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Quick, Fun, & Simple Preschool CraftsOne of the best parts about preschool is when children get to make a craft to take home with them. Not only is it a new toy to add to their collection or a new piece of art for the fridge, but it will also serve to remind the child of the fun times had at school.
However, craft time isn’t all just about having fun though, as certain crafts are equally fun and educational. Use these preschool crafts to teach children about colors, numbers, animals and manual dexterity skills.
Puppet ParadeChildren love preschool crafts like making and playing with puppets because it gives them a chance to play pretend. There are number of different options when it comes to puppet making. Simple finger puppets can be made by cutting animal or person shapes out of thick paper with two finger-sized holes near the bottom of the puppet for the children to insert their fingers. The possibilities for puppet play are endless! You can even incorporate your puppets into fun pre school games.
Paper bags are also excellent for puppet making, since the flap lends itself well to the creation of a puppet. Children can easily make a puppet in the shape of a frog, dog, bear, or cat by simply adding eyes and arms to an upside-down paper bag. For animals with pointy noses like cats and panda bears, fold the corners of the bottom flap down and secure them with a piece or tape or dab of glue.
This ladybug puppet is a great way to teach children about numbers. The supplies needed are two paper plates per child, scissors, a stapler, red and black paint (markers or crayons work as well), glue, black construction paper, and pipe cleaners.
First have the children paint their paper plates red and decorate one side with black spots. Assign a specific number of spots to each child for added number practice. Don’t forget to put eyes on one side! On the same side as the eyes, use the hole punch to make two small holes about an inch apart just above the eyes. In the meantime, cut two large rounded “E” shapes out of the black construction paper for the ladybug’s legs.
After the paint on the plates has dried, staple the plates together with the red sides facing out, leaving the bottom of the plates unstapled. Thread a pipe cleaner through the holes in the top for antennae.
Rabbit MaskChildren also love making preschool crafts that they can wear home. This simple rabbit mask is constructed from paper plates and construction paper. First, color the inside of one of the paper plates pink, either with paint or by gluing a circle of construction paper. Cut this paper plate in half for the ears.
Take another paper plate and cut out a wedge equal to approximately one quarter of the plate. Staple the ears to the top of the plate. Cut out holes halfway down for the eyes and on either side of the mask for the elastic to hold it in place. Tie the elastic in the holes. Children are now free to decorate their rabbits with noses and whiskers.
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