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Preschool Outdoor Crafts

written by: J.B. • edited by: Amanda Grove • updated: 9/11/2012

Explore Preschool crafts outdoors. Use the sun, chalk, and summer reminders to make fun preschool outdoor crafts.

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    Preschoolers love the outdoors! Nothing is better for them, then when the beautiful sun is shining and the weather is gorgeous. Taking your students outside to explore preschool crafts outdoors is always a fun way to spend an afternoon!

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    Summer Time Collage

    The first preschool crafts outdoors project we are going to explore is the Summer Time Collage!

    Step One:

    Give your students an allotted amount of time to explore the beautiful outdoors. Ask the students to collect a variety of items that remind them of summer time. This may include flowers, grass, and leaves.

    Step Two:

    Allow the students to bring their items into the classroom for the second part of the craft.

    Step Three:

    Supply your students with a large piece of paper. Ask the students to tape, or glue their summer reminders onto their page.

    Step Four:

    Title the craft “Summer Time Collage." Now even in the winter students can be reminded of the wonderful summer to come!

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    Paint Swatters

    A fun outdoor craft is what we call “Paint Swatters." This is a fun project for students of all ages.

    Materials Needed:

    • Large paper pieces for each student
    • Paint in a variety of colors
    • Fly Swatters

    Step One:

    If possible, bring a large art easel outside. Tape up a large piece of durable paper for each student to use.

    Step Two:

    Have the students dip the fly swatter into the paint trays.

    Step Three:

    Then ask the students to pretend there is a fly on their paper and swat the fly!

    This craft is a lot of fun for students and even teachers too!

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    Shadow Chalk Drawings

    If you are having a bright and sunny day, bring your students outside for a chalk drawing afternoon!

    The only materials you will need are chalk, students, and the sun!


    Step One:

    Have your students stand in the sun to cast a shadow on the sidewalk.

    Step Two:

    Ask another student to trace their peers shadow for them.

    Step Three:

    When the students shadow is traced allow them to draw facial features, and even clothing on their shadow figures!

    This crafts allows students to spend an afternoon outdoors while learning all about shadows!

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    Faded Sun Art

    Another very simple preschool craft project is "Faded Sun Art."sunbleach 

    Step One:

    Provide each student with a piece of colored construction paper. Ask the students to lay out items on their paper neatly. These items could be cutlery, shaped objects such as stars, hearts, etc. Often times cookie cutters work great for this craft!

    Step Two:

    Leave the students paper and items outside in the sun until the sun fades the color of their construction paper.

    When the students remove their items from the page they will have permanent reminder of the item that was placed there.

    This always tends to amaze students that the sun can do such a neat thing!

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    Preschool crafts outdoors are guaranteed to be a hit with your class. Preschoolers love to be outside. Preschoolers love to play outdoor games and love to create crafts! Let your students' imagination and fun go wild and spend the afternoon outdoors!

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