The Cutest Paper Puppet Projects to Give a Try

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These are the cutest little projects that scream "happy" and "joy Joy" - which one will you start with first?

Supplies needed for the paper bag puppets:

  • paper lunch bag
  • acrylic paint (color of your choice)
  • colored cardstock paper
  • scrapbook scissors (optional)
  • markers
  • circle punches (optional-we used a 3-inch, 2-inch, 1 1/2-inch and 1-inch)
  • scissors
  • glue
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Taking On Paper Mache in the SWEETEST possible Way

kids use paper mache to make ice cream sundaes ~ a wonderful, sensory, multi-step art experience 

I was searching for a fun way to really engage my students with a 3D project.  As a kid I loved paper mache!  My classes are only 30 minutes long and I have limited storage space so I need an idea that was pretty compact and could be completed fairly quickly.  And look what I found! 

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An Outdoor Activity that combines art and Nature

Set up an invitation to draw with a basket of drawing prompts, some paper, coloring markers, and a big old tree! A wonderful community project. 

Did you know that there is a really fun way for kids to be creative and bond with nature?  Yes it's true.  Your beautiful tree can be transformed with an invitation to art walk the afternoon away.  Here's how to get started:

 Supply list:
~ Index cards, or cut paper into small rectangles
~ Some string to tie onto the index cards
~ Handwritten or printed drawing prompts
~ Two small containers, one for the notecards and one for the prompts

CLICK HERE for details on how to create this organic masterpiece.

The Time Comes When you Need a Quick Cubist Project for Elementary Kids


A little bit of a fun twist on our art friend Pablo Picasso.  Have fun with this fun exploration of cubism. 

copy paper
black sharpie
Marker/crayons/colored pencils (you choose)

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All the Cool kids are making abstract art

How to make layered abstract paintings with kids using warm and cool colors and a little collage. 

So... this is abstract painting 3.0 with all the beautiful colors and vibrant patterns.  This is an invitation to play in color mixing and sparkle of inspiration.

What you need to begin:

Heavyweight watercolor paper or drawing paper (we love to paint with tempera and acrylic on heavy 200# watercolor paper, but it’s easier to find 140#)
An assortment of tempera paint colors (we literally never use paint straight from the jar without mixing lots of beautiful shades)
~ Paint Brushes
An assortment of painted papers or sticker paper (instructions to follow)

CLICK HERE for the instructions.

What Do you Do with Water Soluble Wax Pastels?

Children and teens paint leaves with water soluble crayons. 

Can you believe these are created with water soluble crayons?  I bet coloring leaves could be a beautiful meditative process.  Pick up some water soluble crayons and give these a try.