Dalahäst

A “Dalahäst” is a Swedish tradition.  “Dala” is short for “Dalarna”, which is the province the tradition comes from .   “Häst” is the Swedish word for “horse.”  Traditionally, they’re little wooden horses given to children as toys.  They’re almost always red, with beautiful decorations in green, yellow, white, and gold.  But Dalahästs, (or Dala Horses, […]

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Family Hands

I find some of the best ideas on Pinterest, and this is one of them. Unfortunately, this school district blocks Pinterest, so I can’t find the link to the original idea to include in this lesson plan post. That’s a bummer, because I always try to credit my sources. I will try to log on […]

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Autumn Moon

I have a slight obsession with owls.  Can you tell? This project is easy-peasy, and a great opportunity to discuss both science and language arts with students while creating a truly impressive work of art.  Art concepts — positive/negative shapes (for grades 2-3), line, geometric shapes, and painting techniques. You need: Black paper tag board, with […]

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Expressive Pumpkin Portraits

These pumpkins are so cute, and a great way to teach secondary colors, scissor skills, facial features, and emotional awareness. You need: construction paper in orange, green, purple, black, and white scissors glue yellow crayons (or construction paper crayons, even better!) To make life simpler, I cut orange and green paper into 9 1/2″ x 6″ […]

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Roller Coasters

This is a great lesson for teaching cutting and folding skills, pattern-making, 3-D (relief), and line. This project is perfect for grades 1-3, but kindergarten is a stretch. Let students choose 3 paper strips, 1 1/2″ wide and 12-18″ long. Demonstrate how to make deep snips about 1″ apart along one side of the strip, […]

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Wise Owl

I’m generally not a fan of projects where kids all do the same thing, but I think there is a place for old-fashioned guided drawing assignments. The monkey-see-monkey-do nature of guided drawing makes drawing less intimidating for students, and it shows students how to break objects down into simple shapes in order to draw them. […]

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Monograms

It doesn’t take long for kindergarteners to learn how to write their names, but until then, I like to do lots of first-initial artworks to make it easier to identify the artist, and also to let them practice writing letters of the alphabet. Having them draw their monogram with thick lines, then creating rainbow echo […]

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