Art/Craft Activity File Folders (Photos Only)

Another gem I found in my mom’s old teaching files were these art center folders. I realize that teachers nowadays don’t have time for an art center every day (or can’t use some of the tools needed for these projects), but they’re interesting ideas that you could use as springboards for projects during art or at home with kids. I only have the photos; I don’t have more detailed directions than what’s in the photo.

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Fraction Pictures (Pictures Only)

I recently found this cool fraction picture book in my mom’s old teaching files. I don’t have directions, but the pictures seem pretty self-explanatory. Using different common fractions cut out on different colored paper, students made a bunch of cool pages. Not bad for integrating math and art!

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This page (quick tips on how to cut out each piece) was also in the file:

20160311_161156If you wanted to allow for more creativity, you could have students cut out a bunch of the fraction pieces and let them make whatever they wanted. Then have them label the size of each piece and tell you the total whole pieces they used in their picture.

Craft Stick Frog

Stick frog 3Looking for something cute to make, that’s challenging enough for upper grade students? Try this craft stick frog! Since you can position the arms and legs in any shape, each one will look different!

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You’ll need the fat ones (for the body, arms and legs) and the regular skinny ones (cut up for toes and mouth). Make sure you don’t forget the googly eyes! Add a strong magnet to the back and a clothes pin to the body to make it a paper holder for a fridge or a metal filing cabinet.
Stick frog 1 Stick frog 2I recommend building the frog on some wax paper so the frog doesn’t accidentally get glued to the table! Q-tips can help you dab the glue on too. When the frog is dry, paint it green. All done!

Download Free Art Books from Famous Museums

Art Museum Books STICKERAs teachers, we love finding free resources. So naturally, my heart leaped when I found two articles about hundreds of free art books you can download from the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Click here to read the article about the Getty’s books and click here to read about the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s books.

The article also contained links to articles about images being put into the public domain for free use. Hooray for open educational resources! Looking for more openly licensed (free to use!) K-12 content? Click here to check out Open Culture’s section on K-12.

Valentine’s Day Pattern Art Project

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I recently blogged about a DIY Zentangle (patterns) art project I ran into and loved. So I made my own version using snowflake shapes. It was so fun, that I had to make another one… with hearts for Valentine’s Day!

Click here for the free printable PDF: Pattern Party- Hearts

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If you have an older grade class and you’re looking for a more complex project, you could use your school’s die-cut machine to cut our a bunch of card-stock hearts of varying sizes. Then let your students create their own version of the printable I made. Just warn them not to create too many sections or too small of sections. This will help ensure that ti doesn’t take them FOREVER to complete it!

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)

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)

Paper Poinsettias Christmas Craft

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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.

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2.  Round corners of yellow square.

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3.  Glue yellow square in center of red square.

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

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5.  Curl the poinsettia ends with a pencil.

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

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

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