Kid's Art Calendar - not handprints

Hello Friends,

We have been making handprint calendars as a gift for the parents of our kiddos for many years. They are really, really cute.... BUT....... painting the hands of an ENTIRE classroom takes a ton of time.... So...... I decided to come up with a way to still do the calendar, but in a way that my students can do independently with no paint.....

Now..... there is no way AT ALL that my kiddos could have done these pages independently even a month ago. But, they have been following step-by-step directions since school started and have become pretty confident at following them by themselves. So........ this is what I came up with.... they are doing pretty good, so far..... ☺

The background paper is 8 1/2" x 11" construction paper. I gave my students card stock "tracers" to ensure that the shapes were large enough to fill the paper. They used oil crayons to add details (for every month but January.)  All months were made from paper cut-outs except November. November is simply a traditional hand turkey that is colored with oil crayons.

I'll post some of the pages that my kiddos do soon...

Until next time,


Looking for an easy Advent wreath for your kids to make?

Hello Friends,

 (I am revising this post since doing it with my kiddos.... A few suggestions I have.... first of all, it took a LONG time for my kiddos to color all the candles. Next year, I am going to print the candles and the wreath base upon colored paper rather than have them color everything.  This will save TONS  of time... 😉)

Well.... as usual, once Thanksgiving is over, the time flies for the next 4 weeks. I always have so many plans for the Advent/Christmas season and it never fails, Christmas break is here and we have only completed a few of our projects!

One project that I like to do with my kiddos is the creation of an Advent wreath. I have tried many different styles; some I have even shared here on my blog. BUT.... the problem has always been that they are either too messy, too complicated, or take too long. So, this year, I am going to try one that does not involve paint or hot glue! I thought I would share it with you; just in case YOU are looking for something less messy this year, too....

SUPPLIES: (for each student)

1.  Chinette Classic White 10 3/8 inch dinner plate
2.  Templates (found HERE)  
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3.  Purple, pink, and green crayon, marker, or paint
4.  Glue
5.  Clear tape
6.  4 wooden craft sticks
7.  Green tissue paper (optional)

Color the candle templates. They are all purple EXCEPT for JOY which is pink. Color the bottom under the dotted lines green.

 STEP 2:
Cut out the candles. Roll into a cylinder. Secure with clear tape.

Cut on the vertical lines from the bottom to the dotted lines. Fold the tabs on the dotted lines.

Color the circle template green. Cut out and glue to the bottom of the plate.

Place glue onto the bottom of the tabs. Place the candle upon the circles. Continue this way until all candles have been attached to the plate.

Color the holly leaves. Cut them out. Glue around the base of the candles.

Color the candle flames. Cut out four flames and attach to a craft stick. The sticks are placed inside each candle. They can be added to a candle for each Sunday in Advent.

 STEP 8: (optional)
Add rolled up pieces of green tissue paper to the edge of the plate.

There you have it! A not VERY messy Advent wreath. It IS a little messy if you add the tissue paper to the edge, but I like the look of it, so the mess is worth it!

Happy Advent, my friends!

Until next time,

Let's Make a Saint!

Hello Friends,

October and November are months when we think about saints in my Catholic school. I have been making paper saints with my kiddos for years and years. Throughout those years, I have worked to refine the project into something that is easy to create, but also educational and fun. FINALLY, I think I have a resource that will work for most early education Catholic school educators.

My students have been making these saints since mid-September. I now only have to show them an example and give them the materials that they need. They are usually able to complete them independently.... now...... When I first introduced them, we had to do them together step by step. Here are a few examples of student made saints...

I like to give my students a little information about the saints. There are MANY books and websites that can be used for information! I created a small poster for each saint with just a few facts about each one.

If you lack the time to create a paper saint, I have included coloring pages for each saint.

 If you are interested in this resource, you can find it by clicking the image below. One thing to note..... Because this project has been a work in progress for many years, I have made a few revisions to the labels and symbols since taking the photos. What that means is that the symbols you see in my blog photos might not match the ones provided in the resource.

So... that's it for now, my friends....

Until next

Bats and Owls..... and.... Is it Really Fall here in Central Illiinois?

Hello Friends,

1.  We made our traditional 3D bats and owls this week. I absolutely love doing this project with my kiddos! They learn so much and it aligns nicely with our kindergarten science standards.

2.  It's so hard to believe that it is fall here in Central Illinois! My hostas are actually blooming again and the fall colors that we are used to on the trees just aren't there this year...

3.   But...... When I see my husband on his combine, I DO know that it is Fall..... This is the time of year when I hardly see him and remember how hard he works in the fall....

4.  Our priest is a HUGE Cubs fan. A few years ago, he promised the students in our school a day off if the Cubs won the World Series.... Well... friends... guess what? No school on Monday for us... yep... we have a priest who keeps his promises....  Even a Cardinal fan like me can reap the benefits of the Cubs win.... :)

5.  Finally...... When I was bungee jumping taking my fitness walk 2 weeks ago, I broke 2 bones in my ankle and am once again, I am in a boot..... sigh... I really need to stop bungee jumping.... not watching where I am going......

That's it for now, my friends... Make sure you visit Kacey at Doodle Bug Teaching!

Until next time,