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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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"Dali Being Devious" by Hannah Rothstein

Illustrations with Surrealism

What better way to celebrate April Fool’s Day than with an image of Salvadore Dali caught in the act of pulling a prank??! Surrealism is a cultural, artistic, and literary movement which began in the early 1920’s. Founded by French writer and poet Andre Breton as a ‘revolutionary movement’, Surrealism is probably best known as […]

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Oil Pastel Houses Inspired by Marc Chagall

Students enjoy creating these quirky street-scapes inspired by Russian artist, Marc Chagall.  There’s just something really fun about crooked buildings and random things flying through the air! Materials: 12×18 black construction paper #2 Pencil with pink eraser (the eraser is handy for “sketching” your layout!) Oil Pastels “Wet wipes” for clean up Examples of the […]

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Kindergarten Rorschach Prints

  This is one of my favorite Kindergarten lessons, based on the famous Rorschach Ink Blot Test.  The process of making these prints seems almost magical to a five year old who’s doing this for the first time. It combines colorful paint with the element of surprise and plenty of imagination… what’s not to love […]

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Popcorn Drawing – Observation & Imagination

Have you ever looked at a cloud and seen an animal or some other random image?  Most everyone has used their imagination to “find” things in clouds, and popcorn offers this same creative experience!  This is a great lesson for 5th grade and up.  Make sure you create a sample to illustrate the steps… a […]

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

 Yesterday (March 2nd) we celebrated a very special birthday in our Kindergarten classes…. that of beloved children’s author/illustrator, Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka “Dr. Seuss”.  In his lifetime, Dr. Seuss published over 40 children’s books which have inspired both reading and imagination for generations of children.  His birthday has fittingly been adopted as the date for […]

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Gung Hey Fat Choy!

Chinese New Year falls on Valentine’s Day this year! Chinese New Year is often celebrated with a parade led by a long, colorful dragon. My 1st graders drew a fun Chinese Dragon to ring in the “Year of the Tiger”! 1. Cut a piece of 12″x18″ white construction paper in half to measure 6″x18″.2. Using […]

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