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I think we need a thread where we can share art ideas. Iím a member of the arts and crafts social group but nothing is ever posted there.
Some of my favorites:

Puffy paint: this is my go to art when Iím out of ideas or just need to change the agenda when we canít play outside in the afternoon. Just mix up glue, shaving cream, and paint and let the kids paint. They love this.

Animal prints: all you need is plastic animal figurines and tempera paint. The kids dip the feet into the paint and stamp on paper.

Tissue paper stain: cut up ďbleedableĒ tissue paper into small pieces of various shapes and colors. Have the kids place the tissue paper on card stock and paint over with water. Allow to dry and then remove tissue paper to reveal colorful design.
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I think we need a thread where we can share art ideas. Iím a member of the arts and crafts social group but nothing is ever posted there.
Some of my favorites:

Puffy paint: this is my go to art when Iím out of ideas or just need to change the agenda when we canít play outside in the afternoon. Just mix up glue, shaving cream, and paint and let the kids paint. They love this.

Animal prints: all you need is plastic animal figurines and tempera paint. The kids dip the feet into the paint and stamp on paper.

Tissue paper stain: cut up ďbleedableĒ tissue paper into small pieces of various shapes and colors. Have the kids place the tissue paper on card stock and paint over with water. Allow to dry and then remove tissue paper to reveal colorful design.
You can always start posting and sharing in that group to ďreviveĒ interest in it....

Personally I donít do many cookie cutter or themed farts and crafts and simply put out supplies for the kids to use as they choose.

I know some providers love doing crafts with their kiddos but itís just never been my thing. I give them a variety of paper, paints, glue, writing utensils and other trinkets (Pom poms, glitter, stickers etc) and just let them do their thing.

Some kids are super creative and others simply explore the materials.
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I donít do a lot of crafts either. I believe that for 3-4 year olds the process is much better than being told what to make. I work in a large center and we are supposed to limit or not even do product art. Yes, having the kids make bear masks out of paper plates might produce something cute to take home but it doesnít allow the child to be creative.
Some days my art time is just giving the kids some paper and crayons and having them draw. Right now I have several girls who are getting good at drawing rainbows.
Stickers are also fun.
Iím also not one to get upset when finger painting becomes hand painting. Paint is washable. I once had a child paint his hands green and say. ďIím the Hulk.Ē He then had me take a picture to send to his parents and we all had a laugh.
My art center is always open for things like coloring and drawing. During free play the kids are free to go get their crayon box and coloring paper.
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Before I retired, they disallowed shaving cream for us. We used to make the most beautiful pictures using shaving cream, marbling food coloring through it, placing card stock upside down in it, patting it down as to collect a lot of different colors, then taking a straight edge and 'shaving' all the extra shaving cream off. They were always so different and made gorgeous cards.

Another thing the dcks used to like to do was marble painting. Sometimes I'd get ambitious and cut the paper into a shape that signified something seasonal.

Sponge painting, stamp painting, potato/apple/celery printing

Then a favorite was supplying lots of different materials with glue and let them create collages.
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You can always start posting and sharing in that group to “revive” interest in it....

Personally I don’t do many cookie cutter or themed farts and crafts and simply put out supplies for the kids to use as they choose.
I guess I'm in the right profession, that was highly entertaining to me...

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I think we need a thread where we can share art ideas. I’m a member of the arts and crafts social group but nothing is ever posted there.
Some of my favorites:

Puffy paint: this is my go to art when I’m out of ideas or just need to change the agenda when we can’t play outside in the afternoon. Just mix up glue, shaving cream, and paint and let the kids paint. They love this.

Animal prints: all you need is plastic animal figurines and tempera paint. The kids dip the feet into the paint and stamp on paper.

Tissue paper stain: cut up “bleedable” tissue paper into small pieces of various shapes and colors. Have the kids place the tissue paper on card stock and paint over with water. Allow to dry and then remove tissue paper to reveal colorful design.
I teach preschool, so we do projects for the theme we are learning about. I love open ended crafts, as well as crafts that create something the child can use later (car, mask, wind sock, shakers, etc)





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