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You may have noticed that I’ve made some changes to the Galleries. The project photos are in a list form rather than an album, it appears to me that the photos are a bit larger this way and easier to look at.
I’ve also included the holiday projects, from individual class galleries, into each of the holiday galleries. For instance, the Christmas projects that were shown in the individual class galleries are now also in the Christmas Projects Gallery.
The different holiday projects, which are in the HubPages Projects Gallery, are also listed in the different holiday galleries. I’m hoping that this will make your searches easier.

Please leave a comment or send me a note at loraine.brummer@gmail.com if you have suggestions.

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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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reindeer antics 1I’m sure that at this time of year, all Santa’s reindeer are excited about Christmas. In my imagination, the littlest reindeer are also anticipating receiving gifts, which have them jumping and tumbling with joy.
So, to share this mental image, I’ve made a reindeer pattern, so you can make a classroom display of reindeer fun. Find the tutorial for this “North Pole Reindeer Antics” in the Christmas Projects Gallery in the sidebar.     Click on the image at the left for a larger version of the image.

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winter silence-5The weather is cold and it’s been snowing. Even though I don’t particularly like cold weather, I do appreciate the quiet and beauty of falling snow. This art project is simple and I expect to see a wide variety of interpretations of the directions. I like using silhouettes because the images don’t have to be perfect.  You can find the directions for this art project in the 5th Grade Projects Gallery in the sidebar.

Click on the image above for a close up look at the art project.

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Who better to watch over you while you prepare for Christmas than a group of watchful snowmen?  These little guys will put a smile on your face and a holiday spirit in your heart.  Why not put them in a potted plant for a Christmas gift? Find the directions for these little cuties, “Snowmen Sentinel,” in the Christmas Projects Gallery in the sidebar.

For a closer look, click on the picture at left.

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I notice that occasionally, when clicking on a project listed in one of the Galleries, you are taken to just a picture of the project, not the directions for the project.  I don’t know why that happens, but I can fix it right away—-if I know about it.

Michele sent me a message that “Stuffed and Sittin” didn’t go to the directions.  I have that fixed now.  Thanks, Michele, for the heads up.

When there is a problem, I’m asking you to please leave a comment or send me an e-mail at: loraine.brummer@gmail.com

Please include the name of the project.  The sooner I know about it the faster I can fix it.



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