Valentine’s Day: Pop Up Pivot Cards

Make your Valentine feels Special. Create your own Super Cute Valentine Card by using our New R51460 Pop Up Pivot Cards. Send a love note to all your friends and family members with this sweet Valentine’s Day card. The clever design is easy to assemble and fun to decorate. The three-dimensional message card unfolds and pivots as the card opens.

Age: 5+

Duration: 15-30 minutes

Learning Objectives: Makes a perfect take-home craft. Encourage creativity. Integrate art, literacy, and holiday activities. Exercise fine motor skills.

You’ll need:

This Craft Lesson is divided into three Parts:

  • The front card
  • The Pivot Mechanism
  • The Pop-Up Message Card

Let’s get started

There are three pieces to each card: the card, the pop-up message card and the pivot mechanism. Take all three and fold the card in half.

Now, start decorating the card. Take craft papers of different bright colors. Make some heart shapes (small and big) and cut those out. Once you get your heart shapes, glue the smaller hearts onto the bigger ones.

Glue all the heart shapes onto the front of Card. To make the cad looks attractive, glue the bigger shapes first and then the smaller ones to get a beautiful front.

Take the Pivot Mechanism. Fold it in half horizontally along the score line. Fold down and inside both the left and right wings.

Take the pop-up message card. Fold it in a zigzag fashion along the score line.

Now, apply glue to both the left lower and upper right flaps of the pivot mechanism. Unfold the message card and align both ends to the glued area of pivot mechanism.

Let’s decorate the message card, take a colored craft paper of your choice. Fold it in half and draw three heart shapes(just draw one sided hearts).

Cut out the heart shapes. Make two kissing emojis and one heart eyes emoji using black marker and small heart shapes. Glue the heart eyes emoji at the center of message card and kissing emojis on the left and right flaps.

Once you are done, apply glue within the indicator lines on the inside of the card and then apply glue to the top of the pivot mechanism. Fold the card shut.

It’s time to decorate the inside of card. Take a craft paper, fold it from center and draw one sided heart. Cut the heart shape out.

Then, take any couple’s picture. Cut the picture and glue it on the heart shape.

Glue the decorated heart on the upper side of card and draw any teddy or cartoon on the other side and fill it with some nice crayons or pencil colors. Your Valentines Card is ready.

Happy valentine’s Day!

Use these cards for Birthdays, Get Well Soon, Mother’s or Father’s Day.

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New Product Highlight: Dinosaur Unruly Rulers

Get ready for an art adventure! This set of 6 stencils is fun and useful. Use these Dinosaur Rulers to create your own Dinosaur. Trace around the stencil and add colors when finished.

Age: 3+

Duration: 15-20 minutes

Learning Objectives: Mix and match dinosaur elements to create unique prehistoric animals. Use colored pencils, markers and crayons to decorate your dinos. The simple designs are easy by a wide range of ages.

You’ll need:

  • Crayons, Pencil crayons or markers to design and decorate the dinos
  • Scissor
  • Glue Stick
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Take a stencil and place it onto a paper. Start tracing the interior edges to draw a perfect dinosaur.

Trace all the body parts starting from head to toe. Mix & match all the elements to give it a proper shape.

Finish the dinosaur shape off with a tail. Here you can see how well the patterns transfers onto the sheet.

Now, it’s time to give colors to this dinosaur. Start filling the shape with your preferred color of crayons and decorate it with your favorite color combination.

To make it more unique, cut out the dinosaur. Choose any picture or a piece of craft paper and glue it on it.

It’s a lot of fun for children to discover the different types of dinosaurs. Try all Dinosaur Rulers and make your own Dinosaur.

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New Product Highlight: Color Wheel Stencils

Create fun by encouraging students to create personal color wheels! We like this activity because it can be simple or complex, with a good balance between structure that guides students and open-ended fun that fosters creativity.

Age: 4+
Duration: 15-30 minutes

Here are few ideas on how to use them:

Idea 1: Get familiar with colors by keeping it simple.

What you’ll need:

LET”S GET STARTED

Take a wheel Stencil of your Choice. Put it onto a paper. Start filing up the inner edges with your choice of Color. To get an attractive look, try different colors. You can use Crayons, Markers or Pencil Colors. Once you are done, take off the stencil and see how beautifully the patterns get transfer to the sheet!

Idea 2: Take your color wheels up a notch by adding texture.

What you’ll need:

Take a Wheel Stencil and place it onto a white paper. Place one of our R48250 Rubbing Plate underneath the white paper. The twist starts from here. Fill the first wheel pattern with color of your choice. Once you are done, take that rubbing plate out and switch it with another rubbing plate. Fill up all the patterns by using as many rubbing plates you want and you’ll see the difference.

Idea 3: Take your color diffusing projects in a more structured direction by incorporating the color wheel.

You’ll need:

Take a R15212 Color diffusing Paper and place a wheel stencil over it. Outline the wheel patterns with a chalk or with a white crayon. Now, place the diffusing paper on a no mess tray. Take Our R54466 Junior Paint Spritzers, fill the bottle with liquid water color paint and spritz out a fine mist of color. Use different colors to create different effects.

Let us know how you choose to use your Color Wheel Stencils! Have fun and get creative!
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Product Spotlight: Holiday Color Diffusing Shapes

This month, we’re featuring two of our NEW products:

These color diffusing shapes help us get in the holiday spirit while simultaneously developing a deeper understanding of color. There are 3 easy ways to transform these shapes from A to B:

A. Plain Color Diffusing shapes–functional but still waiting for the magic to happen
B. Color Diffusing magic transformed the shapes into these beautiful works of art!

Method 1: Washable Marker & Water

This is the easiest method and the mess-free method. Simply use any washable marker to color the shape, and don’t worry about filling in all the white spaces! When you’re done, spray water on the shape and watch the colors diffuse and create secondary or even tertiary colors.

If you need a spray bottle for the water, we recommend Junior Paint Spritzers–they are perfect for small hands.

Method 2: Watercolor

Break out your trusty watercolor set and go to town! Because of the water used with the watercolor paint, the colors will diffuse throughout the paper as you paint. You can always add some extra water at the end and watch the colors diffuse even more. This is especially helpful if you’d like to make light or pastel designs.

Method 3: Liquid Watercolor & Water

This method creates the most impressive designs, IMHO. You can find liquid watercolors online or at your local craft store. Be careful because these paints can be POTENT! It takes quite a few washes to remove the paint from hands, but that is also what makes the designs so beautiful on Color Diffusing paper.

Simply use a spray bottle with the liquid watercolor to add splashes of color to your Color Diffusing shapes. Once you’re happy, spray the shapes with water and watch the colors blend!

If you need a spray bottle for the color or water, we recommend Junior Paint Spritzers–they are perfect for small hands.

Pro tip: Stick to primary colors! It’s easy to get carried away with color, but once they start diffusing, they have a tendency to blend into one, amorphous brown color if you get too complicated!


Try all 3 and let us know your favorite method!

If you like this, you’ll like Blots of Ornaments too! These ornaments have the added benefits of being cut out of extra thick, high-quality color diffusing paper so that they can be used as real ornaments on a tree or windowsill!

Craft Spotlight: Project Leaves with a Thanksgiving Turkey project!

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It’s never too early to start thinking about seasonal crafts for the classroom, no matter what time of year! Prepare for Thanksgiving with our true-to-life sized R51080 Project Leaves in a variety of colors and shapes. Use the Project Leaves to create the tail feathers and simple construction paper cutouts to make the turkey head and body. 

Project Leaves feature different colors on each side of the leaf shapes. You can use the shapes to talk about the changing seasons or adapt your fall science unit to include lessons about leaf identification.

Encourage students to engage with nature while appreciating the science behind it! Students can draw the veins within the leaf shapes to learn about leaf development. Trace out the shapes of the leaves onto sheets of paper, then cut them out and paste into a leaf collage!

Use leftover or traced Project Leaves to make a Thanksgiving turkey decoration! Learn more below.

Age: 4+

Duration: 10 minutes

Learning Objectives: Combine various leaf shapes together into a pleasing arrangement to make the turkey tail feathers. Use scissor skills to make a cut and paste project.

You’ll Need:

R51080 Project Leaves

• Gluestick

• Brown, orange and yellow construction paper

• Marker

• Scissors

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with a turkey decoration that all your students can take home!

P1010327Select 3-4 Project Leaves to make up the turkey’s tail feathers. Alternatively, you can trace the outline of the Project Leaves onto sheets of construction paper and cut them out. You’ll want to choose colors that work with the look of the craft.

P1010328Select the construction paper you will use to make the body. To save on construction paper, you can cut a sheet in half and divide between two students.

P1010330Fold the sheet in half lengthwise.

P1010331Draw a backwards B shape from the fold line. This will be the turkey’s body.

P1010332Cut along the drawn lines and unfold the resulting piece.

P1010333Next, pull out a light-sand colored sheet of construction paper.

P1010336Cut out a little turkey wattle and little turkey feet.

P1010337Finally, get a sheet of yellow construction paper. 

P1010338Cut out a turkey beak.

P1010340Paste the turkey beak, wattle and feet onto the turkey body.

P1010351Make your selection of Project Leaves for the turkey feathers.

P1010352Align two of the leaves together. You will need to angle them outwards.

P1010353Place the third leaf in the middle of the two leaves. This helps to round out the look.

P1010354Finish off with your decorative leaf shape. Place it right on top. Now you’ve easily layered the turkey back feathers!

P1010355Paste the turkey body on top of the leaf arrangement.

P1010356Paste the turkey features on top.

P1010357Finish off with eyes for your turkey. Draw them in with permanent marker or pen.

P1010358Now get ready for a big celebration! Paste the turkeys along a banner and hang up on a wall or arrange your turkeys in a Thanksgiving display!

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Spotlight On: Stand-Up People

Create cute, miniature people who can stand on their own two feet!

These sturdy card stock figures are terrific for a multitude of different art projects and as components in presentations for other subjects. Use paint, marker, crayon, pencil crayon and collage materials to decorate your stand-up person. The large size (7 1/4 x 11 1/2″) is perfect for bringing out the fine detail in your artwork.

Use these art bases for “All About Me” art! Glue a photograph to the face of a figure, and decorate the body to resemble your favorite outfit. Finish by writing your name on your stand-up person so your classmates will always recognize you!

A great beginning of school activity is pairing students off and challenging them to introduce their partner to the class! Have students interview each other, and create a portrait of their partner to present to the class along with personal facts like age, favorite food, and favorite color!

Are written book reports starting to become a grind? Add a new dimension to them by challenging students to create a portrait of their favorite character in their book. The portrait can serve as a visual aid to help keep other students engaged.

Bring social studies to life with historical figures! Consider assigning each table (or group) a theme, and each student will create a portrait of a different historical figure. If students have a math theme, they might create figures of Ada Lovelace and Pythagoras. A science theme could include Einstein and Marie Curie.

To watch a video a Stand-Up Person come to life, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37LTfRUm2UU

 

Decorative Tree Ornaments

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Add a personal touch to your decorations this holiday season with a beautiful and surprisingly simple craft ornament. It requires nothing more than some decorative paper and a few yards of yarn!

Age: 4+

Duration: 15 minutes

You’ll Need:

R15420 Black and White Paper/ R15200 Patterned Paper ClasspackR15203 Decorative Hues Paper / R15421 Double -Sided Rainbow Paper / R15409 Economy Metallic Paper / R15289 All Kinds of Fabric Paper/ R15256 Amazing Animal Paper / R15263 Tie-Dry Craft Paper/ R15303 Retro Pop Paper

• Yarn

• Scissors

• Tape

• Ruler

• Protractor

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IMG_7791Select the different types of paper you would like to use in your Christmas tree ornament. Our trees have 4-5 tiers to them. If you would like to make the trees smaller, simply leave out the two interior tiers.

IMG_7797Lay the ruler horizontally across the length of the paper. For the largest and last tier, place the first point at the middle of the ruler. Draw a semi-circle from one corner of the page to the opposite corner.

IMG_7799The second tier should feature a semi-circle that is about 9″ in width.

IMG_7801The third tier should feature a semi-circle that is 6″ in width.

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The last tier should feature a semi-circle that is about 4½” in width.

IMG_7806Cut out each of the semi-circles.

IMG_7809Roll the semi-circles into cones and secure the edges together with tape. Note: When you roll up the cones, be sure to leave a bit of an opening at the top. You’ll need the opening to thread string through.

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Tie a knot at the bottom of the yarn. String the rest of the yarn through the opening in the top of the cone. Continue to thread the yarn through the rest of the cones.

IMG_7819Simply make a loop from the yarn and place onto a tree branch or hang in a window.

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Monkey Business Printmaking

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Create fun and easy printmaking projects with Wipe Clean Worksheet Covers!

Age: 4+

Duration: 15-20 minutes

Using Roylco’s 59060 Wipe Clean Worksheet Covers, and washable markers. Insert a photograph or drawing into the Worksheet Cover. Trace over the details with washable marker. Spritz a sheet of regular paper with water. Dab off the excess and press overtop of the marker. Gently pat flat. Remove the sheet and let the paper dry. Your prints will look great! Tip: The Worksheet covers will come clean with just a little water, but Windex works faster!

You’ll Need:

R59040 Wipe Clean Worksheet Covers

•White Paper

• Dry Markers

• Spray Bottle with Water

• Dry erase cleaner or Windex

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3D Ocean Scenes

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Following our ocean theme for this week, I’ve put together a little craft that incorporates our decorative papers into a fun and vivid cut and paste activity! Find out how to make your own ocean scenes below!

Age: 6+

Duration: 15-20 minutes

Learning Objectives: Exercise fine motor skills through cutting wave shapes. Focus scissor skills while cutting out fine details in various shapes. Turn 2D shapes into 3D images. Combine a flat base color with decorative paper to simulate the appearance of ocean waves. Combine colors together. Learn how to space elements apart to express dimension.

You’ll Need:

R15203 Decorative Hues Paper

• Construction paper, 9 x 12″

• Glue

• Scissors

• Pencil

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This craft is definitely one of our easier ones. There are less materials to use in this activity, so the final product is simple but effective. Kids will love playing around with the 3D waves to make their fish characters appear as if they are swimming!

P6099446Here’s a selection of the various Decorative Hues Papers you can use, along with some suggested backdrops for your ocean scenes. Blue is definitely a go-to color, but you may not have 30 sheets of blue construction paper easily available.

Other colors to use are: white, black, green, or even (not pictured here) purple! White goes well against light blue or greenish waves. Black can be used to depict a night-time ocean scene. Green works well with blue or white waves. Purple can be used for a deep-sea scene. Grab some references online to see what kinds of color combinations work with different ocean scenes.

P6099449I’m going to show you how a difficult color–such as black–can be incorporated into an ocean scene.

P6099451Most construction paper sheets come in 9 x 12″ configurations. For this activity, you will only need half of the sheet, so two students can use one color and create different waves effects. Fold the sheet of paper in half.

P6099452Use the folded line to cut or tear your sheet in half. You should have a sheet size of 9 x 6″.

P6099456I’ve selected a pretty wave-like pattern from the Decorative Hues paper. Notice I’ve used a sheet that’s predominantly purple. This makes it appear as if the reflection of the water is casting a purplish hue.

P6099458Flip your wave paper over and draw a line with peaks across the length of the sheet. You can get students to practice drawing wave lines on scrap paper before drawing them on the Decorative Hues paper.

P6099460You can fit about 3-4 wave lines on the back of the Decorative Hues sheet. Keep the spacing relatively equal, but you can do thinner lines if you wish.

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Cut each of the wave lines out from the paper. Discard the part above the first line you drew. Next, select two fun colors for the fish shapes. Fish are relatively small so you can cut the sheets in half and distribute among students.

Fish Drawing Lesson!

Click on any of the following subheadings to learn how to draw:

Basic Fish Shape

Fish Design 2

Fish Design 3

Basic Fish Shape

Draw a basic fish shape with two basic shapes: a triangle for the tail and an oval for the body.

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Start by drawing a small line.

P6099465From the bottom of the line, draw a large oval shape.

P6099466Complete the oval by crossing over and connecting it to the top of the line.

Fish Design 2

This fish look a little more exotic, but is made up of two triangles: a large triangle for the body and a small triangle for the tail.

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First draw a large rounded triangle shape. Leave the line open so it can connect to the tail.

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Finish the fish shape off with a smaller triangle for the tail.

Fish Design 3

This fish design is a little more complex. It is based after the top view of a koi fish, so it requires a little more curve to the basic shapes. There are a lot of ovals and rounded triangles used in this fish shape. Older students can use reference drawings of other fish to make their designs.

P6099470Draw a loose tear-drop shape for the tail.

P6099471Connect the tail to a large oval body.

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Add small triangles for fins.

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Cut out all the fish shapes. Thanks to the versatile design, it’s easy to flip the fish to face any direction.

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Now let’s get ready to assemble the 3D ocean scene!

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Flip over the first wave pattern you wish to use. Dab a bit of glue on either end of the strip.

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Slightly curl in the wave strip as you glue it down onto the background. Slide the edges of the wave strip about 1/4″ away from the edge of the background. This will lift up the sheet off the background to create a wave effect. Space each of the wave strips apart as you glue them down.

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Hang loose and get ready to add in the fish!

P6099484Dab glue onto the back of the fish shape.

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And glue your fish onto one of the wave strips.

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Fill up the entire scene with fish figures! Now they all look like they’re surfing the waves!

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Here’s a look at what else you can do with different combinations of Decorative Hues paper! The scene on the left depicts a series of koi fish on light blue waves. The scene looks like it’s fresh out of a painting!

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