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Crafty Ornaments

Duration: 15 – 30 min/ ornament

Materials & Tips:

1) Snow Globe
– Plastic/Clear Ornament
– Small Foam Balls (snow)
– Acrylic Paint
– Q-tips

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Tip: Use Q-tips to paint while holding on to the string at the top. Try to not smudge the paint and hang the ornament up for it to dry.

 

IMAG0390-2.jpg2) Reindeer
– Brown & Red Construction Paper

– Googly Eyes
– Pipe Cleaner
– String
– Black Marker

3) Christmas Tree
– Green & Brown Construction Paper
– Yarn
– Pom Poms and/or Shiny Gems
– Glue Gun

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4) Beaded Ornament
– Assorted Coloured Cardstock Paper

– Hole Puncher
– Beads & String
– Decorative Stickers/Gems
– Tape

 

Here are some cool examples done by my older class ūüôā¬†

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Outgoing Ostriches

Happy Friday everyone! I just came up with a fun craft that incorporates some drawing, cutting and a bit of paper collage in the background. Here it is!IMAG0223.jpg

Each child will have different ideas for the background, so this is a flexible activity that may take longer for some of them to complete. The clouds are made of colourful tissue paper circles, but you can add anything you like to make the artwork look nice!

Duration: 30 – 45 min

Materials:
– Markers
– Black Pen/Sharpie
РConstruction Paper 
– Feathers
РTissue Paper 

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Spooky Halloween Decor

We are counting down to one more day! Here are some halloween activities for younger children. The pop-up card was inspired by my friend Queenie’s art lesson at Castle Arts (Arts and Learning Center).

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Duration: 60 – 75min

Haunted Mansion Pop-Up Materials:
– Yellow Cardstock Paper
– Any colour Cardstock Paper (for the back)
– Acrylic or Tempura Paint
– Construction Paper (for extra designs or ornaments)

Chain of Creatures Materials:
– Pre-cut Orange/ Black Strips
РWhite & Black Paper 

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Halloween Lanterns

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Paper lanterns are really fun to make, especially the ones that actually light up ūüôā Since Halloween is just around the corner, I gave my students a handout with some spooky examples and they came up with so many new ideas.¬†

Duration: 1.5 – 2.5 hrs

Materials:
– 2 pieces of Cardstock Paper
– 2 sheets of Tracing Paper
– Exacto Knife
– Gluestick
– Tea Light Candle

The secret to making a good lantern is having a design with lots of negative space. I asked my students to think about a general shape which will form most of the background (to be cut out) while mainting at least one object as the point of focus. For example, some people chose a shape of a window, circle or general rectangle as their frame before adding in objects like ghosts, people and other cool creatures. 

Each student used 2 pieces of cardstock paper (colour of their choice) and folded each in half. They then bent the shorter sides inward to create 4 strips with a width of approx 1 cm.  Before connecting the two pages using the strips, they cut 1 strip off each of the pieces of paper and created 4 equally-sized surfaces to draw on.

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Once the designs have been drawn, they carved out the pieces with an exacto knife and glued tracing paper on the back. Here are some of their finished work!

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By The Seashore

“At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour, but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.” -Sandy Gingras

IMAG2807.jpgToday, I¬†taught my students this fantastic craft activity!¬†They¬†loved painting the background, rearranging seashells and making origami sea creatures ūüôā It is a project that encompasses many different skills and presents a challenge for¬†those who like folding paper and creating 3D sculptures.

Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

Materials:
– Large Cardboard Paper
– Acrylic Paint
– Square Pieces of Origami Paper
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– Pencil Crayons or Watercolour Paint (for the seashells)
– White Glue and Glue Gun

Optional:
– Cork (for human character)
– Mini Seashells
– Glitter

I started the class by asking my students to paint the background with various shades/tones of blue and brown. We mostly used dark and light blue, turquoise, white, brown and yellow. After everyone was settled, I spent half an hour teaching how to make very simple origami creatures: Whale, Crab, Fish and Canoe. 

I also gave everyone a handout with different seashell designs. The students could either draw their own or colour and paint the ones on the sheet. After cutting them out, they glued on all their shells and origami pieces. Some painted on a cork to create a human figure. 

Here are some cool examples:

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Disneytastic Name Plate

“By being yourself, you put something beautiful into the world that was not there before.”
-Edwin Elliot

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Check out all these beautiful Minnie and Mickey name plates¬†created by my students! Each has its own personal style. I absolutely love them and hope you do too ūüôā¬†

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Duration: 20-30min

Materials: 
– Construction Paper (black, peach, white, pink, etc..)
– Black & Red Marker
– Scrapbook Paper

Optional:
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– Beads

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Thanksgiving Autumn Craft

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” -William Arthur WardIMAG2070.jpg

This year, I taught my younger students a combined autumn and thanksgiving craft which consists of a free drawing, paper scarecrow and colourful turkey.

As the class settles in, I usually ask my students to do a free drawing, which can be anything that they feel like creating in the moment. This project is great because I can incorporate their drawing along with the main class activity. It also allows students to work at their own pace and add layers to their work.

To simplify materials, I gave each student pre-cut rectangular pieces of construction paper (yellow, orange, brown, black and one other colour of their choice). They could then modify and cut out shapes for their scarecrow.

Duration: 60-75min

Materials:
– Construction Paper (various colours)
– Tissue Paper
– Black Marker
– White Paper
– Pencil Crayons/Markers

Here are some cool examples, including one from a student who absolutely loves mustaches!