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Cursive Cut-outs

I posted this lesson awhile back as “Name Aliens”, but I’ve since figured out a better way to teach this, so I improved the directions. As soon as kids can write their names in cursive, they’re ready to create these whimsical creatures! To make “bugs”, just add six legs instead of two! (Adapted from the […]

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Mosaic projects can be adapted for all ages. Just follow these directions and use larger tiles and a smaller backing board if working with young children…. or anyone with a shorter attention span! Historical examples of mosaic art have been found in Roman ruins throughout Europe and around the Mediterranean. Traditional mosaics were made from […]

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Recycled Magazine Flowers

Here is another unique project that we used for Mother’s Day cards, but would be fun to do anytime! I saw this featured on the One Pretty Thing site, from Family Fun. My 5th graders had a blast making these (even the boys, who usually resist anything to do with flowers!) and it gave me […]

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“3D” Flower Collage

My 2nd graders used these whimsical flowers for their Mother’s Day cards this year, but you could also make a colorful garden picture while teaching the concepts of symmetry and layering. Attaching the blossoms with layers of double stick foam tape gives a fun 3D effect that unfortunately doesn’t show up well in this picture! […]

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Happy Easter – “Stained Glass” Cross

This is a project I do every year with my Kinders for Easter. It requires a bit more prep than usual, but it’s a great way to reinforce the concept of symmetry…. plus they look beautiful hanging in the windows! 1. Fold a piece of 12×18 black construction paper in half vertically (lengthwise).2. Make a […]

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Hand-Made Envelopes

Kids love to make hand-made greeting cards for holidays, but most of these cards don’t fit into conventional envelopes. Here is an easy way to make your own envelopes, and even add a liner to make them extra-special! To Make an Envelope: 1. Lay your card diagonally on a square of paper that is a […]

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Cut Paper Symmetry “Pop-Out” Card

This is a fun card to make for any occasion… just vary the colors you use and the shapes you cut to suit the holiday or theme! The pop-out feature inside (see below) is an added bonus! Front of Card: 9” x 12” construction paper (this will form the “base” of your card) 3” x […]

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