Mother Giraffe and Baby Painting

I wish I could draw like this little girl does. Nola is only in kindergarten, and everything she does just oozes child-like charm. Filling the space between the two heads with pink hearts was her idea, which I think is just brilliant. MATERIALS • Multimedia or watercolor paper • Black Sharpie marker • Crayons • Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS 1. Start by drawing a line down the middle of the paper, which will turn … Read More

Growing Grass in a CD Case

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 a special gift at the same time. MATERIALS • CD case, the kind that is about 1/4″ thick • Potting soil • Container of water • Grass seed • Rubber band • Sharpie paint markers, oil-based DIRECTIONS PREP: Remove any excess inserts … Read More

Textured Ceramic Box

Wouldn’t this textured ceramic box make a wonderful Valentine gift? It’s just one of the amazing clay projects in my friend’s ebook, “Create with Clay”. I’m sharing some snapshots of this project to show the quality of the photos, and the detailed steps she walks you through in all of her ceramic projects. Jenni currently lives in northern California, but shows her ceramic work all over the country, so there’s nothing like getting advice … Read More

Easy Ceramic Cupcake

This easy ceramic cupcake project is my very favorite, which I save every year for Mother’s Day for kinders. I’m pretty sure though that it has lots of appeal for any holiday gifts too. It is so simple which helps all the students feel successful when they complete it, and makes a keepsake that my parents say they have kept for years. When you find clay projects that can do all that, you keep … Read More

Mom Pop Out Flower Card

My students are learning how to make pop out flowers this week, which make a pretty nice Mother’s Day card. Last year I did this with hearts, but I like this flower for this time of year, for all the obvious reasons. SUPPLIES • 12″ x 12″ solid card stock Scrapbook Paper • 12″ x 12″ print Scrapbook Paper • Scallop paper punch • Glue stick DIRECTIONS PREP: Cut all 12″ x 12″ cardstock … Read More

Draw a Daffodil

Do you find yourself drawing the same tulips and daisies over and over again? Try this daffodil to mix things up. It’s simple cup shape and yellow color make for a really pretty drawing. MATERIALS • Daffodil PDF Tutorial • Drawing paper • Black marker • Crayons DIRECTIONS 1. Draw or print guide lines on paper. Draw the daffodil with a pencil. 2. Trace the drawing with a black marker. 3. Color the drawing … Read More

Miniature Cakes with Model Magic

So it turns out can make really cute miniature cakes with Model Magic because it comes in just the right cake and frosting colors. This may be one of my favorite Model Magic project so far. MATERIALS • Cardboard, 3″ cut round circles • Plastic cups, small, shot size for cake stand • 3″ plastic souffle cup from Smart & Final • Craft glue • Aluminum foil • Glue stick • Model Magic, assorted … Read More

Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial

  Need a pretty but inexpensive project for Mother’s Day? All you need is an old baby food jar, tissue paper, white glue and a couple of green pipe cleaners. This tissue flower project has been pretty popular, so I thought I’d repost it with the tutorial that I made awhile back to help get the proportions right. It’s a great spring time project that costs very little, so you don’t need to wait … Read More

Flowers for Mother’s Day

Need a pretty but inexpensive project for Mother’s Day? All you need is an old baby food jar, tissue paper, white glue and a couple of green pipe cleaners. This tissue flower project has been pretty popular, so I thought I’d repost it with the tutorial that I made awhile back to help get the proportions right. It’s a great spring time project that costs very little, so you don’t need to wait until … Read More

Model Magic Mother’s Day Flowers

A third grader blew me away today with her skill in making this Model Magic roses. I had simply shown students how to simply make and wrap rose petals, but she ran with the idea and added colorful stamens and beautifully detailed leaves. Thank you Erin for inspiring all of us!   MATERIALS • Model Magic, red • Model Magic, assorted colors • Craft sticks, skinny • Baby food jar   DIRECTIONS 1. Students … Read More

Mother’s Day Giraffe Painting

I wish I could draw like this little girl does. Nola is only in kindergarten, and everything she does just oozes child-like charm. Filling the space between the two heads with pink hearts was her idea, which I think is just brilliant. MATERIALS • Multimedia or watercolor paper • Black Sharpie marker • Crayons • Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS 1. Start by drawing a line down the middle of the paper, which will turn … Read More

Tissue Paper Flowers in a Jar

Need a pretty but inexpensive project for Mother’s Day? All you need is an old baby food jar, tissue paper, white glue and a couple of green pipe cleaners. This tissue flower project has been pretty popular, so I thought I’d repost it with the tutorial that I made awhile back to help get the proportions right. It’s a great spring time project that costs very little, so you don’t need to wait until … Read More

Mother’s Day Card

I’ve used this Mother’s Day Card idea for kinders for years and I’m still surprised at how nice they turn out, especially when colored with bright patterns. MATERIALS • White construction paper, 12″ x 18″ size • Black Sharpie marker’ • Oil pastels DIRECTIONS PREP: Cut large white construction paper (12″ x 18″) in half to make panels of 6″ x 18″. Fold the panels into thirds to make a card that measures 6″ … Read More

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