Dandelion Pop Out Card

I found this scallop flower punch and had fun sharing this 3D dandelion card with kids. I continued the nature theme with kraft paper and pretty marker drawings. MATERIALS Card stock paper, white Card stock paper, kraft* Card stock paper, black* Paper punch, Scallop, X-Large* Glue stick Sharpie marker, fine tip *The above product links are referrals. If you click … Read More

Easy Paper Cat Craft

My Black Paper Cat turned out to be such an easy paper craft that I thought I’d try it with other color combos. This one started as a Pacon project, which makes strong paper so your cat stands up nice and tall. MATERIALS Paper Tiger Tutorial Pacon Premium Tagboard* Scissors Glue stick Black marker *The above product link is a … Read More

Gum Wrapper Paper Chain

Learn this to make this gum wrapper paper chain, then find lots of things to do with them. Bracelets are just one idea as the chain expands for easy fitting. I like to use patterned scrapbook paper that comes in pads at craft stores. They have built in coordinated papers that already made to go with each other. Just be … Read More

April Fool’s Art Project

The April Fool’s art project is pretty much guaranteed to create lots of giggles, just be sure that children don’t try to do much more than pose in them. This photo goes so far back into my teaching days, these girls are actually in college now. It’s still one of my all-time favorite photos that shows a bunch of sassy … Read More

Egyptian Collars

In addition to drawing Egyptian art projects for kids, try an easy craft that shows first hand the bling that many of the more affluent Egyptians enjoyed. These two products make the shiniest, blingiest collars that I know of. The jewels are the most expensive part, but with a little rationing and couponing, will be worth the student’s excitement over … Read More

Pop Up Valentine Card

I have a few Valentine card ideas for kids, but this is definitely my favorite. Start with some pretty patterned paper and you’re guaranteed lovely results. MATERIALS • Heart Punch, 2″ size • Cardstock paper, Valentine colors, 8.5″ x 11″ • Scrapbook paper (Valentine pads found in stationary dept.) • Glue stick (Note: The above list includes referral links. If you … Read More

Easy Christmas Card

Here’s an easy Christmas card idea that makes a very colorful image. Just change the colors and it works for many different celebrations. Making holiday cards with kinders may sound like a fairly simple task, until you factor in all the details. Is it doable with a wide range of abilities? Is it flexible for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or neither? … Read More

Make a Halloween Black Paper Cat

The credit for this Halloween projects for kids goes to an old Family Fun Craft book. I just worked out a few details about the size and materials. I had been wanting to find an easy way to have my students work in three dimension, and this project worked great, even for 1st graders. The biggest step they needed help … Read More

Draw a Giant Maple Leaf

You can learn to draw a maple leaf if you break it down into my six simple steps. There’s actually a simple pattern to it.   MATERIALS Download Maple Leaf PDF Tutorial Brown kraft paper, even paper grocery bags Sharpie black marker, chisel tip Crayola Color Sticks Scissors DIRECTIONS Draw a leaf according to the diagram. Trace the leaf with … Read More

Kandinsky Tree Collage

Combine the idea of rings or color and a tree and you get a fun Kandinsky for kids project. Great for warm and cool color studies too. If you can, get your hands on the most colorful paper possible, it will make a big difference in your results. The card stock found at craft stores is my favorite, but construction … Read More

Paper Strip Pumpkin

This paper strip pumpkin turned out to be a very quick and easy way to make a 3D shape out of strips of paper. Lots of room for customizing with the face. MATERIALS Orange construction paper Black construction paper Scissors Paper cutter Push pin or similar item Paper fastener, or brad Glue stick   DIRECTIONS I used orange construction paper … Read More

3D Paper Lion Craft

I made this lion craft project with Pacon Premium Tagboard, which had the color and quality I needed. I had to make sure my lion stood up when finished! MATERIALS Download Paper Lion Craft Tutorial, 4 pages Tagboard: yellow, orange, white, pink Paper cutter Sharpie marker, black Glue stick Scissors Crayons or markers for map DIRECTIONS PREP: Cut tagboard to … Read More

Daffodil Craft

I spied these cute mini cupcake liners at Michaels, and they worked perfectly for a kinder daffodil craft project. MATERIALS Card stock paper: yellow, green and blue Scissors Glue sticks Yellow beans, dried DIRECTIONS Students first cut three stems and glue them across the blue paper. Leaves are added to each. Cut about 5 petals for each flower, and glue … Read More

Chinese New Year Snake Tutorial

Did you know Chinese New Year crafts can come from office supplies? They helped me make this project with about 400 first through fourth graders for about $45. For the advanced origami lover, my sample snake above was made with two long strips that had nine 11″ lengths glued together as shown in the photo. If you like the gradated … Read More

Paper Craft Roosters

My favorite paper crafts for kids involve making something three dimensional. Learning how to cut and bend so things stand up is a valuable skill. This idea comes from a French website, Zaubette. I simplified some of the shapes, but the brilliant originality must be credited to them. I just love the way they made the open beak/mouth. It’s simple … Read More

Pizza Collage

  Make fun collage art projects by tying it into something familiar. This pizza project does double duty as it reviews shapes and can accompany a food unit theme. I’m declaring it pizza week for my students, as the kinder and first grade are making these larger 8″ pizzas, and the rest are making 4″ ones that will go in their … Read More

Snowman Handmade Greeting Cards

Make your own handmade greeting cards with my sticker snowman project. Animate your snowman by moving the arms and hat and adjusting placement of the face. These snowman trading cards make use of a trading card sleeve to line them up for display, but you always just glue the cards to a folded sheet to make a card. I love how … Read More

Papel Picado Holiday Card

  Try using colorful Post-its for this papel picado project. The squares come in very festive colors and can be found at your local office supply store. Papel picado is a Mexican folk art craft. It is the art of cutting paper into beautiful and elaborate designs for holidays and celebrations. What I liked about making this picado card with Post-its … Read More

Christmas Card Craft

Christmas card craft ideas can include this “minimalist” holiday card. A few folds of paper and you have a very simple dimensional tree.   MATERIALS • Pattern paper, cut to 5″ x 2.5″ strips • Craft glue • White card stock paper, 4.75″ x 6.75″ • Red card stock paper, 5″ x 7″ • Envelope (optional)   DIRECTIONS 1. Cut strips … 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

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