Chicka Boom Art Project
This is a great project to use at the beginning of the year, but they are also fun for anytime of the year. I always put them in an area of the room that is difficult to reach. They stay up all year and add a lot of color to the room.
Each student is given a giant letter to cut out and decorate for the first initial of their name. I copied the letters on colored construction paper. Each student decorated his/her letter with a band-aid --like "skinned knee D" from Chicka Chicka, Boom Boom. I send a letter home to ask for special, fun type bandaids. They also can use stickers of different shapes. Lakeshore Educational supplies has a large package of these geometric and basic shape stickers, crayons, etc. They come in handy for lots of different projects. Lakeshore has a online catalog order if you don't have a store near you. www.lakeshorelearning.com. Any kind of stickers would work.
I laminated the letters after they were decorated. These letters are displayed on a bulletin board that is very high in our room. They add a bit of color and I leave them up all year long to avoid having to climb the ladder!
If you would like to order a set of the alphabet letters and the parent letter shown, they are available for $5. Both the alphabet letters and parent letter (asking for Band-Aid donations) will be sent to you via e-mail. They are in PDF format and easily printed.
3. School Bus Art
This is one of my favorite September projects. It was shared by my friend, Kerry. We trade lots of ideas. I think that she may have gotten it on the web somewhere?
An paper type egg carton was painted bright yellow. After it has dried, children's pictures that have been cut out of magazines are glued behind the holes in the egg carton to look like children riding on the bus. Round, black construction paper circles are cut out for the wheels. Too cute!