Art Activity Ideas


Leaf Rubbings:

Take students on a nature walk and tell them to gather leaves. Back in the classroom, give each student a piece of paper and some crayons or colored chalk. By placing the paper over the leaf and coloring that section of the page, an image of the leaf is transferred to the paper. Students can then study the veins and other structures found in leaves.


Construction Paper Flowers:

After a lesson on the basic parts of flowering plants, you are ready to create a construction paper garden. Provide the children with a variety of colorful, construction paper pieces that can be put together to form a flower. Be sure to include stems, leaves, petals, roots, and any other flower parts you want your students to learn. Also give the students the opportunity to make their own flower parts by providing them with construction paper and scissors. Allow children to choose their own pieces and create their own unique flowers. With all of these bright plants hanging on your wall or bulletin board, your classroom can be transformed into a construction paper garden.


Seed Collages:

Seeds come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. This makes them perfect for an art activity. This activity can be used as part of a lesson, or simply to get kids excited about what you want to teach them. Provide students with glue, paper, and a wide assortment of seeds. Allow them to use their artistic talents to create pictures using the seeds.


Popcorn Trees:

In the springtime, trees everywhere burst into blossoms. This is an important stage in the lives of the trees since it is when seeds begin to form. Explain this to students then teach them the song: Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree. (For the words to this song, see our ideas for music activities) Once they know the song, this activity will make sense to them. Give them a paper with a black outline of a tree on it. Allow them to create their own 'spring trees' by gluing freshly popped popcorn to their trees.

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