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22 Ways to Combine Writing & Art to Encourage Creativity

22 Ways to Combine Writing & Art to Encourage Creativity






I recently had the privilege of helping my adult daughter edit the manuscript for her first book. Her first real, published book. A book with an agent, a publisher, a release date (April 2017), and it’s own pre-order page on Amazon. A proud parenting milestone for sure! But this book of hers has been a long time in the making. […]






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Make a Leaf Collage inspired by 'Look What I Did with a Leaf' by Morteza E. Sohi

Make a Leaf Collage






Now that summer’s here, how do you keep your kids learning, creating, and spending more time outdoors than in front of a screen? One way is with this inspiring little book, “Look What I Did with a Leaf!” by Morteza E. Sohi. This is not so much a read-aloud type of book that you would […]






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Easy DIY Handmade Envelopes to fit any size card!

Easy DIY Envelopes to Fit Any Size Card

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to share this super-easy DIY envelope you can make to fit any size card! How many times have you or your students created a wonderful hand-made card for Valentine’s Day (or Christmas, Birthday, Mother’s Day, etc.) and then delivered it in an envelope that didn’t fit correctly, […]

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Valentine Color Mixing - Paint 100 Hearts!

Valentine Color Mixing – Paint 100 Hearts!






With Valentines Day (and the ‘100th Day of School’) just around the corner, I thought I’d post this heart-themed version of my ‘Mixing 100 Colors’ lesson! Mixing the colors and then painting hearts requires a little longer attention span, so I’ve found that 4th grade and up does best with this version. But younger students […]






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Quilled Butterfly

Quilled Paper Designs






  Quilling, also known as paper filigree, is an art form that involves rolling and gluing thin strips of paper into various shapes and arranging them to form designs. Quilled paper designs can be very simple or as complex as you have the dexterity and patience for! The art of quilling dates back to the Renaissance when French […]






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Valentine Op-Art






This lesson was inspired by an Artsonia project I LOVED on Pinterest.  I knew that the boys in my 5th grade class were not going to go for the traditional valentine project this year, so adding a heart to an Op-Art hand drawing seemed like the perfect compromise!   I’ve done this project a few times […]






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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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