Winter Pattern Art Project

I recently came across the following picture and I instantly wanted to try making one!

Zentangle by Tiny Rotten Peanuts

I think it’d be even cooler with holiday themed shapes like hearts, clovers, snowflakes, etc. So I played around on my computer and came up with this. If you teach a lower grade class, maybe have your students color a section with a single color rather than trying to add the complexity of coming up with a pattern for that sections. Feel free to try it and let me know how it goes!

Snowflake Pattern Art STICKER

Click here to view the free printable PDF:Crazy snowflakes

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Christmas Craft Projects for Kids

Ok, one more collection of fun and easy Christmas/holiday crafts for kids and then I’m done for the week! (It’s almost Christmas!!! Finally!). Check out these Pinterest (follow me!) gems:

Mitten Snowmen (source)


Paper Plate Snowman (source)


Pipe Cleaner Candy Canes (source)


Paper Punch Christmas Tree (source)

Christmas/Winter Crafts for Kids

Today, I’ve got more kids Christmas craft ideas for you! Check out more cool ideas I’ve discovered on Pinterest (follow me!). Happy crafting!

Whole Class Christmas Tree (source)


Northern Lights Pastels Project (source unknown?)


Pop Up 3D Christmas Tree Card (source)

Christmas Craft Ideas for Kids

I’m always amazed at the creativity in the world! I found these awesome ideas for Christmas/holiday crafts on Pinterest (follow me!). Merry Christmas!


Simple Spiral Christmas Tree (source)


Snowy Silhouettes (source)


3D Christmas Tree Card (source)

Paper Poinsettias Christmas Craft

Poinsettia final STICKER

This is quick and easy paper Christmas/holiday craft was submitted by a lower grade teacher!  She loves doing this with all ages. I love how simple it is. It would be perfect to do after you read Tomie dePaola’s book, The Legend of the Poinsettia The book tells a Mexican legend of how the poinsettia came to be, through a little girl’s unselfish gift to the Christ Child. It’s perfect for a Christmas around the world unit! Anyway, here are the directions for the paper poinsettia craft:

Materials:  

  • 1 red square 9″ x 9″
  • 1 yellow square 2″ x 2″
  • 3 green strips 2″ x 9″
  • scissors
  • glue
  • pencil

Directions:

1.  Fold red paper in half.  Then open it open and fold it in half the other way.

Poinsettia 1

Poinsettia 2

2.  Round corners of yellow square.

Poinsettia 4

3.  Glue yellow square in center of red square.

Poinsettia 5

4.  Cut along the fold line until you get to the yellow.  Don’t cut into the yellow.

Poinsettia 6

5.  Curl the poinsettia ends with a pencil.

Poinsettia 7

Poinsettia 8

6.  Cut the ends of the green strips into a point.

Poinsettia 9 Poinsettia 10

7.  Glue the green strips to the back of the poinsettia.

Poinsettia 11 Poinsettia final

What are your favorite Christmas crafts for kids? Let me know in the comments below! Merry Christmas!

Giveaway Coming This Week!

I’ve been working with my friends over at the Roylco Little Fingers, Big Art blog to put together something special for you! This week, I’ll be launching my Christmas giveway with a special prize for one lucky winner! Check back this week for a chance to enter!

Little Fingers Big Art

Last Minute Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Sometimes I don’t get my act together in time to pull off the fabulous crafts that other teachers do. So here’s a collection of easy last-minute Thanksgiving crafts you can do with your class (or any kids):

Paper plate turkey! Click here for directions.


Paper loop turkey! Click here for directions.

But what if you’re tired of doing turkey this and turkey that. I hear you, my friend!
Try these non-turkey crafts:


How about a cute popsicle stick scarecrow? Click here for directions.


I absolutely loved this one! The Mayflower often gets forgotten among Thanksgiving crafts but this hand print Mayflower craft is too cute and too easy NOT to do! Get directions here.


Make a thankful leaf wreath (say that 3 times fast!).
Sorry, no directions available, but here’s where I found the photo.

Have any other ideas that need to be shared? Let me know! Happy Thanksgiving!

Chef Printable & Recipe Writing Project

A friend of mine recently did a recipe writing project with her second graders. (Other teachers do a sequence writing piece about making a sandwich.) She asked me to make a simple printable that they could use to “publish” their writing projects. Here’s what I came up with:

Chef head

Click here to download: Chef Head Printable

The kids each drew their own face on the printable and then cut it out. Afterwards, they traced and cut out their hands so it would look like the paper chef was holding their writing project.  This made for an ADORABLE project!

Chef 1 Chef 2