Just like last year’s art tot school theme, there’s a time each summer that is perfect for a week of Art School! He has been so into drawing and creating lately we knew this theme would be extra fun for him right now.
I was also quite inspired by the Fibonacci Art Project from What Do We Do All Day? to the point that I created my own simple printable to help preschoolers work with their own Fibonacci circles. I’m happy to share that with you here!
Now on to 13 Art Preschool Trays!
- Famous Art Match
- Crazy Crayons
- Geoboard Patterns
- 3-D Craft Sculptures
- Picklebums’ Hexi Cards
- E Paper Collage
- Tiny Letter Stamping
- Art Nomenclature Cards
- Art Dry Erase
- Tissue Paper Watercolors
- Gem Subtraction
- Color Wheel w/ Scopes
- Preschool Fibonacci Circles (w/ free printable)
- This is reused from the famous art activity we did during tot school!
- I had a set of art clipart that was already trimmed, and a sheet that wasn’t, so that he could cut them out and make matches.
- This is simply a pack of “crazy crayons” (crayons made from other crayons; I believe they were from Target), plus a pile of blank paper on a clipboard!
- (I did write “Hi!” on the paper to show him what the crayons do.)
- We love our geoboard but had some extra fun this week thanks to the Geoboard shape patterns found on Planet of the Apels — thank you for sharing!
- I printed these in color, trimmed them out and gave him several colored rubber bands to match.
- I love the role of craft items in these foam and pipe cleaner sculptures from Picklebums!
- We did a similar setup, starting with a block of foam. With it I put pipe cleaners, beads, and feathers.
- These are the hexi cards from Picklebums — I love these!
- I printed three sets on cardstock, and enjoyed some screen-free time on the bus ride home cutting them by hand!
- Here is a very eco-friendly activity that is easy to set up!
- First I used Word and WordArt to create a big outlined E and printed it in black and white.
- Then I put together several small scraps of paper, both patterned and solid.
- Finally I tore a few small pieces and put them on the E to show what to do. Some glue (and no scissors!) wraps things up!
- Here is a find from the dollar area at Michaels…
- It is a set of very tiny letter stamps. Paired this with a green washable stamp pad and some sturdy chipboard.
- Art Materials Nomenclature Cards from the always helpful Helpful Garden Montessori – thanks so much!
- I decided to try something different and print these at half of the normal size.
- This was from the very awesome set of Free Art Appreciation Printables via Teachers Pay Teachers!
- We put one of the prints inside the Crayola Dry Erase Activity Center and gave him a pile of dry erase markers so he could draw over top of the art.
- Oh Pinterest, what would I do without you…
- I really liked the look of this tissue painted canvas activity from Fiskars – thanks!
- I just used tissue paper squares from Oriental Trading and a sheet of watercolor paper. That plus a brush and water was all we needed!
- “Paint” with water on the tissue paper squares and it leaves color behind on the paper (or as they used in he Fiskars version, canvas.)
- This is a great painting activity for a kid like E who isn’t too fond of being messy!
- E has been doing great with addition, but wanted to do a simple activity to explore subtraction. With a palette tray and colored gems, this was perfect for art week!
- First I wrote the numbers 1-6 in Sharpie in the wells of one Oriental Trading Paint Tray
- Then I found gems in color combinations that add up to six. 5+1, 4+2 and 3+3.
- Last I wrote the math problems on big cards. The number 6 was in green, followed by the rest of the problem in coordinating colors to the gems.
- This is reused from the color wheel that we used during tot school with the red, green and blue Look & See Scopes
- We encouraged him to look at the color wheel with each of the three scopes to see the differences.
- I had pinned the Fibonacci Art Project from What Do We Do All Day?, assuming I would just give E several circles to glue onto paper.
- I liked the concept so much I created a printable to share — Preschool Fibonacci Circles!
- On this free two-page printable, you’ll find six circles, two 1’s, plus one each of 2, 3, 5 and 8. These represent the diameter of each circle in inches.
- I can’t explain it nearly as clearly as Erica does so please go to What Do We Do All Day? for a great explanation. THANK YOU for the inspiration!
- I put the activity out on the tray as is. I knew he’d do the cutting, but I wondered what he’d do after that…
- He ended up coloring the big 8 circle with Crayola Twistables, then gluing the remaining circles on top of it. Cool!
This week his school turned into quite the art gallery! We often put up some of his completed work on the side of our filing cabinet or door with magnets. But this time, we actually put up the art on the wall like a mini art gallery. It was a lot of fun and I know he liked it!
I hope you enjoy the simple (simple!) printable in your homeschool or other activities. Thanks for stopping by!
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