Easy Kindergarten Crafts: Newspaper Elephants
This fun elephant craft allows kids to work on fine motor skills as they tear and glue.
Heavy paper or thin cardboard
Cups of glue and water mixture
Old paint brushes or Q-tips
Wiggly eyes, buttons, poms poms or markers to add eyes
Trace an elephant shape onto scrap heavy paper or thin cardboard. Allow kids to tear newspaper into small squares and strips. Model that the newspaper pieces should be wet with the glue mixture and added to the shape one at a time until the entire surface is covered. Add on eyes. If possible offer choices for eyes like wiggly eyes, buttons, poms poms or markers so that kids can individualized their art projects. This is a great project to build up readiness for making a paper mache sculpture. Once the elephant crafts are dry and on display, point out that even though the newspaper is black and white, that from a distance the elephants appear gray. Why?
Easy Kindergarten Crafts: Color Mixing Elephant Hide
This is really a simple science experiment as well.
(Possibly other colors)
Allow kids to guess which two colors are needed to make up the color gray. They’ll probably get it after viewing the elephant crafts but be sure to let them test all theories.
Let kids paint one side of a paper black and the other side white. Then they can fold the paper in half and have fun “squishing” it. When they open it back up, walah, they should have a mostly gray page.
Now’s the fun part. Explain that elephants have wrinkly skin and allow kids to ball up and their painted paper in the tightest ball they can make. When the unfold it, they’ll discover they’ve created their very own wrinkled elephant hide.
Easy Kindergarten Crafts: Paper Plate Puppets with Moveable Trunks
Young kids love movement, discovering cause and effect, being in control and repetitive action. That why a paper plate elephant puppet with a moveable trunk is a always a groovy craft idea for kindergarteners and preschoolers. Continue Reading …