Choose a design. Children can scratch over a pre-printed design or make their own up.
Scratch design into a small round Styrofoam plate. All scratched areas will remain white once printed. Also if children want to print a word it will appear backwards when imprinted on paper.
Once design is scratched into the Styrofoam take a brayer and dip it in an ink well. Roll brayer across Styrofoam spreading the ink over the design. Make sure the layer of ink is smooth and thin.
Or, instead of ink and brayer, use paint and a paint brush. A foam brush will work. Move brush across plate with a thin layer of paint. Trying NOT to put too much paint on because you don’t want it to get into the scratch marks. (This is how the picture shown was completed.)
Carefully turning plate over stamp 3 consecutive times in a row. Press plate on paper LIGHTLY each time. You don’t want to press hard on the first one because you’ll give up most of your paint.
Have silhouettes cut out like the pictures above.
On a separate piece of construction paper or wax paper have the children glue down tissue paper pieces.
Glue the silhouette on top of the tissue paper and cut away the excess.
Glue entire piece onto a separate piece of construction paper.
On one side of the cut out silhouettes let the children stick glue tissue all around the inner edges, covering all open areas.
Flip it over and glue onto a separate piece of construction paper.
- Draw the front view shape of a person’s head on a piece of construction paper. Use a black crayon or pastel.
- Draw either a right or a profile view (side view) down the middle of the face.
- Draw the front view of an eye on the front view side. Draw a side view of an eye on the profile side. Or, go wild and change the shape and placement of each eye. Maybe you’ll put one near the forehead and the other closer to the nose.
- Draw the mouth. Change its normal shape and size. You can even make one side smiling and the other side frowning.
- Make a crazy hairstyle. Draw each hair to show its direction.
- Outline every line with a black oil pastel or crayon. This will make the features stand out.
- Color in all the parts of the face, skin and hair. Color each side of the face a different color.
On a piece of construction paper have two slits on each side of the construction paper about an inch wide. Two slits on one side, two on the other about one inch apart.
Using thin strips of construction paper weave different colored strips over and under the slits alternating one under one over.
Cut excess strips off the top and use double stick tape or glue to secure strips down. Tape strips in place on the back side as well.
Have construction paper in a different color that is the same length as the sides of the large sheet of construction paper. Glue the fringe pieces down to each side. Best to fringe for the children beforehand.
On a small piece of muslin or and other fabric let the children draw a picture, perhaps of themselves doing something. Another idea for something to draw might be their favorite animal. The picture can be drawn in using a pencil and markers to color in.
Supplies: Paper, watercolors, water, brushes, green lilly pads.
On a piece of white construction paper, cardstock or watercolor paper paint the entire surface using blue, green and yellow. This is the water.
Place a pre cut green pad on the paper. Glue it down. Either one large one or a few smaller ones.
Paint coffee filter(s) in pretty colors with a different color in the center. Glue on the page. If they are not too wet or once they dry the coffee filter can be crunched up like a flower.
Have children draw a bridge in pencil across the page. Like those in the pictures above.
Draw a water way underneath the bridge.
With watercolors add water under the bridge.
Add watercolor in green to the sides of the water.
Add little flowers in the water and in the greenery with tempura paint and q-tips.
Finish by painting the bridge in gray tempera paint with a thin paint brush.
These are shown on a big green leaf and the other picture is completed on white construction paper.
Have a line drawn where the caterpillar is located.
Have the children put glue on the line the caterpillar will be located.
Crumple up tissue paper and push down on the glue line. This creates the caterpillar body.
Decorate where the head, legs and antenna are located. Either have them paint them, even finger paint them, or use a small brush and tempera paint. The legs would look nice using the finger prints of the children. Or have paper cut outs to use that can be glued down.
Using a paint and brush let the children put some paint on the top of the tissue paper. They can start with a base coat and add one more color on top of the base coat.