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Art Projects for Jack & Jill

    Dioramas

    • A diorama is a miniature exhibit in a small container such as a shoebox. Making a diorama can help children visually interpret the story of Jack and Jill into a model that they can display. Children can color the inside of the box or cut and paste images to the inside walls of the box to create a background scene. They can make small figures out of paper, clay, little dolls, toys or a combination of craft scraps and supplies to complete the scene. Part of the creative process is for the children to figure out what things they can turn into a hill, a bucket or human figures. If many children are working on the project, they can see what creative approaches other children took to build the elements in the diorama.

    Puppets

    • Making puppets for a nursery rhyme such as Jack and Jill can serve two creative functions. The first function is the artistic project of making the actual puppet; the other is providing children with a prop for imaginative play when the art session is over. There are a number of ways to make puppets: finger puppets, decorating wood spoons or craft sticks, sock puppets or paper bag puppets are just a few options. Once the puppets are made, children can act out the rhyme with their puppets or make up further adventures of Jack and Jill.

    Alphabet Art

    • Nursery rhymes can help preschool aged children learn the letters of the alphabet. Jack and Jill provides an excellent opportunity to do crafts with the letter "J." Provide two "J" shapes for each child. They can be wood, chip board, cardboard, clay or heavy paper. Allow children to decorate the letters as boy and girl to create Jack and Jill alphabet characters. Paste googly eyes on them, add yarn hair or let the children cut out felt clothing and paper features to paste on the letters.

    Directional Activities

    • For older children who can read, directional art activities provide children with detailed written instructions to improve reading comprehension and problem-solving skills. These types of art projects are both creative as well as instructional, allowing children to logically follow a set of directions step-by-step to create the finished project. A simple version is a coloring page of Jack and Jill, instructing the children what color to make different parts of the image. A more complex version might involve a collage instructing the children to cut certain shapes out of certain colors and where to paste them on a page. You can even include math directions, such as have them measure the shapes to be specific sizes. How detailed the directions are would depend upon the age of the child working on the project.

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