It’s hard to believe that 2014 is now in the past and we have the new year of 2015 just beginning. Time really does seem to fly.
Valentine’s Day will be upon us before we know, and if you like the kids to exchange handmade Valentine cards, now is the time for them to decide what and how many they want to make. I think parents, especially, like to receive cards that their children have made for them.
Check the projects shown in the Valentine’s Day Projects Gallery for some ideas.

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sweet tweets-1Whether making these for Valentine’s Day, or to celebrate the coming of spring, you and the kids are going to have so much fun making these little “sweet tweet” birds.These birdies are simple to make using plastic spoons, wooden doll pins and a wooden heart (or large button) to make the birdie stand. Paint, google eyes and feathers make the birds colorful and unique.
Very easy to make, paint and decorate.
Consider using the birdies as puppets.

Find the tutorial for Sweet Tweet in the Valentine’s Day Projects Gallery in the sidebar.

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Idioms are phrases that say one thing but mean something else. They are a little like puzzles: try imagining a picture or a situation that the phrase suggests and then draw what you hear, not what the true meaning is.

For directions and a list of idioms, look at “Idiomaniacs” in 5th Grade Projects Gallery in the sidebar.

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Just when you think you’ve seen it all…….,well, what if….?  The Second through the Sixth grades played this game by drawing a picture of what they imagined it would be like if certain strange things happened.  Everyone chose a “What if…?” from a list they were given.  The kids had a great time with this project….notice their drawings.  We glued a caption on each picture to tell which item they had chosen from the list. There is a list included in this project, but you can make up your own if you prefer.  The directions and pictures for “What it……. Grade”  can be found in 2nd through 6th  Grade Projects Gallery in the sidebar.

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Nothing says loving like a homemade Valentine card with a heartfelt message. This is a very easy project that any grade can make.

Therefore you will find the directions for, “Valentine Card,” under the Valentine’s Day Projects Gallery  in the sidebar.


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Happy star faces surround the framed poem about a star announcing the Baby on Christmas day.  It’s always fun to do a project with smiling faces—it puts you in a happy mood.  The kids will understand that Jesus is the reason we’re celebrating Christmas.   The younger kids could do this, but I chose the 4th grade because of the amount of cutting and the size of the stars. This project, “Star Attraction,” is found under the 4th Grade Projects Gallery in the sidebar.

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Santa’s so happy Christmas is coming that he’s dancing.  Pipe cleaners give our Santa moves to envy.  Finish only one side of Santa and hang on the wall or bulletin board, or finish both sides and add a string for hanging. Younger kids can probably do this, but proper cutting is important. The directions for this project, “Dancing Santa,”  can be found in the 5th Grade Projects Gallery in the sidebar.

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Snowmen are a winter project that we can use before Christmas, during the Christmas season and even for a time after Christmas.  So if you are very limited in time, snowmen are the way to go.  The pattern for this can be printed on white paper and then just colored if you want to make a short project of it.  Or there are also patterns for the vest, hat and pockets that can be printed on colored papers and used instead.  The body pattern is in two pieces that need to be printed, overlapped where they match, taped and then copied.  This snowman is finished on both sides. The finished length is 16 1/2″ and is easy enough for any class.  Find “Twiggy, the Snowman” in the Christmas Projects Gallery in the sidebar.  Click the photo for a full length view.

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zentangle-the doodleHave you ever noticed the doodle art called Zentangle? I find this method fascinating and I found some articles that I believe would be perfect for elementary art classes.
Wikipedia says, “The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being.”
This fascinating use of repetitive patterns is shown in easy-to-understand language in the articles I’m recommending.  To find the articles I’m recommending, go to Zentangle Tutorials in the Miscellaneous Projects Gallery in the sidebar.

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