Drip Drip Splatter Splash uses our Color Diffusing Paper!

Create awesome effects on Color Diffusing Paper! The Drip, Drip, Splatter, Splash blog posted their butterfly artwork which used Color Diffusing Paper, permanent marker and watercolor paints.

The post was published on April 17, 2013 and is entitled, “Butterfly Art.” Click here to visit the page!

Using permanent marker helps to create definite lines that students can use as guidelines for painting. We suggest to first have your design sketched out onto scrap paper. Once you are satisfied with the look, place a sheet of Color Diffusing Paper on top. Trace the outlines with black marker onto the Color Diffusing Paper.

Watercolor paints work best with the Diffusing Paper as it gets absorbed into and throughout the paper. This neat effect is due to the process of diffusion. Diffusion happens when the particles in watercolors meet a material like diffusing paper that has little to no water content. As a result, it is always trying to fill in that area with watercolor particles.

The first part of the post shows a beautiful picture of the various butterfly renditions made with Color Diffusing Paper. Scroll further down the post to see other variations made with different materials!

Thanks to Shelly P for sharing her work!

Images and original post © Drip, Drip, Splatter Splash

This post was not sponsored for a review. At LittleFingersBigArt, our mission is to present to our readers and viewers the newest and most creative craft ideas that fans of Roylco have made on their own. Our goal is to allow you and other educators and parents to reuse our products in fun ways so that children always get the best educational experience from them!

We’d love to see more ideas like this one! If you’ve got a brilliant craft idea or have made a version of one of our crafts that you would like to share with us, send an email to subscriber@roylco.ca with photos, descriptions or a link to your work. We will create a feature post and link back to you with full credit. We’d love to hear from you!

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Craft Spotlight: Clay Rollers

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Get ready to roll with Clay Rollers! The rollers create new designs every time. Use on clay, Plasticine, dough and more! 

The Clay Rollers are easy to put together, too. The kit features 4 rollers with accessories: 4 large cylinders, string, and stoppers. To make the rollers, tuck one end of a length of string inside the cylinder. Press a stopper into this end to hold the string in place.

Next, wrap the string around the length of the cylinder. You can loop it in different sections or add another length of string to make the design more intricate! Once you are satisfied with the string design, insert the remaining length of the string into the free end of the cylinder. Press a stopper into it.

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Once you have set up your design, roll the Clay Roller across a flat slab of clay. The string will press into the clay slab and leave a patterned imprint on it. The patterned slab can then be molded into a variety of different shapes. Make cups, bowls, boxes, or cut out various shapes from the slab using cookie cutters. There’s so much you can make with the Clay Rollers!

View project ideas at the Clay Rollers guide which can be found HERE in PDF form.

To learn more about the process, watch the video below!

Use our special salt clay dough recipe with the Clay Rollers! Our Salt-Clay recipe was crafted from a few experimental attempts to make fridge magnets! We ended up with a great recipe for moldable clay that could be used for tons of projects. We decided to use the clay to make the garden stones, but you are welcome to use your own recipes if they are better suited. We tried to use ingredients that are easily found in your nearby stores and pantry closets!

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2 Cups Potato Starch

1 Cup  Salt

1 Cup  Water

Visit the full recipe at this post: Collage Garden Stones!

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Yoga in the Classroom

Yoga in the Classroom!

Classroom exercise can be a source of joy for both students and teachers, but to fit exercise into an already stressed schedule, it needs to have clear objectives and measurable results. Many teachers feel uncomfortable about implementing an exercise program because they don’t have sufficient confidence in their own knowledge and skills. The benefits far out weigh the challenges—the trick is to find the right program that works for you and your classroom. Let’s start off by looking at the benefits of classroom exercise.

We’ve all heard about the epidemic of obesity. Besides just the physical and social problems of overweight children, there are significant learning challenges. Exercise helps stimulate the mind as it stimulates the body. Short sessions of physical activity will improve alertness, focus attention and raise self esteem. Those benefits are good for all students! The challenge is to develop a program that you can do easily in the classroom and meets your comfort level as an instructor. Let’s review your options.

Yoga is a wonderful exercise program. People who aren’t familiar with yoga can still introduce it to students at a basic and introductory level. Even at that level, it produces excellent results in the right classroom environment.

If you ever feel that your class is too rambunctious or unfocused, turn to yoga as a way to increase attention and build calmness. You won’t need a lot of space or any extra supplies. You can learn more by visiting a local yoga studio or go on-line to read about yoga practices or you can jump right in and buy Roylco’s R62011 Body Poetry: Yoga Cards for children 4 years and older.

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The kit contains a complete guide to implementing yoga in your classroom. Each session starts with breathing exercises and stretches that help children build an awareness of their body while focusing the attention. Once they reach a calm mental place, they can start recreating the yoga poses. Roylco has produced large, vibrant cards that you can use to show students how to create each pose. When students see the children pictured on the cards in the poses, they naturally want to try them on their own.

Roylco has produced three challenge levels of poses: easy is framed with a green border; intermediate is framed with a yellow border; challenging is framed with a red border. Children love challenging themselves to higher and higher levels of poses. Arrange the cards in different configurations to keep the exercise routines fresh and fun. Roylco has provided suggested routines to get your started. Each session should be 10-20 minutes long. When your students have mastered the poses, let them create their own routines. They can sort through the cards and arrange them with special themes in mind based on the illustrations pictured with the children on the front of each card. To help you feel more comfortable teaching yoga, Roylco has printed instructions for each pose on the back of the card. As you display the card to your students, you can describe how to recreate the poses.

After each session, you should see results. Your students should be more focused, calmer and yet invigorated. Although it’s great to have a routine time of day for your exercise sessions, try different times so you can evaluate the best time to have a session. Some teachers find mid morning or mid afternoon to be the best time to use yoga to reinvigorate their students. Other teachers use it to start the day. There are some teachers who have second sessions right before tests or assemblies to help focus their students’ minds.

Although yoga is a great exercise activity that doesn’t need a lot of space or any extra supplies, it is not your only option. If you find that your students are already calm and maybe even sedate, get them up and moving with Roylco’s R62010 Animal Action Cards. The intent of this exercise program is to get the heart thumbing and the mind racing! Each of the 16 picture cards features a photograph of an active child along with a beautiful animal illustration. Children in your class assume the pose of the child pictured on the card and then carry out the action of the animal. Students can flap their arms to represent a bird or jump like a frog. Three challenge levels will keep kids entertained and motivated.

Although yoga is a great exercise activity that doesn’t need a lot of space or any extra supplies, it is not your only option. If you find that your students are already calm and maybe even sedate, get theAnimal Action Cardsm up and moving with Roylco’s R62010 Animal Action Cards. The intent of this exercise program is to get the heart thumbing and the mind racing! Each of the 16 picture cards features a photograph of an active child along with a beautiful animal illustration. Children in your class assume the pose of the child pictured on the card and then carry out the action of the animal. Students can flap their arms to represent a bird or jump like a frog. Three challenge levels will keep kids entertained and motivated.

If you are looking for something to Laugh Track Cardsreally inspire mental well being, try Roylco’s R62015 The Laugh Track. This system is based on Laughter Yoga and come with hilarious pictures of students doing funny activities AND a CD filled with music featuring human laughter. Your students won’t be able to resist laughing when they see the pictures and hear the tunes. More importantly, laughter builds core strength while producing endorphins. Just think how wonderful it will be to spend 15 minutes doing hilarious activities on a dreary day! You and your students will end the session refreshed and ready to learn. All you’ll need is a CD player.

If time is tight but you still want to integrate a physical activity program, combine it with another subject area. Teach letter recognition, the alphabet and spelling with Roylco’s R62017 Twist and Spell Exercise Cards. The 48 cards show happy children posed to resemble letters. Popular letters are repeated. Once children learn how to make each of the letter shapes with their bodies, organize the cards into words and start spelling with the students’ whole bodies! It’s fun and perfect for kinesthetic learners.

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Exercise has many benefits beyond controlling weight. In the classroom, it can help focus the mind, increase self discipline and promote higher self esteem. Roylco makes it easy for teachers at every level to conduct short, daily exercise routines. Just pick the one that you think is most closely aligned to your needs and get started. Enjoy this time with your students. It can be a wonderful bonding experience!

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Craft Spotlight: Paint Bellows

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Explore a new painting technique with Paint Bellows! These neat little painting tools feature an accordion-style chamber to help push paint out in a splatter-like design. 

A few drops of tempera paint go a long way with this painting tool! First, press out all the air from the Paint Bellows chamber. To do this, squeeze the spout in between your pointer and third finger, and place your thumb on the flat back of the bellow chamber. Press your thumb down onto the chamber. Press towards the spout. This will make all the air in the Paint Bellow escape from the chamber.

Hold the Paint Bellow in this position and lower the spout into a small amount of paint. Release your thumb from the back of the chamber while holding the Paint Bellow in place. You want to make sure you have just a little amount of paint. A little is a lot with Paint Bellows!

NOTE: Use only thicker tempera paint with the Paint Bellows. Watercolor paints or watered-down paints tend to “leak” across the page rather than create the dotted splatter effect.

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The splatter effect is created when an empty Paint Bellow chamber is suppressed then quickly released onto a sheet of paper. The video below shows some artwork that can be made with Paint Bellows. It’s all in the technique!

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Butterfly Day at the Art Junction!

The amazing art community at the Art Junction made butterfly crafts using our R2450 Bug Bodies during one of their family days! See more of their brilliant artwork at the Art Junction blog

The Bug Bodies were combined with painted coffee filters to make the bug wings. Antennae were formed from pipe cleaners that were threaded through the top of the Bug Body heads.

The post was made on April 3, 2012 and is entitled: “Butterfly Day.” See the full post at the link provided!

The little artists used full sized coffee filters to explore the different effects of patterning colors and diffusion. The painted coffee filters were going to be used for the butterfly wings. While the artists were waiting for the coffee filters to dry, they explored another technique to create “butterfly” artwork: blotto painting! View the post to see more about their blotto painting strategies.

The coffee filters were cut in half and slipped through the slim opening in the side of the Bug Body. Once the Bug Body could be placed in the center of the folded coffee filter, the ends of the coffee filter were fanned out to produce a butterfly-wing effect.

Images and original post © Artmanews

This post was not sponsored for a review. At LittleFingersBigArt, our mission is to present to our readers and viewers the newest and most creative craft ideas that fans of Roylco have made on their own. Our goal is to allow you and other educators and parents to reuse our products in fun ways so that children always get the best educational experience from them!

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Craft Spotlight: Mosaics!

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Use new materials to create stunning art projects! Our line of Mosaic products will inspire your students accomplish this simply using glue and a bit of colorful imagination. Our videos below showcase some project ideas you can use in your classroom.

Have a look below at some of our mosaic products, including R15639 Spectrum Mosaics, R15651 Fabric Mosaics and R15642 Quilt Mosaics!

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To start, let’s have a look at some of the features of our R15639 Spectrum Mosaics. View more of our colorful mosaics here! Spectrum Mosiacs are designed to be used with the included reproducible grid illustrations. Photocopy the grids and distribute to your students. A handful of assorted Spectrum Mosaics can be used to fill in all the blank boxes with a bit of glue.

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The Spectrum Mosaics are double-sided with different colors on both sides. The mosaics come in many variations of different colors, so your students can sort the colors in similar groups or according to lightness or darkness. Your students can even come up with their own names for certain colors!

Watch the video below to see the Spectrum Mosaics in action! Use contact paper or sticky laminate paper to create your own reusable mosaic placemats! We suggest making a rough drawing of the final illustration, then filling in all the areas for the colors with the assorted Spectrum Mosaics.

R15651 Fabric Mosaics

Fabric Mosaics are a great way to add a sensory experience to your class art projects. See more about Fabric Mosaics here! We’ve used a variety of patterns and colors to form our Fabric Mosaics. These mosaics can be combined by type or color to make interesting designs! Use for filling in clothing textures for All About Me illustrations; gluing on journal and schoolbook covers; decorating picture frames and more!

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The video below showcases some of the various types of Fabric Mosaics you can find in the pack.

Quilt Mosaics

The R15642 Quilt Mosaics are paper mosaics printed with multilayered designs, just like real quilts! See more of our Quilt Mosaics here! Click on the instructions guide at the bottom of the web page to access some quilt patterns that you can use for your students’ projects.

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One side of the Quilt Mosaic is printed with a pattern while the opposite side features a flat color. You can separate the Quilt Mosaic blocks into triangles (which can be combined together to form a complete square). You can use the patterned portion of the mosaics to make illustrations and fill in the spaces of your illustration with the flat colored side.

The video below shows a step-by-step design to make using the Quilt Mosaics.

You can apply this process to other designs that are viewable on the website HERE!

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Willard City Elementary Artists use our Tessellations Animal Templates!

The Artman posted his students’ math/art projects that used our Animal Template Tessellations! Tessellations are a great way to build coordination and patterning skills! See more about Artman’s process below.

Artman posted many photos of his students using our Animal Template Tessellations. A variety of designs from the pack were used. These included the elephant, lizard, fish, butterfly, dog, turtle and spider. The pack includes so much more, however! See the full display of designs at the full web guide HERE.

This project was posted by Artman at his WordPress blog Artmanews on April 30, 2012, entitled “Tessellations -part 1.” Visit the full post on his students’ tessellation art the link!

After the tessellations were traced onto paper, the students incorporated a lesson in color theory to complete their project. They chose complementary colors, which are two colors on the color wheel that are directly opposite each other. This student chose blue and orange as his complementary colors.

Instead of merely coloring in the tessellation in one flat color, the interior details were filled in with the complementary color to help distinguish the patterns from each other.

Lovely work!

Thanks to the Artmanews for this post!

Images and original post © Artmanews

This post was not sponsored for a review. At LittleFingersBigArt, our mission is to present to our readers and viewers the newest and most creative craft ideas that fans of Roylco have made on their own. Our goal is to allow you and other educators and parents to reuse our products in fun ways so that children always get the best educational experience from them!

We’d love to see more ideas like this one! If you’ve got a brilliant craft idea or have made a version of one of our crafts that you would like to share with us, send an email to subscriber@roylco.ca with photos, descriptions or a link to your work. We will create a feature post and link back to you with full credit. We’d love to hear from you!

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Personalized Art Totes!

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Store your art materials in personalized art totes! Make one for yourself (the ever-patient and longstanding art teacher) or invite your students to make one for you. The project is pretty simple and quick so students will love the opportunity to make more!

Age: 3+

Duration: 5-10 minutes

You’ll Need:

• Assorted rubbing plates: R5841 Optical Illusion Rubbing Plates / R5871 Organics Rubbing Plates / R5870 Linear Rubbing Plates / R5804 Flower Rubbing Plates

• Assorted stencils: R5615 Nature Stencils / R58621 Number Stencils / R58620 Fine Motor Skills Stencils / R5621 Rangoli Mega Stencils / R5618 Big Alphabet and Picture Stencils / R5522 Child’s First Stencil Set

• Crayons

• Dollar store / cloth totes

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In this project, I’ll show you how to combine stencils and rubbing plates together to make authentic-looking prints. You can separate this combination into two activities, depending on their difficulty level: Younger children can use only stencils and crayons. Color the inside of the traced shape. Older children can use specific colors for certain parts of a rubbing plate pattern.

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Here, I decided to make a leaf print on my art tote. To do this, I’ve selected a leaf stencil and chosen a rubbing plate pattern to match. In addition, I’ve picked two crayon shades of the color green.

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First, trace the leaf shape onto the middle of one side of the tote. Make the outline dark enough so the edges are visible on all sides.

P2044062The rubbing plate fits so nicely into the tote bag, it was like it was meant to be!

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Repeat the same technique for the opposite side! Here, I’ve simply used a rubbing plate print and rubbed directly onto the tote, without need of a stencil. Younger students can try this technique, since it’s a basic way to decorate the art totes.

The next technique is a little tricky, however. Encourage older students to try this method out:

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Slip an Illusion rubbing plate or something similar inside the tote. Pick out several vibrant crayon colors.

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Rub certain sections of the art tote with one color, then switch to another color when you reach a different section of the rubbing pattern. Against the black tote, the neon colors just pop right out!

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Here’s a rubbing plate print from one of our Organics Rubbing Plates.

Use your art totes to store your art materials (such as the rubbing plates, loose crayons, markers, scrap paper and so on)!

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Craft Spotlight: Masterpiece Fingerpaint Frames

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Make a work of art out of every fingerpainting session! Simply slip students’ fingerpaint artwork underneath any one of our R75421 Masterpiece Fingerpainting Frames

Each of the Masterpiece Fingerpainting Frame packages comes with special fingerpaint paper that slips perfectly into each of the frames. Use regular fingerpaint on the paper.

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To enhance students’ sensory awareness, we asked the art campers to close their eyes as they fingerpainted. Many of the campers loved the freedom they experienced with fingerpainting. Instead of painting a specific image, students could simply blend colors together and take delight in getting ‘messy’ without much clean-up needed.

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To make their fingerpainted backgrounds even more intriguing, we dripped a blob of one paint color onto one side of the paper, then took another color and repeated the same for the opposite side.

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This art camper blended similar colors together: Red and orange. To make her painting more distinguishable, she decided to create patterns in the paint with her fingers.

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The frames are die-cut into 6 beautiful designs. Choose from a gecko, butterfly, fish, frog, turtle or bird. The colors your students choose in their fingerpainting artwork will show through the stylized designs. Pop out the die-cut pieces from the rest of the frame. 

To slip the fingerpainted background into the Masterpiece Fingerpaint Frames, locate the tabs on the sides of the frame. Lift the tabs up and slip the edge of the fingerpaint paper in. Secure the paper on all four sides of the frame.

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Try out a variety of different fingerpainted backgrounds! Change up the background to give your masterpiece a new look.

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