Directions to make STENCILS:
1. Collect a number of plastic lids from coffee cans, yogurt containers, pringles lids, etc.
2. Trace carefully a shape on the lid.
3. Cut it out with sharp scissors. (Don't overcut the corners but do make them sharp.)
4. Here are some shape names to stimulate the children to "feel" the shape. You might want to write them in small letters on the plastic with permanent marker.
This is a long list: what shapes do your children need to know?
|circle||rectangle||diamond or rhombus|
|square||obtuse and acute triangle||isosceles triangle|
|isosceles||right triangle||right triangle,|
|regular and irregular polygon||pentagon|
2. Use a colored pencil to trace a stencil. Then move the stencil slightly and trace again. Make designs using shapes and colors.
3. Take two colored pencils together to make double pictures.
4. Make a background for a picture with washes of colors of the watercolor paints. Then cut out pictures to paste on top for a contrast.
5. Experiment with mixing paints; more water makes thinner colors, less water makes more intense colors.
6. Use the paints to color in the comics from the newspaper or other pictures like fashion pictures or photographs.
7. Scratch pictures: Draw a picture with bright color crayon. Cover the entire paper. Paint over the picture with thick black paint. Let it dry thoroughly. Then scratch off a design with a nail, or other sharp object.
8. Measure all kinds of things in the house. Start with small things and then move to larger and larger things. Keep of list of sizes.
9. Make a line picture using only the ruler to draw.
10. Check the other art projects lists for ideas for the new paints, ruler and colored pencils.
11. Make a bingo game from your stencils or a set of matching cards. Use the paint box to make color games.
12. Paints mix to make new colors. Read about the color wheel in the first writing bin projects. Try making a wheel with this new paint. How does it work with colored pencils?