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Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Art & Craft Activities for Children 3 to 6

The Arts: Visual Arts


Fine Motor




Individual Child

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Shallow containers
String or yarn
Tag board
Clear plastic disposable lids, 5” (13 cm) or more in diameter, 4 per child
Tissue, cut in 1” (3 cm) squares in assorted colors
Cardboard patterns of triangles, squares, rectangles, and circles
Hole punch


1. Before class, protect your work surface with newspaper. In shallow containers, dilute the glue
with a small amount of water. Cut four lengths of string or yarn for each child, approximately
5” long. Cut tag board in 2” (5 cm) wide, 16” (40 cm) long strips.
2. When you are ready to begin, have the children brush glue on the first lid, then place tissue
squares on the lid, overlapping them. Have the children apply another coat of glue over the tissue
squares. When they are finished, ask them to repeat the process with the remaining lids,
then set them aside to dry.
3. Later, have the children turn the lids over and trace a cardboard pattern of each shape onto
each lid.
4. Cut out the shapes and punch a hole at the top of each one. Form a circle with each strip of tag
board and staple the ends together.
5. Help the children punch four evenly spaced holes along the bottom of the circle and two holes
along the top.
6. Show the children how to tie one end of each string to a shape and the other end to the bottom
of the tag board circle. To hang the mobile, loop the fifth piece of string through the openings
on the top of the circle.
More to do
Games: Play “Duck, Duck, Goose,” substituting the names of shapes.
Math: Make a picture graph of the children’s favorite shapes. Use cut-out shapes to create patterns.
Paint shapes using sponges or potato halves.

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