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Classroom craft – a year of activities Published by R.I.C. Publications® 2010 under licence to Creative Teaching Press. Copyright© 2005 Creative Teaching Press. This version copyright© R.I.C. Publications® 2010

Only the blackline masters contained within this publication may be reproduced by the original purchaser for use with their class(es). The publisher prohibits the loaning or onselling of these blackline masters for purposes of reproduction. No other part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying or recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without written permission from the publisher.

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ISBN 978-174126-932-1 RIC–6595

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Foreword Classroom craft – a year of activities is a hugely useful resource that provides fun and easy craft projects to capture student’s interest and foster excitement and creativity for the entire school year. The simple, low-preparation activities can be used to introduce a new topic; complete a lesson plan; inspire writing; or for learning centres or early finishers. The activities may also be used to reinforce or conclude themes or celebrate special days, events or times of the year.

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Craft projects Name card.........................................................................2 Grow your initial..............................................................3 ‘All about me’ mobile................................................4–5 A quilt of many colours................................................6 Paper people....................................................................7 Crazy pet.......................................................................8–9 Summer tree........................................................... 10–11 Summer sun.................................................................. 12 Reading tent.................................................................. 13 Bear book................................................................ 14–15 Apple frame............................................................ 16–17 Marble-rolled apple.................................................... 18 Comic art........................................................................ 19 Bookworm bookmark......................................... 20–21 Strawberry reminder board.............................. 22–23 Elephant pencil holder....................................... 24–25 Chinese New Year dragon................................. 26–27 Asian fan.................................................................. 28–29 Paper bag kite............................................................... 30 Paper lei.......................................................................... 31 Adinkra designs..................................................... 32–34 Paper plate tambourine............................................ 35 Party balloons............................................................... 36 Fireworks........................................................................ 37 Bark picture................................................................... 38 Leaf people.................................................................... 39 Autumn tree........................................................... 40–41 Leaf collage.................................................................... 42 Heart animal valentine.............................................. 43 Hearts on ribbons................................................. 44–45 Valentine holder.................................................... 46–47 Movable leprechaun........................................... 48–49 Mother’s Day card................................................. 50–51 Snow scene.................................................................... 52

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Contents Teachers notes........................................................ ii–iv Getting started........................................................ii Wish list (Note to parents)................................. iii Book format............................................................ iv Curriculum links..................................................... v

Snow creature............................................................... 53 Winter tree..................................................................... 54 Rain stick......................................................................... 55 Bird feeder...................................................................... 56 Poppies............................................................................ 57 Hopping grasshoppers.............................................. 58 Rock insects................................................................... 59 Spring tree..................................................................... 60 Hand-feathered chick................................................ 61 Frog puppet............................................................ 62–63 Egg carton flowers...................................................... 64 Coffee filter butterfly.................................................. 65 Thumbprint caterpillar.............................................. 66 Tissue paper flowers................................................... 67 Bird mobile.............................................................. 68–69 Bird-watching binoculars......................................... 70 Pumpkin picture.......................................................... 71 Scarecrow................................................................ 72–73 Stained glass cornucopia................................... 74–75 Pop-up rabbit......................................................... 76–77 Father’s Day character......................................... 78–79 Father’s Day card................................................... 80–81 Owl............................................................................. 82–83 Halloween feet...................................................... 84–85 Jack-o’-lantern....................................................... 84–85 Class wreath.................................................................. 87 Reindeer gift bag.................................................. 88–89 Paper plate angel.................................................. 90–91 Gold picture................................................................... 93 Confectionery necklace............................................ 94 Tissue paper wreath................................................... 95 Paper classmates.................................................. 96–97 Star autograph book........................................... 98–99

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Getting started Make a sample

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• Make a sample of each craft piece before you introduce it to the class. This will give you a good idea of how to prepare for each activity and how much assistance the students will need to complete each. Having a sample ready also allows for valuable discussion time, brainstorming ideas, and visualizing the end result. The quality of students’ work will be much higher when they have a visual aid to use as a reference for the steps of the process.

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• Though Classroom craft–a year of activities contains a variety of craft types, there are materials that are common to many of the activities. Gather these items ahead of time so they always are always on hand. For the items that you do not have,  send a copy of the Wish list on Page iii home with the students. Parents may wish to contribute these items so you don’t have to purchase them.

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• Most classrooms already have the basic supplies of scissors, glue and tape. Since these supplies are usually readily available, they have been omitted from the materials list for each activity.

• Many of the activity directions ask to copy worksheets directly onto coloured paper. Alternatively, copy the worksheet onto cardboard, cut it out and use as a template to trace onto the paper. A parent volunteer or an older child may assist with this.

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Wish list Dear Parents: Throughout the school year, your children will be completing many different craft projects. In addition to making the regular school week fun, crafts capture children’s interest and help them remember what they have learned.

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large coloured paper squares drawing paper styrofoam sheets decorative paper such as wallpaper and wrapping paper brown paper lunch bags glitter glitter glue sequins stickers ribbon rickrack (braid) googly eyes pompoms yarn pipe-cleaners buttons large craft sticks (tongue depressors) paintbrushes crayons markers split pins

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As you can imagine, however, supplies can be expensive, so I’m asking for your help! If you can donate any of the following items to our classroom craft supplies, it would be greatly appreciated:

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Book format The format of the craft projects in this book all follow one of two patterns: 1. A single-page format consists of a teacher page which includes: (a) the title of the project (b) a list of materials required to complete the project

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(c) complete instructions

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(d) an artist’s representation of the completed craft project.

2. A two-page format consists of a teacher page and a variety of accompanying resource sheets.

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The teachers page for the twopage format contains the same information as the single-page format: (a) the title of the project

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(d) an artist’s representation of the completed craft project.

The teacher resource sheet is a blackline master for the teacher to photocopy and use as a template or for the students to use as the base for their craft project. Often this page is used for both purposes.

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Curriculum links Qld

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VAES1.1 VAES1.2 VAS1.1 VAS1.2

Refer to The Arts Essential Learnings by the end of Year 3 Page 3 for curriculum statements.

1.1 2.1 1.2 2.2 1.3 2.3

Refer to Pages 30 to 31 of Level 1, Pages 31 to 32 Level 2 and Pages 33 to 34 (Level 3) The Arts (VELS).

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Name card Materials

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• white paper or cardboard • pencils • removable tape or drafting tape

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• watercolours, runny paint or edicol dye • water in containers

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• crayons, markers or oil pastels • paintbrushes

1. Give each student a sheet of white paper or cardboard. Ask them to fold their paper in half (lengthwise), open it again and then lay it flat. 2. Have them use a pencil to write their name in capital letters on the bottom half of the paper. Ask them to leave a space between each letter. 3. Have the students carefully cover each letter with removable tape. 4. Ask them to use crayons or markers to draw colourful designs over and around the tape. 5. Encourage the students to choose one paint colour to cover the entire page so the colour wash stays bright. 6. When the paint is dry, ask the students to pull off the tape, refold the paper, and use it as a name card for their desk.

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Grow your initial

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Instructions

• large empty cottage cheese, yoghurt or butter/margarine tubs (1 per student) • water

• grass or mustard seeds or those of any fastgrowing plant

• 7.5 cm x 30.5 cm paper strips • crayons, markers or oil pastels

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• 2 cups potting mix for each student

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1. Give each student a paper strip and a tub. Then show them how to wrap the strip around the tub and cut one end so that it overlaps the other by about 2.5 cm. Have them lay the strip flat on their desk. 2. Have the students draw a gardening scene on the paper strip and then use other decorative materials (e.g. glitter, ribbon, scraps) to embellish it. 3. Tell them to wrap the paper strip around their tub again and glue the ends together to make a 'collar' for the tub. 4. Have the students fill their tubs halfway with moistened potting mix. 5. Ask the students to draw their first initial in the mix with their finger and sprinkle some seeds into the indentation. 6. Ask them to cover the seeds with a layer of potting mix. 7. Encourage the students to water their seeds daily and watch their initial appear!

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‘All about me’ mobile Materials

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• blackline master page (page 5) • white cardboard

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• clothes hangers

• 25.5 cm lengths of wool

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1. Photocopy a class set of the blackline master onto the cardboard. Give each student a set of shapes to cut out. 2. Ask the students to use a crayon or marker to write their name on both sides of the rectangle. Have them glue magazine or catalogue pictures or draw pictures that tell about their family on both sides of the square. Ask them to glue or draw pictures of their favourite things to do on both sides of the triangle. Have them glue or draw pictures of their favourite foods on both sides of the circle. 3. While the students are completing Step 2, go around the room and punch holes at the top centre of their shapes. 4. Give each student a clothes hanger and four lengths of wool. Help them to use their wool to tie their shapes to the hanger at different distances (see below).

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A quilt of many colours Materials

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• 12.5 cm white cardboard 1. Use a marker to write Colour us beautiful on the white cardboard strip to create a title. Punch four holes in the • 18 cm x 18 cm paper top and bottom of each 18cm square. squares in assorted 2. Give each student a white square and a coloured colours square. Ask students to to use crayons, markers or oil pastels to draw and colour a self-portrait on their white • 15 cm x 15 cm white square. paper squares 3. Then have them glue the white square onto their • pencils coloured square so that it has an even border of colour. • crayons or oil pastels 4. Ask students to bring their squares to any part of the (including a variety of room where there is lots of floor space. skin-tone colours) 5. Help the students arrange all the squares next to each other on the floor so that the shape forms a rectangle • black or dark paper or square. You may need to allow spaces for solid • hole punch squares with no pictures to make your 'quilt' even. 6. Demonstrate how to use wool to weave the squares • wool together. Start each row by tying the left squares together and leaving a very long end for the students to work with. Emphasise the 'over under' pattern they will make with the wool. ('Row 1' students will weave Rows 1 and 2 together; 'Row 2' students will weave Rows 2 and 3 together, and so on.) Add a border of solid squares to the bottom of the quilt if necessary so the students whose portraits are in the last row get to weave, too.

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7. Help the students to tie the wool at the end of each row. 8. Hang the title strip and 'quilt' against black or dark paper to show off the colours and handiwork.

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Paper people Materials • butcher's paper • plain or patterned paper scraps • pencils

1. Divide the class into pairs and lay sheets of butcher's paper (taller than the students) on the floor. 2. Have one student lie down on the paper in either a straight or bent pose. 3. Invite the partner to trace the student’s shape with a pencil. 4. Tell the students to change places and repeat Steps 1–3 with a second sheet of butcher's paper.

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and clothes. Then have them cut out their shape. 6. Encourage them to be creative by adding hair, a hat, socks, shoes or other features with paper scraps or other decorative materials. 7. Ask the students to prop up the 'characters' in their chairs for a special parent night; or tape the characters to the walls and have the students write a story about them.

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Crazy pet Materials

Instructions

• Crazy pet blackline master (page 9) • A4 paper • coloured paper • paper scraps

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1. Photocopy a class set of the blackline master on A4 paper. Give each student a copy. 2. Have the students cut out the animal parts. 3. Ask them to place the parts they like on a sheet of coloured paper. Encourage them to experiment with the arrangement and choice of pieces, making their pet as crazy as possible. 4. When the students are happy with their arrangement, have them glue their pieces in place. 5. Ask them to decorate their animal by adding paper scraps and drawing designs with crayons, markers or oil pastels.

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Summer tree Materials

Instructions

• tree trunk blackline master (page 41) • tree canopy blackline master (page 11) • pencils

• green and white paper • crayons, markers or oil pastels

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1. Photocopy a class set of the tree blackline master on tan or brown paper and a class set of the canopy blackline master on green paper. Give each student one of each reproducible and a sheet of white paper. 2. Have the students draw green grass at the bottom of the white paper and colour the sky blue. 3. Ask the students to cut out the tree pattern and glue it on the white paper. 4. Tell them to cut out the tree canopies and add details to them with crayons or markers or oil pastels. 5. Have the students glue the canopies to the trees.

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Summer sun Materials

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• yellow and orange tissue paper squares • yellow and orange tissue paper triangles • small white paper plates • glue brushes

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1. Give each student a paper plate, 25 squares and 10 triangles. 2. Demonstrate how to cover the paper plate with glue, using a paintbrush. 3. Have the students place the tissue paper squares on their plate, overlapping them. 4. Ask them to glue the tissue paper triangles along the outer edge to make rays for their sun. Let the glue dry thoroughly. 5. Ask the students to use markers to add a face to their sun.

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Reading tent Materials • large white sheet (flat), prewashed • drawing paper

1. Locate the sheet where two or three students can work on the project at a time. 2. Tell the class they are going to draw a picture of something they like to do. Encourage them to plan and sketch their picture on drawing paper first and use bold colours so that their pictures show up well. 3. Then have the students, in pairs or small groups, use fabric markers to reproduce their picture on their designated part of the sheet. 4. Drape the sheet over a table and use it for a special reading corner. Add pillows and stuffed animals, if desired.

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• fabric markers

• pillows and stuffed animals (optional)

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Bear book Materials

Instructions

• Bear blackline (page 15) • white A4 paper • index cards • pencils

• crayons, markers or oil pastels • rickrack, stickers and other decorative materials • ribbon or wool

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• brown paper lunch bags

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1. Photocopy a class set of the blackline master on A4 paper. Round off the tops of the lunch bags using scissors. 2. Give each student a set of bear pieces and a lunch bag. Ask the students to colour and add details (e.g. whiskers) to the bear pieces and then cut them out. 3. Have them glue their bear pieces onto the back of the lunch bag, open side up. 4. Encourage the students to decorate the front and back of their bag with rickrack, stickers and other decorative materials. 5. Ask the students to think of a name for their bear and write it on an index card. Encourage them to write or dictate a sentence or two about their bear and then place the index card into their bag. 6. When the students are finished, ask them to place all the bags, open side up, in a stack. 7. Ensure all index cards are to the right hand side of each bag. Punch three holes on the left side of the bags; thread ribbon or yarn through the holes and tie it in a bow to create a book. 8. Read the book to the class. Then put it in the classroom library for them to enjoy.

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Apple frame Materials

Instructions

1. Photocopy the apple blackline onto light cardboard. Cut out the small apple and leaves pattern pieces. (The large apple will be used for the activity on page 18.) • light cardboard For each student, trace the small apple on to red paper. Then trace several leaves on cardboard and cut them • red paper or foam out. cardboard 2. Give the leaves and stems to the students to use as • green lightweight paper templates to trace on green paper or light cardboard. or light cardboard Each student will need to trace about seven leaves. • markers, crayons or oil 3. Give each student an apple worksheet. Have the pastels students colour the stem and attached leaf and trace the veins of the leaf. The students then cut out the • 10.8 cm x 28 cm white apple and the leaves. cardboard 4. Ask the students to glue their photo to the centre of • individual student's the apple. passport photo (or other 5. Have them fold the white cardboard in half and glue appropriately-sized the apple on to it. digital photos) 6. Ask the students to glue their leaves around the frame. Note: If photographs other than small passport photographs are to be used, enlarge the blackline master and other pieces accordingly.

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Marble-rolled apple Materials

Instructions

• apple blackline master (page 17) • white paper or light cardboard • marbles

• red, yellow and green paint • spoons

• cookie trays or cake baking tins (slightly larger than the white paper or cardboard)

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• small containers for paint (1 per colour)

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1. Cover the small apple on the apple blackline master on page 17 with white paper so that only the large apple shows. Photocopy a class set of the blackline on white paper or cardboard. 2. Give each student a copy of the apple to place in the bottom of a baking tin. 3. Ask the students to carefully place two or three marbles into each cup of paint, lift them out with a spoon, and place them in the pan. 4. Ask the students to tilt the pan in different directions so the marbles roll all over the paper leaving swirls of paint on the apple. 5. When the paint on the marbles is used up, ask them to put the marbles back into the same cup of paint. 6. Have the students remove their apple painting and let it dry. 7. Ask them to cut out the apple and colour the stem and leaves with crayons, markers or oil pastels.

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Comic Art Materials

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• cardboard • coloured newspaper or magazine comics

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• white paper or cardboard

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1. From the cardboard cut several geometric shapes (e.g. triangles, rectangles, circles and squares) in various sizes. For older students, you may wish to use more complex shapes, as indicated in the illustration. 2. Have students use the card stock templates to trace the shapes on sheets of newspaper comics and cut them out. Encourage students to cut out other shapes: they may need to create a unique picture, such as leaf shapes, diamonds or hearts. 3. Ask them to arrange their shapes in an interesting design on a piece of white paper or cardboard. Their picture can be a summer scene or an abstract, colourful design. 4. When students are happy with their arrangement, have them glue their pieces in place.

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Bookworm bookmarks Materials

Instructions

• bookworm bookmark blackline master (page 21) • cardboard

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• 12.5 cm x 20 cm cardboard (assorted colours) • paper scraps

1. Photocopy the bookworm blackline on cardboard. Cut out the pieces, and use them as templates to trace the bookworm patterns on cardboard. Give each student a set of bookworm pieces. 2. Have students cut out the pieces. 3. Ask students to glue the circles together, overlapping them slightly. 4. Ask the students to glue on wiggly eyes or pom-poms and draw a mouth. 5. Allow them to decorate each section of the bookworm with paper scraps. Note: This activity may also be completed using wooden geometric shapes. The sections of the bookmark may also be carefully covered with clear self-adhesive plastic and cut out before overlapping.

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Strawberry reminder board

Materials

Instructions

• Strawberry reminder board blackline master (page 23) • white cardboard

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• thin black markers • green glitter or sequins

• wipe off markers

• laminating sheets and machine (wipe-clean adhesive plastic may also be used)

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1. Photocopy a class set of the strawberry reminder board blackline on white cardboard. Then make one additional set and cut apart the pieces to use as templates to trace the top of the strawberry on green paper or cardboard and the bottom on red paper or cardboard for each student. Give each student the strawberry on white cardboard and the two photocopied pieces. 2. Have the students cut out the red and green strawberry shapes. 3. Ask them to use a thin black marker to draw tiny ovals to look like seeds on the red paper. 4. Show the students how to glue the red bottom and the green top to the white cardboard base, overlapping them slightly. Then have them cut out the shape. 5. Ask the students to decorate the green top with glitter or sequins, if desired. 6. Laminate the strawberry shapes for the students. Alternatively, cover with wipe-clean adhesive plastic. 7. Have the students use a wipe-off marker to write notes on their strawberry reminder board.

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Elephant pencil holder Materials

Instructions

• Elephant pencil holder blackline master (page 25) • cardboard

• (23 cm x 10.8 cm) grey paper or cardboard strips • empty 425 g tins

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1. Photocopy the elephant pencil holder blackline onto cardboard. Cut apart the pieces and use them as templates to trace the outer ears and trunk on grey paper or cardboard, the inner ears on pink and the eyes on blue. Give each student a set of elephant parts, a grey strip and a tin. 2. Have the students wrap the paper strip around the tin and tape it in place. 3. Ask them to cut out the elephant parts and glue the inner ear to the outer ear. 4. Have the students use crayons, markers or oil pastels to add details such as irises to the eyes and wrinkles on the trunk. 5. Have them tape the ears to the sides of the can. 6. Tell the students to arrange the eyes and trunk on the tin and then glue them in place. 7. Encourage the students to use crayons, markers or oil pastels to add details such as mouth or eyelashes. 8. Ask the students to place the finished holder on their desk and keep pencils in it.

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Chinese NewYear dragon Materials

Instructions

• Chinese New Year dragon blackline master (page 27) • craft sticks

• 10 cm x 1.2 m crepe paper strips (3 per student)

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1. Photocopy a class set of the Chinese New Year dragon on cardboard. Give each student a dragon pattern and three crepe paper strips. 2. Have the students carefully draw designs on their crepe paper strips. 3. Ask them to use markers, crayons or oil pastels to colour their dragon’s face and then cut it out. 4. Tell the students to glue a craft stick on the back of the face to serve as a handle. 5. Have them glue the crepe paper strips to the back of the face and let the glue dry thoroughly.

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Asian fan Materials

Instructions

• Asian fan blackline master (page 29) • cardboard

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1. For each student, make a photocopy of the Asian fan blackline on cardboard. 2. Have the students cut out both fan halves. 3. Ask them to colour and decorate their fan halves. Encourage them to use scraps of decorated paper as part of the design. 4. Show the students how to glue a craft stick on the back of one fan half and then glue the backs of the fan pieces together. 5. Have the students wrap a piece of wool or ribbon around the handle and knot it tightly. Then demonstrate to the students how to tie knots at the loose ends to keep them from fraying.

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Brown bag kite Materials

Instructions

• brown paper, 4-sided lunch bags • 30.5-cm lengths of crepe paper or curling ribbon

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1. Cut the bottom from each lunch bag. 2. Ask the students to colour, paint or decorate the outside of their bags. Allow to dry. 3. Instruct them to place the bag cut-side up, and have them glue crepe paper or ribbon to the bottom of it. 4. Demonstrate how to fold the top to the inside of the bag. 5. Help the students to punch one hole in the centre of each of the four sides, through the folded layer. 6. Ask the students to tie the end of one piece of wool or string through one hole and tie in place. Repeat this step for the remaining holes. 7. Have the student tie all four pieces of wool or string together.

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Paper lei Materials

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1. Draw several simple flower shapes on thick cardboard and cut out. • thin cardboard (assorted colours) 2. Have the students use the shapes as templates to trace on thin, coloured cardboard. Students will need to • 51-cm lengths of wool trace and cut out at least eight flowers. or string 3. Help the students to punch a hole in the centre of each • hole punch flower and then ask them to decorate their flowers with glitter and sequins. • 2.5-cm lengths of 4. Show the students how to string their flowers on a drinking straws piece of yarn, alternating with lengths of drinking • glitter and sequins straw. 5. Ask the students to tie the ends of their wool or string together to finish their lei.

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Adinkra designs Materials

Instructions

• Adinkra designs (page 33) • Adinkra grid (page 34)

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Paper plate tambourine Materials • coloured, stiff paper plates (or white plates painted and allowed to dry)

1. Give each student two paper plates. Ask them to decorate the back of both paper plates using crayons, markers or oil pastels, sequins, stickers or other decorative materials. 2. Ask them to place one plate with the back side down. 3. Have the students glue several pieces of curling ribbon to the lower portion of that plate. 4 Tell them to place the other plate on top of the first so the front of the plates meet and a hollow space forms in the centre. 5. Help the students staple together the rims of the plates, leaving a small opening at the top. 6. Have them fill their 'tambourine' with about 50 mL of dried beans or rice and then staple the top of the plates closed.

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• 30.5-cm lengths of curling ribbon • dried beans or rice

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Papier-mâché party balloons Materials

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1. Mix together the flour and water until the paste is smooth. It should be the consistency of glue. Add 2 tablespoons (36 g) of salt to keep the finished product from turning mouldy. 2. Give each student a balloon to blow up and then tie off. (Some students may need help with this.) 3. Ask the students to dip newspaper strips in the paste, completely soaking them, and lay them on their balloon until the balloon is completely covered. Let the papier-mâché dry thoroughly. More than one layer will be needed. Allow to dry thoroughly between layers. 4. Have the students paint their balloons. Encourage them to paint pictures of fireworks or write an appropriate message. 5 When the paint is dry, have the students glue crepe paper strips to the bottom of the balloon for streamers. 6. Ask the students to tape a long length of wool or string to the top of their balloon. 7. Hang the balloons from the ceiling at different heights around the room.

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Fireworks Materials

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• black construction paper or cardboard (a sheet of A3 art paper may also be painted in preparation for the activity)

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1. Ask the students to use the glue tip to draw several shapes on a piece of black paper or cardboard. 2. Have them use a straw to blow the glue to make fireworks shapes. 3. Ask the students to sprinkle one colour of glitter on the glue; let it dry and then shake off the excess glitter. 4. Repeat steps 1–3 for other colours of glitter, as desired. 5. Have the students write or dictate a sentence on the strip and glue it to the bottom of the page.

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Bark picture Materials

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• sides cut from large brown paper bags • paint in white and bright colours • paintbrushes • black crayons

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1. Give each student a side cut from a paper bag. Have them crumple their paper and then smooth it out several times to soften it and add texture. 2. Ask them to think of an animal or a plant they would like to paint. Encourage them to picture things found in nature (e.g. birds, flowers, trees). If necessary, view objects outside. 3. Have the students paint the object on their paper and let it dry. 4. Ask them to use a black crayon to outline their picture and then a cotton bud to add tiny white dots of paint around the outside of the object.

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Leaf people Materials • white paper or cardboard • assortment of large fresh leaves

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1. Give each student a piece of white paper or cardboard. 2. Ask the students to choose a leaf and glue it to the centre of their paper. Allow to dry. 3. Ask them to use crayons, markers, oil pastels, flowers or other natural materials to add features such as a face, arms, legs, hands and feet to their leaf and paper to create a 'leaf person'. 4. Encourage the students to name their leaf person and write an alliterative sentence about it at the bottom of their paper.

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Autumn tree Materials

Instructions

• Tree blackline master (page 41) • tan or brown construction paper • white construction cardboard

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• red, yellow, orange and green paper scraps

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1. Photocopy a class set of the tree blackline master on tan or brown paper or cardboard. Give each student a piece of white paper or cardboard and a tree photocopy. 2. Ask the students to draw green grass at the bottom of the white paper and colour the sky blue. 3. Ask them to cut out the tree and glue it on to their paper. 4. Have the students tear up small scraps of red, yellow, orange and green paper to make autumn leaves. 5. Ask them to glue some of their leaves on the branches of the tree—some falling and some on the grass.

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Leaf collage Materials

Instructions

• assortment of large fresh leaves • black paper or cardboard

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1. Give each student a sheet of clear self-adhesive plastic and one same-size sheet of black paper or cardboard. 2. Ask the students to choose several leaves of varying sizes, shapes, and colours. 3. Help them peel the backing from their plastic. 4. Ask the students to arrange their leaves facedown on the sticky side of the plastic. 5. Have them place the black paper or cardboard over the leaves and plastic so that the corners meet and press down firmly from the centre out. 6. Instruct the students to turn over their collage and smooth out any bubbles in the self-adhesive plastic.

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Heart animal valentine Materials

Instructions

• Hearts blackline master (page 45) • red, pink and purple paper

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1. Photocopy the blackline on paper of assorted colours. 2. Have the students fold a piece of white cardboard in half and place the fold at the top or on the left. 3. Ask them to cut out several hearts. 4. Have the students arrange their hearts on the front of the folded white paper to look like a real or an imaginary animal. 5. Have them glue the hearts in place when they are happy with the arrangement. 6. Encourage the students to add details with markers and decorative materials. 7. Tell them to add another 'heart animal' and write a Valentine’s Day message on the inside of the card.

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Hearts on ribbons Materials

Instructions

• Hearts blackline (page 45) • red, pink, purple, white and turquoise paper or light cardboad • markers

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1. Photocopy the hearts blackline on assorted colours of paper or light cardboard. 2. Have the students cut out several hearts of different sizes and colours. 3. Invite them to draw designs on both sides and colour. 4. Encourage the students to add decorative materials on both sides. 5. Show the students how to arrange their hearts on a piece of ribbon several different ways before gluing them in place.

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Valentine holder Materials

Instructions

• Valentine holder blackline master (page 47) • pink cardboard • white paper plates (2 per student) • red and pink paint

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1. Photocopy a class set of the valentine holder on pink cardboard. 2. Have students cut out the cat pieces and hearts. 3. Show them how to lay a paper plate face up and glue the cat cutouts and then the wool to the edges of the plate (to create a handle). 4. Have the students place a second plate on top of the first and staple them together, leaving the top open. 5. Instruct them to carefully sponge-paint both sides of the cat with red and pink paint. Allow to dry. 6. Ask the students to add googly eyes to their cat. 7. Have them add valentine stickers, paper hearts or other decorative materials to the cat’s body. 8. Allow the students to hang their holders on their desks on Valentine’s Day, or present as a gift.

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Movable leprechaun Materials

Instructions

• movable leprechaun blackline master (page 49) • cardboard • green cardboard • white paper scraps

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1. Photocopy a class set of the movable leprechaun blackline on green cardboard. Give the students one copy each, and ask them to cut out the shapes. 2. Ask the students to glue the hat to the oval shape to form the head, and to use crayons, markers or oil pastels to add details such as a nose, eyes, a mouth and perhaps a beard. Then have them add details to the other pieces. Refer to resource pictures. 3. Show the students how to place the body over the arms, lining up the dots on the pieces. 4. Help the students push split paper fasteners through the body and into the arms to secure them. 5. Tell the students to repeat the procedure for the legs. 6. Ask them to add other decorative materials to their leprechaun.

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Mother’s Day card Materials

Instructions

• Mother's Day blackline master (page 51) • white cardboard • yellow cardboard

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1. Photocopy the blackline on cardboard. Cut apart the pieces, and use them as templates to trace the head and small part of the beak on yellow cardboard, the large part of the beak on red paper, and the flower on any brightly coloured cardboard. 2. Give each student a set of duck pieces. Ask the students to cut out the duck, beak parts and flower. 3. Have them glue the red beak part to the duck and then add the yellow beak. 4. Ask the students to add googly eyes and draw more eyelashes with crayons, markers or oil pastels if desired. 5. Tell them to add feathers on one side of their duck. 6. Ask them to decorate the flower with glitter, paper scraps, buttons or large sequins and then glue it on the feathers. 7. On the back of the duck, have the students write a message to their mother or another card recipient. For example, they might say You are the best mum in the whole pond! Remind them to sign their name.

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Snow scene Materials

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• black or dark blue paper

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1. Show the students how to tear a white paper strip and place it at the bottom of a piece of dark paper so that • 10 cm x 30.5 cm strips of it looks like a blanket of snow. white paper 2. Have them lightly sketch a snowman shape. • white and coloured 3. Ask the students to tear small pieces of white paper, paper scraps overlap them, and glue them on their snowman sketch. Then have them add torn paper to the • small buttons or raisins background to create falling flakes. (optional) 4. Encourage them to tear small pieces of coloured paper for details (e.g. a scarf, a broom, a hat and boots) and glue them in place, or have the students use buttons or raisins for embellishments.

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Snow creature Materials • small white plastic garbage bags • paper scraps

1. Give each student a plastic bag, packing material and two lengths of wool. Ask them to fill their bag halfway with packing material and tie the bag securely with wool. 2. Have the students fill the top half of the bag with more packing material and tie the bag with wool again. 3. Ask them to fold a fabric or wrapping paper strip around the middle of the bag to make a scarf and then glue the strip closed near the neck. 4. Encourage the students to add eyes, a nose, arms, mittens and buttons with paper scraps, googly eyes or other decorative materials.

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• containers for filling the bags with packing materials

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Winter tree Materials

Instructions

• Autumn tree blackline master (page 41) • tan or brown paper • blue cardboard

• cotton balls (8–10 per student)

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1. Give each student a paper towel roll. 2. Show the students how to overlap two strips of tape • masking tape and cover one end of their roll. 3. Help the students poke small nails into their roll and • small nails (10–15 per put masking tape around the entire roll to keep the student) nails in place. • rice (1/4 cup [60 mL] per 4. Have the students pour rice into their roll. Then ask student) them to cover the open end of the roll with two more • white or coloured paper strips of masking tape. 5. Ask the students to use crayons, markers or oil pastels • crayons, markers or oil to decorate a piece of paper with pictures relating to pastels rain and then glue the paper around the roll. 6. As the rain stick is tipped up gently, the rice falls down to the bottom, hitting the nails on the inside, sounding like rain falling.

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Bird feeder Materials

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• paper towel rolls • small, stiff paper plates • paint (assorted colours) • paintbrushes • hole punch • birdseed

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1. For each student, cut a small triangle out of the opposite sides of the bottom of half a paper towel roll. 2. Have the students paint designs on their roll. Let the paint dry. 3. Help the students punch three holes around the top of the roll. 4. Have them tie string or wool through the holes. 5. Ask them to tape or glue the bottom of their roll to the plate and allow to dry thoroughly so that it is secure. 6. Have the students fill the roll with birdseed and hang it from a tree in the playground, or give the students seeds in a plastic bag to take home so they can share their bird feeder with their family.

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Poppies Materials • white paper • red or orange tissue paper

• black tempera paint

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• popcorn kernels or yellow cake sprinkles

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1. Ask the students to trace their hand six times on red or orange tissue paper to make petals, and cut them out. Tissue paper tears easily so care must be taken. 2. Ask the students to use a pencil to draw a light circle in the middle of a sheet of white paper. 3. Tell them to lay down their 'petals' (overlapping them) to create a flower shape around the circle they drew. 4. Ask the students to paint starch on the petals, one at a time, brushing from the bottom to the top of the petal for best results. This must be done very carefully. 5 When the starch is almost dry, the students drop black paint in the centre of their circle. If the black paint is too transparent when it is dry, ask the students to add another layer. 6. When the paint is completely dry, have students add drops of glue in the black area and drop popcorn kernels or yellow cake sprinkles on it.

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Hopping grasshopper Materials

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• cardboard egg cartons (1 per 4 students) • cardboard or paper scraps

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1. Cut each egg carton into four sets of three cups. Draw simple wings and antennae on cardboard or paper scraps, and copy a set for each student. Display images of grasshoppers. Give each student a set of egg carton cups. 2. Ask the students to paint their cups with either realistic colours or creative designs. 3. Show the students how to bend six pipe-cleaner halves to make legs, and demonstrate how to glue, tape or attach them them to the middle cup through holes. Let dry thoroughly if using glue. 4. Have the students cut wings and antennae out of paper or cardboard scraps and ask them to glue the wings on the top of the middle cup and the antennae on an end cup. 5. Encourage the students to use glitter or other decorative materials to add eyes and designs. 6. Have the students place a ball inside the middle cup of their 'grasshopper', and help them push one pin through each side of the cup to secure the ball. 7. Ask the students to drop their grasshopper a few centimetres onto a hard surface and watch it 'hop'!

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Rock insects Materials

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1. Give each student several small stones. Ask the students to arrange them in different configurations that resemble a real or an imaginary insect. 2. Have them glue the stones together. 3. Instruct the students to paint their 'insect'. 4. Encourage them to add antennae, legs and eyes using small rocks or beans.

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Spring tree Materials

Instructions

• Autumn tree blackline (page 41) • tan or brown paper for tree trunk • white cardboard

• 2.5 cm pink tissue paper squares

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Hand-feathered chick Materials

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Frog puppet Materials

Instructions

• Frog puppet blackline master (page 63) • white cardboard stock

• white and purple paper scraps • 4-sided brown paper lunch bags or recycled gift bags

• large googly eyes (2 per student) • green and yellow paint

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1. Photocopy the blackline onto cardboard. Cut out the pattern pieces and use them as templates to trace the shapes on paper. Copy the legs, arms and forehead on green paper; the chest on yellow paper; the inside of the mouth on white paper; and the tongue on purple paper. 2. Give each student a paper bag, a set of frog pieces, and two googly eyes. Have the students spongepaint one side of their bag green and yellow. After the paint is dry, ask the students to turn over their bag and paint the other side. (If you prefer, use patterned paper bags instead of having the students sponge-paint brown ones.) 3. While the bags are drying, have the students cut out the frog parts. 4. Tell them to fold the mouth in half and glue it inside the bag fold. 5. Have the students curl the pointed end around a pencil and glue the straight end of the tongue on the mouth. 6. Ask the students to glue the rest of the body parts to the frog puppet, attaching the eyes last.

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Egg carton flowers Materials

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• egg cartons • paint in various colours • green pipe-cleaners • vase • water in containers

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1. Cut apart egg cartons to create individual cups. Give several to each student. 2. Ask the students to cut the edge of each cup into a flower shape. 3. Using thick layers of paint, coat each flower. Allow to dry. 4. Have them use a pencil to poke a hole through the base of each cup. 5. Ask students to knot one end of a green pipe-cleaner and push the unknotted end through the hole. 6. Have them use another pipe cleaner or paper to make leaves. 7. Ask the students to cut another egg cup in a different flower shape. 8. Place the finished flowers in a vase for a spring display of the student’s artwork.

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Coffee filter butterfly Materials • large white coffee filters (2 per student) • red, blue and yellow waterbased markers or watercolour pencils

1. Ask each student to draw a design or pattern on coffee filters using water-based markers. 2. Have the students spray water on their filters and watch the colours run into each other. Point out the appearance of secondary colours as the ink runs together. 3. When the filters are dry, ask the students to pinch them in the middle and wrap a pipe-cleaner around them, twisting the ends together. 4. Tell them to spread apart the tips of the pipe cleaner to create antennae. 5. Tape the butterflies to the windows or around common work spaces.

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Thumbprint caterpillar Materials

Instructions

• white or light-coloured cardboard • white scrap paper

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1. For each student, draw a straight line lengthwise in the centre of a piece of white or light-coloured cardboard. 2. Have the students practise dipping a thumb in paint and making thumbprints on scraps of paper to find the proper amount of paint to use. 3. Give each student a sheet of white or light-coloured cardboard. Ask the students to make thumbprints on both sides of the line on their paper. 4. When the paint is dry, ask them to fold the paper on the line. 5. Ask students to cut out their caterpillar about 13 mm below the thumbprints, scalloping the edges. 6. Help the students punch holes near the fold at one end of the caterpillar and insert a pipe cleaner, bending and twisting it to make antennae. 7. Encourage the students to decorate their caterpillar with crayons, markers or oil pastels, glitter and googly or paper eyes.

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Tissue paper flowers Materials

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• 20 cm x 30.5 cm pieces of tissue paper • pipe-cleaners • glitter

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4. Show them how to tightly tie the centre of the folded paper with a pipe-cleaner.

5. Demonstrate to students, starting with the top tissue, how to gently pull one layer of tissue paper at a time toward the centre of the flower and arrange the petals. 6. Encourage the students to decorate the edges of their flowers with glitter or make several flowers and tie them together with curling ribbon for a Special Day gift.

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Bird mobile Materials

Instructions

• Bird mobile blackline master (page 69) • white cardboard • 15 cm squares of drawing paper • wool

• coat hangers • hole punch

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1. Photocopy a class set of the blackline on white cardboard and give one to each student. 2. Ask the students to use markers to create an interesting design on both sides of their bird. 3. Ask them to add glitter and sequins to decorate the bird. 4. Have the students cut out their bird and cut a slit in the centre. 5. Ask the students to decorate a paper square using markers, crayons or oil pastels. Then have them fanfold it and insert it through the slit on the bird to make wings. 6. Have the students bring the top edges of the wings together and staple or glue them together at the top. 7. Help the students to punch a hole in the top of the wings, thread a piece of wool through the hole, and attach it to a coat hanger. Attach several birds to each hanger.

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Bird-watching binoculars Materials

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• paper towel rolls cut in half (2 per student) • paint (assorted colours) • paintbrushes • 1-m length of wool

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1. Ask each student to paint a design on two paper towel rolls. Allow to dry. 2. Help the students to punch holes in both sides of each roll. 3. Show them how to thread a piece of yarn through each hole and then tie it in a knot. 4. Have the students glue their rolls together. Then take them outside to look for interesting birds around the playground.

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Pumpkin picture Materials

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• orange powdered paint • pie tins • paintbrushes • brown paper

• cotton balls (8 to 10 per student) • 46-cm lengths of green wool

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Scarecrow Materials

Instructions

• Scarecrow blackline master (page 73)

1. Photocopy a class set of the scarecrow pattern on white cardboard. 2. Give each student a scarecrow blackline, a square of wallpaper, two strips of wallpaper (arms) and two strips of blue paper (legs). 3. Have the students use crayons, markers or oil pastels to decorate the scarecrow’s hands, feet, hat and head. Cut out each piece. 4. Show the students how to fan-fold their arm and leg pieces. Have them glue the hands to the arms and the feet to the legs. 5. Have the students glue the hat to the head and then the head, arms and legs to the shirt. 6. Ask the students to use raffia, twine or ribbon to decorate their scarecrow.

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Stained glass cornucopia Materials

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• stained glass cornucopia blackline master (page 75) • drawing paper • card stock • aluminium foil

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1. Photocopy a class set of the blackline master onto paper and cut pieces of aluminium foil large enough to cover a sheet of cardboard for each student. Crinkle the foil, smooth it out, and use it to cover the cardboard. 2. Tape a blackline to each student’s desk and a sheet of plastic wrap (large enough to cover the cardboard) over the blackline at the corners. 3. Ask the students to use brightly coloured permanent markers to colour in the blackline on the plastic wrap. 4. Have them outline the blackline with a black marker and let the ink dry thoroughly. 5. Help the students gently lift the coloured plastic wrap off their desk, place it over the foil-covered card board, and tape the corners of the plastic wrap to the back of the card stock. Note: This activity may be completed in conjunctions with a unit about healthy foods. Sturdy plastic wrap must be used and care must be taken when colouring the picture. This activity is best completed by older or more capable students.

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Pop-up rabbit Materials

Instructions

• Pop-up rabbit blackline master (page 77) • brown or tan cardboard

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1. Photocopy several blackline masters on brown or tan cardboard and cut them apart. Give each student a rabbit. 2. Have the students use crayons, markers or oil pastels to add details (e.g. fur) to the body. Then have them cut out the pieces and glue the head to the body. 3. Ask them to cut eyes and a nose from paper scraps and then glue them on the head. 4. Ask the students to glue the body to the end of a craft stick. 5. Instruct them to decorate a paper cup using markers. 6. Help the students cut a slit in the bottom of their cup. 7. Show them how to place the other end of the craft stick through the slit in the cup. Encourage the students to move their puppet as they role-play what a rabbit might say if it could talk.

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Father’s Day character Materials

Instructions

• Father’s Day character blackline master (page 79)

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• googly eyes (may be used instead of the pieces on the blackline master)

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1. Photocopy a class set of the Father’s Day character blackline on white cardboard. Give each student a copy. 2. Have the students lay two open sheets of newspaper (one on top of the other). Then ask them to close the newspaper sheets as they would close a book. 3. Tell the students to roll the sheets into a tube and tape it closed. 4. Show them how to make hair by cutting slits at the free (unjoined) edge of their tube. 5. Ask the students to colour and cut out the tie, arms, and eyes and then glue them onto their tube to create a character. 6. Have the students glue on a pom-pom or button nose and add any other features (such as a mouth) with markers. 7. Encourage them to write a Father’s Day message on the rectangular card and sign their name. 8. Ask the students to bring the arms forward and attach their card to the arms with tape.

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Father’s Day card Materials

Instructions

• Father's Day card blackline master (page 81) • tan or brown light cardboard

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1. Photocopy a class set of the Father's Day card blackline on tan or brown cardboard. Give each student a copy. 2. Have the students write a message to their father or male guardian on construction paper. For example, they could write 'Dear Dad, I love you beary much!' or 'You are the beary best, Dad!' Remind them to sign their name. 3. Tell them to decorate their card with ribbon, crayons markers or oil pastels. 4. Ask the students to cut out the bear. 5. Invite them to decorate their bear with googly eyes, rickrack eyebrows, a pom-pom nose and pink paper semicircles inside the ears. 6. Have the students glue their note in the box on the bear. Note: This is a single-sided card.

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Autumn Owl Materials

Instructions

• Owl blackline master (page 83) • white cardboard

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• 12.5-cm lengths of wool • crayons, markers or oil pastels

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• brown, yellow and orange paper or light cardboard • newspaper

1. Photocopy the owl blackline on cardboard. Cut out the pattern pieces. Trace the owl on brown paper, the feet on yellow and the beak on orange. Each student will need one owl body, two feet and one beak. 2. Have the students cut out their owl body, feet and beak. 3. Ask them to glue googly eyes to the body and then glue the beak below the eyes. 4. Invite the students to use crayons, markers or oil pastels to add details. 5. Have them crumple several sheets of newspaper and put them in a brown paper lunch bag. 6. Help the students to tie the bottom of the bag with wool. 7. Ask them to glue the owl body and feet to the bag.

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Halloween feet Materials

Instructions

• Halloween feet blackline master (page 85) • cardboard

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• decorative materials (e.g. sequins, ribbon, wool, rickrack, stickers)

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• 2 empty tissue boxes for each student • paintbrushes

1. Photocopy a class set of the Halloween feet blackline on cardboard. 2. Give the blacklines to the students and ask them to decide which set of creepy 'toes' they want to use on their Halloween feet. Have them cut apart their chosen pieces. 3. Have each student paint two tissue boxes. 4. When the paint is dry, ask the students to use paper scraps and other materials to decorate their boxes. Suggestions for decorations include spiders, webs, ghosts, wrinkly skin etc. 5. Have the students glue the tabs of their paper toes to the end of their boxes and then put on their Halloween 'feet'!

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Jack-o’-lantern Materials

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• paint powder or food colouring • 6 cups flour • 3 cups salt

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• mat, board or plastic for kneading dough

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• 3 tablespoons cooking oil • 3 cups water

1. If you are using paint powder, mix it with the flour and salt in a large bowl and then add the oil and water. If you are using food colouring, add it to the water first. 2. Knead dough until it is thoroughly mixed and divide it evenly among the students. One recipe makes enough play dough for 20 students. 3. Ask the students to mold their dough into a pumpkin shape. Encourage them to think about what kind of face they want their jack-o’-lantern to have (e.g. spooky, funny or friendly). To assist the students, draw some ideas on the board. 4. Have them add legs, arms, or other characters using more play dough. 5. To set the jack-o’-lanterns, bake them in an oven at 177 ºC for 45 minutes to an hour.

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Class wreath Materials

Instructions

• cardboard • red, white and green paper or cardboard

• 1–2 large paper plates (If desired, each student may wish to complete a wreath of his/her own.) • glitter and sequins

• red, white and green ribbon

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• aluminium foil

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1. Draw or trace variety of star patterns on cardboard. Cut out the stars and use them as templates to trace on red, white and green paper and aluminium foil. Cut out a 7.5 cm circle from the middle of one or two paper plates. 2. Have each student cut out several stars. 3. Ask the students to decorate their stars with glitter and sequins. 4. Encourage them to show variety with their decorations (e.g. gluing a smaller star to a larger one). 5 Ask the students to glue their stars to the paper plates to create class wreaths. Have them overlap each star. 6. Help the students to add a red, white and green bow to the top or ribbon to the bottom of the wreath.

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Reindeer gift bag Materials • Reindeer gift bag blackline master (page 89) • white cardboard

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• red pom-poms

• 38-cm lengths of thick wool • 30.5-cm lengths of cord (for gift bag handle)

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• brown and pink paper • brown paper lunch bags

1. Photocopy the reindeer gift blackline on cardboard and cut out the pieces. For each student, trace the outer ears on brown paper and inner ears and cheeks on pink paper. 2. Trace each student’s hands on brown paper, and have them cut out the tracings to create antlers. Alternatively, the students may trace their own or work as pairs. Give each student a paper bag and ask them to glue their antlers to the corners of their bag. 3. Ask the students to cut out their reindeer’s inner ears, outer ears and cheeks. 4. Have them glue each inner ear to the centre of the outer ear and glue the ears in place on the bag. 5. Ask the students to position googly eyes, pom-pom nose and pink cheeks on the bag and then glue them in place. 6. Have students draw the reindeer’s mouth and glue wool above the eyes to make a tuft of hair. 7. Ask the students to use the optional materials to attach a bow and jingle bell to the bag with a pipe-cleaner, or simply have students add these decorations with markers. 8. To make the handle, help the students to punch two holes on one side of the bag, and run a piece of cording through the two holes. Have them tie a knot, and repeat this step on the other side of the bag. Reinforce the top, if necessary, to ensure that the handles do not tear the bag.

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Paper plate angel Materials

Instructions

• Paper plate angel blackline master (page 91) • white cardboard

• round paper doilies (1 per 2 students)

• crayons, markers or oil pastels • glitter

• sequins

• small gold or yellow pipe cleaners

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• large, flexible paper plates (1 per student)

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1. Photocopy the paper plate angel blackline master onto cardboard and use as a template to trace on a paper plate for each student. Cut doilies into quarters. 2. Give each student a plate. Ask the students to cut out the angel, throw away the extra section, and use crayons, markers or oil pastels to add the facial features. 3. Demonstrate how to draw arms and hands. 4. Instruct them to decorate their angel with markers, glitter and sequins. Discuss some suggestions. 5. Ask the students to fold their plate into a cone with the head at the top, and help them staple it together. 6. Have them glue the doily pieces to the back to form the wings. 7. Show the students how to form a halo with a pipecleaner and tape it to the angel’s head.

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Pretzel wreath Materials

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1. Give each student a sheet of waxed paper and a handful of pretzels. Ask them to lay their pretzels next • 6–8 twisted pretzels per to each other, sides touching, so they form a circle on student the waxed paper. • shellac or spray sealant 2. Ask the students to glue the pretzels together and let (see note below) the glue dry. 3. Help students spray the pretzels with shellac and let • 76.2-cm lengths of the shellac dry. (See below.) Christmas ribbon 4. Show the students how to weave ribbon through the spaces in the pretzels, then help them tie a bow at the top. Note: Ensure strict safety measures are enforced when using products such as shellac or other spray sealants. Spray in a well-ventilated area or only allow another adult to use it. Teachers may also wish to provide students with paintbrushes and PVA glue to coat the pretzel wreath.

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Gold picture Materials • white cardboard • white glue in bottles with nozzles • gold paint

1. Ask each student to use a glue bottle to draw a picture on cardboard. The picture can be an object or a design. Brainstorm to suggest ideas. 2. Encourage the students to add a few decorative elements such as a simple border or a few dots or designs with the glue. Let the glue dry. 3. Have the student paint over the entire paper, covering all of their picture, with gold paint.

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Confectionery necklace Materials

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• small piece of confectionery in wrappers

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1. Punch holes in the wrapped confectionery and give each student a length of wool or string. 2. Encourage students to lay out a repeated pattern of confectionery on a paper towel. 3. Have them thread the items onto their wool or string without breaking the pattern. 4. Help the students carefully tie a knot to connect the two ends of their string to create an edible necklace.

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Tissue paper wreath Materials • 30.5-cm lengths of straight wire • green tissue paper

1. Cut all tissue paper into 15 cm squares. Divide the class into groups of four or five students. 2. Give each group a piece of wire and 25–30 green and 8–10 red tissue paper squares. Have students carefully push the end of the wire through the middle of each green paper square to string the paper on the wire. Encourage them to crumple the paper to give the wreath fullness and texture. 3. After the students have several green pieces on their wreath, have them add one or two red squares to represent berries. Tell them to keep alternating the colours. 4. Twist together the two ends of each group’s wire to create a circle, and tie a red ribbon at the top to make a bow.

• wide red ribbon

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• red tissue paper

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Paper classmates Materials

Instructions

• Paper classmates blackline master (page 97) • cardboard • paper scraps

• crayons, markers or oil pastels • split paper fasteners

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• black, brown, red, orange and yellow wool

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1. Photocopy a class set of the paper classmates blackline master on cardboard. Give each student a copy. 2. Have the students cut out the pattern of the student. 3. Ask them to decorate their student to look like themselves using paper scraps and wool, and crayons, markers or oil pastels. 4. Help the students to poke a hole in each hand of their student and use split paper fasteners to attach the cutouts to make a chain of paper students. 5. Display the chain on a bulletin board with the title A Year of friendships.

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Star autograph book Materials

Instructions

• Star autograph book blackline master (page 99) • white cardboard

• 30.5-cm lengths of yarn • crayons, markers or oil pastels • paper scraps • star stickers • hole punch

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• white drawing paper

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1. Photocopy a class set of the blackline on cardboard. Then cover up all the text on the pattern and photocopy four class sets on paper. Each student will need a star for the cover and four stars for blank pages. 2. Have the students cut out the stars. 3. Ask them to decorate the star for the cover using crayons, markers or oil pastels, paper scraps and star stickers. 4. Help the students stack their pages and punch two holes on the left side of the stars. 5. Ask them to thread a piece of wool through the holes and tie it in a bow. 6. Ask the students to sign each other’s autograph books.

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