craft ideas instead of the traditional (yet classic) leaf rubbings. So for our preschool fall craft we took a new twist on leaf rubbings to create bouquets of “leaves” in recycled […]
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In case you haven’t mentioned it to your students yet, 2012 is a leap year. That means is has 366 days instead of 365, and Leap Day is coming up next week. February 29 only comes around once in four years, which makes it a special occasion in my book! If your kids are […]
As part of my mission to teach my class a diverse curriculum covering many other nations and cultures, I have decided to include a lesson about the Chinese New Year, which falls on January 23 this year. Combining a lesson with a craft is always a great way to get kids excited about a new topic. So in that vein, I introduce my Year of the Dragon craft.
After turkeys, the most popular Thanksgiving symbol is the cornucopia. This “horn of plenty” reminds us to be thankful for the abundant blessings in our lives. Teach your kids to be thankful for everything they have, from the basic necessities like food, shelter and clothing to the special treats they are lucky to have, like toys and televisions, to the love from family and friends that makes the world go round. Kids can make a cornucopia Thanksgiving craft overflowing with delicious looking (and smelling) fruits, while simultaneously working on their gross motor skills and fine motor skills. What’s more, the finished kids craft will look beautiful as a Thanksgiving centerpiece adorning their tables.