Teach your preschool students about the color black, and have fun doing so with these easy to prepare and inexpensive art projects.
Little Black Book
Help students make a book with several pages of black construction paper. Give students white crayons and let them go around the class and collect signatures from their classmates.
Black Thumbprint Bugs
Help students make several thumbprints on a piece of white paper using a non-toxic ink pad. Give them a pencil or thin black marker to transform their thumbprints into bugs with legs, antennas, wings, and eyes.
Black Night Scene
Give each student a white piece of paper. Have them use crayons to draw a scene at the bottom of the page with houses, trees, and cars. Let them use a white crayon to draw small circles for the stars in the sky. When they are finished with their picture, give them a paintbrush and black watercolor paint to paint over the scene. Encourage them to watch the stars appear in the sky. Note: black watercolors can be made by thinning black paint with water.
Cut out a sheep shape from black paper. Have students glue on googly eyes and black pom poms or black felt circles.
Black Lacing Card
Cut a sheep or a bat shape out of black cardstock for each child and punch holes around the edge in ½ to 1 inch intervals. Tape a long piece of white or gray yarn to the back of the cardstock and tape the loose end of yarn to make a “needle.” Show students how to lace around the edges of their pattern.
Paper plate spiders.
Use black paper plates or have children paint regular paper plates black. Give children large googly eyes and eight strips of black construction paper or eight black pipe cleaners for legs. Let them glue their eyes and legs onto the plates. Punch a hole into the plates and hang from the ceiling or attach the spiders to a giant web drawn onto a bulletin board.
Black Rubber Stamps
Set out several black ink pads and a collection of rubber stamps. Give each student a piece of white paper to create a design or pattern using the black rubber stamps.
Black Paper Chain
Give each students several strips of black paper and help them form the strips into interlocking loops to make a chain. Attach the students smaller chains together to make a chain that stretches across the classroom. Use for a Halloween classroom decoration.