I’m scared!

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
– markers
– straws
– containers for paint









This week’s theme is Dinosaurs!
So many things we can do in art time with that kind of theme. We mainly talked about texture.

For Preschool Project (3-5 year olds), children were given dinosaur toys, which they looked at, touched turned around. We pointed out the similarities between the different dinosaurs; some have horns, some have long neck, short necks, spikes on their backs… etc. We also mentions what they had similar, 2 eyes, 1 mouth and 4 legs (we only had land dinos). The preschoolers drew their dinosaurs with oil pastels. Then, children were introduced to different textured items which we used for rubbing and create texture on their dinosaurs.


For Family Art (2-10 & parents), we creates dinosaur eggs from papier-mâché paste. Using newspaper, children formed a sphere-like shaped and added the papier-mâché paste  on top, turning it around, creating their eggs.

Once their eggs were covered, they rubbed some tempera paint on it. In a library, we don’t get to start a project one week and finish it the next. Children don’t always come every week and I have to be able to serve our patrons no matter what. By applying the paint right away, children can take their dinosaur eggs home right away with a completed project.

For Toddler Art (18 to 36 month old) we had an easier project. Since creating a 3D egg would be a little too complicated, I gave each child a circular shaped piece of construction paper. They used different shape sponges to stamp  and create texture on their dinosaur egg.