I have done an apple theme with the little ones at the beginning of the year.
We discuss different kinds of apples, colors, shapes, parts of etc. On a
narrow strip of construction paper ( 3 1/2 " x 10" approx.) they make 3
apple prints using apples cut in half and placed on a paper plate of tempra.
I let them use red, green, yellow and white paint for the prints and either
red, white, or green paper
to print on. I mount the prints on either red, white or green paper to
contrast with their choice of paper color and tempra color.
The second project is to have them paint a giant apple on a big piece of
white construction paper. I bring in apples in a variety of shapes. I
demonstrate to show how I leave a little space of white paper unpainted to
show a highlight on the apple.
I do a project on the big construction paper once a month that teaches them
something new . For example: color mixing using their hand prints and
tempra and rubbing their hands together to make the new color and printing
that new color hand print, cool colors/warm colors using starch and tissue
paper, printing texture using a variety of tools and tempra. Anyway, I
collect all these large construction paper art activities and make each child
a portfolio of their work. I die cut letters that say, " My First Grade Art"
and glue this on the front of the portfolio. It is a nice keepsake, parents
love it. Good luck with your little angels. Laraine