My daughter will be graduating from preschool this year. It’s her first commencement and I want to make sure it is special. To help celebrate, we will be taking part in some fun graduation crafts. Along with creating some memories, you can work on fine motor skills like cutting, drawing and writing. Enjoy bonding with your little one over these preschool and kindergarten graduation crafts.
Make a mobile to help your child remember his or her graduation. You will need a plastic hanger, some school pictures, a hole punch, string and stiff paper. First, roll a piece of paper into a diploma and tie it with a ribbon. Attach the diploma to the center of the hanger with a string. Next, using stiff paper, cut out four different shapes and put a hole punch on the top. On two of the shapes, you can attach pictures (but make sure the pictures don’t cover the hole punch). On the other two, you can have your child write down a memory. A four-year-old could draw a picture or write his or her name. Finally, tie different lengths of string onto each shape and then hang from the hanger.
Cut out a five inch square and have your child decorate the top. Your child can use photos, drawings or make a magazine collage. Then, make a tassel out of some yarn and attach to the top of the square. Next, cut out a six by two inch rectangle. After that, take your rectangle and attach the two short sides together with tape (so that it makes a circle). Finally, tape the square on top of the circle for a graduation cap.
Memory Picture Book
This is a great activity to do if you have plenty of school pictures from the year. However, you can also take a lot of pictures on graduation day to use. For this craft, you can purchase a scrapbook or make a simple book out of construction paper. Then, punch a hole at the top and bottom of the book’s spine. Next, thread a pretty ribbon through the holes and tie together. Have your child pick their favorite pictures to glue inside the book.
“My Favorite Things” Time Capsule
Have your child decorate a shoe box with pictures, drawings and/or magazine pictures. Then, pick some of their favorite things to put inside. It could be a favorite type of food (non-perishable please)! If they choose strawberries, you can put in freeze-dried strawberries. They could put in a movie or theme park ticket. Add in a school picture and some school work samples. Finally, put the box in a drawer or in a sealed plastic bin in the attic. Next year, you can take out the time capsule and see if your child has any new favorite things. If you want to bury your time capsule, I would suggest using a stainless steel container, rather than a shoe box.
Have fun with these easy graduation crafts!
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