Piñata Craft ~ A Cinco de Mayo Craft for Kids

Piñata Craft

Last week, in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, we made this colorful piñata craft!  The kids worked so hard on them and I think they turned out really nice!

Materials Neededpiñata outline

  • Tissue Paper
  • White copy paper
  • Construction paper
  • Piñata Outline
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Directions

 

  1. Print the piñata outline on copy paper & cut out one for each student.

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2. Cut small squares of tissue paper of various colors and set aside in a small bowl or two.

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3. Cut some thin strips of tissue paper and set aside.

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4. Add glue to a small area on the piñata template and spread it around with your finger.

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5. Before the glue dries, cover the area with the tissue paper squares.  Continue to glue and add tissue paper until all or most of the paper is covered.

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6. Add details, such as a mane using the thin strips of construction paper.kids piñata craft image

7. Glue the piñata to a piece of construction paper for a background and add an eye.  We used sticker eyes, but googly eyes would work great too! This is the final step!  Check out a few of our finished piñata crafts!

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finished piñata craft

pink piñata craft

Like this craft? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

 

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Snail Craft & Activity for Kids

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We made this snail craft today to go along with our creepy crawlies theme.  They are super easy to make and kids get to practice fine motor skills as they cut and roll the paper to make the snails!

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What You’ll Need:

  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Construction Paper
snail craft template

Snail Outline PDF

Prep:

  1. Pre-cut the paper into snail shapes snails and draw an outline of a leaf.  You can use any color for the snails. The snail shape is a strip of paper, with the eye shape cut out on one end.  Here is a Snail Template you can use to draw the snail outline.
  2. Draw leaves on pieces of green construction paper
  3. Place paper snail templates, and leaf templates out with glue and scissors.

Engagement

  1. First kids decorated the paper snail template while they are still flat, using markers.
  2. Next, they rolled up the snails, starting from the end opposite from the eyes.
  3. Finally, kids cut out and decorate a paper leaf, then glue their snail onto it.

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It’s such a fun activity. I think we will end up making them all week long!

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In my experience, the kids really liked decorating and rolling up the shells to make their snails.  A few of them made more than one. We ended up using all of them to decorate our Summer bulletin board!

snailsLater on, I made some really tiny paper snails that were super adorable. You can make smaller versions of the snails and pair the tiny snails with a larger snail to make a whole snail family!

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

Activities to Go Along With This Snail Craft

snail coloring pageHere is a snail coloring page and reading & writing activity for beginning readers & writers to go along with the craft.

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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Saint Patrick’s Day Activities

I’ve been having so much fun looking for Saint Patrick’s Day Activities for this month and I’ve found some pretty amazing projects to try in the classroom!  Here are some of my favorites. Click on an image to view the original source.

Saint Patrick’s Day Rainbow Activities

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Next, here is a recipe to make some Saint Patrick’s Day slime!

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For this Pot of Gold Sight Word Activity,  students practice writing sight words on gold coins which they can keep in their black cauldrons.

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The 5 Little Leprechauns Poem to chant:

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I think it would be so much fun to make a leprechaun trap like the one below!

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This page has several ideas making different kinds of leprechaun traps.

And if you don’t catch him this time, here is a cute note you can print off and read to your kids!

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I am not sure of the original source of this note, so if you made it please let me know so I can give proper credit!

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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 touch of magic to the room!

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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!

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Directions

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

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

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 too but you can lay some precut leaves out on the tables for inspiration.

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8. Kids begin by cutting along the spiral until they have a long curvey beanstalk.

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9. Next, glue on some paper 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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