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!
Visit our website https://roylco.com/shop/color-wheel-stencils/ for more information.

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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!

Let’s make a mandala fractions t-shirt!

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Age: 4+

Duration: 30 minutes (or more, if you’re really having fun)

Learning Outcomes: A mandala is a spiritual symbol that represents the universe. So, this craft will give us an opportunity to start a conversation about the people who create these symbols. Also, we’re going to focus on the mathematical component of these intricate designs using fractions.

Here’s what you need:

Mandala Fraction Stencils (R58626)

T-shirt (follow washing instructions)

Fabric Paint or Fabric Markers (follow washing instructions)

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What could be better this summer than to go out on all your adventures wearing a t-shirt designed by your very own crafty fingers? We’re going to make a cool, SMART design that you’ll be proud to wear when you play outside or travel abroad!

These mandala designs are inspired by the ancient Asian traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Devoted worshipers created mandalas as a visual representation of the universe, as well as an aid for meditation.

The intricate, circular designs make this ancient art form ideal for splitting into parts. This is how we’re going to be able to use the patterns to help us sharpen our understanding of mathematical fractions.

Once you’ve finished your pattern, make it your own! It’s up to you to embellish and complete your design in any way that makes you happy. For inspiration, search online for mandala images. Or, better yet, take a trip to your local library to search for books about mandalas and the people who create them. You’ll discover fascinating representations of the universe that just might inspire your own creations.

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Step 1: Choose your pattern

Because mandalas can be extremely detailed and beautifully ornate, we have broken our designs into fractions. Each stencil is a like a slice of a pie: 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10. Pick one stencil, and use it to create the outline of your design. For the 1/2 stencil, 2 parts make the whole. For the 1/10 stencil, 10 parts make the whole. The product guide will be helpful to understand the best way to use the stencils.

Step 2: Trace the pattern on your shirt

It might be a good idea to practice tracing your stencil on a sheet of paper first.

Before you begin, make sure you know how the pattern will fit on your shirt. The best way to do this is to mark the center with something that will wash out, like a very small pencil mark. Where you place the design is totally up to you, but you’ll want to know that it’s going to end up where you intended.

Here’s a tip for you: Depending on your art medium (markers or paint), you may want to place a sheet of cardboard or some other scrap material inside your shirt as you work. This will help to prevent the colors from bleeding through to the back of your t-shirt. If you do happen to get colors on the back accidentally, you could always draw another mandala on the backside.

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Now that your placement is all set, it’s time to start tracing your design with your fabric markers or fabric paint. And, hey, don’t worry about making mistakes. It’s totally fine if you get out of line! In fact, you might find that an unexpected mark is just the thing your design needs to make it more unique.

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Step 3:  Complete your image

This is the fun part. Doodles allowed! Make it unique. Have fun. Take your time. Refer to your library books for inspiration. Enjoy it!

Step 4:  Wear it!

Guaranteed — you’ll be the only one on the block with this cool t-shirt, made by you!

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Consider This:

What was the most interesting thing that you learned about the culture of the people who created the mandala art form?

What are some other objects from around your house that could be broken into fractions?

Do you think the creators of the mandala art from used an understanding of mathematics to inspire their work?

How might you apply mathematical principals to help visualize your interpretation of your home, your neighborhood, your city, your world, your universe?

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Let’s Make A Window Cling!

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Age: 4+

Duration: 30 minutes (or more, depending on your design preferences), plus drying time.

Learning Outcomes:

We’re going to be mixing ingredients, painting and decorating with our creations.  We can learn about the subjects related to our rubbing plates, nature, science, etc. And, we can even have a discussion about sunlight and color as we enjoy our window clings.

Here’s what you need:

Any of our Rubbing Plates will work perfectly for this project.

Non-Toxic White Glue

Dish Soap

Food Coloring (liquid or gel)

Glitter (optional)

Brush (foam or bristle)

Sandwich Bag (optional – for detailed application of color)

If you’ve worked with our rubbing plates before, you’re going to love this project. It’s easy — and fun to mix, make, and use! I’m using the Insect Rubbing Plates (R5803), but our entire line of Rubbing Plates can be used in this way.

We’re going to create a very cool window cling using non-toxic white glue, some dish soap, and food coloring (you can use liquid or gel food coloring — both work great).

Kids as young as 4 will enjoy this project, with some help and guidance. Kids 4+ will need minimal help but will probably have an excellent time.

Here’s how you do it:

Step 1:

Anytime you’re working with glue things can get a little messy. You’ll be doing yourself a favor if you put some wax or parchment paper down on your work surface. This will also help to keep your rubbing plates from sticking to stuff.

Step 2:

Time to mix some colors! All these materials are safe, so it’s okay to use a cup or a bowl from the kitchen to mix your ingredients.

Start with about 2 tablespoons of white glue. Add a couple of drops of dish soap. It’s okay if your measurements are not super precise.

Next, add the food coloring. A little is plenty. For darker colors, add more. If you don’t have the color you need, try mixing the colors you have. You could also leave the color out to create a translucent appearance (perfect for bug wings).

Consider this:

If you want to use more than one color, you’re awesome! It might be a good idea to prepare all your colors during this step.

Also, glitter doesn’t work great everywhere — but it works great here! Add some glitter to your color during this step, and it will really add a nice, sparkly effect to your window cling. It will be so pretty when the sun is shining through!

 

Step 3:

Before you begin, make sure to use the side of the rubbing plate on which the pattern is sunk (not raised). It’ll help to keep the color in place.

A foam, or bristle brush, will work great for covering the bug with your mixture. For more precision, try using a pastry bag. Just pour the mixture into a sandwich bag, pushing it down to the corner, then snip a tiny hole in the point.

Really precise images will take some practice. You learn the best amount of glue as you go. But, keep in mind, the thinner the coverage, the more fragile your window cling will be.

Step 4:

We need to let it dry. Depending on how much glue you used, it could take up to 12 hours to dry.

Step 5:

Removal. You know how when you get some glue on your finger, and after it dries you peel it off, and somehow that makes you really happy? This step is like that — times 10.

Watch the edges. The glue can get under the plate, so make sure to peel any away from the back.

AHHhhh… that was fun.

Now you have a window cling!

Consider this:

Trim the edges for a more elegant design.

Step 6:

The time has come to display your creation! Find a good spot in the window and give it a quick wipe with a damp paper towel. Be sure to dry it. Now, use your wet paper towel to dampen the flat side of your window cling. Press it firmly onto the window.

You did it!

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This is a great way to add a fun, science and nature theme to any environment —classroom, bedroom, kitchen, office — anywhere you want to hang up some inspiration.

Use your rubbing plates as many times as you like to create more window clings. Experiment with colors, color placement, backgrounds, trimming… get creative and make it your own!

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Sensory Collage Easter Egg Art Project

Are you looking for Easter egg ideas? The sensory collage Easter egg art project is great for your classroom activities. It introduces children to the important senses of the human body with Roylco’s Sensory Collage Kit. It’s also great for working on fine motor skills.

Age: 5+

Duration: 15 minutes

Learning Outcomes: Exercise fine motor skills. Practice sorting materials by color and texture. Learn about collage art. Develop sensory awareness.

You’ll Need: 

Pull out a wavy sheet from the R15413 Sensory Paper package, choose your favorite pastel color, and draw an outline of an egg. Encourage kids to slowly move their palms and fingertips over the paper to feel the small raised patterns. Some kids may want to follow the patterns on the paper to create their designs, while others may want to create their own designs. You can color the wavy lines on the paper and it will divide the egg into different sections. You can make these lines as bold as you like.

Next, plan and place the sensory art materials you like on your egg. The Sensory Collage Kit contains 20 different sensory art packs to use in creating unique illustrations.

Before gluing the sensory art materials onto the artwork, you can play with the colors and the different textures. Think about which sensory art materials would best represent your Easter egg artwork.

Encourage children to talk about the color and the texture they use on the artwork and discuss what they feel. Is the color a warm color or a cool color? Is the material rough, hard, scratchy, smooth or bubbly? After exploring the materials, children can start to glue the sensory materials onto the artwork.

The artwork is almost finished. Have the children cut out the egg and glue it on to the  cardstock. Here is our sensory collage Easter egg artwork. Write your name on the artwork and take it home for your Easter celebration!

For more information please visit https://roylcostore.com/products/sensory-collage-kit 

 

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Make your own Origami Rabbit

Are you looking for more Easter ideas this week? Making origami rabbit is fun and easy. Today we are going to show you how to make these cute origami rabbits.

Age: 4+

Duration: 6 Minutes

Learning Outcomes: Practice following step-by-step instructions while exercising fine motor and spatial skills.

You’ll Need: 

Step-by-step Instructions ( Please see the graphic above ):

  1. Fold your paper in half to make a triangle.
  2. Fold the creased side of the triangle up about 3/4″.
  3. Fold one side toward the center, line up the points and crease.
  4. Fold another side toward the center. Line up the points and crease.
  5. Fold the bottom up.
  6. Flip it over. Fold the top point inside to create the top of the rabbit’s head. You can see the rabbit’s head is ready now.
  7. Let’s work on the rabbit’s body. Take another piece of paper. Please check the graphic, fold one side of the paper to make a triangle. Then line up the points and fold another side into a triangle.
  8. Flip it over. Align with the point at the bottom, fold the paper to make a triangle. Then line up the points and fold another side into a triangle.
  9. Align with the points in the middle, then fold the shape into half to create a rabbit’s body. Put the rabbit’s head on the top of the body. The basic shape of rabbit is ready.

Ideas:

  • Roylco’s R15219 Elemetary Origami Animals pack provides different patterns and bright colors of origami paper. Contrasting colors are printed on the reverse side. Use the fun bright paper to create your own designs.
  • You can draw different cute facial features on the rabbit. Or you can use other craft paper to cut out the features and glue them on the rabbit.
  • Check out our blog post on “How to make origami carrots” and make a couple of carrots for your rabbits.
  • Display the rabbits somewhere festive, hide them around the house, or around the neighborhood where friends might find them.
  • Punch a hole at the back of the rabbit. Thread a piece of yarn with all the rabbits you make. Hang the rabbits from the ceiling or use them to decorate bulletin boards, doors and hallways!

Please visit https://roylcostore.com/products/elementary-origami-animals for more information.

A Pot Of Gold for St. Patrick’s Day

Are you looking for craft ideas for St. Patrick’s Day? Create some decorations to make the house and classroom more festive. Lets make a spiral rainbow and pot of gold.

Age: 4+

Duration: 5 minutes

Learning Outcomes: Exercise fine motor skills. holiday activities. Makes a perfect take-home craft.

You’ll Need:

Choose your favorite pattern from Roylco’s R15295 Rainbow Paper Pack.

Draw a spiral at the back of the paper.

You can also glue two pieces of rainbow paper together to create a double-sided sprital.

 

Use scissors to cut from the end of the outline toward the center to make a spiral.

 

Take two pieces of metallic paper from Roylco’s R15409 Economy Metallic Paper Pack.

I choose dark green paper to make the pot, and the gold colored paper for the golden coins. Draw the shape of a pot at the back of the green paper, and cut it out. Make the coins by cutting out some circle shapes from the gold paper. Then glue the golden coins on to the green pot.

After you finish making a pot of gold, you can glue it to the end of the rainbow.  Once complete, hang from ceilings, on bulletin boards or anywhere that could use some extra color.

 

You are the pot of gold at the end of my rainbow!

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Flag Designer

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Create your own beautiful flags or duplicate your country’s flag with our Flag Designer kit

Use the blank card flags to initiate discussion about country flags and their symbolism. Talk about your own country’s flag and what the colors or images on the flag represent. You can even broaden the discussion to include the country flags for students of different nationalities.

You can make the project more interesting if you encourage children to design their own flags for a favorite team, make-believe country or for a special club.

Provide your students with scrap paper on which to first design their flags. Use crayons, markers or pencil crayons to color in your flags.

Pin up the finished flags for a classroom display!

Here are some other great project ideas you can incorporate in your unit study about flags:

• Make a flag windsock using a super-cool color resist technique!

• Hang your flags together with a Paper Hand Wreath to celebrate diversity in the classroom!

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Spotlight on… Squiggle Pipettes

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We recently revamped our pipette line with a few new designs! One of the new designs is our fabulous Squiggle Pipettes. Learn more below!

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Squiggle Pipettes feature an interesting squiggle design that helps to distribute paint evenly onto paper. Learn more about this product here! Pipettes are not only a great tool to use for painting, but can be incorporated into fine motor exercises–the motion of squeezing the bulb helps to get kids working out their pincer grip! If you are planning to paint with the pipettes, use watercolor paints.

To use your pipettes, first squeeze the bulb to press out all the air. Dip the nozzle into a container of watercolor and release the bulb to suction the paint into the pipette. Squeeze the bulb again to release the paint over your sheet of paper.

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You can use the Squiggle Pipettes to color your art! Here are some ideas you can try for yourself! Click on the links to be taken to the full tutorials.

 • Make your own giant weaving mat using only Color Diffusing Paper, paint and Squiggle Pipettes! Cut the dried colored paper into strips and weave them in and out of each other to make a beautiful woven mat.

Learn our secret for color-resist painting! We use Squiggle Pipettes to add color to the flag designs.

Color your own clothes! A paper vest, that is. Find more about how to design your own vest at the link.

• Form your art into beautiful images of animals using basic shapes! Squiggle Pipettes are used to make the painted images.

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