Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Open Ended Art Projects - Preschool Lesson Plans


Here are a few ideas for you to try with your class. Most of these activities are open ended art, which means that no matter how the student does the are it is not right or wrong, just fun. 

Sun Catcher Butterflies
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Cut out a butterfly shape from black paper. This shape should be symmetrical. Fold the shape in half then open it again. Then help the child use a hole puncher to make holes in one wing. They make make as many as they wish. Then help the child fold the shape in half and punch the holes in the other half by using the first half as a guide. To complete this project have the child glue scrapes of tissue paper to the back of the butterfly. When dry, hang in a window.

Car Tracks
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In a pie tin, place 3 to 5 teaspoon sized portions of different colored tempera paint evenly spaced about the area. Supply the children with washable toy cars that have wheels that roll. Have the children dip the wheels in the paint and roll across the paper.

Paper Plate Fish
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Draw a triangle mouth shape on a paper plate. Have your child cut out the triangle, and have them glue it on the fish as a tail. Let your child color, or use glitter, or tissue paper to decorate their fish

Balloon Prints
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In a pie tin, place 3 to 5 teaspoon sized portions of different colored tempera paint evenly spaced about the area. Inflate a small balloon to a size which will easily fit in the palm of your child's hand. Show your child how to "dip" the balloon in the paint and press firmly onto a piece of paper. Let your child mix the colors, or use one color at a time. This is messy, but the results are wonderful.

Bubble Art
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Supply the children with a bowl with bubble mix in it and a straw with a hole near the top to prevent children from sucking the soap up. Have the children blow into the straw while it is in the bowl creating bubbles. Then, have the child place a drop of food coloring on the top of the bubbles and quickly press a piece of paper on the top of the bubbles to create bubble prints.

Torn Paper Art
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Draw any shape on a piece of paper, or let the children make their own shapes. Provide the children with paper to tear and glue onto another piece of paper.

Lego Prints
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In a pie tin, place 3 to 5 teaspoon sized portions of different colored tempera paint evenly spaced about the area. Supply the children with a variety of Duplo blocks to dip in the paint and press onto the paper to make prints.

The oh so popular MESS FREE Marble Painting
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First you need a large plastic container with a lid. (I used a shallow peanut butter container.) Next cut out paper that will fit in the lid of the container. Place a few drops of paint into the container with a few marbles (be sure to observe carefully as marbles are a choking hazard) then place a very small amount of paint on the lid and pre-cut paper on the paint. (I use the paint to make the paper stick to the lid.) Place the lid on the container, flip and have the children shake. When finished, remove paper and allow to dry, and place a clean piece of paper in the lid for the next child.

Hand Turkey 
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Paint the palm of your child's hand brown, as well as their thumb. Then paint each of their fingers a different bright color such red or blue. Have the child press their hand onto a piece of white paper. For older children, let them draw on feet and characteristics such as eyes and nose. The thumb represents the turkeys neck and the palm the body.

Worm Art (or yarn art)
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This one is a lot of fun, and has great results. Set out a piece of yarn for each color of paint you intend to use. Have the child dip the yarn in one color of paint, and run it across the paper. Use a new piece of string for a different color. For the brave... dip real worms in paint, and let them crawl across the paper. Be sure to wash them off and return them to their environment. (They usually survive.)

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