Easy Cardinal Yarn Craft

My love of cardboard and easy yarn crafts keeps growing. This brilliant idea comes from I Heart Crafty Things, I just added the pipe cleaner legs. MATERIALS Old, clean corrugated cardboard, about 10″ x 5″ rectangles Bird template (PDF shared here) Yarn Utility scissors Felt, black and yellow Googly eye Feathers Craft glue Pipe cleaners Decorative string Embroidery needle DIRECTIONS … Read More

Folded Air Dry Clay Owl

  I’ve tried more air dry clay projects than I can even remember, and this owl that has definitely had the best rate of success with all age students. No tiny parts that can fall off, and the folding ends up making it even stronger. Add a hole or a hook on back for an easy display. MATERIALS Air dry … Read More

Peek a Boo Cats

Here’s a variation on my Black Cat Collage project that plays with the idea of peeking cats. Good orange paper will really have the most impact. MATERIALS Orange scrapbook paper, 12″ x 12″, from JoAnn’s Black card stock paper, 8.5″ x 11″ Yellow card stock paper, 8.5″ x 11″ Black Sharpie marker Scissors Glue stick White pencil crayon Paper cutter … Read More

Treehouse Crafts

I’ve been experimenting with more dimensional after school classes, and am happy to report that my kids seem to love it. When my students made these tree houses, they got so involved in decorating them they worked right through the last minute of class. MATERIALS Cardboard Paper cutter (heavy duty type) Corrugated cardboard Craft sticks (narrow and long type) Match … Read More

Art Box Portfolios

Still looking for a good way to store lots of student artwork? I found this pizza box solution years ago. Just fold them inside out to get a plain brown box. Out kinder teachers keep them until spring and then send them home at Open House. A tried and true system for over five years. MATERIALS Pizza boxes, I like … Read More

Under the Sea Creatures

  Model Magic students made an ocean habitat diorama by attaching little fish to a wall of blue. When the clamshell was closed, they really did resemble little fish tanks! MATERIALS Model Magic; red, yellow, blue, white and black Souffle cups with lids for storage Clamshell containers DIRECTIONS PREP: I have about 45 students in this after school class every … Read More

Cardboard Angler Fish

Once again I have to give credit to an amazing site called Krokotak.com. This cardboard art for kids is just too cute with its Angler fish underbite, spike teeth and pipe cleaner antennae. My students loved it! MATERIALS 16″ square of cardboard cut in half Paper cutter, old school style with arm that can chop (recommended) Utility scissors Black Sharpie … Read More

Cardboard Kittens

I keep finding the cutest cardboard crafts for kids at this site called Krokotak.com. They seem to have a knack for collecting really original ideas, which is not easy these days. I love how this project lets artists of all ages use yarn in a creative way. I tried this in my art camp which has kinder through 4th graders, … Read More

Pipe Cleaner People

I spent a bit of time trying to find a way to make a fun pipe cleaner craft, something that I knew young students could do without a lot of frustration. My conclusion? Smaller is better, and simple little body shapes made with two pipe cleaners (one for the basic body and one for wrapping) were easy to repeat and … Read More

Model Magic Snail Video

I’m happy to share my very first “How To” video, which is one of my favorite Model Magic projects for kinders. It tied in to their science studies last spring, showed them how to mix colors AND make snake shapes. Not bad for one project! MATERIALS Small ball of White Model Magic Small ball of and colored Model Magic Souffle … Read More

Model Magic Burger

Make a pretty realistic looking burger with all the ready made Model Magic colors that are currently available. Your super stacked burger with cheese, tomato, onion, lettuce and whatever else you can think can go on the burger of your dreams. MATERIALS • Model Magic, assorted colors • Plastic cup with lid, 12 oz. DIRECTIONS 1. Form buns, hamburger, cheese, … Read More

Cardboard House: Making Beds

I can’t believe how my students are eating this Cardboard Cutaway House project up! To date I have over 40 kids making these after school, and today they worked on making beds from popsicle sticks, chip board and stationary paper. Now granted, I prepped the bed pieces by cutting them out ahead of time (hey, I have even 5 year-olds) … Read More

Model Magic Dinosaur

This Model Magic dinosaur was made by a talented 2nd grader named Daniel T. I had to use a scissors to make all the little triangles on my sample, but Daniel had no trouble making all his spikes by hand. I love everything about it, including the colors, which come from the neon Model Magic pack. If you think this … Read More

Cutaway Cardboard House

Here’s what I did recently for an after school cardboard house project. Students built and decorated their house over five weekly classes. I bought lots of 12″ cardboard squares from my local box company, and precut the panels so all the kids had to do in the first class was tape, tape, tape. They loved it! I had a room … Read More

Common Core Model Magic Snake

One of my favorite Common Core art projects uses Model Magic to create a colorful patterned snake. One is for the colors (black, yellow, black, red, or A, B, A, C) and one for the width (thin, wide, wide, or A, B, B). All together you have a pretty great mixture of art and math. MATERIALS • Model Magic: Red, … Read More

Make a Penguin

Students can easily make their own penguin art project, thanks to Model Magic. There’s also now available a very creative penguin-themed art book to go with it, “Penguins Love Colors” by Sarah Aspinall. It’s cute and perfect for young students just learning to name and appreciate colors. • View and download Penguin PDF Diagram MATERIALS • Model Magic: Black, White, … Read More

Craft Stick Easels

I brought back one of my favorites, popsicle stick art for mini canvases for an after school class. Mini canvases, brush Sharpies and homemade craft stick easels. My lesson was about making art with letters, so they just drew their first initial in block form and decorated it with lots of patterns. A nice, simple way to make a work … Read More

Recycled Pencil Star

This easy Christmas craft comes about from seeing too many half-used pencils in my room. I have boxes of them that are a bit too awkward to hold, but seem too long to throw away. I first tried gluing them together to make a star on their own, but found they need a stable base. Craft sticks work perfectly and … Read More

Craft Stick Loom Project

I tried this craft stick loom project out last year and really liked it as an intro to weaving. The rubber bands did not tear if you pulled on them too hard, and they kept the strips of paper from falling out. Here’s a tutorial for those that would like some printed instructions. • View and download Craft Stick Loom … Read More

Model Magic Worms

I made these little worms with my last Model Magic class. I have so many pre-K and kinders that I’m trying to keep the projects simple, without loosing out on that cute factor. Students will need to roll lots of balls, trying to make them consecutively smaller before attaching together. The antennae are made from craft wires. I found this … Read More

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