December 2008


Made by the Hand of a Child



Materials: wood scraps (4” x 10”), nails, markers, picture hangers
Directions: Let children decorate the wood with markers. Next, let them hammer 4 nails spaced evenly apart. Attach a hanger to the back.
Adaptations: Children could also paint wood scraps.


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 her 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. Let children name their rocks and write stories about how to care for them.
Adaptations: Let children name their rocks and write stories about how to care for them.

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