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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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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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Origami Lotus Book

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 […]

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Gung Hey Fat Choy! Chinese New Year Dragons

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 […]

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A-Mazing Maze Books!

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 […]

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