Monday, April 1, 2013

Spring is Here! Spring Art Projects!!


photo of: Spring Projects via Debbie Clement at PreK+K Sharing

"April showers bring.............." 
How do you finish that sentence? 
Here's one possibility. 

photo of: spring bulletin board (from Bulletin Board RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)
"April Showers bring...... mud!" 

photo of: Springtime Umbrellas at PreK+K Sharing
Spring-time Umbrellas with Painted Dots

photo of: art display for writing, weather
Spring Rain Writing in Kindergarten 
This idea always brings a smile. You can't go wrong with footprints and a paper plate!  

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Let's break out some blossom-inspiration in plenty of time to fill those spring bulletin boards. Let's get started with these painted handprint beauties. Handprints are another all-time easy-peasy project for the bulletin board. 

photo of: Painted Handprint Flowers on the Bulletin Board at PreK+K Sharing

Looking for a fine-motor scissor skill strengthening idea? How's this for your classroom? Snip those edges on a circle. Totally developmentally appropriate. LUV the details of the seeds, don't you? 

  photo of: Spring Flowers Made from Scissor Snipping at PreK+K Sharing Spring Flowers Made from Scissor Snipping at PreK+K Sharing

I LUV LUV LUV this 'open-ended' process-work for spring. Look at all of the variations in this one class. Lots of different color choices for petals and then let the children create their own masterpieces! 

photo of: Spring Flowers at PreK+K Sharing

I'm also a very big fan of the collaborative Art process. This one was a major big installation up in the hallways of a MI school that I visited. Making school visits and sharing the sights along the way is so much fun! 
photo of: Class Mural Collaboration of Individual Handprint paintings creating a Sunflower in Bloom.
"Friendship Flower" Collaboration of Preschool Painted Handprints

photo of: Bulletin Board for Spring Butterfly Preschool Art

Butterflies are a 'staple' when it comes to children's art. The folded paper 'blottos' above are a no-fail idea and yet completely unique. These next 'Eric Carle-like' creations were breath-taking in their simplicity. They were on display in Indiana and created under the loving eye of the school's art teacher. 

Bulletin Board Round Up

Spring time fun: "The Birds and the Bees" 
Let's get started with birdie eggs in a nest. Any open-ended art project that features a paper plate as a base, is one that can easily be replicated by others. These bases were painted first. Shredded bits were glued in place for the 'nesting' materials. Then everyone's favorite media material was added for the subject representation: eggs = PomPOMS!

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Eggs-in-a-Nest Project: Bulletin Board for Spring 

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ladybugs paper plates
Spring-time bulletin board in Preschool 


This next one is one of my all-time favorite ideas! I created this exercise in a VPK classroom in FL last year..... just in time for Earth Day. If you want to see just exactly how we put it together, you can go over to my blog to see the whole experience unfold.  I'm still wild about the final picture, that evolved completely naturally. Once the kiddos were all moving in to inspect the final project, I made a point to get every student's hand in the final photo. 

  1. Pool Noodle
  2. Tissue paper and scissors
  3. Glue sticks
  4. Camera + Hands = Priceless! 

photo of: Earth Day collaboration with Debbie Clement, song and art for preschool, Head Start, Kindergarten

As you wind down your school year here in this hemisphere and wind-up your year on the other side of the globe, I have two thoughts on adding to your classroom experience from my 'catalog' of work. The first is my digital product for a fun reinforcement of the lifecycle of frogs using my song, "Pollywog" as the 4 verse vehicle to study metamorphosis. 

photo of: Tadpole to Frog Metamorphosis through Song and Fine Motor Supplemental Pages (from RainbowsWIthinReach)
"Pollywog" in Mp3 Format with Fine Motor Support Work 

And finally..... so many classrooms in Preschool and Kindergarten alike will conclude their school year with some sort of PROGRAM -- either a Mother's Day presentation, an end of the year event, or a School 'graduation' ceremony-of-sorts. One of my songs, "You're Wonderful" is the perfect choice for such an event. The digital zipped file includes a chart for the sign language -- which makes a performance just that much more memorable. Here's a glimpse at just such an event. 

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We've spent the weekend with family, friends and our Rockie-Mountain grand-wonders. I've been chasing my wonders -- thru sand and surf. I need some time to add a little more and get this 'article' wrapped up. 

-- Debbie -- 

That's the Mr-Hubby-Clement-brains behind the EEE and our wonders! 


  1. Love it, great ideas. Love those little critters.
    Ms. Dawn, aka The Singing Nurse

    1. DAWN!!!! Great to 'see' you! Thanks for your continued support. Wishing you an awesome spring!


  2. Pr pre-kindergarten, also called pre-K or PK is the first environment-based learning classrooms that the child usually attend in the United States. It begins between the ages of 3-5 depending on the length of the program. It was created to prepare students for kindergarten education more intense and academically and is the "first" traditional class schoolchildren participate in them is not required pre-kindergarten. On the other hand, it works as a means of preparing children, especially those with a population of disadvantaged for better success in kindergarten often mandatory in many U.S. states. He knew pre-kindergarten also known as nursery school, but has been phasing out the term during the 1990s. Project Head Start was founded in 1965 as the first federally funded pre-kindergarten program. Been running most of the pre-kindergarten programs by private organizations for the purpose of socialization and educational benefits since 1922. Only over the past few decades has become pre-kindergarten programs for mothers to enter the labor market.
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  3. Pinned to my wonderful art ideas board. We STILL have snow in Minnesota as of April 19th, so it was so nice to see all these pictures and ideas. Why wait for green outside?

  4. Wow! Wow! And Wow! It’s truly an honor. Thank you so much! I’m new to this and working hard to get out there. Masterworks Of Art - The Lovers


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