Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos) is right around the corner! Don’t miss the opportunity to share this important cultural tradition with your students. Often misunderstood, this popular Mexican holiday honors ancestors and loved ones who have died, and is celebrated each year on November 1st & 2nd. This family-centered holiday celebrates the cycle of […]
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Here’s a fun project that both kids and adults really get excited about! The Lotus Book may look complicated, but its folds are actually very simple. Don’t be intimidated by all the steps.… once you’ve made one you’ll have it down. It’s so much easier than it looks! Materials: Heavy-weight paper or card stock for pages […]
Chinese New Year is right around the corner! Monday, January 23, 2012 will mark the start of the “Year of the Dragon”, year 4709 on the Chinese calendar, where each year is designated by one of 12 animals. I thought a dragon project would be fun for my first graders as we usher out the […]
Maze books are fun and easy to make.… it’s almost magical to see 16 pages appear from a single piece of paper! Materials: 12” x 18” white construction paper Scissors Card stock or heavy-weight paper, cut to 4 3/4” x 6 12” Ribbon or raffia, about 2 feet per book “YES! Paste” (or Avery Permanent Glue Stick) 1” foam […]
It’s easy to make custom envelopes for your handmade cards — perfect for those non-traditional sizes! You can get creative with unique papers and decorative liners, too. Kids will catch on quick since they don’t even need to measure their paper.… they just need to understand the concept of starting with a square that’s a […]
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 […]
“Papel Picado”, or “cut paper”, is a colorful decoration found at most Mexican celebrations. The “secret” of success for making your own papel picado is to sandwich the thin tissue paper inside a folded, heavier weight paper before cutting it. This makes it easier to work with, less likely to tear, and gives you a […]
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