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Preschool Art Activities: Pets

written by: KellenKautzman • edited by: Jonathan Wylie • updated: 8/2/2012

Discover these phenomenal preschool pet art activities. They include puppies, kittens, birds, and fish. Your students will develop their creativity, broaden their horizons, and enhance their social skills all in one lesson.

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    Get Started

    These preschool pet art activities are fun to do, and the resulting crafts look great. Preschoolers love both art and animals, so combining the two is a match made in heaven for young learners. Follow the simple instructions below to get started.

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    Our Pets

    Puppy 

    You’ll need:

    • Pictures of your students’ pets
    • Paper
    • Finger-paint

    Tell parents to bring in pictures of their family pets or post them online so you can access them. Use a projector or overhead to display the picture of a preschooler's pet so that all the students can see it. Each day you can project the photo of another student's pet. If the student wants to say the pet's name for the class, or say anything about the pet, you should give him or her the chance. Once the student has shared you can let all of the students begin to draw the pet. If you are feeling really daring you can try to have them paint the first letter of the pet’s name, or the entire pet's name, based on the skill level of your preschooler.

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    Stained Glass Pets

    You’ll need:

    • One piece of standard white paperbird 
    • A scissors
    • Glue
    • Multiple colors of paper

    Have your preschoolers pick pieces of precut paper from containers you set out for them. You can use recycled paper, scraps and random pieces for this project. Have your preschoolers grab pieces of scrap paper and put the pieces together to create the shape of a pet. Glue the pieces onto the white piece of paper. When they finish, you can display their work in the window. When the sun is shining the art will look like a brilliant rainbow.

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    Fishbowl with Sponges

    Clown fish You’ll need:

    • Blue construction paper
    • Sponges
    • Paint
    • Pebbles / sand (optional)

    Take blue construction paper and cut it into the shape of a fishbowl. Cut a sponge into a fish shape. Have your preschoolers dip the sponges into the paint, preferably orange or yellow, and have them stamp the fish imprint on the construction paper with their sponge. Feel free, once the paint has dried, to glue pebbles, or sand, to the bottom of the fishbowl.

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    Dryer Lint Guinea Pigs

    Guinea Pig You’ll need:

    • Dryer lint
    • Toilet paper tube
    • Plastic eyes
    • Pipe cleaner

    Cover the toilet paper tube with glue. Place the lint on the glue and wait. Glue the plastic eyes on the front. Use pipe cleaner to create the ears and tail.

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    The Right Attitude

    Whether you are creating a stained glass pet, a fishbowl, or a dryer lint guinea pig, remember to keep an eye on your preschoolers during these preschool pet art activities. Support them through the whole process by praising their excellent work and lending a helping hand. Your preschoolers will love the chance to recreate their beloved pets with these activities. Both you, and your preschooler, will be proud of the work you've done.

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    Sources / Image References

    Sources

    First-School.ws, Pets

    Everything Preschool

    Image References

    Wikimedia Commons - Puppy

    Wikimedia Commons - Fish

    Wikimedia Commons - Guinea Pig

    Wikimedia Commons - Young Bird

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