We always have much fun celebrating Halloween! Here are some of my favorite activities and games you can use with your preschoolers and kindergarteners. Face Painting Face Painting never fails to excite children, especially when they get to paint their own faces! We had much fun celebrating our strengths and special powers of who we chose to be on Halloween… Special power princess gems and sun rays, anyone? A mask
October is an exciting time of the year: Sweater weather, all things Halloween, songs about wind, falling leaves and lots of talk about costumes, candy and decorating pumpkins! Make sure to give Pour Painting a try if you’re looking for a fun, easy, open-ended and REALLY engaging pumpkin project for your children! Young children really relish the feedback they are getting from their senses, especially from their tactile sense. They like squishing
One of our favorite art projects involves salad spinners! Yes, really. Spin painting is a mesmerizing process and lends itself perfectly to color our collection of fall treasures. Plus, it never fails to create stunning pieces of artwork. Seriously, you have to try this! Materials: Tempera paint in squeeze bottles Trays Tarp Salad spinners Glitter Cardboard Oil pastels School glue Tissue paper shapes (round, square) Watercolor sets Paintbrushes Tape String
Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year to do art projects with children. There is so much to explore! During a month of inspecting leaves we went on a lot of nature walks, learned about the seasons and different shaped leaves and leaf veins (more about it here). One of the projects the children could have done over and over again were Leaf Rubbings. It’s magical to see
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Scrape and squeegee paintings are wonderful art activites. As toddler’s are growing and searching for new experiences, they really like exploring a wide range of materials. Art projects like this will support your toddler’s growing independence while also lending themselves to beautiful creations. All materials can be handled easily which will empower children to create, make their own choices and find satisfaction in doing so without major help from you.
A high fun, low cost toddler activity for the winter is playing and painting with snow. This is guaranteed to hold your toddler’s attention span and will keep your children engaged for hours. Yes, seriously! Materials Snow Kitchen utensils (trays, scoops, spoons, pans etc.) Optional: Large storage container filled with snow (or better: your summer plastic kiddie pool) Droppers and liquid watercolors Paintbrushes and watercolor set Spray Bottles with liquid
One of my favorite art activities for preschoolers is watercolor painting on paper towels and felt. Young children find it absolutely mesmerizing to watch the colors mix and love squeezing and dripping the paint with the droppers. It’s a fun and playful way to teach about colors, to develop those fine motor skills and practice the pincer grip that will later be used to hold a pencil and write. We