Bilingual Programs Chapter

Elementary Program: Aventuras con manualidades / Crafty Adventures

Books to Share

  • The Boy Who Loved to Draw by Benjamin West and Barbara Brenner.
  • Crafts from Your Favorite Children’s Songs by Kathy Ross.
  • Crafts to Make in the Summer by Kathy Ross.
  • Fantasticas actividades para pasar el Verano by Sara Blanquer.
  • I Love to Paint by Jennifer Lipsey.
  • Juguemos con pintura by Ivan Bulloch and Diane James.
  • Kathy Ross Crafts Letter Shapes by Kathy Ross.
  • El libro de las nubes by Tomie dePaola.
  • Painting with Watercolors by Paige Henson.
  • Vamos a jugar pintar con las manos by Ray Gibson.


Make samples of each craft included in this section and use them as models and decorations.


Have the children help you make the treats they will eat. Make some “Critter Crunch” following the directions from Back of the Box Recipes,


Dibujando un garabato


Con un seis y un cuatro

aquí tienes tu retrato.

Luego traza con destreza

la curva de la cabeza.

Si adentro pintas un nueve,

la oreja a salir se atreve.

Una curva a cada lado

y el cuerpo ya esta pintado.

Y sin muchas desazones

le ponemos tres botones.

Las piernas y los zapatos

se hacen con dos garabatos.

Con dos rayas y palitos

aquí tienes los bracitos.

Una raya y medio cero,

y ya tienes el sombrero.

Y con una raya más

hasta tu bastón tendrás.

Puse con bastón y sombrero

eres todo un caballero.

Drawing a Scribble

(Traditional. Translated by Alexandra Corona.)

When you write a six and a four,

here you have your picture.

Then link them with a curve

to make the head.

If you put a number nine,

you will see an ear pop out.

Draw a curve on each side

and you will see the body.

And with little effort

we put on three buttons.

The legs and the shoes

you make them with scribbles.

With two straight lines and some small palitos,

the arms you have made.

One line and half a zero,

you have made the hat.

And with one more line,

you will also have a cane.

Now pose with your cane and hat

just like a gentleman.


Dyeing T-Shirts


In advance ask the participants to bring a new white cotton t-shirt. Purchase a few extras for those who forget or who don’t bring one. Follow the directions on the Imagination Factory web site at for dyeing a t-shirt, or in the book, Arts & Crafts Batik and Tie-dye by Susie O’Reilly.

Origami Jumping Frog

  • Green or white origami paper
  • Crayons or markers
  • Scissors

In advance, cut the origami paper into squares. Print a copy of the instructions found at Enchanted Learning at for each child. The paper and instructions can also be distributed as a take-home activity at the end of the program.


  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Measuring cups
  • Large bowls
  • Ziploc® bags

In advance, measure three cups of flour, ¼ cup of salt, ¼ cup oil, 1 ½ cups of water, and some food coloring for each group of children. Mix the dry ingredients, flour and salt, in a large bowl. Add the liquid ingredients and mix well. Knead until the mixture is smooth. Give each child a Ziploc® bag of playdough to play with and take home.

Straw Painting

  • Small paper or Styrofoam cups
  • Plastic straws
  • Acrylic paints in a variety of colors
  • Water
  • Light colored construction paper
  • Newspaper

Cover the tables with newspaper or other protective material. Place a small amount of acrylic paint into a cup and mix with just enough water to make it pourable. Stir well using a plastic straw. The children pour a small amount of one color paint onto the construction paper. They gently blow through the straw, sending air across the blob of paint to create a design. They then rinse the straw in a cup of clean water and repeat the process with another color. Let them continue until they are satisfied with their straw paintings. Let the paintings dry before the children take them home.

Guest Presenter

Invite a local artist to talk about his or her career. Ask the artist to bring artwork to show. Follow the presentation with a question and answer period.


If you have public performance rights, show these videos and DVDs, or segments of them, to the children. Otherwise, display them for home use. The length listed is for the entire film.

  • Rainy Day Art. (180 minutes)
  • World Art. (180 minutes)

Professional Resources

Arts & Crafts Batik and Tie-dye by Susie O’Reilly.

Back of the Box Recipes

Recipes from the back of brand name food boxes offer a lot of great treats to use with programming.

Enchanted Learning

This educational web site offers a wide range of programming ideas.

Imagination Factory

In an effort to reduce pollution, this web site offers many ideas for creating art from recycled materials.

The Kaboose Family Network

The craft section of this web site provides many projects for school, library, or home use.

Kinder Art

This web site provides many themed crafts and activities.

Texas Reading Club 2008 Programming Manual / Texas Reading Club Jubilee: 1958-2008! / Texas Celebrates 50 Years of Reading

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011