Art Activities on Hawaii for Preschool

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While you may not be able to hop on a plane to Hawaii with your preschool students, you can certainly foster the aloha spirit by creating Hawaiian-themed crafts. Even children who have never been to Hawaii can appreciate the lure of the sand and sea, the beauty of the flowers, and the warmth of the sun.

1 Leis

Students can create leis from paper or foam flowers. Simply string the flowers onto a long piece of string, yarn, or twine. Candy leis are a popular Hawaiian gift at graduation time. You can make them by using twist ties to attach hard candies end to end.

2 Flip-Flops

Purchase cheap kids' flip-flops and let students glue decorations such as rhinestones or fake flowers along the straps.

3 Grass Skirts

In Hawaii, both men and women wear grass skirts so you don't have to limit this activity to girls. Cut a piece of elastic that will fit snugly around each child's waist. Then cut long pieces of green streamers and attach them to the elastic with tape or glue.

4 Ocean Mobiles

Cut several fish shapes from construction paper or card stock and have students decorate them with paint and glitter. Hang the fish from a paper plate to create a mobile. Don't forget to include Hawaii's famous humuhumunukunukuapua'a.

5 Sand Paintings

Print coloring pages with basic designs. Allow students to "paint" a section with glue, then sprinkle colored sand over the area. Students should do each section separately to avoid mixing the colors.

Maggie McCormick is a freelance writer. She lived in Japan for three years teaching preschool to young children and currently lives in Honolulu with her family. She received a B.A. in women's studies from Wellesley College.