I love preschool crafts that look good and are foolproof enough that even the littlest of kids will have great success when they are done. I think it’s more effective and inspiring when children’s first attempts at art are successful.
Now that school has started again, I’ve been doing a lot more crafts for teachers (ohhh, the posts that are on the way!!!). I have a few projects I need to dig up from when I used to work in day care, but this one I developed just yesterday to accompany my Lorax Activities post on Classroom Jr.
You might also love this Cat in the Hat craft as much as I do!
1 Yellow and black striped pipe cleaner (found mine at Hobby Lobby)
4 Multi colored pom poms (to be true to The Lorax book, use yellow, red/pink, purple and orange)
Green Play Dough (or make your own play dough)
A square of tissue paper for the base (really, anything can work here, including not using anything at all)
Have an adult clip the pipe cleaner into 4 segments, any length will do, and they don’t have to be even.
Pour out some glue and let the kids dip one end of the pipe cleaner into the glue, getting a good sized drop on top:
Stuff the glued end of the pipe cleaner into a pom pom – I use a hot glue gun because it’s a little easier, but even just regular Elmer’s Glue sticks remarkably well.
Repeat for the next three pom poms and pipe cleaner segments, making four Truffula Trees.
Slap the green play dough onto the tissue paper and push the sides down a little to make it look like a hill. Again, there’s no right way to do this, pretty much any slap of the dough onto a surface will look good.
Stick the four Truffula Trees into your green play dough ‘hill’.