Arts and Crafts

Explore open-ended art activities and craft projects.

ColoringThe art materials are many children’s favorite classroom materials. We offer a variety of art activities that allow the children to channel their imaginations and express their creativity. We offer easel and watercolor painting, scissor exercises, collage, pastels, and drawing materials and encourage children to explore art in a way that is meaningful to them.

In the classroom, we typically focus on open-ended or process-based art. We offer the children a few key ideas that ignite their artistic creativity. There is no right or wrong way to complete these activities, and the children are free to explore their creative sides without limits or having a specific end product they must achieve. On occasion, we will offer a product-based craft (such as when we make a parent gift or create a holiday craft). These activities are still valuable, in that children learn to follow a set of instructions and can further develop skills like drawing or cutting. We do our best, however, to make sure children know that they should be proud of whatever result they create.

Art Activities

These activities are process-based and offer infinite possibilities for artistic exploration.

Leaf Rubbing ages 3 and 6 ½ Leaf 1

Ideas: Gather a collection of leaves to create leaf-inspired art. Leaf rubbings are a great way to view the margins and veins of a leaf. View the PDF for a full list of supplies, instructions, and photos. 

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Chalks and Pastels ages 3 ½ and up Child pastel

Ideas: Chalk and pastels offer unique drawing opportunities to children. Pastels are often chalks mixed with pigments. White chalk and vibrant pastels allow children to make art using dark-colored paper. View the PDF for a list of supplies, instructions, and photos related to watercolor painting.

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Painting ages 3 ½ and up Painting 1

Ideas: Introduce children to the world of painting using watercolors, tempera paints, and finger paint. Children also enjoy painting at an easel. Take care to demonstrate how to keep the colors separate and how to clean up afterward. View the PDF for a list of supplies, instructions, and photos related to watercolor painting and yarn painting.

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Yarn Painting.pdf
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Watercolor Yarn Art ages 4 and up Yarn Watercolor

Ideas: This unique activity uses yarn to bring texture and dimension to watercolor painting. View the PDF for a list of supplies, instructions, and photos related to watercolor yarn painting.

Watercolor Yarn Art.pdf
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Printing ages 3 ½ and up printing

Ideas: We can introduce to the technique of printmaking using paint and sponges, fruit, vegetables, or even balloons. Here is a simple way to introduce children to the concept of printing using an empty toilet paper roll. Print out the PDF for a list of supplies, instructions, and photos related to this style of printing.

Toilet Paper Roll Printing.pdf
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Collage Activity ages 3 to 6 ½Matisse Collage

Ideas: Use scissors to cut various shapes out of colored paper. Use glue and a paintbrush (or a glue stick) to affix the pieces of paper onto a larger piece of paper to create a design. Print out the PDF below for a list of supplies, directions, and photos for a Henri Matisse-Inspired or a Josef Albers- Inspired collage activity.

Matisse Inspired Collage Activity.pdf
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Josef Albers Inspired Collage.pdf
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Weaving ages 4 ½ to 6 ½Weaving

Ideas: Weaving is a fun way for children to create unique textiles. Print out the PDF below for a list of supplies, instructions on how to create your own loom, and ideas on how to get started with weaving.

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Craft Activities

These activities have a specific craft in mind and help the children further develop their fine motor skills.

Octopus Cutting Activity ages 3 to 6 ½Octopus

Ideas:  This activity helps children practice their scissor cutting and fine motor skills. They can decorate their Octopus any way they choose, but there are suggestions as to how to complete this craft project. Print out the activity sheet for supplies, instructions, and pictures. Also, print the octopus template on a sheet of colored paper to get started.

Octopus Cutting Activity.pdf
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Octopus Cutting Template.pdf
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Snail Collage ages 3 to 6 ½Snail

Ideas: This snail collage is fun was for children to practice cutting with scissors and explore making patterns. Print out the activity sheet for supplies, instructions, snail template, and pictures.

Snail Collage Craft Activity.pdf
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Paper Strip Hand Craft ages 3 to 6 ½IMG_6306

Ideas: This hand-inspired project is a fun activity for children who enjoy collage. Trace your child’s hand onto a piece of paper. Cut out the handprint and invite your child to glue paper over the cut-out to create a piece of artwork. Print out the activity sheet for supplies, instructions, and photographs.

Paper Strip Handprint Craft.pdf
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Salt Dough Handprints ages 3 to 6 ½Handprint salt dough product

Ideas: This classic activity is something many adults remember doing when they were in primary school. The dough is simple to make; a set of small hands are needed to knead the dough for ten minutes! Print out the activity sheet for supplies and instructions.

Salt Dough Handprints.pdf
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Sidewalk Stained Glass ages 3 to 6 ½Sidewalk Art

Ideas: Transform your sidewalk or driveway into a work of art with this fun outdoor activity. Print out the activity sheet for supplies, instructions, and photos.

Sidewalk Stained Glass.pdf
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Earth Day Finger Paint Activity ages 3 to 6 ½earth day print 2

Ideas: Celebrate Earth Day with this fun finger painting craft. Print out the activity sheet for supplies, instructions, Earth template, and photos.

Earth Day Finger Paint Activity.pdf
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Family Watercolor Hand Print ages 3 to 6 ½Hand Painting 2

Ideas: This unique painting activity captures the hands of the entire family. Print out the activity sheet for supplies, instructions and photos.

Family Hands Watercolor Art.pdf
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Toilet Paper Roll Flower Printing ages 3 to 6 ½marigolds

Ideas: This unique painting activity captures the hands of the entire family. Print out the activity sheet for supplies, instructions and photos.

Toilet Paper Roll Flower Printing.pdf
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Toilet Paper Roll Yarn Bracelets ages 4 ½ to 6 ½Bracelet product

Ideas: This creative yarn activity turns empty toilet paper rolls into fashion statements. These simple bracelets can be made quickly with just a few items from around your home!

Toilet Paper Roll Yarn Bracelets.pdf
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Geometry Inspired Art Activities ages 3 to 6 ½

Ideas: Explore the geometry cabinet page for other shape-inspired coloring and craft projects. A few examples include Triangle Fish Collage, Ladybug Circle Craft, Tessellations Cut and Paste, and Tessellations-draw and color, and there are many more!