An Artist’s Pumpkin
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The world’s easiest way to decorate a pumpkin — just pour paint Jackson Pollock style. MATERIALS White foam pumpkin, from Michaels or Amazon Old acrylic paint, bright colors Newspaper and small cup … Read More

Lady Bug Craft
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 Finally, an air dry clay project that is easy enough for kinders, lets students practice some clay skills, AND makes something pretty darn cute. These well-rounded projects are hard to find, so … Read More

Truffula Tree Pencil
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This Lorax Truffula Tree pencil can have a home in this mini planter, when you’re not busy writing with it. MATERIALS Black Staedtler pencils (I found mine at Staples) Feather Boa (Jo-Ann … Read More

Braided Bracelets
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I’ve exchanged friendship bracelet projects for this round braid, which could certainly still look great on any wrist. After set up, there’s just one repeating step. MATERIALS • Yarn • Chip board, … Read More

Growing Grass in a CD Case
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Don’t throw away old, un-decomposable CD cases, turn them into gifts instead. They make great little terrariums, especially with a message for special occasions. You can watch your plants grow and make … Read More

Pipe Cleaner People
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These little pipe cleaner people are easy to make and fun to pose with their bendable legs and arms. They measure a little under 3″ when done, and have lots of possibilities … Read More

Recycled Pencil Star
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This recycled pencil star idea came about from seeing lots of half-used pencils in my room. I have boxes of them that are a bit too awkward to hold, but seem too … Read More

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Craft
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Add a little holiday color with this pipe cleaner Christmas tree craft. It’s super quick, and actually doesn’t even require glue as the pipe cleaner wire stays in place and the mini … Read More

Mini Match Stick Easels
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I made these mini match stick easels with little craft sticks that Pacon recently let me take for a spin. It took some careful glue work, but it worked! The flat sides … Read More

Common Core Cork Craft
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You can make a cool pattern AND remind young students that triangles are always made with just three sides. Could be a nice Father’s Day gift too as a pack of 4 … Read More

Make a Truffula Tree
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I was inspired by Dr. Seuss’ colorful Lorax Truffula Trees, which I recreated a few simple art supplies. MATERIALS • Yarn, pink • Yarn, orange • Yarn, yellow • Twigs • Clay … Read More

Pom Pom Ball Ornaments
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These Pom Pom ornaments were inspired by some fabric ones I saw at Anthropologie. I decided I like mine even better as Michaels has pom poms that come in really pretty shades … Read More

Repurposed Bracelets
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This project was improvised with my Haitian friends and I last week, to fill in after soda tabs ran out and strips of black tire proved a little difficult to work with. … Read More

Foil and Sharpie Suns
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If you’re looking for something different, but don’t want extra prep work, try having students drawing on aluminum foil sheets that are glued (with a glue stick) to a paper plate. The … Read More

More Paper Mache Ice Cream Cones
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With a little assistance, this project can be done in two classes. Last week my afterschool kids put paper mache over the terra cotta flower pot from Michaels, and then around balls … Read More

Super Hero Clothes Pin Dolls
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These Super Hero Clothes Pin Dolls may be more craftsy than artsy, but I keep finding that so many of my kids at the end of the day, just want to make … Read More

Plaster and Jewels Paperweight
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I made these plaster paper weights with about 30 kids today, and they really enjoyed them. The hardest part was waiting 20 minutes for them to set. PREP: Make 10″ x 2″ … Read More

Pom Pom Ornaments
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  These Pom Pom ornaments were inspired by some fabric ones I saw at Anthropologie. I decided I like mine even better as Michaels has pom poms that come in really pretty … Read More

Art Projects for Kids