Ideas for Using ~ ABC Letter Crafts

Ideas for Using ABC Letter Crafts

There are many creative art opportunities for you to explore with the Animal ABC letter crafts.  The templates are blank and simple in nature for this reason, so you can use your own ideas based on what YOUR child enjoys.  Here are some ideas for you to get your creative juices flowing!

Even if you don’t use Animal ABCs, you can still use the letter templates provided and make fun letter crafts with them!


Marble Painting

Put the whole letter page in a shallow cardboard box and drop a large or small marble in and squirt some paint in.  Let your child choose colors as s/he names them.  This activity not only produces a beautiful piece of artwork in the end, but also gives your child the chance to work through many skills.  Balancing the marble and getting it to go where desired is a big challenge for most young kids!

Marble Painting

{blog post featuring marble painted letter}


Cloud Painting

{or snow painting}

Mix white glue and white shaving cream together in about equal parts to make a fluffy cloud like paint.  Add a few drops of tempera paint for color.

Cloud Painting Cloud Painting

(blog post featuring cloud painted letter E, & cloud painted letter D}


Tempera Paint

Simple, yes, but oh so fun for a tot.  Be sure to allow color mixing at this stage, it’s so much fun for tots to explore freely with paint.  My girl is usually a one color girl, by her own choice!

 Painting

Your choice of brushes, or painting materials, can change up this whole activity.  Here’s a few things to try…

Melissa & Doug Jumbo Paint Brushes (set of 4)    Young Artist Texture Painting Set    Alex Toys Beginner Brushes (3)    image

{blog post featuring  painted letter C}


Water Color Paint

Also simple, but challenging for tots as they think through the way to get the paint on their brushes!  None of my tots have enjoyed water colors, but I always expose them at an early age!

Water Color Paint

{blog post featuring water color painted letter A}


Markers

My tots love markers {washable of course}.  Simply coloring the letter with markers can be a fun choice, and is one Ladybug chooses often!

Markers

{blog post featuring letter F}


Dot Paint

Dot paint is fun and most kids love it!  Allow your child to dot paint the full sheet and then you can cut the letter out after it dries!

Tot School Letter Q  Dot Paint

{blog post featuring dot painted letter Q}


Stickers

If you have letter stickers you can use those.  If you have stickers of the featured animal…cool!  Or just a fun variety of stickers to reinforce the letter shape while working on fine motor skills.Stickers

{blog post featuring stickers on letter L}


Finger Paint

You can see her stickers on the letter, which we did prior to the finger paint.   I let her fingerpaint on the whole page first and then cut out the letter after it dries.Finger Paint

{blog post featuring finger painted letter L}


Sponge Painting

A bit of tempera paint and a small sponge just adds another element of creativity to painting.  Again, I leave the page whole and let her paint away, then cut after it dries.

Sponge Paint

{blog post featuring sponge painted letter N}


Letter Stamps

We have the Melissa & Doug ABC Stamp set and this large ink pad.

ABC Stamps

{blog post featuring stamped letter M}


Glitter

You can have your tot paint the letter first, or just use glitter.  I outlined the letter in white glue and then gave her shakable glitter to make the letter stand out.  I hate glitter, but she loves it so I bust it out every so often!Glitter

{blog post featuring glittered letter K}


Tissue Paper Collage

Use colored tissue paper {or construction paper if you don’;t have tissue} and help your tot tear it into small pieces.  Provide a small cup with watered down glue {a few drops of water in with white glue} and a Qtip.  Show your tot how to add glue to the paper and then stick tissue paper on top.  They can also lay the tissue paper and apply the glue right over the top! Tot School Letter X Collage

After the tissue collection is dry, cut out the letter and apply the animals!Homeschool-3951

{blog post featuring tissue paper collage letter}


I made a simple pdf file of these ideas that you can print out and keep with your supplies, for those days when you are feeling less-than-creative! You can download the printable file here!

ABC Art Ideas ABC Art Ideas


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Home Art Studio ~ Rollercoasters

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We are reviewing a fabulous home art curriculum, Home Art Studio! We were using just the third grade level, but recently got the 1st grade kit to review also. I am blogging through our art projects to help keep me {the non-art lover} accountable, and also so I can prove to my kids that we DID do art!

Our latest project was Rollercoasters, which again I was excited about, since it seemed pretty simple and fun. This is the first project on the 1st grade DVD.  We watched the DVD before beginning, and then referred to the printed lesson plan while working. On the DVD they enjoyed seeing real rollercoasters!

This was another project I knew Ladybug could participate in.  I cut out her strips and she drew the black lines on and told me where to glue stuff.  I helped her a lot, but she loved every moment of the project and the end result!Home Art Studio Rollercoasters-3619

Krash was extremely into this one, he LOVED it!Home Art Studio Rollercoasters-3643

He worked long after the other two, making many track pieces on his own and working hard to construct his coaster.  I didn’t help him one bit with it!Home Art Studio Rollercoasters-3649

Naming the coasters was a part of the project too, Krash chose “King Coaster” for his.Home Art Studio Rollercoasters-3658

Pac loves art, so he jumped at the chance to join us and completed his coaster on his own too.Home Art Studio Rollercoasters-3652

The completed coasters with the happy bunch {happy because they love doing art projects}!Home Art Studio Rollercoasters-3659

Since I know these won’t keep forever, I took a picture of each one for the kids, this is Ladybug’s, “Bat Coaster.”Home Art Studio Rollercoasters-3665

Krash’s “King Coaster,” I love how he connected all of his pieces so thoughtfully!Home Art Studio Rollercoasters-3667

Finally, PacMan’s “Stealth Raptor.”Home Art Studio Rollercoasters-3670

Yay!  No paint again!  I am going to lose it when paint comes back into the art project time!


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Home Art Studio ~ Rose Window

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We are reviewing a fabulous home art curriculum, Home Art Studio! We are using the third grade level, so Pac and Krash can participate together. I am blogging through our art projects to help keep me {the non-art lover} accountable!

Our latest project was Rose Windows, which again I was excited about, since it did not involve paint. The cool thing about this one is that I knew Ladybug could join us too! We watched the DVD before beginning, and then referred to the printed lesson plan while working. They learned about radial symmetry and saw images of real rose windows in the DVD segment

Ripped up tissue paper was a really fun part of this whole project.  The kids enjoyed the ripping and all of the beautiful colors! Home Art Studio Rose Windows-3335

Ladybug was SO excited to be able to join us!  She loves anything crafty and anything school related.  She follows direction really well so she was able to handle much of it on her own.Home Art Studio Rose Windows-3333

The boys loved this project and made several comments about how fun this was.Home Art Studio Rose Windows-3336

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Even the massive mess didn’t bother me one bit, mostly since there was no paint on that table!Home Art Studio Rose Windows-3344

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I cut out L’s circle and completed it for her, she ooohed and ahhhed at her completed rose window as it hung in our window.Home Art Studio Rose Windows-3348

I had to cut the shapes out for Krash, but he glued it down himself.  Home Art Studio Rose Windows-3352

He too, was thrilled with his final project!Home Art Studio Rose Windows-3356

My windows are beautifully decorated with all 3 rose windows now! PacMan’s is on the top, he did his entire project on his own.Home Art Studio Rose Windows-3368

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Home Art Studio ~ Lesson 4

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We are reviewing a fabulous home art curriculum, Home Art Studio! We are using the third grade level, so Pac and Krash can participate together. I am blogging through our art projects to help keep me {the non-art lover} accountable!

Our latest project was Op Art, which I was excited about, since it did not involve paint.

We watched the DVD before beginning, and then referred to the printed lesson plan while working. The boys were both thrilled about this one and were eager to get started.  We worked together {I helped Krash a lot, Pac worked independently} and they soon realized how much work it was going to be to color the whole thing.  Home Art Studio

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They colored about 3 lines the first day. Home Art Studio

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They came back over a period of about 2 weeks and did about 2 lines at a time and Pac finally finished, Krash was very burnt out so we finished his together.  He was so close to the end this day!Home Art Studio Op Art

 

This is a shot of Pac’s final project.  He liked the end result but was discouraged about a couple of mistakes that were not able to be erased since they were markers.  I think it is awesome and it is displayed in our dining room!Home Art Studio Op Art


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Home Art Studio ~ Lesson 3

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We are reviewing a fabulous home art curriculum, Home Art Studio! We are using the third grade level, so Pac and Krash can participate together.  I am blogging through our art projects to help keep me {the non-art lover} accountable!

This week’s project was a Vegetable Watercolor Painting, when I saw the word paint I panicked a bit. The oil pastels were also involved, as well as a pencil-I could handle those.

Since we had recently begun a garden, this was a perfect project.  We began by researching vegetables that grow underground and looking up photos of them online.  We drew simple sketches of what we saw so we wouldn’t forget what they looked like!  Krash chose to just work on a carrot, Pac chose 3 vegetables.

We watched the DVD before beginning, and then referred to the printed lesson plan while working.  From start to finish this was a pretty stressful project for me.  I don’t handle art well and this one was tricky for me for some reason ~ maybe having multiple materials going at once {paint, pastels, pencil}. The project itself was fabulous, it is just me with this whole paint = stress problem..  The boys drew their vegetables, then went over them with oil pastels, then added the watercolor.

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Here are some action shots of their work in progress…IMG_7354

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Their completed projects, I love them!   IMG_7565

Project number 4 has no paint! I am very relieved and excited!  Stay tuned!


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