Discussion in 'Preschool' started by msaly, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. msaly

    msaly Comrade

    Feb 21, 2006
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    Apr 17, 2008

    I need some art ideas for a rainforest theme. We were supposed to be doing a fundraiser for a children's hospital tomorrow but it got cancelled and I cant think of anything to do for art!

    any suggestions??
  3. Xtine

    Xtine Companion

    Nov 30, 2005
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    Apr 17, 2008

    Here are some from my file:

    Decorate 2 toilet paper rolls as desired. Cellophane may be used to cover the ends. Glut the two together or wrap with colored tape or yarn. Punch a hole on the side of each roll near one end. Thread string or yarn through holes to produce a neck strap. Knot at each end.

    Tie Snakes:
    Take an old tie. Cut open one of the ends, and fill 2/3rds with pillow stuffing. Insert a hanger or a length of wire, and fill the rest of the way. Sew or glue the ends back together. Add googly eyes and a tongue.

    Fill an 8 oz clear plastic cup with potting soil. Cup should be about ¾ full. Plant small plants or sprinkle with grass seed. Water lightly. Place another cup on top so that the mouths of the cup touch each other. Tape the cups together. The water rises and condenses and ‘rains’ back down on the plants.

    Rainforest Collages:
    Make a collage with rainforest products. Coffee, sugar, tea.

    Use 18 inches of foam pipe insulation and stick ½ toothpicks into the foam so the ends don’t stick out. ( Use a wire cutter to quickly cut them in half…you are going to have to do lots!) Hot glue a round of cardboard/construction paper to one end. Make sure there are lots of toothpicks throughout the pipe. When done, put a small handful of rice, popcorn, pebbles, anything into the tube. Glue a second round on the other end, let it dry and turn over for the sound of rain. Decorate with colored masking tape.

    Make newspaper trees by taking 3 sheets of newspaper and roll them up overlapping as you go. Cut about 4 or 6 slashes 1/3 of the way down the top. Gently pull up on one of the inside ‘leaves’ and then you have a paper tree. Paint if desired.

    Forest Painting:
    Provide many different shades of green paint. Cut paper to large leaf shapes before or after painting and create a large tree on the wall.

    Window Toucan:
    On a light green sheet of construction paper cut out a large beak shape without cutting any of the edges. Cut a half circle out of black paper to make the head of the toucan. Glue the straight edge of the half circle to the edge of the green paper. The curved side of the half circle should slightly overlap the widest part of the beak. Cut an eye from blue paper and a pupil from black paper. Cut strips of colorful tissue paper and glue them across the back of the paper to fill the opening. Hang in any window.

    Hands and Foot Macaw:
    Trace around your shoe on brightly colored paper. Cut out the shoe shape, the heel forms the head of the bird. Cut out two black eyes and a curved beak and glue them onto the head. Cut out two claw feet and glue on. Trace around your hand on a different color paper than the body. Make ten hand shapes and glue them on to create a tail (4) and two wings (3 each) make sure the fingers point down.

    Spotted Cats:
    Make orange handprints on white paper. Cut cats heads out of orange paper, draw on a face. Using the thumb as the tail make a cat, dip your finger in black paint to make spots.

    Cork Frogs:
    Take an old cork and color it green with crayon. Use a green pipe cleaner and wrap it around the cork, twist it, then bend the long ends into frog shaped legs. Tie a string to the center of the pipe cleaner first. Then the string can be used to pull the frog through water tables and bathtubs.

    Paper Plate Snakes:
    Have children color a paper plate anyway they choose. Then cut the plate into a spiral and have the children watch as a snake appears. Children can then add eyes and a construction paper tongue.
  4. eldoeducator

    eldoeducator Rookie

    Apr 23, 2008
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    Apr 23, 2008

    I used this rainforest video for inspiration on decorating my classroom.


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