Of all the art lessons I do with my kinder classes, the Eric Carle inspired seahorse project is my favorite. It’s a great way to teach painting techniques (both tempera and watercolor), cutting and pasting skills and offers a wonderful canvas for free expression. I use templates for the seahorse but some children draw their own and all add their favorite designs on the seahorse. Sometimes we use painted paper scraps, sometimes glitter and most recently, we used sequins.
Once you have your painted paper to play with, the lesson can be completed in one 50-minute session. I read the book Mr. Seahorse by Eric Carle, completed the watercolor paper step and started on cutting out the seahorse in one class. I used a second class to embellish the seahorses.
For templates and tutorials, you might consider my Eric Carle Inspired Art Lessons Booklet.
Also try, How to Create Painted Paper
Other Kinder projects using Painted Paper: