Chinese Lanterns

Color-In Chinese Lanterns Craft


Get ready for Chinese New Year!  Learn how to create lanterns can help students work with form and color to create these awesome, decorative projects. We’ll show you the step by step process using our R22021 Color-In Chinese Lanterns and our R55009 Shape Sponges!

Age: 5+

Duration: 20 minutes

You’ll Need:

• R22021 Color-In Chinese Lanterns

• R55009 Shape Sponges

• Paint

• Glue

• Glitter (if desired)

• Paint tray

• Paint bowl

• Paint brush

• String

• Tape



It’s a good idea to use newspapers to contain glitter!

Each of the Chinese Lantern projects comes with 3 pieces: a large square with lines cut into it, a medium rectangle and a wavy-looking long piece.

2014-02-12-Step03Set each piece inside your paint tray. Paint all 3 pieces in a flat color. If needed, paint on two or three layers. When you are satisfied with the strength of the paint color, set aside to dry.

2014-02-05-Sponge-AnimationOnce the large square piece is completely dry, get ready to decorate it! Fill a plastic bowl with a bit of white glue. Select a favorite sponge shape and dip one side into the glue. Carefully stamp the sponge shape 4-6 times across the square lantern piece.

2014-02-12-Step05Make sure you do this step quickly, before the glue dries! Place the square piece onto newspaper. Sprinkle gold glitter glue completely on top of the stamped glue areas.

2014-02-12-Step06When the glue and glitter have dried, gently lift up one edge of the square piece and shake off the excess. Only the parts where the glitter met the glue will remain on the square piece. This creates a lovely surprise for students! Tip: Try to separate the die-cut lines if they are stuck together from the paint/glue.


Now it’s time to switch back to the medium rectangle piece. There are two tabs at the top and of the rectangle piece. On the bottom are two slots. Flip over the piece and locate the tabs. Grab the sides of the tabs and fold them into the center.

2014-02-12-Step10Roll the rectangle piece into a tube. To secure the tube, slide the folded tabs into the slots.

2014-02-12-Step11Reach inside the tube and unfold the tabs to “lock” in place.

2014-02-12-Step12You can reinforce the tube with a bit of tape!

2014-02-12-Step13Now it’s time to attach the handle. That’s what the long wavy piece is for! Locate the two slots along the top edge of the tube and slide the ends of the handle through.


This will create a little basket-like project. Lay your glitter-stamped square piece face down so that the unpainted side is facing up. Align the top edge of the basket tube with the top edge of the square piece.

2014-02-12-Step15Wrap the glitter-stamped piece all around the tube and secure the edges together with tape.

2014-02-12-Step16Now, flip the lantern over. To create the bowl effect, you need to match the bottom edge of the square piece with the bottom edge of the inner tube. This will cause the strips to fan out.

2014-02-12-Step17Tape the bottom edges together.

2014-02-12-Step18If needed, separate and fan out the individual strips.

2014-02-12-Step19A beautiful, glittery take-home gift or, use string to hang the lanterns together from the classroom ceiling.


Thanks for stopping by to view this post! If you would like to share some of your or your students’ projects, send photos of your work to! Thanks for visiting and check back soon!

10 Classroom Favorites

A teacher’s job is no easy assignment. Day after day, you’re tasked with educating and inspiring children, so that they have the tools they need to become intelligent and motivated adults. Whoa… We hear you! And we like to think we have some valuable tools to help you do your job to the best of your abilities! We’ve compiled a list of 10 items that have proven to be winners in the classroom, not only for their academic attributes, but for being just, plain fun! As a new school year approaches, we’re ready to work along your side to get kids inspired about creativity and learning! Let’s get started…

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Roylco Color Diffusing Paper

Color Diffusing Paper

If this is not already your favorite painting craft, it probably will be soon! Kids and adults alike can create unbelievable patterns and images using this woven paper. The material is highly absorbent, which allows amazing things to happen when you drip, spray or splash liquid paints onto the surface. You can even mask out pictures using a wax crayon or some glue before you put down your water colors. Really easy. Parents are going to want to frame this stuff. Use our tools, like Paint Bellows or Paint Pipettes, to create even cooler effects, like tie-dyes! 


Roylco We All Fit Together Puzzle Pieces

We All Fit Together Giant Puzzle Pieces 

When kids come to school, they get a chance to see lots of different faces from lots of different backgrounds. This product gives you a chance to create a fun project that can help kids visualize that diversity. Have your students take one of these puzzle pieces and make it their own. Encourage them to fill it up with colors and imagery using any medium they prefer: markers, paints, crayons, pastels, charcoal, collage, etc. Maybe they’ll want to create a self-portrait, or maybe they’ll want to use colors to represent their family heritage. When everyone has had a chance to finish their puzzle piece, begin connecting them all together. Fill up a bulletin board to create a one-of-a-kind classroom display that everyone can be proud of. Or, if you have the time to get really creative, you can connect the different pieces to create a larger picture that represents a theme. Or, connect them to spell out words or phrases, like “DIVERSITY”, or “CLASS OF 2019”.


 Roylco True to Life Human X-Rays

True to Life Human X-Rays

Biology is the perfect subject for visual aids — especially for young children. Whether your discussions are focused on technology or anatomy, adding these authentic X-rays of the human skeletal system will help bring your lessons to life! They work perfectly with our Educational Light Cube, or you can hold them up to a light source in your classroom to see X-rays of a real human skeleton! All the bones are represented, and you can even place them beside one another to form the whole skeleton.


Roylco Plastic Lacing Needles

Plastic Lacing Needles

Craft time with kids is more than just a chance to make awesome stuff. It’s an opportunity to put new skills to work. With our Plastic Lacing Needles, kids can practice manual dexterity as they lace string in loops through Paper Mesh or construction paper cutouts. When they’re finished, not only will they have a neat spider web decoration, basket, shoe lace ornament — or, whatever you come up with to guide them — but they will also have a just a little bit more control of their fingers. In these important early years, every little bit helps. Plus, these Plastic Lacing Needles are designed with kids in mind. They have lots of fun, bright colors, rounded edges, and great, big eyes for easy threading.


Roylco Goo Spreaders

Goo Spreaders

We love making tools that help kids learn why tools work. These Goo Spreaders are a good example of that. They come in handy for spreading sticky glue on paper or fabric, mixing thick paints and stirring up slimy concoctions. They have a safely chiseled edge for smooth spreading, and a flat guard that keeps gummy goo where it belongs while keeping the tool from rolling on flat surfaces.


Roylco Double Color Cardstock

Double Color Card Stock

Every great paper craft starts with a great idea. After that, proceed to this Double Color Card Stock. This sturdy, colorful cardstock is double-sided with assorted colors to make sure that whichever side is facing your audience, it’s going to be beautiful. This is also an excellent base for three-dimensional paper sculptures because the paper is thick enough, yet pliable enough, to crease and bend, and stack up and out. Cut it into strips or shapes. Roll it into tubes and tape it shut. Kids can glue buttons, macaroni or colorful rice onto the structures they’ve made, and it will keep its shape. This bright, sturdy paper is also collage and presentation friendly, making it a must-have classroom staple.


Leaf Rubbing Plates

Leaf Rubbing Plates

Back to school means back to autumn. Which means it’s that time of year when rich, warm, beautiful colors cover EVERYTHING! Okay, our love for fall is showing, but it’s true that it’s a great time for crafts. What better way to celebrate this crafty time of year than with leaves? We have a tool here that you can run with and make your own. Leaf Rubbing Plates. There’s so many ways you can use this product that by the time you’ve finished, your craft it will be something that no one else has, anywhere. Start with paper. What kind of paper? Already you’re in control. Handmade papers, woven papers, textured papers, soft papers… What medium? Pencil, pastel, charcoal, crayon… You get the point. Also, you don’t just have to make rubbings. The surface of these plates makes an excellent mold. Fill it with glue, dish soap and food coloring to make a window cling! Fill it with water and freeze it. Let your ideas lead the way. By October, your classroom will be an autumn Arcadia!


Wipe Clean Worksheet Covers

Wipe Clean Worksheet Cover

Time to get down to business. We have a great tool for the classroom that is going to save you time and money. Our Wipe Clean Worksheet Covers work for you. That means, you can use them year after year to suit your lesson plans. If you need to print out worksheets, wrap your printouts in these colorful, side-loading, transparent covers. Now kids can use dry erase markers to practice writing letters, perform calculations, fill in the hands of a clock face, match words to pictures — whatever you have a need for. When they’re done, just wipe the cover clean and reuse the work sheets! If you like, we have some useful, and FREE, worksheets available for download from our website.


Roylco Bright Buttons

Bright Buttons

Kids love buttons. …they just do. Especially big, bright, soft, textured, colorful buttons with fun shapes! Keep these handy in your classroom craft supplies for adding color and textures to collages, decorations and impromptu fashion statements. They have big holes for threading thick yarns with our Plastic Lacing Needles, which makes them great for exercising manual dexterity. Plus, the colors, shapes and textures make them a valuable multi-purpose tool for counting and sorting activities, as well as sensory explorations.


 Roylco What's Inside Me Doll


What’s Inside Me Doll

Human beings are made of complicated systems. Explaining how these systems function in a way that kids can understand can be difficult, but we’re here to help! We’ve taken some of the body’s major organs (brain, heart, lungs, intestines and more), and turned them into simple, soft and squishable toys that kids can relate to. Better yet, we’ve added sounds to some of them to complete the sensory experience! The sleepy, kid-friendly doll is ready for surgical procedures. Kids inspired by science and technology can pretend to be surgeons as they open up the doll’s belly to find the organs inside. Open the flap on the back of the head to find the brain. Velcro strips make opening and closing the doll a cinch. It’s the ultimate visual aid for early biology lessons. Kids who are just learning about the inside of the body will be amazed at how our What’s Inside Me Doll reveals what’s inside them! Pediatricians and guidance counselors may also find this doll useful as a tool for helping to explain complicated medical procedures. When a child, or a child’s family member, needs medical care, our What’s Inside Me Doll can help to comfort them by explaining what’s happening in a way that they can understand.

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We hope this list of cool and useful products gets you inspired, and ready to make new success stories throughout the coming months. If you have any questions or ideas for us, if there’s anything we can do to help you in your valuable work, please contact us. We love to hear from you. We’re looking forward to another excellent school year!


5 Classroom Essentials

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Roylco 5 Classroom Essentials

Yes, teachers, it’s time to shake the sand out of the beach towels and head back to the classroom once again. Another exciting school year with new faces and new opportunities awaits! To help provide you with the tools you need to keep your classroom creative, we’ve compiled a list of 5 essential products that should come in handy.

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Roylco Light Cube

Educational Light Cube

As many teachers know, if you want to get the attention of your students, turn out the lights! Our Educational Light Cube can make changing the atmosphere of the room fun AND beneficial. We’ve taken the time to ensure that this convenient technology will function as a tool, rather than just an ambient decoration. The bright LED lights shine better through paper and dark transparencies, giving you more flexibility to customize your lessons. We’ve designed tons of activities for this 6-sided light source, from mathematical counting and sorting components, to scientific X-rays, to Dry Erase Worksheets and more — but let your imagination lead the way. The bold, colorful lights and remote-control features will work for organizing group activities, or for adding another dimension to story time. Why not use the strobe feature for a dance party?! With a fully charged battery, you can place the light cube anywhere you need it.

Roylco Classroom Bowls

Classroom Bowls

Who doesn’t need bowls? These are designed with classroom use in mind. Stackable, rugged and ready for anything. Fill them with paint, glue, liquid watercolors, beads, buttons, crayons, sand, glitter (if you dare), whatever you have a use for. Plus, they’re washable — even dishwasher safe. They come in 6 different colors to help with sorting and organizing, giving you more options to fit your lesson plans.

Roylco Laminated Speech Bubbles

Laminated Speech Bubbles

POW! WOW! Circle the vowel! These dry-erase, comic book styled word balloons can help enhance language and literacy lessons. 6 large designs help to make them visible from across the classroom. The various shapes for exclamations/surprise, whispers/thinking, statements/questions, can be used for teaching punctuation or syntax, or even as an aid for character education and emotional recognition.

Roylco Body Poetry Yoga Cards

Body Poetry Yoga Cards

Giving kids an opportunity to be active in the classroom — as part of the curriculum — can be a valuable method for helping to overcome stress and to sharpen attention. More and more, yoga is seen as an excellent outlet for this kind of activity, because it requires bodily motion, but is safer for the classroom. These 8.5” x 11” (22x28cm) cards are easily visible from across the room, with illustrations, photography and step-by-step instructions to make the various poses easy to understand. Rainy day? No problem! This is a great way to activate the body while teaching mindfulness and improving concentration.

Roylco Highlight Strips

Highlight Reading Strips

After years of reading, we can sometimes forget that what seems obvious to us can be kind of difficult for new readers. These clever Highlight Strips can help assist kids who are graduating from picture books to beginning reader books. The transparent yellow, blue and pink strips help to illuminate the necessary sentences while the eyes train to read paragraphs of text line by line. They also make great bookmarks!

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We think you have one of the most important jobs around, and we’re always in search of better ways to help you do your best work. Feel free to reach out to us if there’s anything we can do to make your vision a reality. Now, it’s time to get those academic gears turning…

Here’s to an excellent school year!

Let’s make some ocean life art!

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Age: 6+

Duration: 1 hour (plus drying time)

Learning Outcomes:

We’re going to get creative. We’re going to work on our dexterity. We’re going to learn about mixed media art. We’re going to study nature and focus on ocean life.

Here’s what you need:

Crafty Strips (R15702)

Color Diffusing Paper 9×12 (R15213)

Ocean art silhouettes (PDF available for download)

Liquid Watercolor and Misting Bottles

Construction or Bristol Paper

Scissors, or craft knife


Well, the earth has tilted toward the sun once again, which can only mean one thing. Summer!

This is the perfect time to take our creativity to the salty beaches. You know what the great thing is about having our BIG imaginations? We can explore beautiful blue oceans from the art table!

With this craft, we want to create different pieces of art using different mediums (medium sometimes means, “middle”, but it can also mean a material used for making art), and we want to bring those different pieces together in one picture. In the art world, this is called “mixed media”. To follow along with these steps, we’re going to be using our Crafty Strips and our Color Diffusing Paper. This is going to give us a lot of color and a lot of texture, in not a lot of time!

If you really want a big adventure, put on some flip flops and take an excursion to your local library. Look for books about ocean animals, beaches, saltwater plant life, colorful crustaceans or coral reefs. There’s so much to explore! Think about ocean colors and textures. How might you apply these sensory elements to your ocean life art? Once you’ve gathered up your supplies and reference materials, head on back to the art table. It’s time to dive in!

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Here’s how you do it:

Step 1: Create an ocean background

Let’s begin by creating our background. It’s good to start with this step because the art will take a little time to dry. We’re going to use our Color Diffusing Paper and liquid watercolors. First, grab a couple of paper towels and lay them on your your art table. Place the Diffusing paper on top of that. Now, using your liquid watercolors in a misting bottle, spray the diffusing paper with colors that remind you of ocean water. Think about how the colors of ocean water can seem to change, depending on the light, the depth, the composition of the sand. Sometimes the water is bright blue. Sometimes it appears pink, or yellow or green. Way down deep in the ocean, the water is solid black and fish glow in the dark.

To create beautiful blended effects, spray the paper with clean water on top of your colors.

Once you have the colors you like, set aside the paper to dry. If you can find a good place to hang the paper, it will probably dry faster.

Step 2: Create ocean life silhouettes

Now is the time to decide which ocean life image you’re going to create. You have a LOT to choose from. The oceans of our world are full of life — sharks, jellyfish, crabs, seahorses. The list goes on. But, if you get stumped, don’t worry. We have some images to help get you started. Just click on the link to download the Roylco-Ocean Life Silhouettes.

Once you have your image, let’s move on to our Crafty Strips. We’re going to use these colorful strips of paper to create silhouettes of our ocean life images.


To create the shapes, first, cover a sheet of construction paper, or Bristol paper, with your Crafty Strips. There are lots of colors and patterns to choose from. Pick the ones you like the best. Then spread some glue on one side and lay them down right next to each other, until you’ve covered the surface. Make sure your image is going to fit on your sheet of Crafty Strips.


Once the glue is dry, lay your ocean life silhouette image on top of your Crafty Strips base.


It might be a good idea to attach the image to the base with a little tape to keep it from moving around. Now you’ll want to use some scissors to cut out the outline of your shape. Make sure an adult is with you as you cut. Because your shape might have lots of curves or waves, or claws, or fins, this will be a good chance to exercise those fingers. Just remember to take your time. This isn’t a race. (For more precision cutting, adults may choose to use a craft knife. Not recommended for the kids.)

And that’s it. Now you should have a fun looking ocean life cut-out shape.


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Step 3: Mix the media

Once your diffusing paper background is dry, you’re ready to combine your art. Now is a good time to think about how you want to display your image. If you’d like to frame it, you’ll need to make sure to cut the diffusing paper base to fit your frame.

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You could use all sorts of stuff for a frame. You could purchase one, or you could make one from straws, or seashells, or sand sprinkled over popsicle sticks covered with glue. Whatever works best for your image.

When your ocean background is sized to your liking, it’s time to attach your ocean life cut-out. Simply glue it into place and you’re ready. For a special effect, consider attaching small squares of cardboard or foam core with glue to the back of your ocean life cut-out. This will create a neat shadow effect behind your cut-out and will add to the layers of color and texture you have.

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Step 4: Hang it up

You did it! Now hang your beautiful artwork in your bedroom to admire all summer long!

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Consider This:

When you went to the library to search for books, did you find a new favorite story?

How did the photos and artwork from the references you looked through inspire the art that you created?

What is one fact you learned about the ocean that you didn’t know before your research?

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Let’s make a mandala fractions t-shirt!

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Roylco Fraction Mandala Stencils Hero Shot

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)


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.


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.


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!


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 Rangoli decorated entryway!

Rangoli Mega Stencils

Roylco Rangoli Artwork Complete

Age: 4+

Duration: 10 minutes

Learning Outcomes:

We want to start a conversation about Indian culture, Hindu traditions and Rangoli art to help us broaden our understanding of the people we share the world with.

Here’s what you need:

Rangoli Mega Stencils (R5621)

Sidewalk Chalk

If you’re looking for a fun, and very simple, summertime activity, this is just for you! All you need is our Rangoli Mega Stencils (R5621) and some sidewalk chalk.

Authentic Rangoli art is spiritually motivated and originates from India. It’s used for decoration and good luck, and it usually coincides with Hindu rituals. Traditionally, women would be the ones to create the Rangoli art. The bright, beautiful patterns are made from a variety of materials, including dried rice, flower petals and sand. 

One of the many uses for Rangoli art is to place the pattern on the ground near the entryway of your home. This is believed to bring good luck and prosperity to all who reside within. Lucky AND beautiful… sounds good to me. Let’s do this!

To create our beautiful patterns, we’re going to be using sidewalk chalk. This is a good medium for decorating your entryway because it’s super simple to clean up, and it will work on pavement, wood and brick. If there isn’t enough space to decorate the floor in front of your door, you could always just decorate the door!

And on that note, a quick message to the kids:

Before you start, make sure the adults in your life know what you’re up to. We already know these stencils are going to look awesome! We just want to make sure they agree with us.

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Here’s how you do it:

Step 1: Choose your pattern

The first thing to do is decide which stencil you want to decorate with. The product guide will help you understand how to arrange your shapes. 

Rangoli Entryway Step 1

Step 2: Fill in the shapes

Using your sidewalk chalk, fill in the patterns of your stencil. You can use as many or as few colors as you like. Whatever you think looks best.

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Rangoli Entryway Step 2 B

Rangoli Entryway Step 2 C

Step 3: Admire your work

Come on, admit it… you’re awesome!

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Consider This:

Do you know anyone who practices Hindu Spirituality?

How are Hindu beliefs different from yours? How are they the same?

What kind of art do the people from your culture create?

If you could share something fun from your culture with the rest of the world, what would it be?


Overlapping Stencil Shapes

Overlapping Stencils

Feature-Image-stencilcolouroverlapBlend basic shapes and create a colorful collage art piece! Great for rainy day art projects.Young children will love tracing out the fun shapes. The stencils are easy to manipulate and perfectly-sized for small fingers to handle. Build fine motor skills while combining colors and shapes for interesting effects!

Age: 3-5

Duration: 15-20 minutes

You’ll Need:

R58620 Fine Motor Skills Silly Stencils

• Markers or crayons

• Paper

• Pencils

Line-10Each of the stencils feature a shape that can be popped out, resulting in one stencil and one template. Two students can work at a time using the same shape. There are 27 stencils and 27 templates in total, which gives you the most value for your students’ art!

_5272126Set out all your materials. Each of the stencils are color-coded: The yellow stencils all contain basic shapes such as squares, triangles, trapezoids, hexagons, circles and so on. You can discuss the different shapes with your students and ask them to describe the other shapes they see in the pack.

The red stencils feature slightly more difficult shapes. These shapes are recognizable shapes like hearts, swirls, stars, clovers and more!

The blue stencils are the most challenging shapes to trace out. Use these shapes for more complex drawings.

_5272128Trace out one of the simpler shapes onto the paper sheet. Use pencil to make the tracing. If you make a mistake, you can always go back and erase it. Choose a completely different shape and place it partly over the first drawing. Trace the inside of the shape and remove the stencil. This will result in an overlapping stencil artwork!

_5272129Adjust the directions of the shapes as you overlap them. Only overlap large areas of the stencils to help with the coloring later on. Fill the whole page with as many shapes as you can.

_5272131Go back over top of the pencil lines with black marker. This will help you clearly see all the areas you have to color in.

_5272135Clearly outline all of the shapes with black marker.

_5272136Choose basic colors for each of the shapes. If you are teaching primary colors and color combinations to students, give them only red, blue and yellow markers to color in their art. Fill in the main part of the shapes with one color. Leave blank the parts that overlap.

_5272138Now comes the fun part! Think about what color is created when red and yellow combine–it’s orange! What about yellow and blue? That’s easy–green! Fill in the overlapped areas of the shapes with these combination colors, also called secondary colors. Learn about tertiary colors as well!

_5272141All filled in! You can see the secondary colors that appear in the overlapped parts are either green, purple or orange.

Give students a range of materials to experiment with as they discover new colors! Use paints instead of markers. Paste on collage materials with similar colors onto specific sections; then mix up the contents in the overlapped areas and see what happens! Do you still see different colors?


What shape is your artwork in? Show us your color combinations and fun stencil artwork by sending us photos! Contact us through the contact form. We will post up your art in one of our upcoming posts!

Stained Glass Christmas Ornaments

Stained Glass Christmas Ornaments

31100 Stainglass Ornaments Collection

Need a fast and fabulous Christmas craft? These beautiful ornaments are the perfect project to spread holiday cheer!

Age: 4+

Duration: 10 minutes

Learning Outcomes: Explore the symbolism behind common Christmas emblems. Create beautiful take-home art that can be given as a gift. Exercise fine motor skills.

You’ll Need: 


These ornaments are quick and simple to put together. Start by simply popping out the die-cut frames. Next, pop out the internal pieces, and set the frames aside.

Lay the internal pop-out on the stained glass paper and use a pencil to draw around the internal pop out. Make sure that you leave at least 1/4″ of space around the internal pop out so you have enough space to tape the stained glass paper into the frame. Cut out your stained glass pieces, and tape them to the inside (the white side) of the frames. Make sure to leave the small round hole at the top open!

Once your stained glass pieces are taped in place, fold the frame over and tape closed.

To finish off your stained glass ornament, cut a 6″ piece of yarn. Thread the yarn through the small round hole at the top of your ornament, and knot the loose ends into a circle. This will allow you to hang your ornament on your Christmas tree!

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Have family members who don’t celebrate Christmas? Gift them the snowman or snowflake ornament and suggest they hang it in a window! Sunlight streams through the stained glass paper beautifully, and adds cheer to winter months.

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3D Craft Circle Flower

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These beautiful flowers will flutter in the breeze!

Age: 3+

Duration: 7-10 Minutes

Learning Outcomes: Exercise fine motor skills. Explore early paper sculpting. Create beautiful take-home artwork.

You’ll Need:


  1. Choose six of your favorite craft circles and fold them in half. The colored side should be on the outside.
  2. Arrange the half circles in a full circle on your sheet of paper.
  3. Using a glue stick, apply glue to ONE HALF of the folded circles.
  4. Glue the folded circles to the sheet of paper in a circle configuration. You want the top halves to be loose and fluttery, so make sure you don’t overlap the circles.
  5. Add a stem and leaves with a washable marker.

The results are beautiful artwork that is perfectly fridge-worthy!


  • Tape our tissue circles to the inside of your folded circles to add a pop of color!
  • Add an emotional component to the activity. Challenge students to draw six different emotions on the white side of the craft circles before you fold and glue them. Your flower will show a range of different feelings!


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