Sunday, January 29, 2012

Chinese New Year

We made lanterns and dragons from our hands in first grade, and in third grade we made paper fans! Enjoy the year of the dragon!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Liebster Blog award

Thank you so much to Janelle Stuck in the Mud Pottery at for passing on the Liebster Blog award to me! The idea is to pass this on to fellow bloggers that I admire with 200 or less followers.

1.Ms. Malones Art Room
2.For the Love of art

These blogs have many lessons to share and are definitely worth checking out!

The rules are:

1. Copy and Paste the award onto your blog
2. Thank the Giver and link back to them
3. Pass along to 5 new bloggers and let them know via comment ( I could only find 2 with less then 200 followers  : /)
4. Keep spreading your love of art to other bloggers

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Juice Pouch Folders

My aunt is a teacher and made these very cool and earth friendly folders for my kids during for the holidays. They were a huge hit when my kids brought them to school.

We are going to start a Crafting Corner on our school website where students can go to find fun art activities to do at home! I thought this would be a great one to start with.  I wanted to share the idea and directions below with my bloggin friends-enjoy!

Directions for Capri Sun pouch FOLDERS (other brands are usable too!)

A project to help reduce, reuse and recycle…

Materials: 16 pouches and clear heavy tape, scissors and a sink for washing.

1. First, cut across the bottom fold to open. Rinse with warm soapy water, air dry. Make sure the pouches smell clean before you use them.

2. Use a standard folder as your guide as you fold the pouches to form the new folder. Place 2 pouches overlapped, across the front top portion to measure so it’s just right as you pinch about half an inch to be the folding part. Repeat until there are three parts with 2 pouches across. Then lay out the 3 parts to see how they will meet to be taped together as the front. Tape them together so they are just right. The edge of one row must touch or slightly overlap the others.

3. Repeat using the back of the folder until there is a front part and a back part.  Form the Capri Sun folder around the other folder and tape the front and back into one piece, inside and out. Use your hands to make it flat. Tape all open spaces so there are no slits between parts that were cut open.

4. Using the pouches, make a pocket by taping 2 pouches, overlapped. Remember to fold and tape the center of the pocket as a diagonal line.

Repeat for left and right side of folder. Tape the pockets inside the front and back of the pouch folder. Press all parts and tape the open pouches closed.

5. Use s small piece of tape to cover any sticky spots. Any mistakes can be fixed by taking the tape off and doing it again. Reuse, reduce and recycle! Enjoy! Share this idea with other Earth savers!!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Beading for a great cause!

I could make up some new years resolution about being a more consist blogger but the truth is there are just not enough hours in the day! I will try to do better is all I can say : /. Now onto that GREAT cause.... have you heard of ( )??? This is an amazing organization that has volunteers that go into hospitals all over the country to make bracelets and necklaces (for free) with long term and terminally ill patients. I was so inspired by this organization that I called the founder Mary Ann to see how I could get involved.  I came up with the idea of hosting a beading event at my school. This would help to raise money for the organization, bring families together, promote the arts!  The beads that Mary Ann gets are glass beads (see pic above).. they are beautiful! At our school event we will be making either bracelets or key chains (she has wooden beads that will be great for the boys). The cost will be $5 per bracelet or key chain and ALL the profits go to the organization.  Mary Ann and her husband will be coming on Feb. 8th to our school. The event will be from 6-8pm and it is a drop in activity..meaning it will only take about 1/2 hour to make the item, but students will pre pay so we know how many are coming.  I am so excited for the our event "Families Beading for Love".  I will let you know how it goes!