Many of the art projects we enjoy this month are from the magazine for teachers called "The Mailbox, Preschool Edition" Oct / Nov 1997 Vol. 3 #5
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The MailboxDue to copyrights, we will refer to this issues by page number and activity. The following projects can be seen on our Bulletin Board page.
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Boulder, CO 80322-1675
Fall Foliage pg. 18
Time to Harvest the Pumpkins pg. 18
Cardboard Tube Spiders
Using toilet paper tubes, cut the ends
down into strips. Have children dip the tubes into black paint on a shallow
plate. Press tube on white paper. When dry, add button eyes and draw on
a mouth with a black marker or use black rickrack.
Large plastic soda bottleThin down white glue with water. Dip gauze sheets into glue and let dry over the soda bottle. Shape into a ghostly figure. When dry, remove bottle and add eyes. Hang from a string or display on a shelf for a spooky decoration.
Sheets of gauze
Wiggly eyes or black felt eyes
This activity could just as easily be a language or emotional growth lesson. Put a large blob of paint on paper, fold over and let dry. Have the children cut out colorful scraps of wrapping paper, fold over and let dry. Have the children cut out colorful scraps of wrapping paper, material and other craft items such as colored noodles or buttons. Decorate a group monster and write their comments on the paper. This would be an opportune time to talk about what makes each child scared and start to desensitize them for a spooky Halloween. Some children think this holiday is fun, while others at this early age can be highly traumatized. Talking about their fears will help these children.
Sandwich Bag Ghosts
White lunch bags are used as ghosts. Children cut out and glue on their black eyes, nose and mouth to personalize their creation. Hang from a string attached to the bottom.
Sandwich Bag Pumpkin Lights
Brown lunch bags are painted orange. Eyes, nose, mouth are cut out and yellow tissue is inserted. The children were asked to bring a flashlight from home and we taped these to the bottom of our jack-o-lanterns. We have a hallway without windows where the children took their lantern lights. We turned out the lights and sang our Halloween songs. There were a lot of "ooo's and ahh's" from the children. We had to do this for several days upon the children's request.
Cotton Ball Ghosts
These ghosts were used on our Bulletin Board page. Children cut out a simple ghost pattern and glued on some cotton balls. Craft wiggly eyes were used for a spooky creation.
Trick or Treat Bags
Plain shopping bags were bought at our local craft store. The children used sponge paint designs to decorate their bags.
Our children designed their own scary masks with scraps from our craft closet.
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