Preschool Crafts and Activities
Preschool crafts are made to be easy and fun. It really doesn’t take much to keep a preschool-age child entertained. The easier it is to make, the sooner they can see the final result. They are just at the right age to have good fine-motor skills. They can squeeze a glue bottle, hold a paint brush, and place small decorative items themselves.
Try these easy preschoolcraft ideas and have a ball!
What you’ll need:
Pastel construction paper
Grass-green construction paper
Bright tempera paints, at least 5 colors
Glue, glue dots, or double sided tape
Trace around the child’s hand on the pastel construction paper.
Cut out hand shape. The child can paint each finger and the thumb a different color as “petals.”
Cut out a narrow rectangle and leaf shapes for the stem.
Help the child glue or tape them onto the paper plate, leaving room at the top for the hand-shaped blossom.
Once the petals are painted and dried, glue or tape the blossom on the paper plate at top of the stem. When everything is dried, the child can color the paper plate background.
Make your own musical group
Create joyful noises with common household items and a little creativity. The instruments are grouped by type – percussion, wind, and string.
This is just a starter lists. Add other kinds of instruments for different sound textures.
- Cymbals – Use two pot lids
- Drum – Use a large pot or an upside down 5 gallon bucket with mixing spoons. For the best sound, raise the pot or bucket up on some sturdy blocks so the sides can vibrate more freely.
- Drinking glass xylophone – Line up tall drinking glasses with different amounts of water in them. Arrange them in ascending or descending order of pitch. Carefully strike with a spoon to make melodies.
- Kazoo – Take an empty toilet paper tube and a 4”x4” square of wax paper. Put the wax paper over one end of the tube and secure with the rubber band. Hum your favorite tune into the open end with your mouth against the cardboard. Another version – Fold the 4”x4” wax paper square over the teeth of a comb, put your lips against the comb, and hum.
- Voices – Everyone has this instrument with them!
- Rubber band guitar – Stretch several rubber bands of different widths around an empty shoe box. All the rubber bands should be parallel to each other. Attach a ruler or other flat stick to attach to the back of the shoebox. This is the neck (long part with the frets) of the guitar.
Paper sack costume
What you’ll need:
Paper grocery sack
Four feet of yarn or string, cut into one-foot lengths
Crayons, markers, other decorative items
Take a paper grocery sack and cut out a hole in the bottom large enough for a child’s head to go through.
Turn the sack with that hole facing up, as if the child would be wearing it. Make another cut in the middle of the sack, right down the “back” of the costume.
Cut two arm holes in the sides of the sack, right where the side of the sack meets the bottom part. Do not cut into the bottom, just the sides. When the costume is on, the bottom of the sack will rest on the child’s shoulders. The arm holes should be where the arms would naturally come out.
With a paper punch, put a hole on either side of the back of the neck of the costume. Tie and knot a length of string or yarn to each hole, leaving one end as long as possible to tie the costume on. Put another pair of paper punch holes about halfway down the back, repeating the step for tying the string.
Decorate the costume however the child wishes. When decoration is finished, allow glue to dry (if any is used).
Add or create a mask to make your costume complete. If your child doesn’t like masks, use hats, jewelry, or FDA-approved face paints instead.
Working on these preschool crafts with your child will promote both their imagination and eye-hand coordination.