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Arts and Crafts
Glue corresponding number of cotton balls onto paper labeled with a number.
Make some pretend cookies out of cardboard or construction paper. On one side color the cookie in and on the other side place a picture of things that begin with the letter C. Place these pretend cookies in a plastic container and label it "Cookie jar." Have each child pick a cookie and go over the C word on that cookie, by saying it and listening for the C in the word. Also, you can give each child a blank cookie & have them draw something that begins with the Letter C.
Have each child bring in a picture (they may also draw their own picture) that begins with the letter C. Then, on a big poster board draw the letter C and glue all the kid's pictures around it to make a classroom collage.
Candy-Eyed Calico Cat
Give each child a cat pattern, glue, small scraps of patterned material, toothpicks, flat candies (two for each cat and a few to eat). Give children these directions: Apply a light layer of glue to the cat. Cover a as much of the cat as possible with material scraps. Glue on toothpicks for whiskers. Glue on two flat candies for eyes. Allow to dry.
Put a couple drops of white paint in the center of blue paper, fold, and squeeze the paint around. Then open them up and write on them what each child thinks they look like.
Cover old heating or warming try with aluminum foil and heat up. Let children lay their papers on the tray and draw with crayons. The wax melts and soaks into the paper. Let wax dry. These are fun to hang in windows for a stained glass effect.
Provide art supplies for children to make pretend candles. Use toilet-paper tubes for the candle. Help the children paint the tubes with tempera. Show them how to stuff red, orange and yellow tissue paper in the top of the tubes for the flame then glue a strip of construction paper around the base for the candle holders. Help them glue the tubes to small paper plates.
Make a candy cane with pipe cleaners - use one white and one red - twist the pipe cleaners to make a striped stem. Bend them into a candy cane shape.
Make paper clocks on paper plates - Attach construction paper hands with brads. Identify the big hand and little hand and the number on the clock -if the children are old enough use the clocks to tell the time and hour.
Painting with Carrots
Cut real carrots into 2-3" pieces. Use them like a rubber stamp - dip in orange tempera and print to make a letter C.
Invite the children to cut out pictures of cars from old magazines and make a collage.
Draw a simple cat shape on a large piece of paper. If the kids are old enough have them draw it. Have the children paint their cats black and cut them out when the paint is dry. Have them add eyes and whiskers.
Let them draw pictures of their favorite story book cat or make paper doll cats.
Have an assortment of catalogs available. Let the children browse through and cut out five favorite items. Glue them on construction paper.
If Clover is in season have the children pick some. Cut a large Letter C and glue the clovers on.
Paint clown faces on all interested children. Take pictures of your cute clowns. Note: Be sure to use hypoallergenic paint or costume makeup designed for sensitive skin.
Make a clown face out of a paper plate, construction paper, and an inflated balloon. Have the children color a clown face, then punch a small hole in the center of the face. Help the kids pull the knot of the balloon through the hole and tape the knot in the back.
Ask children to color, cut out, and clip "C" objects to a clothesline stretched across the room. Pictures could also be cut from catalogs. Use clip clothespins. You might want to limit their pictures to things they would find on a clothes line.
Encourage the children to play with clay. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes in clay, and let them set and dry completely, then paint.
Make coal or charcoal crystals. put coal or charcoal briquets in a tray. Mix together 2 TBS each - salt, water, bluing (available in the laundry section), and pour over coal or charcoal. Add drops of food coloring wherever, and coat each piece with a few drops of ammonia. The next morning you should see crystals beginning to form. If not repeat the process.
Glue pictures of hot and cold foods on index cards. Help the children sort the pictures into hot and cold categories.
Give the children construction paper circles - one for each of the eight basic colors. Tape one circle to a classroom wall. Let the children draw various shapes on each circle, and attach to the circle on the wall. See how long they can make the caterpillar.Add eyes and antenna to make the caterpillars head.
Save the Sunday comics and daily comics. Cut the comic strips into separate frames, and cut out a large construction paper C. Glue comic frames on the letter C - if they are old enough have them sequence them.
Use paper towel and toilet paper rolls to make a castle. Cut slits in the tops to attach to other rolls to make varying heights. Paint the tubes goldish and use sponge squares in red paint to make it look like a stone castle.
Tape a round piece of cardboard to each end of the paper towel tube. Cut a slot for the clowns mouth. (make it big enough for coins to fit through). Paint the tube white. Glue yarn hair and clown features cut from paper.
Decorate a box with the letter C. Inside the box place items that start with C such as: camera, can, card, candle, corn, car, canoe, carrot, coat, comb, cookies, cotton, cat.
Collect empty cans, wash them and smooth over any rough edges. Let the children decorate the cans with colorful self-stick paper or by gluing on wallpaper, felt, fabric, shells or magazine cutouts. Then let them use their decorated cans as holders for straws, buttons, puzzle pieces, games, or crayons.