Mini Earth Day Mural

Now you can try out an Earth Day printable and see how easy it is to make large, colorful murals for your home or classroom. This mini Earth Day mural has just nine pages, but it will show you how my larger ones work. PDF FILE INCLUDES: • Nine mural pages (8.5″ x 11″) • Assembly instructions MATERIALS NEEDED • … Read More

Earth Day Coloring Page

Here’s an Earth Day coloring page with plenty of fun shapes to color. It is based on my Doodle Mural, which makes a lovely work of art for any classroom door. I hope the message inspires more awareness of reducing, reusing and recycling to keep our planet beautiful. Who knows what we can accomplish if we all work together. To … Read More

Easy to Draw Dragonfly

Here’s an easy to draw dragonfly tutorial works really well for young artist, especially kindergarteners. Lots of oval drawing practice. This drawing happens to be one of my favorites, as in all-time favorites. The smile, and eyelashes, and hearts and scribbly color all just make me smile every time I look at it. All I know is that if I … Read More

Earth Day Art

Try easy Earth Day art activities in the style of Andrew Goldsworthy. He is an amazing British artist who has spent his life collaborating with nature. You can try out this project, even if you live in the middle of a busy city. I found a local florist that was willing to donate their leftover flowers to my cause. I … Read More

Recycled Rooster

Save all those clean packing boxes, such as for cereal and pasta, and you can make some really colorful collage roosters. For a lead in story, “Farmyard Beat”* is perfect and actually the inspiration for this project. *The above product link is a referral. If you click through and take action, I’ll be compensated a small amount, at no extra … Read More

Earth Day Blue Planet Collage

A collage makes a great earth day project, but can also result in a lot of unfinished art. Turn everyone’s effort into a group project and see what can happen. This was created by 35 fourth graders in about 45 minutes. MATERIALS Old magazines Butcher paper Glue sticks, lots! Black marker DIRECTIONS PREP: Draw one large planet template on a … Read More

A Starry Night Gallery

This is what makes blogging so incredibly rewarding, getting emails like this. “I’m a french ex-teacher who helps in the village where I live. Today and tomorrow we’re having an exhibition about houses in our villages and a second exhibition … showing what kids have done related to the houses. One of the project has been a collective work with … Read More

Grass in a CD Case

Try growing grass in a CD case and turn them into gifts instead. Here’s an idea for a birthday or Mother’s Day. They make great little terrariums, especially with a message for special occasions. You can watch your plants grow and make a special gift at the same time. MATERIALS • CD case, the kind that is about 1/4″ thick … Read More

Rainbow Magazine Collage

Here’s one of my group art project ideas that I return to from time to time. Truly art made from trash, as in old magazines headed for the recycling bin. I love that these rainbow collages create such impact with all their color. Students wouldn’t get that full effect if they each created a small one on their own. MATERIALS … Read More

Little Cardboard House

Here is one of my most popular cardboard art projects from one of my after school classes. Great for learning how to make forms from shapes. It takes some time to precut the pieces for little ones, but they have a ball “building” their own little house afterwards. MATERIALS Corrugated cardboard, 12″ squares (I found mine at a local Box … Read More

Recycled Crafts from My Sharpie Book

I’ve always hated throwing away old tin cans. They just have too many recycling possibilities. These tin can crafts are just one of many included in my “Sharpie Art Workshop for Kids” book. MATERIALS • Old soup cans, washed and clean • Foil tape, from hardware store • Sharpie, fine tip, black • Sharpie, brush tip, variety of colors DIRECTIONS 1. Cut … Read More

Earth Day Murals in the Classroom

My large collaborative murals make great classroom projects, and Earth Day is the perfect time to try one out, if you haven’t already. Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd, and calls for the awareness of our beautiful planet. A large group mural (or several smaller ones) gives a chance for every student to be involved. The question … Read More

Earth Day Water Conservation Collage

Earth Day projects are a great theme for a collaborative classroom collage. Why try to make 24 or so small works of art when one big one has much more impact? MATERIALS • Butcher paper, 3 ft or so • Old magazines • Scissors • Glue sticks, about 3 or 4 DIRECTIONS 1. Draw a 3 foot tall or so … Read More

Student Endangered Animals Mural

An endangered species for kids project could begin with my PDF mural. Here’s what one 4th grade class did with my Endangered Animals Mural template. I love seeing art used in real classroom settings. “We used the art as a springboard to research. Thank you for an amazing project. My 4th graders absolutely loved this and as you can see … Read More

Earth Day Doodle Mural

For an easy Earth Day art project, try my Doodle Earth Day Mural template. Print the PDF pages, color, and tape together to make a work of art for any or all of your doors. MATERIALS • Doodle Earth Day PDF template • Card stock paper • Paper cutter • Markers or crayons • Masking tape DIRECTIONS 1. Print out … Read More

Free Earth Day Mini Mural

Try one of my free Earth Day activities and see how easy it is to make one of my murals. This mini Earth Day mural has just nine pages, but it will show you how my larger ones work. Just print out the pages, trim to the art, color and tape together to make a 24″ x 30″ mural. To … Read More

Bug Magazine Collage

Save your old food magazines for this bug collage project. The shiny and colorful fruit, for example, has a whole new look when viewed as bug parts. You can even mix in science to this project by referring to the body parts as head, thorax and abdomen. MATERIALS • Card stock paper, black • Old magazines • Scissors • Glue … 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

Giant Rainbow Collage

One more recycled art for kids project. In honor of Earth Day, three classes made this rainbow collage. I do believe that trash never looked so good. MATERIALS • Old stretched canvas • Lots of magazines • Scissors • Lots of glue sticks • Mod Podge DIRECTIONS 1. I drew rainbow lines in marker on an old stretched canvas. It … Read More

Mosaic Bean Coaster

I found this great art and craft from waste materials idea over at Mini Matisse. I love how the plastic case makes a nice sturdy frame to work with, and the clear closure lets you just admire the colorful beans when you are done. MATERIALS • Old CD case • Beans, assortment • White glue • Flat brush DIRECTIONS 1. … Read More

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