Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Make Some Wonderful Tin Ornaments!

I absolutely love making these ornaments each year, and best of all, they're pretty easy to make! Try bright colors in permanent markers to paint the ornaments with; I found they work much better than paint.You can use knitting needles, old pens or even chopsticks to emboss lines on your ornaments, and recently I found copper flashing for roofs at hardware stores that cuts like a charm, and etches so easily - I'll never go back to aluminum after trying this stuff! Click on the links below to find all of the pages for instructions, templates and pictures of these wonderful holiday ornaments.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Handmade Advent Calendars

Stonewall Kitchens have some pretty great treats, but these ones you get to make for yourself. Find out how to use matchboxes, spice jars, and paper cone trees to mark your own advent countdown, whether in class or at home. Find the link below.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Indian Corn Template

Use our corn templates for Indian Corn art projects. Glue on rolled up or scrunched up pieces of colored tissue paper, or use popcorn kernels (try to find the red ones). Print onto card stock, and then you can paint on a layer of white glue. Use either tissue paper strips, layered over each other for the husks, or cut strips from real husks. Then layer on corn kernels or tissue paper balls, or even use a variety of dried beans & lentils to still get the same look of Indian Corn. Make sure to let dry thoroughly before moving. And while it's tempting to click on the image itself, if you click on the link, you will be taken to the full size corn template for printing out. Enjoy! - & let us know how you make yours (we'd love to post a picture...)


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Thanksgiving Writing Prompt Worksheet

Print out our Thanksgiving-themed worksheet for a seasonal writing exercise for your students: "Imagine that you are a time traveler. You have journeyed back in time to the year 1621, and you arrive in the middle of a Thanksgiving feast. Both Pilgrims and Wampanoag peoples are enjoying themselves, but they are very perplexed by your presence. How are you dressed? What have you brought with you? What will you tell everyone present? Will

you be able to go back? Write a short story for this scenario.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Let's talk turkey!

It's time to talk turkey! Have fun with our turkey templates - shape books, art, word walls, bulletin boards, felt stories or ... ? Check out the Fall Shape Books and Turkey Template (with a FREE downloadable Turkey Template under "Preview!"):