Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A is for Alphabet

As we being our 2014 A to Z challenge, I'm sticking to the traditional alphabet as my first post. As a teacher and mother, I loved to use alphabet letters as themes for art, music, games, and even treats. Today, I'm going to share two alphabet art ideas with you. Try them with your kids -- hope you enjoy the projects as much as my family did.

Melted Alphabet Letters
With this alphabet letter art craft, cut large block letters from sandpaper. Have the children color very heavily with crayons directly on top of the rough side of the sandpaper. Place the letters on a cookie sheet and into a 300-degree oven for 4-5 minutes or until the crayon melts. The alphabet letters will emerge in vivid colors.
Create Letter Characters
Give each child a block letter and colored markers. Invite them to 'dress up' the letter by drawing in facial features, hair, and designs. You can even give the children scraps of fabric for them to dress up the alphabet letter with clothes. Challenge the children to give their letter a name, such as "Billy B" or "Tara" T.
These two alphabet art ideas will make learning the letters fun for preschoolers. These craft ideas are perfect for preschool classes, home-based day care, and for parents. Make everyday a learning day with creative art activities.
See you all tomorrow with the letter B!
Photo courtesy of Tania Cowling