Tips On Preschool Crafts

Finger-painting is where it is at when it comes to preschool crafts.

All you need is bowls or shallow plates filled wit different colors of water-based paint. The child, who is hopefully wearing old clothes, is then allowed to dip his or her palm print in paint and press it onto a piece of paper.

Spreading a piece of plastic on the floor and table areas is also recommended whenever you are dealing with finger-painted pre school crafts. A child's painted handprint pressed onto a heart shaped piece of paper is one of the simplest gifts that a preschooler can give to a family.

Another popular version of this preschool craft is to have the preschool press his or her palm into a slab of wet clay. The clay is then left to dry, painted and presented as a plaque to mom, grandma or whoever else would cherish such a personal and heartfelt gift for Christmas, Mother's Day or Valentine's Day.

At Christmas, single handprints can be dangled from the Christmas tree and used as decorations.

Among the most popular of preschool easter crafts is the hand-printed daisy. This consists of a number of children placing their palm prints onto a large piece of paper in a circular fashion so the end result resembles the petals of a large flower.

Another version of this preschool craft project is to allow the preschools to place their handprint on a large piece of construction paper. These multi-colored handprints are then cut out and placed in a circle around a pie plate or similar object to create a large daisy. This daisy preschool craft project is also sometimes called "The Circle of Friends."

Favorite Halloween preschool crafts include cutting out eyes out of a sheet to make a ghost costume and decorating pumpkins with big magic markers to create scary faces. Preschoolers can also be encouraged to create their own monsters using a bit of glue and shapes (such a teeth and scary eyes) precut from construction paper or felt.

For Easter, you and the kids can decorate hard-boiled eggs to resemble chicks, lambs and cartoon characters using markers, construction paper and cotton balls. This is one of the more entertaining preschool projects, especially if you pass the same egg around to several children who have markers or paints and ask each to add a detail to the egg creature.

Homemade bookmarks and cards, colored with crayons markers, make great Mother's day and Valentine's day crafts. Photographs of the kids, pasted on the front of the homemade card turn this heartfelt pre-school craft into a charming gift.

When it comes to preschool crafts, one of the safest and easiest materials to work with is felt. This is especially true if the felt is pre-cut into geometrical shapes by an adult first. Depending on the age of the pre-schooler, however, they may be able to cut the felt themselves with dull scissors. Working with pieces of felt engages the child's imagination to create vehicles, houses, people and animals out of geometric shapes.

There is no lack of inspiration for pre school crafts on the Internet. All you have to do to find scores of ideas for preschool crafts is type words like preschool crafts or easy preschool crafts into your search engine and you will most certainly find a project that is sure to engage the imagination and creative talents of your preschooler.

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