Teach your preschool students about the color orange, and have fun doing so with these easy, and inexpensive art projects.
Give your students an outline of a fish bowl. Instruct them to color the inside blue with crayons or watercolors for the water. Give each child a handful of orange colored goldfish crackers to glue inside their bowl.
Red and Yellow make Orange!
Give your students a dab of red paint on one side of a long piece of paper, a dab of yellow on the other side of the paper, and a dab of each color in the middle. Let them spread the red paint out into a shape, then wipe their fingers on a paper towel and do the same with the yellow paint. Next instruct them to mix the two colors in the middle to make a shape and ask them what color red and yellow make together.
Orange Paper Chain
Give each students several strips of orange 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 fall classroom decoration.
Orange Classroom Collage
Cut out a piece of orange poster board into a recognizable shape that is usually orange, such as a fall leaf or a pumpkin. Throughout the week, ask children and parents to bring in pictures of items that are orange to attach to the poster. They can also bring in small, lightweight items that are orange in color, such as pieces of ribbon, pom poms, and silk flowers. At the end of the week, you will have a collage of all sorts of orange items to share with your class.
Give each child an paper plate to paint with orange waterproof acrylic paint or with orange watercolors. After the paint on the plates dries, help the students staple a strip of green construction paper so it forms a loop on top of the plate. Hang the Jack-O-Lanterns by their “stems” from the ceiling of your classroom, or along an orange paper chain.
Cut an orange in half to make two stampers then squeeze out most of the juice an let the orange dry awhile. Later, cut in half a small carrot and a sweet potato. Add red paint to one side of a sponge to make a stamp pad. Provide paper for children to stamp the vegetable stamps on. When the vegetable prints dry, help your students label each stamp.
Orange Splatter Painting
Give preschoolers a choice of cut out shapes of orange items to choose from, such as a pumpkin, a fall leaf, or a carrot and place the shape they choose on a sheet of white construction paper. After putting a smock on each child, dip toothbrushes in orange washable paint. Provide popsicle sticks to rub across the toothbrushes to splatter paint on their papers. When the paper is covered, remove the shapes and let dry. Mount on orange construction paper. Choose two or three “shades” of orange to create a more textured effect.