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Paper Tools

(Photo submitted by Shell)

Using patterns of tools, cut out
 the pcs. and let the children
 piece them together and glue
to create their own paper tools.



Have the children draw pictures
 of their homes. Encourage
 them to label parts of there homes.
 (roof, door, window, etc.)


Tool Prints

Use a set of miniature tools
 to make tool prints with paint.


Tool Collage

Copy a bunch of small tools
 from a clipart or coloring book
 and cut them out and let
 them glue them onto
a paper for a tool collage.



Popsicle Stick

Give the children popsicle
 sticks and let them build
 something using them.


Nuts & Bolts

Set out some nuts and bolts...
let the children make prints
using them and tempera paint. 
They press them into the paint
and then on to their papers
 to create the prints.



Copy a bunch of small tools
from a clipart or coloring book
 and use the shapes for a
mobile for your room.



Sawdust Picture

Use sawdust to make a picture.
Let the children make designs
on colored construction paper
with glue and a paintbrush,
shake sawdust on glue
and shake off excess.








Construction Arts & Crafts Ideas


Concrete Concoction

Materials Needed:
play sand, cornstarch, water, buckets, smocks

Create a wet, almost-as-good-as-real-cement concoction of cornstarch, sand, and water.
 This variation of the infamous "goop" will have your construction workers busier than ants!
Start with a bucket of sand, add three of four boxes of cornstarch, and then add water
 until the consistency seems right for wet cement. Have children wear smocks and be
 sure to have a clean bucket of water near this station for hand rinsing
before youngsters make a trip to the sink.


Real Blueprints

Materials Needed:
 blueprints, rulers, markers, pencils

Get a box full of real blueprints from an architecture school or a construction company.
 Leave them actual size or cut them down to make them a bit more manageable.
 Add a few rulers and different sizes or markers and pencils.


Not-So-Real Blueprints

Materials Needed:
wooden blocks or Styrofoam pieces in various shapes,
 blue tempera paint, shallow trays, and white construction paper

Invite little ones to make their own blueprints. Collect wooden blocks or Styrofoam
 pieces in a variety of shapes. Set out a shallow tray of blue tempera paint
 and some large sheets of white construction paper. Invite each little architect to dip the
 shapes of his choice into paint and then onto the paper to create an original building design.


Textured Blueprints

For each child, cut off the edges of a foam tray so that a flat sheet of foam remains.
  Put the adapted trays in your art center along with a shallow container of blue tempera
 paint mixed with a few drops of liquid soap.  To make a blueprint design, instruct child
 to use a dull pencil to draw a house or building on one side of the tray.  Then have the child
 use a small roller or paintbrush to apply paint to the design.  Next, have him/her press the
 painted surface onto a sheet of paper.  Finally, instruct him/her to
 carefully remove the tray to reveal a blueprint of the picture.


Easel Exploration

Materials Needed:
black roofing paper, oil pastels, sugar chalk, or builder's chalk

Cut some black roofing paper to fit your easel. Provide oil pastels, chalk, or builder's
 chalk for drawing designs. Hang the finished masterpieces around your room.


Hard Hat

Every construction worker needs a hard hat.  Let your child make one to wear by building with
 blocks or role playing a construction worker.  Cut the center section out of a large white paper plate.
  Save the rim. Discard the center.  Place a paper or plastic disposable cereal bowl over
 the opening on the paper plate and staple the paper plate rim to the rim of the bowl.
  Decorate with bright colored construction paper or paint.


Road Construction Hat

Cut a hat band out of black paper.  Do a dotted chalk line down the middle
 (there is your road.) Print out trucks, vehicles and orange barrels and glue around your road.


My Very Own Tool Box

Use a craft knife to cut a line around the top inch of a rectangular tissue box, leaving
 5 or 6 inches uncut along one long side, to serve as a hinge.  Reinforce any loose
ends or corners with masking tape; then paint the box with three coats of red tempera
 paint.  To make a latch, push two brads into the front of the box.  Help each child wind
 one end of a two inch length of black pipe cleaner around the top brad; then form the
 remaining length into a hook to fasten around the botom brad.  Next, twist together
 three black pipe cleaners to make a handle.  Tape the handle inside
 the top of the box with the center pushed through the box opening. 


Under Construction

Stock your arts/crafts area with craft glue and items suitable for building, such as boxes,
craft sticks, pipe cleaners, wood shapes, toothpicks, and scraps of cardboard.  If desired,
 also provide decorative materials such as paint, wallpaper samples, and sequins.
  Encourage children at this center to use craft items to create three-dimensional houses or buildings.
  For a custom finish, invite your youngsters to use the decorative items to further personalize their buildings.


Construction Worker Tool Belt

From a brown paper grocery bag, cut a strip that is long enough to go around your child's waist.
  Cut the top section from a small paper lunch bag. Attach the back of the lunch bag to the
 front of the paper waistband to resemble a tool belt.  Decorate paper towel with
 markers and crayons to create "tools" to place in the belt.


Bulldozer Art

Place a scoop of thick fingerpaint on a sheet of fingerpaint paper  Give your child a wide
 craft stick and say, "Pretend you are a bulldozer and this is your blade  Push the blade
 through the paint."  Encourage your child to make engine noises as he/she scrapes
 the paint across the paper with the stick.  Your child might like to scrape
 letters, numbers, or shapes in the paint with the craft stick.


Road Construction

Give each child one gray paper and provide paint.  Invite the children to paint
 roads on their paper, as well as piles of dirt and other things that may be
 found on a construction site.  Ask each child to tell you about their
 painting and let dry.  Cut pictures of construction vehicles from magazines or use
 construction stickers.  Have the children add them to their picture as they wish. 


Make a Model

Materials Needed:
pieces of sturdy cardboard, wood scraps, cardboard shapes, mat board
 shapes, sandpaper, craft sticks, aluminum foil, "glue" tinted brown or gray

For 3 dimensional versions of building plans, youngsters can create models. Give each
 artist a piece of sturdy cardboard for a base. Supply thin wood scraps, cardboard shapes,
 shapes cut from mat board, sandpaper, craft sticks, aluminum foil, and anything else in your craft
 closet that seems appropriate! Have youngsters use "glue" tinted brown or gray to cement their models together.


Building a Town

Build a "town" with cardboard boxes. What I usually do is let the children watch me
 cut windows and doors and the children go to "town" (pun intended LOL) decorating with crayons,
 markers and stickers. (we actually had one last for several weeks before it finally had "it" and collapsed.





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