Kindergarten Art Activities

From painting to collage, drawing to stamping, kindergarten art activities give kids the chance to explore their creativity, practice sharing materials and build fine motor skills.  With all the English Language Arts requirements and math standards we need to meet these days, it can be hard to find time for art.  The California Kindergarten Association is committed to helping you find ways to weave art into your curriculum!  Check back soon – new activities are being added frequently. 

Brush Your Teeth!

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Featured, Kindergarten Art Activities, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Brush Your Teeth!

Get ready to flash those pearly whites and keep them healthy with today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip!  Our very own TK teacher, Michelle Jones, brings us this fun idea! ...

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The Itsy Bitsy Spider Book

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Common Core State Standards, Featured, Kindergarten Art Activities, Kindergarten Music, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

The Itsy Bitsy Spider Book

It’s raining, it’s pouring…  Rainy days have you down?  Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip will have you looking on the sunny side with this adorable idea from CKA’s own board member Michelle Jones.  We love the fun twist of adding the little pipe cleaner spider! This was a project we did after learning the rhyme! The kids love it because they can read the words with their spider tracker! The shapes were cut out for TK students but I have used this book for  K also providing a tracer for students to use and then...

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And Then the Cat Laughed and Said, “Let’s Do a Craft!”

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in English Language Development, Kindergarten Art Activities, Kindergarten Math, Teaching Tips | 0 comments

And Then the Cat Laughed and Said, “Let’s Do a Craft!”

Dr. Seuss’s birthday is around the corner and CKA’s President-Elect and kindergarten teacher, Kimberly DeMille, has you covered with an adorable craft perfect for marking the occasion.  We love how this kind of directed art activity is part ELD, part math and all fun – with an ELA connection no less! The Cat in the Hat project (measurements for ONE cat) Red –  four strips cut 4 1/2 X 1 (3 for hat, one for bow tie) Red- one rectangle 4 X 8  (for book) White- one strip 5 1/2 X 1 (for the brim of the hat) White-...

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Snow Day!

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Kindergarten Art Activities, Kindergarten Math, Kindergarten Science, Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from CKA President-Elect and kindergarten teacher, Kimberly DeMille.  There might be little chance of rain, let alone snow, but that’s not stopping her class from having a “snow day”! As a culmination to our unit on winter, we celebrate with a SNOW DAY! Students are invited to wear their snow gear to school (caps, hats, mittens, boots, scarves). The day includes many fun activities: Graphing snow gear- students sit in a big circle and we graph each item in the floor. Snowball...

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It’s the End of the Year As We Know It

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Classroom Management, Kindergarten Art Activities, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

It’s the End of the Year As We Know It

Can you believe that the end of the year is almost here?  Time seems to fly faster every year!  Not to worry.  We’ve got you covered with books to read and activities to do. First up, snuggle up with some great books and wrap up your year with these funny, sweet and downright touching texts: Next up, your class will have their own memory book to treasure with this sweet farewell to kindergarten from CKA President Elect and kindergarten teacher, Kimberly DeMille: Last, but not least, head outside and reflect on everything...

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April Showers Bring May Bulletin Boards

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Kindergarten Art Activities, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

April Showers Bring May Bulletin Boards

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip is brought to us by CKA Board Member and Elk Grove teacher, Deb Meng.  How adorable is this bulletin board for the end of the year?  While it’s super perfect for graduating TK students, it would work very well with a different title for kindergarten (So Long Kinder “Garden”, First Grade Here We Come!”) or any other grade! Happy “planting”!  We’d love to see the “gardens” you...

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Fall Colors Come to the Classroom with this November Tree Art Project

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Kindergarten Art Activities, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Fall Colors Come to the Classroom with this November Tree Art Project

Fall is in the air!  The days are getting shorter and crisper.  This week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from Transitional Kindergarten teacher and former CKA Board Member, Heather Morrow’s classroom, where the leaves have been changing colors. Heather shares with us that, “Students fingerprinted the paper yellow and then sprinkled red powdered tempera paint on and mixed the two together.  After it dried, the students traced the leaf pattern and cut it out.” We hope this tip helps bring a colorful burst of fall...

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Go Away Big Green Monster!

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Kindergarten Art Activities, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Go Away Big Green Monster!

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from the amazing classroom of CKA Board Member and TK teacher, Michelle Jones. She shares this adorable art project just in time for Halloween!  She starts by reading this classic book.  Which, by the way, makes absolutely no mention of Halloween.  So if your district/school doesn’t celebrate, or if you have a child in your class who doesn’t, you’re still good! After reading the book, Michelle has her students make a Big Green Monster of their own with pre-cut geometric and...

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Tear Art Jack-o’-Lanterns

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Kindergarten Art Activities, Kindergarten Fine Motor Skills, Kindergarten Social Studies, Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Tear Art Jack-o’-Lanterns

The days are growing shorter once again and the leaves are beginning to turn.  Fall is in the air, which means Halloween is right around the corner.  Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from Kindergarten teacher and CKA Board Member, Kimberly DeMille.  Her tear art jack-o’-lanterns are great for building fine motor skills while also getting your class in a Halloween mood.   She shares with us that, “They tear the paper, then apply wet glue in a circle.  Then they lay the torn paper on the glue.  After that...

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We Have Our Head in the Clouds

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Kindergarten Art Activities, Kindergarten Science, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

We Have Our Head in the Clouds

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from CKA Co-President and TK teacher extraordinaire, Debra Weller.  She shares that she has her students learn about clouds by reading a non-fiction book (like Cloudy Days (Welcome Books: Weather Report) and Eric Carle’s Little Cloud.  She then gives the children blue paper. They draw a shape with a pencil and then paint with white paint. She takes dictation as they describe their creation.  Debra suggests this makes an easy bulletin...

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