Materials: paper, markers, pens, construction paper, ribbon
Directions: Each child will need 3 sheets of paper. Cut the paper into fourths to make 12 pages. On each page, children write (or dictate) a different job they could do for their parents, such as set the table, give a back rub, clean their room, etc. Make a cover from construction paper. Hole punch in the upper left hand corner and tie with a ribbon.
Materials: overhead projector, black construction paper, white paper
Directions: Tape black construction paper to the wall. Have one child at a time sit on a stool about 1 foot from the paper. Shine the light on the child's head and trace around their shadow. Cut the silhouette out of the black paper and glue it to a white sheet of paper.
Materials: rocks or stones (about the size of a fist), markers, felt, wiggly eyes, yarn, glue
Directions: Go on a rock hunt and let each child find a special rock. Have children wash their rocks and set them aside to dry. Decorate the rocks with wiggly eyes, markers, yarn hair, etc. Add a piece of felt to the bottom to make a paper weight.
Adaptations: Let children name their rocks and write stories about how to care for them.
Materials: plaster of paris or hardening clay, spray paint, ribbon
Directions: Prepare plaster of paris according to directions and quickly pour it into a shallow plastic lid or plastic dish that is slightly larger than the child's hand.
Have the children place their hands in the mixture and hold it for a few minutes to make a print.
(Write their name and date with a toothpick. Punch a hole for hanging with a straw.)
Dry. Remove from mold. Spray paint and attach a piece of ribbon for hanging.
Materials: glass jar or bottle, tissue paper, white glue, old paint brush
Directions: Let the children cut or tear the tissue paper into 1" squares, triangles, and shapes.
Dilute the glue with water, then brush it on the jar.
Apply tissue paper all over the jar.
Dry. Apply another coat of glue and tissue paper.
End by brushing over the entire surface with glue.