Growing Grass in a CD Case

You can recycle CD jewel cases and turn them into gifts instead. Here’s a few ideas 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

Mother Giraffe and Baby Painting

A little kinder named Nola painted this adorable mother and baby giraffe a few years ago. I showed her how to draw a giraffe, she showed me how to use the space between their two heads (with a heart!). MATERIALS • Multimedia or watercolor paper • Black Sharpie marker • Crayons • Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS 1. Start by drawing … 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 … 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 … Read More

Mother’s Day Pop Out Flower Card

One of the easiest Mothers Day cards to make is this pop out flower card. A paper punch and pretty paper are all you need to get started. 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 … Read More

Draw a Daffodil

A daffodil drawing step by step tutorial is all you need to create a pretty spring painting or drawing.  Who needs to draw the same flower shapes again and again when you can make these pretty yellow flowers? Try this daffodil to mix things up. It’s simple cup shape and yellow color make for a really pretty drawing. MATERIALS • … 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. 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 … 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, … 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″ … Read More

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