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Christmas in July! Japanese Notan-Inspired Ornaments

Even though Christmas falls on the same day every year, it still manages to sneak up on me! Why is that??! My best intentions are always to post some new Christmas art projects & ideas a month or two ahead of time, but then the busyness of the season just gets the best of me! […]

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Christmas in July

I had the best intentions for posting lots of great Christmas lessons just after Thanksgiving… but it was not to be!  Yet the more I think about it, it makes better sense to post these lessons well ahead of that, so teachers have time to try things out, make samples, and get their plans together. […]

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Christmas Cards for Veterans

4th grade “JOY” by Jacob For our school-wide Thanksgiving project, we decided to show our thanks to some very special people…  My K through 7th grade students have been busy making Christmas cards for Veterans, to spread some Christmas cheer and let these men and women know they are loved and appreciated!  The hundreds of […]

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Words as Art – Wonderful Word Clouds!

Word clouds are fun to make for holidays or anytime of year! This is a great project for home schoolers, or any class with access to computers. A word cloud is a random arrangement of words, in this case a passage of writing where common words such as “and”, “the”, “if”, etc. are omitted and […]

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Candy Cane-O-Grams

Special thanks to Erica for being my “hand model” on this project!This “Candy Cane-O-Gram” is a favorite holiday project year after year. It may look like an ordinary paper candy cane, but it contains a special hidden message for it’s recipient! Once kids make their first one, they’ll be “hooked”! 1. Use a ruler to […]

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Kindergarten Stars

Try these simple instructions to teach your kinders how to draw stars. As adults, we make these designs automatically, almost without thinking, but for a five year old drawing their very first star, it’s nothing short of magical! Once it “clicks” for them, they will be drawing stars everywhere! First talk about types of lines, […]

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“Stained Glass” Ornaments

Don’t miss this FUN project…. it’s a hit year after year!!  Students in grade 3 and up will love spreading Christmas cheer when they hang these glowing ornaments on their tree or tie them on packages to give as gifts. All you need is black construction paper, tissue paper in bright colors, scissors and glue […]

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