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Clay: Don’t Forget the Explore Stage

I think many times when it comes to material introduction, we jump to the "create and make stage" yet forget the explore stage. Yes! The magic and wonder of the explore stage is crucial! The language of clay! It’s different from playdough. Clay comes from the earth....
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Toddler Tales ~ Painting a Gift

Having toddlers make gifts is such a wonderful way to add a personal touch during the holidays. Painting a gift can be a wonderful experience for the toddler and makes a lovely, unique gift. This painting process can also be an essential learning experience for...
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Toddler Tales ~ Pumpkin Painting

One of my favorite October traditions is pumpkin painting! We take our annual trip to the pumpkin patch and the next day, we paint our pumpkins! It is such a fun and easy activity and the kids get to be more creatively involved than they do with pumpkin carving. Full...
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Birthday Rocks

Celebrating birthdays with classroom traditions is an important component in setting up my class community. Each child’s birthday is celebrated exactly the same — and it is deeply meaningful. I am amazed at the comfort the children take in the sameness of the...
Mother's Day Painting Fairy Dust Teaching

Mother’s Day Masterpiece!

When searching for Mother's Day gift ideas this year, I came across two ideas that I really liked and decided to combine them. This created a 3 step art project that yielded a masterpiece of a gift. Step One: The painting I decided to try a new technique for the...

Clay: Don’t Forget the Explore Stage

I think many times when it comes to material introduction, we jump to the "create and make stage" yet forget the explore stage. Yes! The magic and wonder of the explore stage is crucial! The language of clay! It’s different from playdough. Clay comes from the earth....

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Toddler Tales ~ Painting a Gift

Having toddlers make gifts is such a wonderful way to add a personal touch during the holidays. Painting a gift can be a wonderful experience for the toddler and makes a lovely, unique gift. This painting process can also be an essential learning experience for...

read more

Toddler Tales ~ Pumpkin Painting

One of my favorite October traditions is pumpkin painting! We take our annual trip to the pumpkin patch and the next day, we paint our pumpkins! It is such a fun and easy activity and the kids get to be more creatively involved than they do with pumpkin carving. Full...

read more

Birthday Rocks

Celebrating birthdays with classroom traditions is an important component in setting up my class community. Each child’s birthday is celebrated exactly the same — and it is deeply meaningful. I am amazed at the comfort the children take in the sameness of the...

read more

Mother’s Day Masterpiece!

When searching for Mother's Day gift ideas this year, I came across two ideas that I really liked and decided to combine them. This created a 3 step art project that yielded a masterpiece of a gift. Step One: The painting I decided to try a new technique for the...

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Make Your Own Nature Folk

Making simple nature fairies and people is really quite easy.   Each one takes on its own personality!  I love the leaf dress!   This little one has lovely leaf wings! INSTRUCTIONS:  Begin by gathering nature's gifts.  I had my students bring in things they found in...

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Let It Go. . .Frozen

The movie Frozen has dominated the children's conversations and they absolutely love singing "Let It Go." A few weeks ago I decided it was time to channel the energy into a collaborative art project. Day One:  I put out different shades of purple and blue tempera...

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Jennifer’s Handmade Twig Paint Brushes

I had to share the pure magic Jennifer Dean created in her art center! She had handmade twig paint brushes! The children had handmade paint brushes PLUS materials to make their own! Q-tips on a twig (wrapped with twine). Parsley wrapped on a twig. Cotton balls wrapped...

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Picasso’s Playdough

Guess what?!!  I am a contributing blogger to mom.me.   I am loving the opportunity to share my ideas with parents.  My latest post is my Picasso's Playdough Project.   I took loose parts, playdough and inspiration from Picasso's abstract portraits.  The level of...

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Chinese Painted Fans & Dancing

I am always amazed at the level of joy and engagement the exploration of the Chinese New Years brings to the classroom.  It is richly embedded with academic learning (for example see Chinese Counting Set ) in a way that addresses multiple learning styles and needs. ...

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Recycled Chinese Dragon

I saw this Chinese New Year's Dragon last year at Zarrow Art Center.  It was created as a collaborative, multimedia, recycling project. Children from kindergarten through 6th grade students from Kendall-Whittier Elementary School took part under the direction of Art...

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Autumn Collaborative Painting

I love group paintings. I began by setting out a canvas I had painted black.  I put out a variety of fall colors including purple (tempera). I just let the children paint.   I put the canvas out everyday for a week.   I just let it unfold as the children decided what...

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Dice Art

This is a very simple but effective arts integration idea for reinforcing number quantities 1 -6.   It is a great way to check 1:1 correspondence and number conservation. Each child will need: a dice, a construction paper blotter (Dapper or Bingo) paint bottles How to...

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Teaching Children How to “Make Their World”

Elizabeth des Roches is a Wild Waldorf Mama & a Vintage Crafts Explorer. Just over 3 years ago – she & her husband decided to sell their house in Toronto after buying a beautiful old house in the French countryside. They packed up her books & materials,...

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Procedures: Learning to Use Glue

Teaching young children how to use glue can be as simple as a song and strong visual instructions.   Just click on the image to download a copy of this song.  My co-teacher, Patty, has a wonderful additional line I have never heard - "It is strong!"   The children...

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Easy Beautiful Embossed Metal

  This is a super easy and fun project.   It requires adult supervision. What you will need: metal foil sheets (Dick Blick 12 aluminum sheets for $2.84) wooden styluses or pencils newspapers optional:  cardboard frames (Dick Blick 12 white for $3.68) Here are the...

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Global Art Lesson Pack + Bonus Wish Pouch Lesson

  PLUS a special bonus lesson plan from Handwork Homeschool!The lesson pack includes these four multimedia art projects:African masks            French Windows      India Elephants      3-D Chinese Lanterns Over 38 pages of instructions including:Recommended...

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Snowman Village

Here is a peek at the Snowman Village project.  I love the diversity of their villages.   I love providing a palette of choices.  In this project the children: embellished their houses with markers and watercolor paints painted the cardboard "earth" with snow created...

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Red Birds in a Nest

Foam clay has to be the most amazing invention.  Ever.  It is so cool what you can create.  At the museum, I had the children make little nests out of the brown foam clay - adding sticks to give it the "nesty" look. We formed our birds by making; a large oval for the...

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Red Birds in Snow

This is an art project I did at the local museum.  I used the extra large black construction paper (24 x 36) which gave it such a "wow" factor.  We painted this in three stages: Drew and painted the bird.  Let it dry. (Used oil pastels to draw the bird.) Drawing...

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Pattern Owls

I love collage work.  For this project I gathered some of my old scrapbook papers for the children to make their pattern owls.  I made tracers out of old file folders as well.  Here's how I made the tracers: 1 large oval tracer for the body  (I had pre-cut...

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Polar Bears in Snow

This was such a fun painting project.  I ordered the largest size construction paper (24 x 36) in pale blue.   This gave it the "wow" factor.  I love large paintings!  We drew the bears on the paper before painting.  I gave the children crayons. Step One:  I had the...

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Snowball Village

Last week I taught two classes for a new local museum.  My featured projects for both days - little habitats.   I have rarely seen a child who does not adore the task of creating a miniature world.  There is this amazing ability of a little world to pull the...

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Leaf Lanterns Tutorial

 Susan at River Bliss blog created these amazing lanterns!   She has provided a detailed tutorial at: http://riverblissed.blogspot.com/2012/11/in-quest-of-light-leaf-lantern-tutorials.htmlI love Susan's blog for her wonderful reflections and musings inspired by the...

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Thankful Turkeys

This is a simple project. All you need are four simple items:brown construction papercolored copy paperclothes pinsdownload of the hand and leaves: CLICK HERE  Cut out brown thankful hand.Write four things you are thankful for - one on each leaf!Cut out the leaves and...

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Leaf Sewing!

What you will need: Leaves, hole punch, child' plastic needles and yarn. This one of my favorite fall activities!  There are two ways to do this! Hole Punched Leaves  Using a hole punch - make holes around the edge of the leaf. Or let the children make the holes....

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Artist Study: Willem de Kooning

"Light in August"  1947 In a recent museum class I taught - we explored the world of the gray scale and the work of Willem de Kooning.   We looked at several examples of de Kooning's work and identified the values lightest to darkest (the gray scale). STEP ONE:  Make...

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The Shape Robots

This is a great project for practicing the major lines in handwriting.  This robot is constructed using shapes and lines.  This helps develop visual perceptual skills, eye-hand coordination, and fine motor control.  I think it is very important to develop a climate of...

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Rock Insects

These make wonderful paper weights and could be great dad gifts!  We made these as a part of our insect unit. Mexican Pebble Rocks make the best bugs! I found some of these wonderful stones at a landscape supplier. They are a nice size (palm size.) I had the children...

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Flower Study

One of the last big projects I did with the children this year was a flower study.  We looked at the work of Georgia O'Keefe and how she painted her flowers to fill the entire canvas.  We noted three things that Georgia O'Keefe did: She painted the flowers to the...

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Our Fairy Tree

A few weeks ago I was walking around the neighborhood with my husband when I spotted this wonderful dead tree sitting on the curb -- it still had the roots!!  "Honey, pick up that tree for me."  My husband grimaced.  He knew all too well - another art project! Trees...

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Fly Guy Math

This is a fun activity for math.  First, I taught the children how to draw Fly Guy.  He is a very simple figure to draw.  Next, I had the children draw bugs with Fly Guy.  They had to write a math sentence to go with their drawing.  The room was a peaceful quiet as...

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Quick and Easy Easter Baskets

What you will need:  white paper lunch bags, tag board, hot glue gun, and watercolors.  Step 1: Cut the paper bag down to 5 inches.  Step Two: Cut two pieces of tag board for each paper bag - 4" x6" and 2" x 18".  Step Three:  Hot glue the 4" x 6" piece to the bottom...

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Wonder-Full Easter Eggs

I love, love, love this idea from the Artful Parent.  Stickers and sharpies!  Yes! Go to the Artful Parent website for more ideas and instructions.  (Click on image or name) I also adore these gorgeous eggs - the design is made with rubber bands! Go to the Purple...

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Fish Windsocks – Super Cheap!

This is another great project for a weather unit.  AND it is super economical. WHAT YOU WILL NEED: paper fish windsocks (Click here to order) Under $8 for 24! Blotters or watercolors Yarn Glue sticks  The windsocks come pre-cut.  All you need to do is decorate them...

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Beautiful Pinwheels

As a part of our weather unit, we made watercolor pinwheels.  Pinwheels are so easy to make and so beautiful to see in the wind.  There are several methods of attaching the pinwheel - the method of I am sharing is from my colleague, Mrs. Flynn.  It works! What you...

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Another Way to Draw the Cat in the Hat

 Draw a "U" in the lower half of your paper.  Draw a line across the top of the "u."  Make that line into a very thin rectangle. Now add a long rectangle to the top of that - almost to the top of your paper.  Add the stripes to the hat.  Draw another u for the mouth...

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Drawing Castles

This last week, I lead my kinders in drawing castles.  I adapted my original drawing instructions (see below) by adding extra towers to each side.  I demonstrated how to draw stones and bricks on the castle.  The children loved it!...

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Dear Ole Abe and George

Today in class my kinders made a good old fashion project - paper portraits of Abe and George. They traced the major components and glued it together.  (This is my first post made from my iphone. . . a little different but...

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Sweet Little Paintings

This is such a sweet little project and super easy.   I purchased 24 - 4" by 4" little canvases for $6 using a 40% off coupon at Michaels.  The best deal available is at http://www.dickblick.com/.  You can purchase 24 for under $5.  I purchased the cheapest brand of...

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Valentines Ideas

I was strolling the internet and found these great ideas: I love these tie-dye hearts! How cute! Check out how to do this at Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas Love, love, love these!  I think the kinders could make these if I gave them little heart stickers. From: Color Me...

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Paper Buildings

This week during our skyscraper study - a student suggested we build a skyscraper out of paper.  I was amazed how he figured out to do it - paper tubes!  Here are a few photos of the children attempting the paper challenge!  I taught my class how to "tab" and they...

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Skyscrapers, Buildings, and Structures!

This week my kinders are diving into a study of buildings - primarily skyscrapers.  Today I explained that skyscrapers have four main parts - the foundation, the beams (skeleton), stories, and facade.  I played a few youtube videos of New York's skyline as well. Next,...

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Chinese New Year Ideas for the Kindergarten

Next week I start my two week unit on the Chinese New Years (officially on January 23).  I have been planning and thinking about what I want to do this year.  Here are a few ideas I found on the web from fellow bloggers.  Do you have any good ideas?  Let me know!I...

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Snow People Homework

I love family art projects!  Let's be clear - some children do the work and for other families the child does very little of the work.  So you might ask - why send it home?  I have been doing family art projects for many, many years.  One of the benefits I see is...

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Easy Snowflake Ornament

 This is a very simple and economic ornament to make for your students.  This not a project for the children.  I like to make these as a little gift from me.  They are sooooo sweet. I found the glitter snowflake ornaments at Walgreens at buy one, get one half price...

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Finger Knitting and Sewing Like Elves!

One of the components of my "Elves and the Shoemaker" unit is teaching the children to finger knit and sew.   Finger knitting is always a favorite.  The boys love it as much as the girls.   Click here for a video on how to finger knit.  Because a long piece of yarn...

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Weaving Like Elves

As a part of my Little Elves and the Shoemaker unit, I always introduce several hand working projects.  One of my favorite things to do is weaving.  It is simple and the children love the process.  I found this grapevine "ribbon" at Michael's for $5 and their holiday...

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Nature Creatures

Making little creatures out of found nature items and basic art supplies is a wonderful fall craft.  It exercises the child's capacity to imagine.  A wonderful extension is to have the children write a story about the creature they created. What you will need:  nature...

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Drawing Bats

There are several different ways to draw a bat. Here is one: Draw a circle with an opening at the bottom. Draw two swooping curve lines for the top of the wings. Draw "bumps" for area under the wings. Draw dots and curve lines for eyes, a u shape for the mouth and...

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