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Student gluing sections of star together

Christmas in July! Folded Paper Stars with Symmetry






These hanging stars are a hit year after year with my 4th graders. You can make these in any size you want…. the size of the squares you start with will determine the size of your finished stars. (When I teach this lesson, I use 12″ squares in two different colors to demonstrate the folding and gluing […]






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Origami crane ornament

Christmas in July! Origami Crane Ornaments






Students love to bring home these exquisite origami cranes to hang on their Christmas tree! I make these with my 5th & 6th graders, and even though this is not a beginner level project, every year I have at least one student with a passion for origami who already knows how to make them! While these cranes are challenging, they’re […]






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Jacob's Ladder Icicle Ornament steps

Christmas in July! “Jacob’s Ladder” Icicles






I like to have each of my classes make a special ornament for Christmas each year. Here’s an easy paper icicle that’s fun for 1st grade and up. Once students get the hang of it, they’ll be making these as fast as you can cut the paper! This project is a little more craft-like than […]






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Notan Ornament back

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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Colorful Catalogs for Collage

Save Your Catalogs!






Catalogs of all kinds can be a great resource for collage projects and more. Here are two of my favorites, which I’m always happy to find in my mailbox!  I save them for their pages full of color, texture, and pattern… perfect for my Fundraiser House Magnets, and any project where you need a cheap (free!) […]






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Collage 2 w/Positive and Negative Shapes

Basic Collage with Positive and Negative Shapes






I do this project with my first graders every year to help them understand the concept of positive and negative shapes.  This project also teaches symmetry and offers important practice in cutting on a fold and applying glue.  First graders are often surprised by the shapes they see when they unfold their papers – they […]






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Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos Projects






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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