Tag Archives: Elementary Age Activities

homemade puffy paint.

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Homemade puffy paint! This would be a fun activity to do when you are talking about the rainbow. You could even incorporate Roy G. Biv (from Reading Rainbow – if you remember that from school). If you are doing a unit on the rain cycle, you could use this activity when you get to what causes a rainbow, or just for fun!

Materials:

One squeeze bottle for each color – old ketchup bottles would work just perfectly

One Cup Salt

One Cup Flour

One Cup Water

Food Coloring – Tempra Paints works well too

Construction Paper – or whatever paper you would like to use your puffy paint on

Directions:

Put the salt, flour, water and a good squirt of food coloring into the squeeze bottle. Shake the bottle to mix ingredients, and have fun! I would advise to make this before class, rather than having the class make their own.

Appropriate Age Level:

I think this would be fun to do by myself, but in a school I would say to do it in the middle levels. It would be really fun to with a first or second grade level to do a unit on the rain cycle, then paint one with the puffy paint.

Found At:

http://getyourmesson.blogspot.com/2011/09/puffy-paint.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GetYourMessOn+%28Get+your+mess+on!%29

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q-tip tree.

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This would be a fun activity for fall when the leaves are changing, but you could also do this for spring when trees are blooming. You can do a whole unit on trees or just nature in general. Have your students make up a story about someone with this tree (kind of like The Giving Tree – although this book as been said to be sexist, use discretion).

Materials:

Enough 8 1/2 by 11 paper (or bigger if you would like)

Paints (I would suggest regular acrylic paint – ask the Art teacher if you don’t have in your classroom)

Lots and Lots of Q-Tips for them to paint the leaves on with

Paint Brush

Directions:

You can do this one of two possible ways. If you are working with younger students you can paint the tree trunk and outline where the leaves are supposed to go. Or, if you are working with older students you can just let them free hand their tree trunk. Then you take your q-tips, dip in the different colors and let your trees bloom.

Appropriate Age Level:

In my opinion – which is really the only one you get while reading my blog – I would keep this within the lower levels and possibly the middle grades. This could also be a really fun activity in a special education classroom.

Found At:

http://laclassedellamaestravalentina.blogspot.com/2011/09/un-pennello-un-po-speciale.html

under the sea.

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Oh hey, you are doing a unit on sea animals! I have the perfect art activity for you. Have the students make their very own underwater aquarium. It is very easy and looks great on your windows! This could be fun even to do at home to decorate a large window or the back door.

Materials Needed:

Printed/Colorable sea animals, plants, and anything else from the sea

Black Construction Paper

Blue Transparency Paper

Kid-Friendly Scissors

Markers, Crayons, or Colored Pencils

Glue Sticks

Directions:

The aquariums I saw were about 15in. x 12in. After you get the blue transparency paper cut, cut out small strips of black construction paper (about one inch wide) and glue them around the sides. Have the students color in their under the sea creatures, then cut them out. Make sure when they are gluing the creatures to their aquariums they put the glue on the colored side. This way they will be able to see them the right way when you hang them on the windows.

Appropriate Age Level:

This could be fun for any age level. I actually found this idea at one of the special education rooms I work in. The only thing I would recommend for the younger levels is that you put the aquariums together, this is less cutting for them, but they still get to practice using a scissors.

Found At:

I found this activity in one of the special education I do a practicum in. For her class, she prepared the aquariums ahead of time.

Diversity Lesson.

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This is a diversity activity. It will show the students that besides the color of your skin, people are the same. We all came into this world in the same, but that is for a different day. 🙂 This activity would be great while talking about Martin Luther King Jr. It proves exactly what he was getting at during his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963.

Materials Needed:

1 White Egg

1 Brown Egg

1 Paper Plate

Directions:

Talk to your students, children, or campers, tell them about diversity and that it is okay to have different color skin. It is okay to be friends with people who do not look anything like you, everyone needs friends, yada, yada, yada. Show them the eggs and ask them what the differences and similarities are between the them. The only obvious big one will be the color. Turn around, or go to a part of the room where the children cannot see you, crack the eggs open on the paper plate. Go back to your students and ask which one is which. OH MY GOSH, you cannot tell. Proving everyone is the same on the inside, with different color outsides.

You could also do this with M&Ms, Skittles, or even Tootsie Pops. Anything that has the same inside, but different colored outsides.

Appropriate Age Level:

Honestly, you could probably do this activity with anyone. I think it would make the most impact in the middle level students (2nd – 4th grades). But, no matter who you show this too it should make some sort of indent in their mindset.

Found At:

http://thefirstgradeparade.blogspot.com/search/label/place%20value

Popsicle Stick Puzzle.

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(Sorry for the pixely picture!)

Activity:

Make your own puzzle! You can have your students make puzzles having to do with the unit you are working on (i.e. if you are doing a unit on fish have them make a puzzle about fish). When the students are done, you can have them switch and put their classmates puzzles together. This activity would also work really well with pictures, possibly ones the students were able to take.

Materials Needed:

Popsicle Sticks – 10-15 for each student

Pencils

Markers or Crayons

Masking Tape

Rubber Bands – enough for each student

Directions:

Lay the popsicle sticks right up against each other on a desk or table and put a piece, or two, of masking tape going the opposite way of the sticks. Flip over, so the tape is not in the way, start sketching out the picture with your pencil. Trace and color in your picture, take off the tape and you have a homemade puzzle. To keep each puzzle together wrap it up with a rubber band to keep organized.

Appropriate Age Level:

I think this specific activity would work really well with the lower and middle elementary levels. I feel they would enjoy making and putting together. I may be fun to work with another class on this, and switch one class’ puzzles for the others.

Found at:

http://cuegly.blogspot.com/2011/09/75-kid-activities.html

Calm Down Jar.

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All students have a hard time concentrating at some point in time during their time in school. The Calm Down Jar is a perfect way to give your students or children a couple minutes to themselves to not think about anything but glitter falling. Not only do they get to waste some energy on vigorously shaking The Calm Down Jar and letting their cares slip away while watching the glitter float to the bottom of the jar. You could even get mini-mason jars so the students could each have one to bring home.

Materials Needed:

One Mason Jar with Lid

One Tablespoon of Glitter Glue PER One Cup of Hot Water

Extra Glitter (a small carton should do).

Directions:

Figure out how many cups of what will fit into your mason jar, heat them up. Add one tablespoon of glitter glue for every cup of hot water you will be putting in your mason jar. Then add the extra glitter, put the lid on and swirl together. I might suggest super gluing the lid to the jar, just to be safe.

Appropriate Age Level:

I feel that this would work for any level of student. It could even work for us college students and all of you parents who just need to take a second to breath and forget about everything.

Found At:

http://chasingthefirefly.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/free-your-mind/

Milk Jug Bird Feeder.

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Spring is coming! Birds are here, let’s give them somewhere to make their home! Through this activity we will be making a bird house using a recycled milk jug! This would be an awesome project to do if you are doing a unit on birds! This way the will bring home what they learn in class. You can take your students on a bird watch hike to get some of the materials, such as sticks and leaves. While on the hike, you can have your students do a scavenger hunt of different birds they will find in your area. You can also just do this as a fun family project for the back yard.

Materials Needed:

Scissors – adult will need to do the cutting if you are doing this project with younger children

Hole Punch – optional

Gallon Milk Jug – can have the students each bring one

Paint Brush – enough for everyone, or you can talk about sharing

Green Acrylic Paint – other colors can be used if you prefer

Sticks – a lot, enough for every roof and a perch (can find if you decide to do the hike)

Hot Glue or Adhesive – Elmer’s Glue should work just fine as well

Old Metal Hangers – can have the students each bring one

Directions:

First you will have to make a big hole a little below the middle of the milk jug with the scissors, again have an adult cut this hole. Then take the hole punch and make a hole right below the larger one. Next, paint the milk jug with the acrylic paint. Once the paint has dried, punch the two holes on top of the milk jug to attach the hanger. Glue the sticks to the “roof” of the bird house and a few around the sides. Attach the perch, and put out in your back or front yard to enjoy.

Appropriate Age Level:

This activity could go with a variety of different ages, heck I might make this for my dad for father’s day and I am 20 years old. I would recommend if you are going to do this with a class of lower level students, have a sixth grade buddy (or a different upper level grade) help out with the project. You could also have upper level students do this for Earth Day (which is coming up soon)!

Found At:

http://www.nwf.org/Kids/Ranger-Rick/Activities/Crafts/Birds/Milk-Jug-Bird-Feeder.aspx