Make Kids Crafts - Make a Mural
How to make kids crafts for a group:
Usually all instructions for how to make kids crafts are crafts ideas for individuals. It is a good idea thought, to also do crafts working in a group.
1. Make a mural:
Making a mural together is an idea that works very well for a group. Working together the kids are creating something to decorate a shared area with. Displaying individual items often creates a very "overdone" image because there are so many that are almost the same. Sending home all the kids crafts later on creates a problem at home because it takes up such a lot of space. Later on parents have no choice but to throw them out. This craft idea of making a group mural can be displayed for several weeks and will not become clutter in anyone's home.
2. Basic materials:
The basic materials for a kids' group mural is freezer paper. Freezer paper is about 18 inches wide, and it is very tough. One side is plastic coated. That is the side that is designed to be placed against the food. You will have better luck drawing on and gluing things onto the other side.
3. A number of different design elements:
Class or group murals can feature a number of different design elements. You can mix up some finger paint and let the children make hand prints (or even foot prints!) on the paper. You can let them scour old cast-off magazines and color catalogs for pictures they like and let them cut the pictures out and glue them on. They can add scribbles, designs, signatures, slogans, or pictures using markers, crayons, or gel pens. They can attach stickers to the mural as well. This craft idea is very flexible!
4. The choice of a topic:
For making the mural, choose a topic that relates to the group in some way.
- If the group are girl scouts, for instance, and have been learning to camp, the mural can feature pictures of items related to camping.
- If you've been learning about dinosaurs, you can use them as a theme.
5. An idea for fall:
If you want a really messy project that makes a cute mural for fall, mix up finger paint in fall colors. The children can each make a tree by first laying their forearm in brown paint. Then they lay their arm on the paper to make the trunk of the tree. They should spread out their fingers so their arm print has five short branches at the top. To make the leaves, the children make fingerprints all around the top of the tree using paints in other fall colors. If you add a few drops of dishwashing detergent to finger paint when mixing it up, it will be easier to clean off the children's arms. Do make sure they have old clothes or smocks for this craft idea.
6. One for the little kids:
Little preschoolers will like making a mural with an animal theme. You should probably find and cut out animal magazine pictures to start with, and then let the children choose the ones they like for gluing down. Glue sticks are neat to use with small children. They will paste some of the pictures upside down. Expect it and do not scold them. It is the process that is important in this craft idea. The children can also use animal cookie cutters dipped in finger paint to stamp animals on the mural. You may need to tape the paper to the table so it doesn't slide around while the children work.
These are only a few ideas on how to make kids crafts for a group. The most important thing to remember is, try and give the kids free reign and leave them when they do it their way and not exactly as you planned it. To make kids crafts for a group is about their interaction and their ideas, let them experiment.
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