Parents enjoy walking into a preschool classroom and seeing their child’s art displayed on the windows, walls and notice boards. To make your classroom an inviting space for your students as well as the parents, try to change your decorating theme every 2 to 3 weeks. To insure that your classroom is as exciting on the outside as it is on the inside, decorate your preschool art classroom windows with crafts that reflect the seasons, such as snowflakes in the winter and brilliant sun catchers and windsocks during the sunny summer months.
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Things you need
- Theme-based stickers and cutouts
- Multi-coloured cellophane
- 2 8-by-8 inch squares of contact paper
- Hole punch
- White art paper
- White glue
- Blue and silver glitter
- Spray snow
- Construction paper
- Butterfly patterns
- Googly eyes
- Washable window paint
- Oatmeal containers
- Finger paint
- Safety scissors
- Crepe paper
- Glue sticks
Purchase theme-based cutouts and stickers to decorate your preschool classroom windows. Many school supply stores sell holiday or seasonal window decorations (see Resources below). Combine purchased decorations with the children’s artwork to give the windows a personal touch.
Create sun catchers to hang in the window. This activity is perfect for the spring and summer months. Arrange small pieces of multicoloured cellophane on an 8-by-8 inch piece of clear contact paper. Cover with another piece of contact paper of the same size, and press together until smooth and free of air bubbles. Using a hole punch, make a small hole in the top of the square and thread a small piece of ribbon through the hole. Hang the sun catcher in the window to reflect the sunlight.
Make sparkling paper snowflakes. Cut a large circle out of white art paper and fold it in half three times. Using a pair of scissors, snip small pieces from the sides of the paper and carefully open the snowflake. Provide the children with white glue and blue or silver glitter to decorate the snowflakes. Decorate the bottom edge of the window with spray snow and hang the snowflakes so they appear to be drifting down from the sky.
Decorate your preschool art classroom windows with butterfly window hangings. To make the window hangings cut butterfly shapes from assorted colours of construction paper. Provide each student in the classroom with a butterfly pattern, markers, glue, glitter, sequins and googly eyes. Paint springtime flowers, trees and grass along the bottom of the window and a bright blue sky along the top. Hang the children’s butterflies to flutter over the scene.
Hang windsocks from the top of the windows in the classroom. Create the windsocks by removing the bottom from an oatmeal container. You will need one container for each child in the class, along with assorted colours of finger paint and sponges. After the paint dries, provide the students with safety scissors and allow them to cut crepe paper streamers to glue to the bottom of the windsock. Hang the children’s windsocks in your preschool art classroom windows for the parents and children to enjoy.
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