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Martin Luther King Jr. (plus a freebie)

There are few people I admire more than Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was such a brave man and the essence of collaboration. Martin Luther King Jr. was able to get others to follow him, peacefully to stand up for what was right. He paid with his life and we owe him so much. One of my most favorite activities (of pretty much ALL TIME) is the collaboration group poster I create of him with my kids. I have two versions of this project–both are very fun!

The first version is really easy and requires that each student color a piece of their MLK poster according to a color provided to them. Each student has the important task of finishing their piece. photo 2 copyOnce all the pieces are finished the poster is put together and the final work is that of Martin Luther King Jr. Students see that through their individual efforts the entire poster comes together –it is essential that EVERY student does their part, or else the poster would not be complete! MLK image 1.001

Students that are more advanced or are in an art class will enjoy the second version of this poster. This is great for middle school and high school students.  In this option students each  draw their part of the poster. They have to work really closely with their “neighbors” on the poster to be sure their designs will line up. This poster doesn’t always look as good as the other one when it’s finished but it’s truly about the collaboration that goes into it–it’s VERY hard to make it look exactly like him when that many kids are working on it. However, the kids are always very impressed with their work in the end. These examples were created by two of my fourth grade classes–I’d LOVE to see some middle school or high school students do this project!

MLK.001I’ve had so many teacher who really “get it” when it comes to this poster and the deep meaning behind it. Many teachers leave me comments about how meaningful this project was to them and their students. I made sure the colors were all different to again represent the diversity in which MLK fought for. Rosa Parks is my next poster and it’s almost finished–I can’t wait to share it with my students!


I wanted to share something with you for taking the time to read my post and visit us at The Teaching 2 Step. If you click HERE or on the image below you can get a free worksheet that you can use on MLK day with your students. I let older students draw the image and younger students cut out and glue the pieces.

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Do me a favor…if you snagged a free copy of this woksheet please leave a comment below and share what grade level you plan to use this activity with…if I see there is a lot of interest I’ll try to provide more freebies like this in the future!

Debbie Clement is hosting a wonderful MLK linky party on her blog…so I’ve decided to link this article up to her site…she’s amazing…if you don’t already know about her check her out and you’ll find many other great resources in her link up! Click on the image below to see the other great MLK resources and link up. Blog Signature

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Manic Monday with Jenny K.

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Manic Mondays–ain’t that the truth! (sorry english teachers I had to). There are some things about Monday that just never change. First and foremost, you need a large cup of joe. Make-up is optional and usually doesn’t make the cut and, last but not least, it comes again every week (darn it). Of course, if we had a three day weekend we’d be calling “Monday” terrible Tuesdays! So we just have to face it–real life happens each week whether we like it or not.

The Bangles pretty accurately captured the Manic Monday feeling…

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 1.43.20 PMSooo… I don’t know about you, but having something fun and easy to do to ease back into the week is awesome. Attach FREE to “fun and easy” and it might actually start to feel like a  Friday!( I know, I’m talking foolishness for a Monday).

By now you might already know that the Holiday TPT eBooks are out. These eBooks are a THANK YOU to all the teachers who support other teachers on their Teachers Pay Teachers journey. The amazing Rachel Lynette dreamed these up and now it’s a holiday tradition going on 4 ebook featured image.001

My gift (did you see the group blog post on Friday?) is a paid product I changed to a forever freebie and involves shaving cream! You can get the product HERE or you can find it in the eBook for grades 3-5 along with resources from 49 other teachers.

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 1.43.20 PMMy free product is my all-time favoriate “magic trick” that uses shaving cream to create marbelized paper. And then, I show you how to create Christmas ornaments with the beautiful marbelized paper. If you don’t have time to make the ornaments, you can use the same technique to make snowglobes for January to celebrate winter. (Did I really just say celebrate winter? –I need to go to bed!) You can find that lesson HERE (it’s also free).

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This post is a link up to Classroom Freebies for their “Manic Monday” blog posts.

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2014 Holiday eBooks

holiday ebook featured image.001As a thank you gift for the holidays, Rachel Lynette and others collected, organized and compiled teacher tips and resources from sellers all over Teachers Pay Teachers.  These books are full of FREE resources to say “Thank You” to all of the teachers out there that support other teacher-authors on Teachers Pay Teachers. The books are a holiday gift to all of you from all of us!

Some of the authors here on The Teaching 2 Step were lucky enough to be featured in these books. We’d like to  give you a peek at those free products and make sure you have all the links you need to find these amazing eBooks! We are sure you’ll find a ton of great FREE resources in this book . If you find some new favorite stores, make sure and follow them to keep up with their TpT journey!

Art with Jenny K. made one of her paid products FREE just for this book! She says, “It’s one of my all time favorite “magic tricks” that I’ve used in the classroom, at birthday parties, and even with my niece. I wanted to share it with teachers to say thank you for all the support I’ve recieved for my store.  Using shaving cream, I  teach you how to make marbeliezed paper and then create original Christmas ornaments with the paper.” Click on the image below to see this product featured in the grades 3-5 eBook.

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Literary Sherri is giving teachers the gift of 12 holiday writing prompts that commemorate winter holidays around the world, including  Hanukkah, St. Nicholas Day, Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Winter Solstice, Festivus, Christmas, Boxing Day,
Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Omisoka, and New Year’s Eve. “These writing task cards are unique because they provide a bit of background information about each holiday, so they can be a teaching tool as well as a writing tool! Pique your students curiosity about traditions around the globe and give them the gift of a broader worldview by using these writing prompts to introduce them to the beauty and diversity of cultures around the world!” Click on the image below to add this free product to your December repertoire of resources!

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Brain Waves Instruction featured her newest freebie.  It’s an end-of-the-year reflection and infographic.  “I’m totally nuts about infographics, so I thought I’d share the love with students and other teachers.  This freebie includes reflection questions about the calendar year for students and then an infographic template that students can present the events of their year on.  This is such a fun activity to do on the day before the holiday break or even the day they return to school.”  You can check out this freebie by clicking on the image below.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed looking through the books to read all the great tips and see the creativity of the teachers while they share their gifts with you!

Here is a list of all the eBooks. Please consider sharing them with your teacher friends and on your different social media sites — there is something here for everyone!

Grades PreK-K

Grades 1-2

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-12 ELA, Humanities, and Social Studies

Grades 6-12 Math and Science

Be sure you check out Rachel’s tips and gift! It’s so gracious of her to spend her time putting together these eBooks for teachers. And a huge shout-out (with a truckload of thanks!) to  Addie Williams, Rockin’ Teacher Materials, Mrs. Miner’s Monkey Business, and Julie Faulkner for compiling their books, as well!

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Thanksgiving Placemats for the Salvation Army

A few years ago, the family advocate at our school told me that if the kids made placemats for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas, we could donate them to the Salvation Army for their large holiday dinners. The first year I created placemats with the kids we donated almost 600 of them. The folder looked like this (this is only a portion of them)!DSCN3477

Teaching art, I work with Kindergarten through 5th grade, so I wanted to make different placemats designs for all different grades. Then, when I started sharing my products on teachers pay teachers, I re-designed some of my placemats for my online product.

Featured in my Thanksgiving placemats product are 6 different designs including, “Pop Art” turkeys, draw-your-own turkeys, graphite transfer technique, “finish your plate,” placemat weaving, and “I’m Thankful For…” thanksgiving placematsSometimes I decide which activity classes will do and sometimes I let them decide. Each design is fun and unique and they all make for special pieces of artwork, for donation, or for a personalized Thanksgiving table setting!thanksgiving placemat thanksgiving placemat I always like to imagine the conversations these placemats spark at the Thanksgiving meal at the Salvation Army when the adults laugh (lovingly) at the kids artwork! If you are looking for a fun, unique and meaningful lesson for Thanksgiving–this is it! Check them out HERE.

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It’s Halloween…help!!’s Halloween and I need a fun project QUICK!

Halloween door posterThis will save the day…Haunted House Classroom Mosaic Door Poster

Materials: haunted house mosaic door poster (click HERE), copy paper, colored pencils, markers or crayons and tape.

I wanted to design something that would make your life as the teacher really easy for Halloween. I know teachers love the “idea” of decorating their doors for holidays but the thought of actually coming up with an idea, gathering the supplies and then making the door often gets marked off the “to-do” list before it’s created or just never even makes it on the list. This project is very easy for the teacher and allows all the kids in your class to be involved. There are two variations to this poster (making for even more easy options). The first, foremost and MOST easy is to just print the colored pieces of the poster, have your students cut them out, put it all together, and hang it up! Easy-peazy-lemon-squeezy!!! Here are a few pictures of what the door looks like if you like this option (or are crunched for time). This poster is a product available in my Teacher Pay Teachers store

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The second, and funner, version is to have the kids color the poster themselves.  This makes for a great classroom cooperative activity. In this variation of the door poster students (also included in my TPT product packet), the kids will color the pieces, cut them out and add their faces to the windows (this makes it extra fun) and then put the poster together and hang it up! There are 30 places to add kid faces but if you don’t have that many students (hallelujah !!!) then just have the kids color the blank windows yellow. Take a look at this detail…haunted house door poster

With both posters I’ve left room for kick plates at the bottom of your door and soft close hinges at the top. If you want the entire door to be covered, I recommend using butcher paper to cover the entire door and then add the poster to the paper. Once the poster is up simply cut around the door knob and be the envy of your hallway! Here are some “action shots” of the coloring version of the poster…haunted house door poster

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Monsters, haunted houses and more…

Halloween is fast approaching…but there is still time for some fun  art activities with your students. You won’t even need to spend a lot of money, because many of the things you need are already right there at your school (or free in my store)! Below you will see some of my monster related games and also some of my haunted house related lessons–you’ll never look at milk jugs the same! These ideas are from a larger blog post I wrote for my personal blog called, “10 Halloween Art Lessons for Kids” I hope you find some fun things to engage your students next week!

“Create a Creature” Group Project

Materials: 8.5″ x 11″ paper, pencils, crayons/markers/pencils, and Handouts download FREE lesson HERE

This lesson is an adaptation from the popular Exquisite Corpse game made popular by Surrealist artists like Salvador Dali. I for one, don’t like using that name with students so I’ve always done my own version called, “Create a Creature.” I’ve made an easy handout and directions so you can use this lesson as an “I’m done” activity, with a sub, or with your entire class. There is also a writing prompt included to give students more time to practice developing their writing skills. Your kids are going to L-A-U-G-H with this project!!! It’s a great group project.

Get your FREE handouts and directions to this lesson HERE.

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Monster Matching and Memory Game

Materials: colored ink and printer, copy paper, laminator, scissors, envelopes.

While we are talking about group activities like the “Create a Creature,” let me share with you these fun monster games. I love having centers in my room so I can work individually with other groups of kids on clay and harder painting projects, so I like to have games like this one available in my room.  Classroom teachers could use this center for when they need to individually conference with students or to allow the kids some fun game time. For this lesson you, the teacher will print out and laminate the pieces to the game and then put all the pieces in large envelopes (all directions are included).

Both of these games are ones your students will recognize –  matching and memory games. I’ve just made them fun for Halloween by making the games with monster images.  You can get them HERE.

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 Haunted House with Milk Cartons

Materials: empty milk cartons, construction paper, scissors, glue, masking tape. milk carton haunted house recycle

Have you ever been in the lunch room at the end of lunch to witness all the milk cartons that get thrown away (or maybe recycled)?

One year I decided that we should make little haunted houses with those empty milk cartons. Luckily I have a super cool custodian and he was kind enough to save the milk cartons for me. He even rinsed them out–what a guy!

To start this project I opened up all the tops of the milk cartons and rinsed them one more time.

Originally, I thought each kid would make a haunted house using one milk carton (like the house on the right up above), but you know how kids are–they have WAY better ideas then I ever do.  They of course, wanted to build multi-level haunted houses. I had a TON of milk cartons so that was a great idea! Students started building and designing their haunted house however they wanted to. They used masking tape to hold everything together as they were designing.haunted house with milk cartons

Once they had their house designed then they started covering their milk cartons–er, I mean haunted houses, with paper. I didn’t require them to do this any particular way, I was more interested in letting them “solve” the problem of how to cover the house. Not all kids were successful in creating a “perfect” haunted house–but so what, it’s a haunted house! I wanted them to think for themselves and not rely on me to tell them exactly how to cover their house. I also hoped they would work together to figure out the best way…many kids did!

Some students measured the house and measured paper and glued it on. Some wrapped the house in paper…all kids solved it their own way–perfect!

Once the house was covered then students added details like windows and doors from scrap construction paper. Students were completely engaged in this project and truly enjoyed taking something they use everyday, like their milk carton, and transforming it into something completely new. That’s the beauty of art!

 Haunted House with Brown Paper Bags

Materials: brown paper bags, mix of colored construction paper, scissors, glue, shredded paper, markers, crayons and pencils. 

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My second grade students love how easy and fun this project is. Each student got one brown paper bag and was asked to design a haunted house. I provided students with an assortment of construction paper and very little “how-to” so they would dream up their designs (just like on the milk carton haunted houses).  First students designed the front of their bag and then I showed them how to flip the bag over and fold the flap so they could design the back of the house (if you don’t show them they’ll draw on the flat, which later becomes the bottom of the house). Once windows and doors were glued on and any other decorations were added then we opened the bag and filled them with shredded paper. An easy place to get shredded paper is from your front office. They often shred materials and have more shredded paper then they know what to do with. You might give them a little heads up that you’d like them to save you the next bag of shredding. Use a piece of construction paper and staple it to the top to create the roof and to seal the bag. brown bag haunted house halloween

The kids loved the playfulness of this projects and so did I. However, the best part had to be the end when we lined up all the houses on the floor to see. I was amazed at the way the kids would sit by them and look at them. I felt like I was standing at an art gallery watching the people “experience” the art. My second graders would just come, sit down and “look” at all the work and notice all the fine details kids came  up with! halloween haunted house brown bags haunted house brown bags halloween

Variation: If students needed trick-or-treat bags you could leave off the roof and leave out the paper shredding and add strings to the bag so they could use them on Halloween to receive their goodies.

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Breast Cancer Coloring Sheet

Yesterday I got the very good news that a friend of mine, whose 5 year old boy has been battling cancer for months on end was declared “Cancer FREE.”  In honor of this little boys fight with cancer I wanted to share this post with you from my personal blog..

October is breast cancer awareness month and to honor and support all those fighting this terrible cancer (and all other cancers as well) I have created a cancer ribbon interactive coloring sheet that is completely free to use with your classes. Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 7.08.41 PM

Use these ribbon coloring sheets to raise awareness of breast cancer and support those fighting it. I have created a fully interactive sheet for older students and a pattern filled sheet for younger students (along with additional activity for older students at the end of this post). Start the conversation with your students about what cancer is and let them talk about the people they know fighting this terrible disease. This packet was made for breast cancer using shades of pink but can be used for any cancer (or cause) simply by changing the colors you use. Think about this…the children we are teaching right now in our schools could possibly be the ones that will help find a cure for this terrible disease. Let’s inspire them to care about people fighting cancer and to honor them.

Interactive coloring Sheets: How-to

 1. Using the patterns in the five small boxes at the bottom of the page as suggestions, fill in the different parts of the picture with patterns. Every time you run into a black line you need to change the pattern. You don’t have to put patterns in all the areas, you can leave some blank. It’s okay to repeat the patterns in different sizes in different areas or make up your own.breast cancer ribbon coloring


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 The finished product might look something like this (computer generated example).

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Below is a “work in progress.” Notice how many shades of pink are being used. I pulled pinks, reds and light purples from boxes of crayons, markers, and colored pencils in order to create a variety of hues. By overlapping mediums, I was able to create texture and visual interest. This lesson is great for introducting the art concept of monochromatic (one-color). You could use these ribbons for any cause awareness and just change the colors accordingly. I included a few simple writing prompts in with these sheets as well.
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Here is a finished sheet.

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This project could easily be adapted from 1st grade to high school. Since drawing in the patterns can be challenging, especially for the early grades, I have also created a coloring sheet (included in this packet and all my coloring sheet packets) that already has the patterns included in it. This way you so you can differentiate for younger or less advanced students. For older students I’ve used my interactive coloring book to have students first sketch out their ideas for a Pop Art image and then I have them create paintings from them.  Here you will see images of students working with the summer ice-cream cone to first design their image, then draw it on larger paper and then paint it.

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ice cream cone pop art paintingI did these ice cream cones with 3rd graders and they looked amazing, can you imagine how great these would be with middle school and high school students???  (If you do them please tag me on Instagram (@artwithjennyk)  or send me an e-mail because I’d love to see this done with older students too). This variation can be done with any of my interactive coloring sheets. If done with the ribbbons there would be so many unique and beautiful images to share with your school community. Maybe you could even have kids do all different colors for all the different kinds of cancer.

To get these FREE breast cancer ribbon interactive coloring sheets please visit my TeachersPayTeachers store and download. If you like these, maybe you could “Follow Me” on TPT as well! Click on the photo below to go to my store and get the ribbon coloring sheets.

Why follow me? Every time I reach a new multiple of 500 followers I will be sending my followers (exclusively) an e-mail (from TPT) that will have a link in it to a FREE product. This product will be a new release item not yet available in my store and it will be FREE to all of my followers. The product will then be available in my store for sale. Please help me grow! Last time I gave my followers my “We Can Do it” group goal setting poster.

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I have many variations and themes of these interactive coloring sheets available in my online TPT store. My coloring book has over 80 images for all major holidays and season. You can view it HEREinteractive brain based coloring sheets art with jenny k

Thank you for all you do to motivate, teach and inspire our students all over the globe!.


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The Teaching 2 Step Halloween Bash 2014

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Welcome to our First Halloween Blog Hop & Giveaway

We have so much to share with you …let’s get started by meeting all the authors at The Teaching 2 Step and seeing what some of their favorite”treats” are…

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When you hop over to our other TPT friends you will get a wide variety of Halloween recipes, FREE products, sales and you just might hear some good Halloween tales. Thanks for joining us—let’s have some fun!


We have three great giveaway packs for you to enter. We will be giving away two of our prize packs on jump drives (in snail mail) and e-mailing the third. However, that is only JUST the beginning of all the free stuff you can get during this Blog Hop.  Please see all the teachers linked below and visit each of their blogs for free items, tips and sale announcements. Here are the three prize packs.

K-2 Prize Pack Teaching 2 Step jump drive full of all these treats…

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2-5 Prize Pack Teaching 2 Step jump drive full of all these treats…

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Secondary Prize Pack e-mailed to the winner!

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.ArtwithJennyK is celebrating her first TpT Birthday ..and did you know it’s Art with Jenny K’s 1st TPT Birthday??? She’s so excited about her first year at TPT that she’s giving away a hard copy of her Interactive Coloring Book, and the cutest recycled crayons that she makes. Any little artist would love.  She wrote a post about them you can find them here.

If you haven’t already, hop over to her blog to enter to win this book and the crayons (click on the picture below). The giveaway also includes $10 store credit from each of the Teaching 2 Step authors.

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Another celebration moment, allow us to introduce to you to the newest author at The Teaching 2 Step. Her name is Mary Beth and you probably know her best from her amazing Teachers Pay Teachers store, Brain Waves Instruction.

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We are so excited that she has joined us. Recently, Mary Beth was the organizer of one of the three free ebooks for secondary teachers. If you missed those books you can find our post about them HERE. Welcome Mary Beth, we are so excited to have you. We are looking forward to hearing from you soon!

To see more TpT Bloggers click the picture below.

Thank you for joining our 2 steppin’ adventures!

The Teaching 2 Step Gals
Celeste, Jenny, Meredith, Karen, Jennifer,
Maryann, Amanda and Mary Beth.

2 Easy and Fun Halloween Art Projects You Can Do Right Now!

This month for my “Fine Art Friday” posts I will be featuring various Halloween-themed art activities/lessons you can do with your students. The lessons I will be sharing come from a larger blog post from my personal blog. Come back each week while I break down all the different projects.

This week let’s talk about Halloween shapes/symbols and colors. I’ve included some free resources for you in this post so be sure to download them to use with these lessons.

1. Exploring Halloween Shapes & Symbols Using Magazine Strips

Materials: magazine strips, glue, scissors, construction paper and FREE Halloween templates (click HERE).

Download the silhouette outlines of the Halloween symbols HERE. Cut out the templates and have the kids use them to trace onto thick construction paper (the kids can pass the templates around the room when they are done).

Then, depending on the age of your students you can either have them cut long strips from magazine pages OR you can pre-cut them and have them set out on the table for the start of this project. I like to pre-cut because I have a paper cutter and it’s much faster (and straighter) if I do it. The kids take a looonnnggg time when they look through the magazines because they get…ya know…distracted!Halloween art project with magazines

Students should then cut the magazine strips to fit into the Halloween shape they traced. They can play with the direction and texture as they place the strips within their Halloween shape. This is great for fine motor development. Students will enjoy looking through the box of magazine strips for various colors and little pictures they recognize. Once the shape is completely filled with magazine strips, the kids can then cut it out and and this will “trim” the edge that didn’t line up perfectly. Then glue the final work to different colors of construction paper and hang up for display. The final artwork will be full of texture, color and lines! halloween art project with magazine strips

2. Pumpkins with Tissue Paper

Materials: tissue paper, orange crayon, glue, scissors, paint brushes, permanent marker, construction paper and FREE pumpkin template (click HERE).

I like to use the glue “painting” technique in this lesson for all kinds of other projects–it’s a nice “trick” to have up your sleeve as a teacher.  Also, I love the way different warm colors of tissue paper like orange, yellow and red make new interesting shades of color. The final pumpkins are rich with color and texture. Kids get to work on cutting and gluing while strengthening their motor skills. Again, depending on your students either pre-cut the tissue paper, have them cut it our even let them tear pieces from larger pieces of tissue paper (whatever works best for your situations). construction paper pumpkins

1. Have students trace a pumpkin template onto a piece of construction paper and outline with a thick black marker (it needs to be a permanent marker or it will bleed when it gets wet from the glue). Download the free template HERE if you didn’t already.

2. Color the entire pumpkin with an orange crayon.

3. Put a few drops of glue down onto the pumpkin and then add the pieces of tissue paper. Cover the entire pumpkin and go over the edges with the tissue paper. Be sure to let pieces overlap so you create new shades of yellow, orange and red.

4. Put glue all over the top of the tissue papered pumpkin and “paint” the glue on the top to create a consistent layer all over the pumpkin–this is sort of like using modge-podge.

Here are the steps visually for you to see…

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5. Once the tissue paper and glue is dry then cut out along the outline of the pumpkin to reveal the final artwork. I like to glue to black backgrounds to get a strong contrast!tissue paper pumpkin

I hop you can get some use out of these projects. They are easy and fun enough to do right now with your kids! Just print the free handouts, gather your supplies and let’s make some art!

If you’d like to see all 10 activities you can view the full post HERE. Otherwise make sure to check back next week as I feature  a few more activities for Halloween. Don’t forget to pin us so you can find all of this information again when you need it!

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Clay in the Classroom Part III

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This is the third post in a series of blog posts called “Clay in the Classroom.” If you would like to get caught up please check out Part I HERE & Part II HERE.

Clay necklaces with shoe prints

As promised in my last post, today I am going to show you an easy and fun clay project you can do with your kids using their shoes! This is one of those projects that has lots of “wow” factor but it’s REALLY easy!!! I have had older students who remember when they were in kindergarten and we made clay necklaces with the assitance of their shoes!

photo 51. Have students roll their clay into a ball (if you’ve been going in order from post to post then your kids are pretty good at this by now).

2. Now have them “squish” the clay flat like a pancake. Have students use the palm of their hands to flatten the ball into a flat circle. Sometimes I give the kids wax paper to work on depending on how wet the clay is and it helps immensely with clean up!

3. Have your students take off one of their shoes and use the texture on the bottom to print into the clay.  Give the kids a little time to laugh on this step because they think it’s REALLY funny for a teacher to ask them to take their shoe off and press it into the clay. clay with shoes

Depending on the shoe design the kids can just press one time or they can print a few times to create layered texture. Each clay piece will be unique like the shoes on the kids feet. Every teacher knows that kids LOVE their shoes. This project will capture their shoes forever and will leave a last “impression” — (sorry I couldn’t resist).

photo 44. If you would like to make these prints into necklaces then use a skewer or pencil and poke a hole in the top. Write the students initials on the back of the clay. If you are using kiln fire clay then you will want to let these dry and then fire them in the kiln. If you are using air dry clay let the clay dry per instructions on the package.

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I have four table colors in my room (red, yellow, blue and green) and when I store artwork I organize it by table color so I can easily get it back to students. I also load it into the kiln on shelves and I write notes about which shelf has which table color. This makes giving back the clay MUCH easier and faster.

5. To paint the clay pieces you can use acrylic paint on the kiln clay or the airdry clay. Don’t use tempera or watercolor paint. You can buy cheap acrylic craft paint at any craft store if you don’t have any. You won’t need very much paint.  If you are an art teacher or have access to one of those nifty art teachers then you could glaze the clay pieces. If you have a kiln you probably know how to run it so I’m not going to go into those details here 🙂 But of course if you ever have questions you can e-mail me at artwithjennyk (at)

6. When your clay necklaces are finished then string them on some yarn  and hang them on your students’ necks. They will LOVE them. They are unique, textured and colorful.

clay necklaces foot prints

Aren’t they beautiful?!?! ( I wish I could show you the cute kid faces…but the sweet necklaces will have to do).

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