As part as the Summer Reading Program theme, we did a storytime called “things that go bump in the night”. Most of the books talked about noises that we hear at night that might scare us. So, for art time, I decided to do a fun project about being scared! I had preschoolers, ages 3 to 5 and I showed them how to draw a face that would look “scared”. The first think I did was to ask them to show me what they look like when they are scared or surprised (when you’re not expecting something, it can surprise you and scare you).
I ask them to draw a scared face with markers. starting with the outline of a face, big eyes with pupil in the middle, arched eyebrows and a big open mouth. They could add other elements afterwards (nose, ears, neck…)
Using a straw, kids dropped a drop of diluted tempera paint on the hair-line and blew the paint, to give the impression of hair standing on their head.
Rosemary standing proud next to her project! She will be 3 years old next month.
This project was easy enough and parents only guided their child through the process.
It is a great project for all ages.
– tempera paint (diluted ~ 3/4 paint, 1/4 water)
– white paper
– containers for paint