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Sep 2012

Children’s Activity 102: Kitchen Trace

An Arts and Crafts Activity

Your kitchen is a wonderful source of objects that can be traced and transformed into fanciful works of art.

Materials Required:

  • Paper
  • Pens, pencils, or markers
  • Kitchen containers and utensils 


Your kitchen is a wonderful source of objects that can be traced and transformed into fanciful works of art.

On scrap paper, use crayons, pens, or markers to trace the following kinds of objects, then add features.

Overturned colanders and woks can be used to sketch funny faces-the handles also make great ears.

Pans are good for the same purpose-the handles can be long necks for clown-like creatures.

Plates make good outlines for faces, as well as perfect outlines for balloons and wheels. So do cups, saucers, and the lids from plastic containers.

Square containers can be used for the outlines of houses and buildings, while whisks, large forks, and spoons can be traced for trees.

An aluminum foil container makes a good train, car, or bus outline. Don’t forget cookie cutters ­ they’re not just for cookies.

Go through your kitchen drawer with an eye to materials well suited for tracing.

You’re bound to find all sorts of gizmos with interesting shapes.

And when your child shows his or her precocious artwork to Grandma or Grandpa,

who’s to know that the flamingo on one leg is really a French garlic press in disguise?


Kitchen Trace is a great Arts and Crafts activity for developing your child’s creative skills and hand-eye coordination abilities.


This Children’s Arts and Crafts Activity is sponsored by Zane Education – the home of online Visual Learning. Visual Learning is a method of online learning that includes the use of online subtitled educational video that caters for virtually all Learning Styles. The online education videos are accompanied by online multiple choice quizzes, lesson plans and interactive study tools. Virtually all children prefer Visual Learning as it makes study much more interesting and fun. It is the ideal online education solution for teachers and classroom students, homeschooling, special needs education and children that you’d like to see improve their reading and literacy skills and children studying ESL – as they study the same curriculum topics studied by their classmates and peers. Zane Education provides that and much more.


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