Snow Cone Christmas Tree Craft

This Snow Cone Christmas Tree Craft makes a great centerpiece for holiday dinners and is easy to vary for children of different ages. You can start with snow cone cups, party hats or cardstock rolled into a cone shape! What You'll Need Several paper cone (either snow cone cups, party hats or cardstock rolled into a cone shape) Decorative paper (2-3 sheets per tree) Circle paper punch (approximately 1/2" to 1 1/2" in diameter) Glue Glitter (optional) Instructions If you're starting with cardstock, use this template to create the cone shapes. Cut circles out of your decorative paper using a paper punch. Begin glueing the circles to the base of the cone. Older children can apply the circles in even rows and bend the circles slightly upward at the bottom to … [Read more...]

Printmaking Techniques for Preschoolers

Stamping is a very simple printmaking technique that can produce intricate and beautiful results through the use of color, pattern and repetition. You can even let your children create their own stamps using common materials found around your home. Part 1: Creating Stamps 1. Assemble the materials. You can create stamps using cardboard or foamboard, glue and small objects such as pasta, yarn, buttons or straws. 2. Cut the board into small pieces that can be held easily in your child's hand. 3. Put glue on the board and let your child add an arrangement of small objects to create a relief on top of the board's surface. Objects of similar size and shape that create an interesting texture or pattern work best. For example, you can make a grid using cut straws or a series of … [Read more...]