Working on our Thanksgiving costumes in preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on November 12, 2011

in Creative Art, Indian Vests, Paint Rubbings, Painting, Thanksgiving

We are continuing to work on our Thanksgiving costumes in preschool.  We completed our pasta necklaces from the colored pasta we made the other day…

And when we weren’t threading the pasta onto our twine, then we had fun just playing with our pasta beads…

We also made vests for our Thanksgiving feast…

To make our vests, the children were each given two sheets of manilla paper that was stapled at the top for shoulders. Then a neck hole was cut in the center. Next the children used scissors to fringe the ends of the paper (the bottom of their vests). Some of the children fringed their vests before painting and others still have to fringe theirs after the paint dries…

To add color to our vests, the children used a variety of tools. Some of the vests were painted with blocks dipped in different colors of paints.  Some of the children tried to make symbols or patterns on their vests like we talked about in circle time…

Other children painted with brushes or used bottles of paint to squeeze lines and circles on the paper. We worked on vests on two different days so the techniques continued to change…

Although the painting techniques changed, the process stayed about the same. Remember that the children have two sheets of paper stapled together and they are only painting on one of those pieces of paper. Once the painting was complete, they folded the non-painted paper over on the painted paper and rubbed them together…

Then they opened the paper back up to see the finished design on both the front and the back of their vests…

Here are a few of the vests we have completed so far…

We haven’t quite finished them all but we should be good to go in plenty of time for our Thanksgiving feast!

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