• Pour small amounts of various colors of paint into shallow containers.
  • Cut sponges into squares.
  • Hang a long piece of butcher paper on a wall at children’s eye level.
  • Give each of your children a paper plate and a sponge square.
  • Let the children dip their sponges into the paint, then press them on their paper plates.
  • Allow the paint to dry.
  • Hook the plates together into a row with brass paper fasteners.
  • Add a plate with a caterpillar face drawn on it and two pipe cleaner antennae. 
  • Attach the paper plate caterpillar to the butcher paper, arranging the plates so that the caterpillar appears to be moving.


  • Give your children 1”x 7” strips of blue construction paper.
  • Set out some glue and show them how to rub some glue onto one end of each strip and how to hook them together to make chains of blue paper.
  • Let each child make a chain about six lengths long.
  • Hook the children’s chains together and make four chains (approximately 4’ long).
  • Pin the chains to a bulletin board to create a wavy ocean.
  • Let children make simple paper sail boats to pin atop or on the blue chain ocean.


  • Let your children take turns making fireworks pictures.
  • Set out some washable paint dobbers and some light blue paper.
  • Show your children how to take a dobber and smash it onto a piece of paper to create starburst effect.
  • Have children each make 2-3 colorful starbursts on their papers.
  • Attach all the papers onto a bulletin board or on the wall to create a fireworks display.


  • Stretch out a decorative fish net between two chairs.
  • Set out colorful weaving materials such as yarn pieces, ribbon and narrow strips of colorful fabric.
  • Let your children weave the materials, in and out of the holes in the net.
  • Talk about weaving “over” and “under”.
  • Encourage your children to experiment with making patterns in the net.
  • Hang net on wall for an attractive “cooperation mural”.