Whether your child is graduating from preschool or kindergarten, it’s time for big dreams and next steps. A diploma is the official certificate that your youngster has made it to the next level of education – it’s a notable memory. This craft is not a true diploma, but a chance for your little graduate to draw and color a self-portrait and present it in diploma style. There are a couple ways to create this project, so choose your art mediums and let’s get started.
- White copy paper
- Crayons, markers, or watercolors
- Thin ribbon
- Computer (optional)
- Paintbrush (optional)
Step 1 – This craft is not really messy, but you may want to cover your tabletop with newspaper. Young children sometimes color outside the lines and may mark your table on accident.
Step 2 – On a clean sheet of white copy paper your child will color a picture of a graduate. This can be a printed black line copy made with your computer or a self-portrait created by your child. There are websites that offer coloring pages for graduation (see below). These are only two of the many coloring pages sites you can find online. For a more creative project, have your kiddo draw and color a self-portrait of him or her on graduation day, wearing a gown and mortarboard graduation cap.
Step 3 – Invite the child to use crayons, markers, or even paint with watercolors. Let this page dry thoroughly before the next step.
Step 4 – Carefully roll the paper into a small circular tube.
Step 5 – Tie the diploma roll with a length of thin ribbon. Any color is acceptable, or you could use the shade that coordinates with your school’s colors.
Step 6 – Role-play and present this diploma craft to your child in a mock commencement ceremony.
A couple websites with graduate coloring sheets:
Congratulations to your child, Happy Parenting,