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Have fun with these crafts, the main materials are construction paper, glue and scissors.

1. Number Hunting Game

For this activity you will need paper bags, light color construction paper, scissors and glue.

Instructions: Fold the construction paper in half three times, when you open it you will have 8 squares. Number the squares and cut them out. You can just go from 0 to 10 or up to a hundred. It will all depend on the math activity you are trying to reinforce. You also have to repeat this step several times in order to have the same number at least 8 times.

Label the paper bags with numbers and give one to your children. Spread around the room the multiple squares numbers and have the children hunt for the number that is on their paper bag. I usually turn the music on and let a very up beat song play while the children look for the numbers, when the song is over the game stops and we count the amount of numbers the children find. The child with the higher amount of squares wins. You can also make color squares to teach colors or shapes or even letters and words.

Tip: You can use this activity as an add-on to an number lesson, here is a list of number books for children:

• Chicka hicka 1, 2, 3, Bill martin Jr
• Show me the number, Judy Young
• Husker Numbers, Rajean Luebs
• Little Rabbit’s first number book, Alan Baker
• 1, 2, 3 to the zoo, Eric Carle

2. Paper Owl

For this activity you will need black, and different brown tones construction paper, scissors and glue and white chalk or white crayon.

Instructions: using the chalk draw on the black construction paper an eight shape with a thicker neck and outline it using glue dots all around. (older children can so this themselves). Now cut strips of the brown construction paper and have the children cut them into small squares. Now lets glue all the squares covering the entire owl. While the children are finishing this part you can cut the eyes, feet and triangle nose. Have the children glue these at the end.

Tip: You can use this activity as an add-on to an owl story, here is a list of owl books for children:

• The Littlest Owl, Caroline Pitcher
• The Owl who was afraid of the dark, Jill Tomlinson
• Owl at Home, Arnol Lobel
• Ornella the Owl, Lynelle Zita Westlake
• The Little White Owl, Tracey Corderoy
• Owl and the Moon, Jamie Miller

3. Easy igloo craft

For this activity you will need white construction paper, scissors and glue.

• Cut white paper into stripes
• Cut the stripes in half, fold them in 5 equal parts and glue them making a squares.
• Stack them up making the shape of a dome.
• You can use more paper to hold the top together, you can also add people.

Tip: You can use this activity as an add-on to an igloo lesson, here is a list of igloo books for children:

• Tacky and the Haunted Igloo, Helen Lester
• Igloos, Jack Manning
• Curious George Builds an Igloo, H A Rey

4.Construction Paper Piggy Bank

For this activity you will need different color construction paper, scissors, glue, balloon, water, and paper coin storage tubes.

Instructions:

Blow a balloon per child, not too big. Have children rip small pieces of their chosen color construction paper. Mix one cup of water to half a cup of glue. Have the children submerge the pieces of paper into the water-glue mixture and cover the balloon with the gluey paper, make sure the entire balloon is cover with paper. Let it dry, it should take one day to harden and dry. After the ball is dried pop the balloons and decorate the piggy bank. Glue eyes, ears and snout using more construction paper. cut the coin holders in half and glue them to the bottom as the piggy’s feet. After everything is dry cut a slot on top to put coins inside.

Tip: You can use this activity as an add-on to an savings lesson, here is a list of piggy bank books for children:

• The Berenstain Bears and the Broken Piggy Bank: Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain
• The Case of the Piggy Bank Thief, Martha Freeman
• Charlotte’s Piggy Bank, David Mckee

5. Snowman Painting

For this activity you will need dark color construction paper, preferable blue or black, brushes, white, black and brown paint.

Instructions:

We are basically painting snowmen onto our construction paper. We practice making round shapes onto the paper in order to give the snowman its appearance. the black and brown paint will be for painting the arms, eyes, buttons and hat.

Tip: You can use this activity as an add-on to an snow lesson, here is a list of snowmen books for children:

• Snowmen at Night, Caralyne Buehner
• Snowmen all year, Caralyne Buehner
• The Snowman, Raymond Briggs
• The biggest snowman ever, Steven kroll

6. Rainbow fish activity

For this activity you will need the following items:

1. The book “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister
2. if you don’t have the book you can listen and see it on this website http://www.storylineonline.net/the-rainbow-fish/
3. Blue construction paper
4. Tissue paper (assorted colors)
5. Foil paper
6. Scissors
7. Glue

Instructions:

Cut blue construction paper in the shape of a fish. Cut scales out of color tissue paper and foil paper.

When Rainbow Fish refuses give the blue fish one of his scales

1. Was Rainbow Fish wrong?
2. Was the blue fish acting out of line for asking for something so dear to Rainbow Fish’s heart? Was he asking too much of Rainbow Fish?
3. What’s the point of being beautiful if you have no friends to admire them?

When the Octopus tells Rainbow Fish to give away his scales

1. Is the octopus right in saying having friends is more important than being beautiful?
2. When the octopus says, “… You will discover how to be happy,” is she saying that what Rainbow Fish thought of as happy before wasn’t actually true happiness?

After the blue fish receives a scale

1. Is it selfish of the other fish to demand Rainbow Fish of all his scales?
2. The book says that Rainbow Fish grew more and more delighted as he gave away his scales. Is this true in all cases? If not, give examples.

7. Easiest 3D picture

For this activity you will need construction paper, scissors, glue and tape.

1. Cut up pictures from magazines, construction paper, etc.
2. Make rolls with tape, make sure the sticky part is on the outside.
3. Stick the rolls of tape to a sheet of paper and then stick the pictures on top of the tape, do not push the picture down.
4. 3D effect! Good for greeting cards, posters or collages.

8. Pumpkin paper activity

For this activity you will need construction paper, scissors, and glue.

Instructions: Put two orange construction papers and cut a pumpkin shape as big as the entire construction paper. When you are done you will have two identical pumpkins. Fold one of the pumpkins in half and glue it to the top part of the other pumpkin. When you lift the flap it will look like a mouth. Now cut eye shapes, nose, teeth, tongue, wiggly arms and legs and have your children get creative decorating their animated pumpkin.

Tip: You can use this activity as an add-on to a pumpkin lesson, here is a list of pumpkin books for children:

• The Biggest Pumpkin Surprise Ever, Steven Kroll
• The runway Pumpkin, Kevin Lewis
• Pumpkin Faces: A Glowing Book You Can Read in the Dark!, Emma Rose
• Too Many Pumpkins, Linda White

9. Shape Christmas Tree

For this activity you will need construction paper, scissors, and glue.

Instructions: Cut stripes of green construction paper and have the children cut the stripes into rectangles. While they cut the rectangles you cut stars, circles and ovals. When all the shapes are cut, draw a big triangle on a white construction paper or regular copy paper and a rectangle for the tree trunk. Now have all the children glue the green rectangles first giving the tree the shape and lastly have the children glue the rest of the shapes to decorate the tree.

Tip: You can use this activity as an add-on to a Christmas Tree lesson, here is a list of Christmas Tree books for children:

• Biggest Christmas Tree Ever, Steven kroll
• The last Christmas Tree, Stephen Krensky
• The little Christmas tree, Loek Koopmans

10. Paper people

For this activity you will need child worksheet, construction paper, scissors, and glue.

Instructions:

Cut thin stripes and have older children cut them into small squares. Talk about hair, skin and clothes colors. Make children look into a mirror and see what color their hair, skin and clothes are.

Now have them glue the color squares of construction paper to their worksheet, make sure it resembles their colors.

Tip: You can use this activity as an add-on to a Race/Ethnicity lesson, here is a list of Race/Ethnicity Books for children:

• The Colors of Us, by Karen Katz
• All the Colors of the Earth, by Sheila Hamanaka
• We’re Different, We’re the Same, by Bobbi Jane Kates

I hope you enjoy these activities and feel free to share yours in the comment area below. Have fun!

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I’ve had the pleasure to witness dozens of young lives grow and evolve in the past 15 years. The more I work with children the greater is my conviction that young lives are the key to our progress and evolution. Early childhood isn’t a glitch in our lives, it isn’t a bare memory that will fade eventually nor is the equivalent of a 5-year rule that life will start over after kindergarten. Early childhood is the time where brand new minds open up to understand this world. Children are hungry, they are born hungry, from the moment they take their first breath and remain hungry for the next 5 years. Our children are hungry for understanding, knowledge, they are hungry to understand social-emotional situations, themselves and others.