Teach your preschool students about the color red, and have fun doing so with these easy, and inexpensive art projects.
Red Splatter Painting
Give preschoolers a choice of cut out shapes of red items to choose from, such as a stop sign, fall leaf, or heart and place it on a sheet of white construction paper. After putting a smock on each child, dip toothbrushes in red washable paint and give each child. 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 red construction paper. For a neat effect, choose two or three “shades” of red, such as brick red, apple red, and fire engine red.
Red Classroom Collage
Cut out a piece of red poster board into a recognizable shape that is usually red, such as a heart, a stop sign, or an apple. Throughout the week, ask children and parents to bring in pictures of items that are red to attach to the poster. At the end of the week, you will have a collage of all sorts of red items.
Red, Ripe Watermelon Plate
Give each student a white paper plate. Instruct them to paint the inside of the plate red and the outside rim of the plate green. When the plates are dry, give each child a small handful of real watermelon seeds to glue to the center of the plate in any design they wish.
Make red tinted telescopes by covering a paper towel tube with red construction paper. Then wrap a red piece of cellophane around the end of the tube with a rubber band. Let the children look at the world through their red telescopes.
Cut an apple in half to make two stampers. Add red paint to one side of a sponge to make a stamp pad. Provide paper for children to stamp apple on. When the apple prints dry, let students glue a few apple seeds to each apple or use green watercolors to make leaves.
Red Cherries on a Tree
Have students color or paint a tree shape. Provide red circle stickers to stick on the tree to represent cherries, you can also glue on red bingo counters as cherries.
Red Lacing Heart
Cut a heart shape out of cardstock for each child and punch holes around the edge in ½ to 1 inch intervals. Tape a long piece of red yarn to the back of the heart and tape the loose end of yarn to make a “needle.” Show students how to lace around the edges of their heart.