Worm Craft

We made this cute worm craft to go along with our creepy crawly theme.

You can re-create this scene of a cute worm underground with a small view of the sky.  As an extra touch, cut out a movable paper stone and place it in the grass!

worm in dirt craft

Here is what you’ll need:

  • glue sticks
  • scissors
  • construction paper
  • markers

Directions:

  1. First, draw an outline of the worm on a piece of pink construction paper. You can use the picture above as a guide if you want. Cut out the worm’s body.
  2. On another piece of pink construction paper, draw an outline of the neck. This piece makes it look more worm-like, and less like a snake. Cut out the neck piece and glue it onto the worm’s body. Set the worm aside.
  3. On the brown construction paper for the background. Draw dots and speckles on the brown construction paper with a marker to make it look like dirt.
  4. Cut a 3 inch strip of blue construction paper for the sky and glue it to the top of your paper.
  5. Next cut a 1.5 inch strip of green paper and snip it along the side to make grass.  Line it up and glue the bottom of the grass to where the brown construction paper meets the blue construction paper.
  6. Glue the worm to the dirt area.
  7. Cut out small gray ovals and glue them onto the brown background to make pebbles. Draw dots and lines to make them look more realistic.  Make a bigger pebble and tuck it into the grass – no need to glue it down, and it’s fun to move around!
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Paper Snails Craft

We made these paper snails today to go along with our creepy crawlies theme.

paper snails

I pre-cut the paper into snail shapes snails and drew an outline of a leaf. The kids decorated and rolled up the snails, starting from the back end.  Then they cut out and decorated the leaves and glued on the snails.

Update: I made some really tiny paper snails that were super adorable, You can pair them with some of the larger snails as babies. I don’t have a picture yet but I wanted to share!

paper snails

It’s such a good idea. I think we will probably end up making more all week long!

snail craft

The kids really liked decorating and rolling up the snail shells.  A few of them made more than one. We ended up using them to decorate our Summer bulletin board.

The idea for this snail craft came from: Snail Project by ArtforYoungChildren.blogspot.com

More Snail Activities

snail coloring pageHere is a snail coloring page and reading & writing activity for beginning readers & writers.

Kids can color the snail picture and read the sentences to learn about snails.  Then they can write one thing that they learned. Here is the link: Snail Coloring Page by PreschoolMom.com

Click here or on the thumbnail to the right to view and print the Snail Coloring Page (.pdf)

 

 

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A Lion Puppet Craft – Based on the book, Dandelion by Don Freeman

This cute lion puppet craft includes a free printable lion template for you to download and print. The inspiration for this craft came from the children’s book, Dandelion by Don Freeman, a book about a lion who nobody recognizes.

Lion Puppet Craft ImageFor this craft you will be using brown and yellow construction paper to make a lion puppet that is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners.

For this craft you will need:

Directions

1. Download the Lion Face Template.pdf.

2. Print the Lion Face Template.pdf on yellow construction paper. Each page has two lion faces on it so you will only need half as many copies of the  Lion Face Template.pdf.

3. Cut the paper down the middle so there is one lion face on each half and one for each student.

4. Download and print the Lion Mane Template.pdf onto light brown construction paper.

5. Cut out the mane piece and snip carefully around the edge, towards the middle,  to create the look of fur.

6. Cut out the lion face and glue the face onto the mane.

7. Finally, tape a straw onto the back side to complete your lion puppet!

Get your copy of Dandelion by Don Freeman

Dandelion by Don Freeman Book

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How to Make Paper Beads

paper bead necklaceHow to Make Paper Beads. Today we will make beads out of paper.  Once you finish making the paper beads, you can string them together to create unique necklaces, bracelets, earrings, & pendants!

Paper beads are fun to create and make amazing gifts for family and friends! I have even made paper beads with kids in my classroom. Many of my 4 and 5 year old students were able to roll them up and make them all on their own!

Making Paper beads can be environmentally friendly too,  when you use recycled paper or magazines that might otherwise be thrown away to create your own jewelry.

Paper Beads Made from Magazines

Paper Beads Made from Magazines

Paper Beads Made from Up-Cycled Magazines

Materials

Pick Out The Paper for Your Beads

Choose bright and colorful paper if you want your beads to be bold and bright. You can also use bright and colorful images from magazines to make vivid and eye-catching beads, or make some really neat black and white beads by using the text and written parts of the magazine.  I prefer to use magazines to make the paper beads because the paper from the magazine pages is thin and is easy to form the beads with. Another reason to use magazines, particularly fashion magazines, is because you can get some really great trendy colors that will make for some nice looking jewelry.

Paper Bead Bracelet

I made these paper beads into a bracelet. I painted the beads with glitter nail polish to give them a little shimmer!

Choose Your Glue

In addition to the paper or magazines, you will need some varnish (clear nail polish works well too) and some tools to measure and cut the paper if you want your beads to all be the same size. You can also substitute the varnish for some plain old Elmer’s School glue (in a bottle, not the stick)  if you have that on hand.   Your beads will have more of a matte finish if you do it this way but they still look awesome! One more variation that you can try is to paint some glitter nail polish onto the beads to add a little extra sparkle.  I tried this and it turned out pretty nice I think (see picture on the left)

Form The Beads

To make the beads shown in the picture, cut long thin acute triangles out of your paper or from magazines pages.  The width of the strip of paper should be about 1 inch wide or less and the length  should be about 3 to 5 inches. The longer you make the triangles, the fatter the beads will be.  The wider you make the triangles, the wider your beads will be.

If you want all of the paper beads to be the same size, you need to cut paper triangles that are all the same size. When I made my beads, I didn’t worry so much about making my beads all the same, so I did not measure the paper before cutting.  My beads turned out just fine this way, some were just a little bit longer or fatter.

paper triangles

Long thin paper triangles cut from colorful magazine images.

After you cut out the triangles, arrange them by color.  Take one of the paper triangles and paint on a thin layer of varnish or watered down school glue onto it.  Roll it up tightly around a nail or round metal skewer to create a hole in the middle, starting with the wide bottom end, and rolling it to the top point of the triangle.  Smooth the bead over with your fingers and move it back and forth a little so that it doesn’t stick to the nail or skewer.   After about 20 seconds the paper will stick together on it’s own and you can take the completed paper bead off the skewer or pencil and place it aside.  Repeat with another triangle and continue to make more paper beads until you have what you need.

Other Paper Bead Designs

This image shows how to create beads in a variety of shapes.

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thin elastic string

The elastic string I use to string the paper beads into necklaces and bracelets.  You can use it for stringing all kinds of tiny beads into jewelry and you get 229 ft of it per roll. It’s on sale too at the moment – you get one roll for $2.29, that’s a steal compared it’s normal price of over $10.00!

Stringing Your Beads

When you have made enough beads to create your jewelry, you can string them together on a piece of thin elastic.  I use this technique when creating bracelets. I like to string my paper beads together with thin white stretchy elastic beading cord (click on the link or picture to purchase some for yourself). This stuff is perfect for stringing together all types of small beads

You can alternate the paper beads with some glass or wooden beads, or make your piece entirely out of paper beads.    Finally, tie up the ends of your beautiful new bracelet or necklace.  If you are making earrings,  you might only use one or two magazine beads on each piece and you could add a pretty crystal or other bead to complement the paper bead.

Making Paper Beads with Kids

When creating beads with children, some kids will be able to cut out the triangles and create the beads all on their own.  Some will need an adult to cut the triangles for them, but will be able to do the rolling and gluing part.  Some will need even more support, it just depends on the kid.

What a great way to give your little ones practice with their fine motor skills and the finished product makes a beautiful gift for friends and family!  I love how colorful they turn out and each bead is so beautiful and unique!

 

paper bead keychain

Paper bead keychain

 

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Jack and the Beanstalk Craft – Make Your Own Giant Beanstalk!

Jack and the Beanstalk Craft – A giant construction paper beanstalk hangs from the ceiling tiles making for a whole-class creation that adds a little magic to the classroom!

Jack and the Beanstalk Craft – Make Your Own Giant Beanstalk!

After it’s put together, kids can have fun re-telling the story of Jack And The Beanstalk using character puppets made out of construction paper and popsicle sticks!

Directions

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1. Start out with a piece of large green construction paper.

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2. On the green construction paper, use a green marker to draw a spiral outward, starting in the center of the paper.

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3. Cut around the spiral shape and cut off the edges of the paper. Make a crevice where the kids will begin cutting into the spiral.

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4. Pour a tiny bit of glue over the paper and sprinkle it with some glitter for extra magical effect! Leave overnight to dry.

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5. Cut out leaves, beans, and sprigs. Make curly sprigs by cutting thin strips of green construction paper. Wrap them around a pencil, slightly unrolling afterward.

6. Create leaves by cutting football shapes out of the green construction paper. Curl these around a pencil slightly. Beans are just slightly elongated football shapes.

7. The kids can also cut out their own leaves and such though it is also nice to have some laid out on the tables for inspiration.

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8. Kids cut carefully into the spiral until they have a long beanstalk.

9. Glue on the leaves, beans, and curly sprigs!

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10. Hole punch the end of each beanstalk and tie a small loop of yarn to the end of each one.  String a longer piece of yarn through the yarn loops on the individual beanstalks and attach the whole thing to the ceiling tiles by this string.

Now all you need are some kindergarten-made character puppets and kids can use their imaginations to re-enact the story of Jack And The Beanstalk!

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Easy Shark Crafts for Kids

During our ocean unit, we spend a little time learning about sharks and make a few easy shark crafts. Sharks can be kind of scary but these crafts are mostly on the cute side.

Here’s a list of my favorite easy shark crafts for kids.

1. Make These Paper Plate Sharks
You can make these little sharks out of paper plates. Here’s how:

Cut out a red circle for the inside of the mouth, triangles for the teeth, and half-ovals for the eyes.

Fold the bottom part and staple or tape the eyes in place and use a marker to color the dark part of the eyes.

For the back fin, cut a paper plate in half and fold the bottom edges so it can be attached with staples or tape.

shark craft with paper plates

Image Credits: http://www.pupperoos.com/?page_id=388
2. Make Paper Plate Shark Jaws
The shark jaws are just a little creepy! Fold and cut paper plates in a jagged line and around the outside to create some realistic shark jaws!

paper plate shark jaws

Source: Dollar Store Crafts Paper Plate Shark Jaws
3. Create A Recycled Paper Towel Roll Shark
Reuse paper towel rolls to make this shark craft.  Cut out a triangle from one opening on the cardboard roll.  This will make 2 triangles.  Glue one to the back and one to the top to make the fins.  Paint the whole thing blue.  Add some small triangles cut from white paper to make the teeth, and glue into place.  Add google eyes and paint on some gills to complete your shark craft!

shark craft toilet paper roll

Source: jennwa.blogspot.com/2008/06/toilet-paper-shark.html
4. Color These Realistic Shark Coloring Pages
Here is a realistic looking shark coloring page that you can download for free. Click the picture below for the full-sized image)

 

shark coloring page

Source: http://www.bestcoloringpagesforkids.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Tiger-Shark-Coloring-Pages.jpg

shark coloring page

Source: http://coloringkids.org/wp-content/uploads/shark-coloring-pages-7.jpg

Cartoon Shark Coloring Page

Here is a cartoon shark that would make a good puppet. Color and cut around the edge of the image.  Tape a popsicle stick to the back.  Use one of the images above to make a more realistic shark puppet.

 

shark coloring page

Source: http://discoverykids.com/img/images/Shark-1.jpg

5. Create A Paper Plate Shark

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You can make this paper plate shark craft with some paint and craft foam. Visit Craft-Crafted.com for detailed instructions.

 

6. Make A Cupcake Liner Shark

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Follow these directions on IHeartCraftyThings.com to make this shark craft out of cupcake liners.  http://www.iheartcraftythings.com/2015/04/cupcake-liner-shark-kids-craft.html

7. Make A Shark Fin Hat to Wear

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Make a shark fin hat out of blue or grey construction paper and pretend you are a shark. So fun if you are a kid!

Full instructions on GluesticksAndGumdrops.com.

pinterest screen shotClick here to visit my Ocean Crafts and Activities Board on Pinterest for a collection of underwater inspired activities. I put shark activities I find here, as well as other sea life and ocean crafts and activities  —->

If you liked these crafts, you might like the Baby Shark Song: Lyrics, Movements,  and Music Videos.

Baby Shark is a fun shark song & movement activity!  Dance and have a shark-themed sing-along!

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A Cool Construction Paper Aquarium Craft

For this construction paper aquarium craft, you will design an underwater scene out of construction paper. In the example below, you can see a swimming school of fish in an underwater scene.  Use this idea to spark your imagination and add whatever sea creatures you like to your own paper aquarium craft!

construction paper aquarium craft

Materials

Instructions

Start with a blue piece of construction paper for the background.  Make some seaweed by cutting curvy strips out of green construction paper.  Glue this seaweed so it is coming up from the bottom of the blue construction paper.

Take a piece of yellow or brown construction paper, and cut a curvy strip that is the same width as the blue background piece to make the sand. Paste this sand piece to the bottom of the blue construction paper over the seaweed pieces, so that the seaweed appears to be coming up from behind the sand.

Create fish, jellyfish, starfish, sharks, crabs, shrimp and whatever other sea life you can think of out of pieces of construction paper. Paste your sea creatures onto the background and add the optional sequins and google eyes to complete your craft!

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Construction Paper Portrait Crafts

You can create your own construction paper portraits out of paper scraps.  I happen to have a lot of construction paper on hand so that is what I used but you could use any kind of paper for these portraits.  Here are three ideas for making your own construction paper portrait crafts.

1. Construction Paper Portraits

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You can make this construction paper portrait by cutting out the face and neck first, then cutting out the hair, shirt, and facial features to fit onto the face and neck. Then, simply glue the pieces down on a piece of black construction paper with a glue stick.

2. Torn Construction Paper Portraits

For this craft you will tear strips of paper and create a portrait.torn-construction-paper-portrait-1

Materials

  • glue sticks
  • assorted colors of scrap construction paper
  • skin colored construction paper
  • black construction paper

Directions:

torn-paper-portrait-2Start by tearing some skin colored construction paper into an oval to create the shape of a face. Tear some construction paper into a rectangle for the neck and glue it onto the back of the face. Glue the neck and the face onto a piece of black construction paper.

Tear scrap construction paper into a rectangle for the shirt and glue it into place.  Use scrap paper to make the eyes, hair, nose, mouth, and any accessories that you want to add.

 

3. Torn Construction Paper Landscapes

Tear paper into strips to create a beautiful landscape for the background of a portrait or on its own!  Below is an example of a colorful landscape  you can make out of torn construction paper.

torn paper landscape

Materials:

  • Construction paper
  • Glue sticks

Directions

Before you begin, figure out what kind of landscape you want to create.  Will you be creating a desert or a mountain landscape? Maybe something else? What time of day will it be in your picture? Next, decide what colors you will be using.  You can even use pictures from a magazine as inspiration!  Now your ready to begin!

1. Choose a color for the sky in your picture.  Place this piece in front of you. This piece will be the background that you glue all the other pieces to.

2. Begin by tearing a strip of paper  for the top part of your landscape.   Tear it so it is the same width as the background.  Position it a couple of inches from the top, leaving enough room for the sky.  Don’t glue anything down yet!

3. Continue to tear and arrange pieces of construction paper until you are done adding the mountains, plains, and hills.

4. Tear a circle shape for the moon or sun

5. Adjust and arrange the construction paper until it is the way you want it.

6. Glue each torn strip to the background piece, starting with the highest paper strip and working your way down. Tuck in the sun or moon behind the top piece and glue it down to complete your beautiful picture!

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Pig Craft – Pig On A Farm

If you need a fun pig craft then this is the perfect project for you! For this barnyard craft you will be using different colors of construction paper to create a farm scene with a pig and some crows. The pig pokes his head and nose out for a cool 3D effect.

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For this craft, you will need glue bottles, construction paper in a variety of colors, and scissors.

 

First, cut out a yellow circle for your sun. Cut clouds out of white or blue construction paper. Arrange the sun and the clouds on the background
and glue them into place.

For the pig, cut three circles out of pink construction paper. Arrange the circles in order from biggest to smallest on the background.

Take a strip of construction paper and fold it into a “Z” shape.

Glue the head onto one side of the “Z” and then glue the other side of the “Z” to the nose. This creates a 3D effect of the nose popping out from the face. Do this again to connect the body to the head. You may need to use a fatter strip of paper to connect the head to the body.

The eyes are made by cutting small circles out of white construction paper. The pupils are made with black construction paper. If you fold a small piece of black construction paper in half and then cut out a very small circle, you will have two pupils of the same size. Cut out the nostrils in the same manner and glue into place.

Cut out a mouth shape with black construction paper and glue it into place.

Make ears by cutting diamond shapes out of pink construction paper and rounding the side edges. Glue these to the back of the head so that they
are poking out a bit.

Make the tail by cutting a long, thin piece of pink construction paper and rolling it up around a pen to make it curly. Tuck the tail behind the body to complete the pig.

Add construction paper grass by taking a long, thin strip of green construction paper and snipping it along one side. Try to cut about half way through. If you accidentally cut the grass in half, its okay – just paste it onto your paper in two pieces.

Finally, add some crows to complete the farm scene!

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Make: Cat Puppet Craft – Free Printable Template

Cat Puppet Craft ImageKids can create this easy cat puppet in no time! They will love to create and play with their puppets and use them during music time or as a magic cat wand!

For this craft you will need:

  • Cat Puppet Template (Print and cut apart- 2 cat face outlines per page)
  • Assorted colors of paper (8.5 in by 11 in)
  • Scissors
  • Markers or crayons
  • Plastic straws
  • A printer
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Six, 3 inch strips of yarn per cat face!

Directions:

Cat Puppet Template

Download and print this cat puppet template.

Download and print the Cat Puppet Template onto your choice of paper.  There are two cat faces on each cat puppet template page.

Once you have printed the cat puppet template, cut it in half so that there is one cat face template on each piece of paper. Give each child one cat face template.

Have your kids carefully cut out the cat face along the outline of the template.

Color and decorate the cat puppet face with markers or crayons.  You can also add sequins, feathers, lace, and anything else if you want to get fancy!

Glue two or three pieces of yarn to each of the cheeks to make whiskers.  Each piece of yarn should be cut to be about 2 or 3 inches long.

Tape a straw to the back of the cat’s face.  This will allow you to hold up the puppet and play with it.  If you want, you can also tape some yarn, lace, feathers, or string to the back so that it is cascading behind the cat’s face.  I don’t have a picture of what this addition looks like, but it just adds a little more interest and movement to the puppet.

That’s it! Have fun with your new cat puppet! If you have any more ideas for this craft, please leave a comment below!

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Baa Baa Black Sheep

baa baa black sheepToday’s featured song is Baa, Baa Black Sheep, a classic children’s song,  first printed in 1744 in Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book, the oldest surviving collection of English language nursery rhymes.

 

Baa, Baa Black Sheep Lyrics

Baa, baa black sheep

Have you any wool?

Yes sir, yes sir

Three bags full!

 

One for my master

One for my dame

And one for the little boy

Who lives down the lane

 

Baa, baa black sheep

Have you any wool?

Yes sir, yes sir

Three Bags Full!

 

Printable Song Sheet

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Download the Baa Baa Black Sheep Printable Song Lyrics from TeachersPayTeachers.com

 

Music Videos

 

 

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Where is Thumbkin

Today’s lyrics are to the young children’s song, Where is Thumbkin.  This song helps young kids become familiar with the names of their fingers.

Music & Movement

Traditionally, a peek-a-boo-ish activity goes along with this song.  Hide your fingers and hands behind your back, then introduce a finger from one hand, then the other, as you sing each verse.

Where is Thumbkin Lyrics

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Where is Thumbkin?

Where is Thumbkin?

Here I am, here I am

How are you today, sir?

Very well, I thank you!

Run away, run away!

 

Where is Pointer?

Where is Pointer?

Here I am, here I am

How are you today, sir?

Very well, I thank you!

Run away, run away!

 

Where is Middle?

Where is Middle?

Here I am, here I am

How are you today, sir?

Very well, I thank you!

Run away, run away!

 

Where is Ring Man?

Where is Ring Man?

Here I am, here I am

How are you today, sir?

Very well, I thank you!

Run away, run away!

 

Where is Pinky?

Where is Pinky?

Here I am, here I am

How are you today, sir?

Very well, I thank you!

Run away, run away!

 

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