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Early Elementary Art Lessons: Craft Stick Treasure Boxes, April Showers Bring May Flowers Umbrellas, & Shaving Cream Marbling

Early Elementary Art Lessons: Craft Stick Treasure Boxes, April Showers Bring May Flowers Umbrellas, & Shaving Cream Marbling

This is part of a series of 26 hands-on art lessons for Kindergarten and 1st grade. This covers the art lessons we completed in April. I used this plan while teaching a weekly 45 minute art class for children in Kindergarten and 1st grade. Each lesson includes an art concept and a variety of art techniques to make each lesson engaging & memorable. Use these fun lessons with your classroom, homeschool, after-school program, or co-op!

Craft Stick Treasure Boxes

Craft Stick Treasure Boxes

1. Pass out supplies. Pass out a paper plate to each student and have them write their name on it. To each pair of students pass out handfuls of craft sticks and small plates with tacky glue poured onto them. Each child used a craft stick to spread their glue.

You will need:

  • a paper plate per student
  • utensil for writing
  • plates with tacky glue on them (or a bottle of tacky glue per student)
  • craft sticks

2. Create the treasure box.

  • Create the base by placing 10 craft sticks side-by-side on the paper plate. Glue 2 sticks across the ends on both sides to make a square. (Demonstrate this.)
  • Create the sides of the box by building upwards, using a Lincoln Logs method. Each time they will dip each end of a craft stick in the glue. First place a stick on the top side and bottom side. Then place them on the right side and left side. Keep gluing the craft sticks in this crisscross pattern until the sides of the box are as tall as you want them.
  • *Pay attention to the children because they sometimes forget to do the crisscross pattern. It's okay. Just pull off the part where they forget and have them start again from there.
  • Create the lid: As you did with with the base of the craft stick box, make a square with ten sticks and glue them all together with the two sticks across the ends to hold all the sticks together.

3. Decorate the lid.

  • Glue a large button to the middle of the lid for a handle. If desired, glue smaller buttons around the edges.
  • If desired, use crayons or markers to add further decorations to the lid.

You will need:

  • buttons
  • crayons & markers (optional)
April Showers Umbrella Drawing Project

April Showers Umbrella Drawing Project

April Showers

1. Create the umbrella.

  • Pass out an umbrella pattern for students to trace. Have them trace the umbrella using a black marker.
  • Have them use a ruler and black marker to connect opposite points on the umbrella. (Demonstrate this.)

2. Sketch the person. Lead the students in drawing the triangle of the raincoat and rain boots.

3. Color the umbrella & the person. Have students use markers to color the umbrellas and person. We used the colors of the rainbow on the umbrella.

4. Paint the rain. Pass out small palates of blue and white poster board paint. Have students mix them with a paintbrush and then either use their fingers or a paintbrush to create raindrops and puddles.

You will need:

  • sheet of white cardstock or other sturdy paper per student
  • outline of umbrella pattern per student
  • ruler per student
  • markers
  • small palates (such as paper plates)
  • blue and white poster board paint
May flowers drawings

May flowers drawings

May Flowers

1. Create cards. Pass out a sheet of plain white paper to each student and have them fold them in half to create a card.

2. Allow them to use the markers to draw flowers on the front of the card. These can be given to parents as Easter cards if desired.

You will need per student:

  • a sheet of plain white paper
  • markers
Shaving Cream Marbling

Shaving Cream Marbling

1. Pass out the paper. Give each student 4 sheets of paper and have them write their names on the back of each one.

2. Add shaving cream. Give each student a paper plate and have them cover the paper plate with shaving cream.

3. Drop in food dye. Allow each student to select 3 colors of food color and drop 3-5 drops of each color on the shaving cream. (If students added more drops of color, I let them.)

4. Swirl the colors. Have students use a craft stick to gently swirl the colors. Do NOT mix them all together into 1 color. You want them to be able to see different colors.

5. Demonstrate how to marble the paper. 1-2-3, all eyes on me. Students should all fold their hands.

  • Lay the paper gently on top of the dyed shaving cream.
  • Pick up the paper.
  • "Shave your paper." Use a ruler to scrape the shaving cream off your paper and back onto your paper plate. (Don't leave much shaving cream on your paper, or it will get soggy.)
  • Lay your first paper aside to dry.
  • Repeat with the remaining 3 sheets of paper.

6. Allow students to marble their papers by following the above steps.

7. Wash hands. After students have finished their 4 papers, allow them to wash their hands. (If a sink isn't nearby, have a dishpan with water read so they can rinse their hands before touching a doorknob.)

8. Create construction paper cards. Have students select 2 sheets of construction paper. Have them cut each sheet in half and then fold each paper in half. (Demonstrate this.)

9. Glue the marbled design to cards. Allow students to use glue sticks to paste each sheet of marbled paper to the front of each construction paper card. Have them write their names on each card.

10. Decorate. If they have extra time, they can write inside the cards or add further designs.

You will need:

  • 1 sheet of white cardstock paper, cut into 4 pieces - per child (Ahead of time cut each sheet into 4 pieces of paper ahead of time.)
  • a paper plate per child
  • cheap shaving cream (white foam, not gel), preferably for sensitive skin (I used 1 can for each set of 3-4 students. There was still more shaving cream in each can, but I didn't want them to have to wait very long.)
  • food dye
  • 1 craft stick per child
  • 1 ruler per child
  • newspapers or table cloths to cover the table(s)
  • dishpan of water (optional)
  • 2 sheets of construction paper per child
  • scissors (1 pair per child)

*This activity was inspired by https://artfulparent.com/shaving-cream-marbling-with-liquid-watercolors/ which has great directions and step-by-step pictures.

  1. Self-Portraits (inspired by Van Gogh)
  2. Primary Colors & Secondary Colors (inspired by Claude Monet)
  3. Warm & Cool Colors (inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe)
  4. Tints & Shades (inspired by Pierre-Auguste Renoir)
  5. Abstract Art (inspired by Wassily Kandinsky)
  6. Landscapes (inspired by Henri Rousseau)
  7. One Point Perspective (inspired by Grant Wood)
  8. Still Life (inspired by Paul Cezanne)
  9. Decoupage Jack-o'-Lantern Craft (inspired by Halloween)
  10. Lines & Patterns (inspired by Paul Klee)
  11. Texture (inspired by Winslow Homer)
  12. Turkey Crafts (inspired by Thanksgiving)
  13. Painted Christmas Tree Cards (inspired by Christmas)
  14. January Art Lessons: Weaving & Winter (colors, lines, & patterns)
  15. Snowmen Surprise (value, tints, & shades)
  16. February Art Lessons (Valentine's Day and blow painting)
  17. Paper Collages (inspired by Henri Matisse)
  18. March Art Lessons (spring butterflies, bean mosaics, & glued quilt flowers)
  19. April Art Lessons (craft stick treasure boxes, April showers, & marbled shaving cream)
  20. All of My Hands-on Lessons & Unit Studies

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