Hello winter cards!

Kids and parents alike love this project, created by stamping with sliver and white paint and using lots of glitter. These festive cards are perfect for someone special this winter.

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winter card projectThis project goes hand-in-hand with last week’s project, stamped boxes. Winter themed cards can be used in conjunction with the box to give a gift to for the December holidays or to send New Year’s greetings.   When we make these cards, there is glitter everywhere in the studios and everything is festive!

Age Level: 2.5 years and up

Objectives:

  • Work on stamping skills
  • Fine motor control, especially in sprinkling glitter

Materials:

  • Black construction paper (8.5 x 10”)
  • Silver and white paint (gold and/or blue can also be used)
  • Cookie cutters in snowflake shapes, various sizes, one per child
  • Small sponge pouncers (sometimes called “spouncers”), or q tips if you can’t find them, one per child1257559861635_RL1636-1
  • Condiment cups
  • Paper plates
  • labels

Teacher Preparation:

  • Fold paper in half to make cards
  • Place thin layer of paint on paper plates, one per every two students. A thin layer works best for successful stamping – too much paint will result in blobby stamps.
  • Arrange cookie cutters and round paintbrushes on trays
  • Put glitter in condiment sized cups, again one per every two students. Use a small amount – a little goes a long way, and you can always refill them if needed.
  • Write each student’s name on a label so you can easily label their artwork during class time.
  • Make sample project.

Procedures:

Show students a sample card and explain they will be making winter themed cards by stamping snowflakes onto black paper. (We often have a stamping station with ink and stampers during the earlier part of the class so the children get the concept of stamping and some practice before we start this project.) Demonstrate dipping a cookie cutter into the silver paint and pressing it onto the paper to create a shape. Also show them how to use a pouncer to create a circle print on their card. Finally demonstrate sprinkling glitter onto the card, and how it sticks to the wet paint.the messy artist

Place the trays with the cookie cutter and pouncers on the supply table, and direct the students to walk over and select one of each.art class for kids nj

While they are doing this, hand out the black paper cards (unfolded and placed so that the children will be stamping on the outside). Then deliver the palettes to the table, placing one between every two children.

nj kids art class kids winter card projectHave them start stamping, walking around and helping if needed. This is usually done in one of our caregiver and me classes, so the students can get help from them as well if needed.

Once some children have completed stamping, hand out the cups of glitter and remind them to sprinkle it over the wet paint.

new jersey art classes for kidsWhile the students are working, place a nametag on their project.

gift project for kids to makeThese cards take time to dry. When dry, fold, and save to give back during the next class session. The kids and parents alike love these projects!toddler art project fun cards for kids to make

Author: hellokidsart

The Messy Artist is a special place to create art. We offer year-round art classes for children 18 months through adulthood. In addition to art classes from September through June, we offer summer art camp and Drop-In and Play art activities for kids between our regular sessions. Our bright, colorful studio is also the perfect place for a kid’s birthday party! The Messy Artist children’s art center was created and designed by Owner/Director Donna Bernstein, a professional educator and artist. The curriculum is inspired and guided by Donna’s teaching experience and research in child development, as well as her passion for art. At The Messy Artist, art lessons for kids entertain and enrich their brains, bodies, and hearts.

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