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Art and Craft Activities

Coloring Pages
School Bus Coloring PageSchool Bus
Remind children to draw themselves and their friends inside the bus!
First Day of School Coloring Page First Day of School
A talk-and-color page.

All About Me Collage
Supply students with basic materials, and let them turn those materials into posters introducing themselves. Tell them that they can use words, drawings, photographs, and/or pictures from magazines to create a poster that provides at least 10 facts them. Names and ages are essential. Beyond that, they may choose to describe their families, include a picture of the family pet(s), draw a picture of themselves playing a favorite sport, write a sentence about a favorite hobby, tell what they want to be when they grow up, paste on pictures of favorite fruits cut from supermarket fliers, etc.

Once posters are completed, students may take turns showing them in front of the class and orally recounting the 10 facts their poster highlights.

Guess Who
Give each child a paper plate (one of the cheap white ones -- not styrofoam or one of the fancier coated ones), and have the draw and color their face so that it completely covers the flat portion, draw a neck at the bottom, then draw hair or glue yarn hair on the top and sides. Once faces are completed, give each child four index cards and direct them to four sentences (one per card) that serve as clues to their identity. For example:

Punch two holes, one inch apart, in the top center of each students stacked cards (holes need to be aligned). Punch two more holes in the paper plate, one on either side of the neck. Return plates and hole-punched cards to students, along with a 15-inch length of yarn. Show students how to thread one end of the yarn through one hole on the plate, on through the cards, then through the hole on the other side of the plate. Tie both ends of yarn together behind the plate. Then, hang paper plate faces on the wall, with clue cards hanging down in necklace-style from each. Encourage students to read the clues and try to guess who each face belongs to.

Rainbow Name Tags
Before class, take time to type student names in a large (120+ pt.) clear font or handprint them using 2-inch letters.

In the classroom, give each child a pre-printed copy of his or her name. Explain that they are going to turn the black letters into a rainbow of letters. Take time to review basic colors. Then, direct students to trace over all the letters in their name with the color you specify. (For very young children, say the color, show the color, then have students show you the color before they begin to write.) Encourage them to say the name of each letter in their name as they trace.

Trace names repeatedly, using six or more colors in rainbow sequence. If names are not already mounted on heavy paper, show students how to mount them. Then, allow them to decorate the name tags as desired.

Collect name tags after students finish decorating them, laminate, and affix to desks or a bulletin board where children may use them as a ready reference when writing.

I usually take a digital picture of each child before doing this project and supply them with a preprinted photo to include on their name tag. The kids love to see their pictures alongside their names and enjoy recognizing and "reading" their friends' names as well. ... Not to mention that those photo name tags help the teacher weather the name-learning stage of the school year.

"T"-riffic Memories
Have students cut T-shirt shape out of plain white paper. (Use blackline pattern here if necessary.) Encourage them to think back over their summers, choose a favorite memory from their memory bank, then draw a picture of it on their T-shirt. Beneath the picture, help young children write a sentence telling what they did. Older students may write a short paragraph about the event. Encourage them to include all five W's -- Who, What, When, Where, and Why -- in their account.

Use clothespins to hang T-shirts on a line in the classroom.
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