Friday, May 17, 2019

Robot Assemblages

A group of preschoolers made these little robots. I had found a box of vintage building blocks at a garage sale and had seen posts for robots made from household objects on Pinterest. This project did not allow for much experimentation for the children; we basically worked on them very methodically step by step so that their finished robots would be able to stand when finished and not have parts falling off. I used wooden spools for the legs. They must be centered on the blocks so that the robots will stand and not topple. I did this part for the children ahead of time. Each child worked on a piece of cardboard that was covered with a plastic bag. The cardboard allowed me to safely move the robots after class, and the plastic prevented the glue from oozing out and permanently sticking to the cardboard. We just used a white glue. The arms (or ears, depending on your perspective) are miniature clothes pins, the eyes are buttons, the belly is a washer, and on top of the head is a thimble. Of course, you can use other objects that you have on hand.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Wood Sculptures with Kids

When I found a bag of building blocks at a garage sale I knew that I had the makings of sculptures. I collected some wooden clothes pins, corks, popsicle sticks, and wooden beads that I had left over from other projects. I put wood glue in a plastic container with a beat up paint brush. My group of four year olds were enthusiastic about creating height and balance so that their pieces would not collapse. It became as much of an engineering project as an art project. As you can see from the photo, they used a wood base to keep the work somewhat contained.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Sand Art

All that you need for this project is some colored sand, white glue and some sponges, plus a sturdy substrate such as corrugated cardboard. The black substrate that I used was a piece of rigid plastic. I put the sand in salt and pepper shakers that I picked up at a dollar store. I dipped the sponges into the glue and applied it to the substrate. The white make-up sponges made the little triangles and a round stencil sponge (not pictured) was used for the large yellow circle. The small aqua hastags were made with the end of the clothes pin. Obviously the sand is messy, so hold your work over a bin or garbage can as you shake the sand onto the glue. I think that the colors look sharp against the black. Beads were added for a bit of extra decoration.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Art Classroom Clean-Up

I use this non-toxic homemade cleaner to wash off tables after class. No, it won't work as well as a cleaner with bleach, but I find it to be effective and it is friendly to the environment. The best part is that I keep using the same plastic bottle over and over again. Oh, and it is also inexpensive.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Easy DIY Card for Mom

This is a simple collage project that works well as a Mother's Day card. I purchased a pack of 50 blank cards since I will be making these with a group of children. I used a large circular craft hole punch to cut the centers from scraps of decorative papers. I cut the petals and stems from card stock. I think heavier paper is a little easier for small fingers. The children will draw their own leaves.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Moroccan Paper Basket

This piece was created by a class of toddlers and framed to be auctioned at a school fundraiser. I planned the piece so that it could be dropped into a standard 18 x 24" frame. The toddlers and older children at the school have been studying Morocco this year and the basket is based on the beautiful, colorful baskets of that country.


The basket is constructed from brown and black sheets of corrugated paper. I taped all the pieces of the basket to a sheet of heavy gold paper, so that it was like a puzzle. The children, working one at a time, selected the shape that they wanted and pulled it off the sheet of gold paper. They dabbed on some paint and returned the "puzzle piece" to its original spot. When they were all finished I glued the pieces in place.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine Template

The valentines were made by three year olds. I gave them a cut-out of a heart that was taped over a sheet of white paper. In other words, a stencil. They used markers to draw lines from side to side of the stencil so that the design of the heart would appear.