Mosaic Play!


Our R15639 Spectrum Mosaics were featured in a project at a local daycare! Here’s a few photos of the projects these crafters put together!

R15639 Spectrum Mosaics come in a variety of different colors and are double-sided, so kids will get surprised at the color they see on the opposite side.

imagejpeg_12These mosaics were used to decorate the bug cutouts with a bit of glue. The colors are bright enough that kids can separate them or sort them into groups.


The aim of this project was to paste the mosaics on the bugs in order to decorate them, but you can take it a step further by focusing on covering parts of the cutout with a certain color. This gives it a uniform mosaic look.

The Spectrum Mosaics package comes with beautiful practice artwork on which children can paste the mosaics. This will help them build puzzle-solving skills while exercising fine motor skills!

Thanks to Janice for sending us these photos!


Craft Spotlight: Yoga Cards

2014-06-02-FeatureImageGet outside and STRETCH! R62011 Yoga Cards feature printed images of recognizable things, such as a hot air balloon or a tree and an accompanying yoga position. Our Art Campers exercised with a ton of different poses. Check out more below!

Full instructions for Yoga Cards can be found here. Access breathing tips, detailed descriptions about each pose and more! There are 3 challenge levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Difficult. Each are color coded by a border surrounding each card: Green – Easy, Yellow – Intermediate, and Red – Challenging.


The back of each card shows detailed illustrations on how each pose is performed. For instance, the picture above shows our campers performing the “Wooden Bridge” pose.

This pose requires that you straighten your arms outwards from your body and spread your feet apart. Carefully inhale as you lean on one knee and hold for several seconds. Exhale as you straighten your knee out. Repeat for the opposite leg.


A bit too easy? Okay! Let’s try something new!


Now let’s try the “Swaying Sunflower” pose. This one requires you to raise one arm up and over your head to the other side, inhaling as you do so. Stretch your body in the direction that your hand is pointing. Exhale as you lower your arm. Repeat for the other arm.


Yoga Cards not only visually stimulate your students, but help them connect an action to a recognizable object. This helps generate image association and engages various muscles in the body.


You can add your own twist to each action by introducing song or rhythm, like a dance session! Otherwise, get students to focus on their breathing and learning new vocabulary words such as inhale (to breathe in) or exhale (to breathe out).


This one’s pretty challenging! See if you can do it right now. If not, why not get a set of Yoga Cards and start with the Easy Difficulty to loosen up those muscles!

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Craft Spotlight: Brilliant Beads


Following our series of posts about our beading wonders, including the Fancy Stringing Rings last week, today I’m going to showcase a bit about our Brilliant Beads! 

R2170 Brilliant Beads come in a bright assortment of colors and shapes. Besides basic small round beads, there are some that resemble flowers while others look like geometric shapes. You can talk about each of the shapes to your students as they sift through them.


You can also sort by color. Pick out similar colors and observe the different shapes that make up that color group. Get students to describe the beads with practice vocabulary.


At the Art Camp last year, our campers designed their own super-long necklaces and brilliant bracelets. To prevent groups of beads sticking together, we got the campers to use pipe cleaner as the thread for all the beads.


Here’s another shot of some lovely jewelry!


Use Brilliant Beads in a variety of projects, not just for jewelry! Check out the video below that shows you how to make your very own bead-paintbrush. This “paintbrush” will add a provide your students with a new technique for painting!


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Craft Spotlight: Fancy Stringing Rings


Make your jewelry fancy with Fancy Stringing Rings! Beautiful, bright colors and recognizable designs make these beads a joy to work with. String, sort, play and mix colors together on a light table! 

Beading is a prime fine motor skill activity that’s always a favorite for arts and crafts sessions! The best part about our Stringing Rings is that they are large enough to fit through any size string–even pipe cleaners.

There are a range of different activities you can do with the Fancy Stringing Rings. Stay tuned for this week’s original craft post featuring our Stringing Rings!

In the meantime, enjoy the video below showing how to make simple bracelets using Fancy Stringing Rings and tape! That’s all you need.

Simply lay your beads onto a strip of tape and seal up! It’s that easy!



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2 Flowers Learn use our Heart Mosaics!

More fun with heart mosiacs

What’s a colorful and beautiful paper mosaic set that you can use for just about any project? Our R15367 Heart Mosaics! To see what kinds of projects you can do with the Heart Mosaics, visit the post at 2 Flowers Learn in the links below!

The post is entitled, “More fun with Heart Mosaics” and was posted on March 6, 2014. View the full post here!

The post demonstrates just how versatile these mosaics are. Use your imagination to come up with a variety of different images by overlaying the mosaics at different angles.

The mosaics also come in several shapes and sizes so you can create more things! View the project idea guide here for more information.

In addition, you can use our artwork guide to make your own characters from combining the Heart Mosaics. Here are a few images of what you can make!


See more ideas and step-by-step instructions here!

Thanks to Chris @ 2 Flowers Learn for the post!

Image and original post © 2 Flowers Learn

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Craft Spotlight: Big Huge Dinosaurs!


To give your Big! Huge! Dinosaur a unique appearance, use balloon painting! This cool technique keeps little fingers clean while generating a fun painting experience.

R75424 Big! Huge! Dinosaurs are perfect for large scale fingerpainting projects. The sheet itself reaches roughly 3 feet in length, but you don’t need a whole lot of paint to cover it up! Fingerpaints spread evenly across the special paper material, especially when children are eager to fill in all the blank parts of the canvas.



Designing the dinosaur’s skin is the best part. What colors will you choose? And what kinds of patterns will you organize the colors in? To help simplify this process, we asked our little artists to use balloons!

_DSC0166Dip the balloon in paint.

_DSC0168And stamp all over the dinosaur canvas!

DSCF7067Our campers loved being able to make their own impressions with the balloons!

_DSC0170Some of the balloons were used just like paintbrushes. The paint was spread evenly across the surface of the dinosaur.


Why were balloons important to use? Well, the rubber of the balloon expands and contracts when it’s applied against another surface.


This helped to create a splotchy, ripply effect on the dinosaur paper, making it look like the dinosaur’s skin!


Although some students may feel overwhelmed by the largeness of the dinosaur canvas, the dinosaurs are perfect for group painting activities. Combine groups of students together to develop fine motor skills while creating a work of art!


We have great project ideas available at the PDF guide, which you can access here!


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Craft Spotlight: Nature Paper


Take a good look at the images in our R15290 Nature Paper, and think of how you can combine them to make colorful, crazy critters! The Nature Paper elements can also be hung from mobiles or pasted onto picture frames or posters as decorations.

The R15290 Nature Paper features 32 sheets of brilliant graphics that are die-cut for easy removal. Simply pop out the images from the backings and use! The great part about these images is that they’re printed on both sides so you don’t have to paste two pieces together.

To view more about Nature Paper, click on this link! You can view a video, read the detailed PDF guide or check out some nifty images. The art in the guide can be used to make your own selection of animal friends. Find the first image in your Nature Paper set, and match it in the same position as shown in the guide. Continue to find the remaining images in the set and glue together once the image is complete.

Get a little creative with your own designs! The video below shows you how to make a beautiful dancing ballerina from the elements in the kit. What a great exercise for young students! Learn how to combine these elements together, just like puzzle pieces, to create something new!


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Mother Rising blog uses our Color Diffusing Leaves!

I absolutely adore the variety of designs that the Color Diffusing Leaves can be used to make. No two are alike–literally! This beautiful assortment of leaves were made from watercolor paint diffusion.

Wendy published this craft post on September 24, 2008. To read more about the post entitled, “Celebrating Autumn” click here!

A neat addition to the colorful leaves is the grommet, with which Wendy attached in order to make it easier to hang the leaves from the ceiling. This is a great idea for making a garland too! Thread the leaves onto a length of string and hang the garland across a classroom wall.

Wendy also recommended trying crayon and colored pencil to produce a paint-resist effect. This would be a great technique to try out sometime!

Thanks to Wendy for this post!

Images and original post © Mother Rising

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Finger Paint Flower Faces


Paste up personalized Fingerpaint Flowers along a school hallway and celebrate all the great things your students have accomplished so far in the school year! Like our post and subscribe today to our blog to see more craft projects like this!

Age: 5+

Duration: 15-20 minutes

You’ll Need:

R75422 Big! Huge! Fingerpaint Flower

• Fingerpaint / Tempera paint

• Scrap newspapers

• Pencil / Marker

• Students’ portraits printout, 8.5 x 11″ (21.5 x 28 cm)

• Tape

• Scissors

• Flower Faces Fence template PDF

• Crayons


• Collage materials

• Glue

• Construction paper in assorted colors

• Paint brushes


Big! Huge! Fingerpaint Flowers are perfect full-sized projects for each student in your class! The vast canvas space will inspire students to unleash their creative streak while developing fine motor skills. For students who are less inclined to fingerpaint, provide them with paint brushes! They will still get an exercise in fine motor movement while stimulating their visual senses with bright big colors on the white canvas.


Here’s a good look at some of the materials we’ll be using. You can see the relative size of the Fingerpaint Flower to the 8.5 x 11″ printout of our student’s portrait. It’s huge! The great thing is that it’s perfect for a standard size of portrait.

My suggestion is to take informal class photographs of your students (get parents’ consent first)! Next, upload the photos and print full size to 8.5 x 11″ paper. You don’t have to do full color like we’ve done, but black and white printouts work well too! Use simple editing techniques on your photograph software to lighten or darken your students’ portraits. If it’s more efficient to make smaller photos, experiment with the size of the printout and see what works best!

P1018673Let’s get ready to make room in the Fingerpaint Flower for our students’ portraits!

P1018675Cut out a test photo of the appropriate size for the portraits. Basically, you will need to trace and cut out a large oval that will fit your students’ portraits. Note: You won’t be able to use this test photo afterwards, so be sure to print out an image that can be discarded.


Trace the outline of the test photo onto the center of the Fingerpaint Flower. Outline in black marker. Now you can pass the Fingerpaint Flower to your students!


Loosely fold the Fingerpaint Flower in half. Cut across the center of the drawn circle to make a slit. This will help your students cut out the center circle with ease.


Cut out the center along the black marker line.


Make sure that the test photo fits snugly. Note: Discard the test photo after this step!


Lay down the newspaper sheets to protect your work surface before painting!

To ensure that the Fingerpaint Flowers don’t curl up when your students paint them, flip the flowers over to the back. Make quick brushstrokes with some spare paint all around the petals, the stem and leaves. Since you are using a light coat, the paint will dry fairly fast so your students can get started on painting!


Use fingerpaint to color all the flower petals. You can also use paintbrushes to help spread the paint faster. I chose a bright yellow color here. Ask your students to visualize what their final flowers will look like. If they’d like to decorate it with crayon or more fingerpaint designs, choose light colors for the flower background. If students would like to make cutouts and paste the cutouts on, use darker colors.

P1018719While you are waiting for the petals to dry, paint the stem and leaves green.

Flowers should take only about 10 minutes to dry and even faster in sunlight! Once the flowers are dry, choose one of three ways to decorate the Fingerpaint Flower, or come up with your own ideas! To see each of the following options, scroll further down, or click on the links below to jump directly to the various techniques.

Construction Paper Cutouts

Crayon Illustrations

Fingerpaint Designs

Construction Paper Cutouts

Design paper cutouts to decorate your Fingerpaint Flower. Works well with most paint colors.

P1018726You will need a variety of decorative scissors, colorful construction paper and a pencil, if required.

P1018730Cut out very basic V shapes from the construction paper (you can use scrap paper to fill up the flower design too)! I changed it up every so often and did a loose M shape. To help your students cut the shapes out, use the pencil to write various M’s or V’s on the sheet.


Change up your scissors for another type. Cut out swirls from the paper. The best way to do this is to keep cutting as you go around in a circle. Gradually make the curve smaller and smaller until it reaches the center. You have to distinguish the swirls, however, so to do this, you will need to go back over the cut you made and cut a bit closer to the edge until you hit the center again. Remove the scrap piece and lay flat. See how the swirls show through?


Glue all the cutouts down onto the flower.

Crayon Illustration

Now for the second technique, using crayons!


Choose an assortment of bright bold crayons. You really want the colors to pop out! Start by drawing a wavy line at the base of each flower petal. Draw a second line right below the first.


Color the resulting bands of wavy lines in with crayon.

P1018759Add in alternating dots and color in.

P1018760Add another set of alternating dots in another color.

P1018763Draw a sunburst around the center of the flower.

Fingerpaint Designs

For our final technique, use fingerpaints to add designs to the flowers! Keep paper towel and a paint tray handy for any spills or messes that may occur.


Use a bright color to paint circles in the center of each petal.

P1018778Fingerpaint a curved line beneath each dot.

P1018780Take a darker fingerpaint color and paint diamond shapes in between each petal. Dab on more fingerpaint where needed to fill in the design.

Now to assemble the Fingerpaint Flower!

P1018741You will need tape and the printout of your students’ portrait.


Flip the Fingerpaint Flower over to the back. Place the printout portrait-side down onto the flower. Tape the sides down.


Flip over and check to make sure the portrait is in the center of the flower. Lookin’ good!

To turn your students’ Fingerpaint Flowers into a classroom garden, you’ll need to make a decorative garden fence. Luckily enough, we’ve got just the one you need!

Download the Flower Faces Fence template PDF here!


While everyone is waiting for the Fingerpaint Flowers to dry, print out and distribute this template to your students. The template prints out onto regular 8.5 x 11″ paper. Each Fingerpaint Flower will need to be covered by one or two of these fences.


Color in the fence with crayon. Get creative with your fence colors! Cut out the fence graphic once it is colored in.


Use sticky tack or tape to paste your flowers up on a school wall. The fence goes in a straight line right across the stem and leaves.

If you make an entire classroom garden, we’d love to see it! Send us photos or contact us through the contact form so we can share your project with the rest of the blog world.


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