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How to make a Chinese Dragon Puppet

16 February, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

The Chinese New Year begins on February 16th this year, and to celebrate the Chinese New Year, we are going to show you how to make a Chinese Dragon Puppet. In the Chinese culture, the dragon symbolizes power and strength, and chases away evil spirits. It also brings good luck to people.  Make your own Chinese Dragon Puppet and welcome good fortune in the coming year!

Age: 5+

Duration: 15 minutes

Learning Outcomes: Exercise fine motor skills. Integrate art, and holiday activities. Makes a perfect take-home craft.

You’ll Need:

  1.  Open Roylco R15198 Creatures and Animals Value Pack and choose the paper you are going to work on. This pack includes diverse collection of nature themed craft papers.
  2. Draw the dragons head on the white craft cardstock. Note: We divide the dragons head into two parts. The upper and lower part of the head.
  3. Cut the two parts of the dragons head out. Trace them onto the craft paper, and cut them out.
  4. Glue the colorful pattern paper on the white craft paper dragon head. Take out one piece of  red paper from R15219 Elementary Origami Animals . Use the red paper to decorate the tongue of the dragon. Draw the dragon’s eyes and nose on the white craft paper, cut them out and glue them onto dragon’s face.

Let’s start to work on the dragon’s tail and body.

5.Draw the dragon’s tail on the white craft cardstock and the colorful craft paper.

6.Cut them out and glue them together. You will get a colorful dragon tail.

7.Let’s work on the dragon’s body. Take out two pieces of R15312 Sealife Print Papers.  You can also use other paper patterns from the R15198 Creatures and Animals Value Pack . Cut the paper in half, now you have four pieces of paper. Fold the strips of paper into an accordion pattern, and glue them together.

We have two ways to make the dragon puppet. You can glue the head, body and tail together and tape on the stick ( I used a straw from Roylco’s R6085 Straws & Connectors™) at the back of the head and tail. Please see the picture below. The dragon puppet is ready !

If you want to create a live action video with the dragon puppet. We have some more work to do.

8. Let’s take two green strips out of the Roylco R72020 Green Screen Live Action Video Kit. Prepare some thumbtacks and a hole punch.

9. Lay the dragon’s upper head on top of the lower head.  Find a point where both parts of the head join and punch a hole. Flip the dragon’s upper head to the back and tape on a green strip.

10. Take another green strip and punch a hole through it. Put a thumbtack through the hole and connect the upper head, lower head and the green strip together.

11. When you move the strip on the left, the dragon’s mouth is will open and shut.

You can use the same method to add the green strip to the tail. Then we can glue the head, body and tail together. When you move the green strips, the dragon comes alive! The head, the body and the tail are moving.

Voila! The dragon puppet is ready for your digital storytelling!

Please visit http://roylco.com/shop/r72020-green-screen-live-action-video-kit for more information.

 

 

Celebrate Mardi Gras with Gorgeous Color Diffusing Masks

12 February, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. It always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.   It is a time of great celebration where people throw parades and parties. Today we are going to teach you how to use Roylco R52081 Maridi Gras Color Diffusing Masks to make gorgeous masks. Let’s get ready for the parades and parties!

Age: 4+

Duration: 12 minutes

Learning Outcomes: Exercise fine motor skills. Integrate art,  and holiday activities. Makes a perfect take-home craft.

You’ll Need:

  1. Use liquid watercolor paint or water-based markers. The colors will mix and flow
    to produce interesting effects.
  2. To paint the paper, roughly cut out the images you will use for your mask. Note: you can mix and match components.
  3. It is important to plan your mask because there may be more than one mask image per sheet of color diffusing paper.
  4. Lay the pieces onto a paint tray or several sheets of newspaper to protect your work surface.
  5. Drip some liquid watercolor paint on and watch the colors flow. Tip: because the colors will mix, it is a good idea to work with only two or three colors—too many colors will result in brown masks!
  6. If you are using markers, color in the areas using as many different colored markers as you like. Once complete, spritz the sheet with a little water from a spray bottle, The water will help the marker to blend and “bleed” to produce a beautiful effect.
  7. Once completely dry, cut out the painted images. Add extra details with gel pen, markers or glitter glue before gluing onto the masks.

Ideas: To add even more interest to your mask, sprinkle a little salt over the mask before dripping on the paint. The salt will dissolve and add subtle star-burst highlights. You can add details with crayon before painting. The crayon will resist the paint and the detail will appear on the finished artwork.

Please visit https://roylcostore.com/products/mardi-gras-masks for more information.

 

 

Elementary Animals: Fold a Pig!

10 February, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

 

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Welcome to our fourth origami animal project! Today we’ll be focusing on a project ideal for third graders: folding a pig! 

Age: 7+

Duration: 10 Minutes

Learning Outcomes: Practice following step-by-step directions while exercising fine motor and spatial skills.

You’ll Need: 

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If you structure this activity as a small group or individual project, start by downloading and printing the fully illustrated instruction sheet for your students. The easy to follow instruction sheets allow students to independently work to create an adorable pig pal. If they get stumped, however, direct them to the video:

The completed pig pals can serve as a take-home project in and of themselves, but if you want to extend the activity, challenge your students to use diorama boxes to recreate their favorite scene from their favorite pig-themed book! Some of those books might include:

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Elementary Origami Animals for 1st Grade

08 February, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

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Welcome to the second installment of our elementary origami series! Today, we’ll be focusing on two 1st grade projects: The fish and the fox!

Age: 4+

Duration: 5 minutes

Learning Outcomes: Practice following step-by-step directions. Exercise fine motor skills.

You’ll Need:

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We’ll start with the fish today. Under “You’ll Need” is the instruction sheet, with step-by-step instructions and illustrations for students who want to experiment on their own. I have also created an instruction video for you:

Once your fish is all folded up, give him eyes and a smile! The fish will lay flat, so you can also extend the exercise by decorating your fish. Use small pieces of tinfoil or glitter, and students will have their own rainbow fish! The picture book The Rainbow Fish is one of my favorites, and it’s an excellent book to use with this project. Some of my other favorite fish-themed books are:

  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
  • The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  • Fish by Steve Parker (An Eyewitness Book)

If fish don’t fit your curriculum, fold up a fabulous fox! Under “You’ll Need” is the instruction sheet, with step-by-step instructions and illustrations for students who want to experiment on their own. I have also created an instruction video for you:

I love how cute the finished fox is! And your fox is a perfect companion for many different books. A great lunchtime read for the whole class and their fox friends is Roald Dhal’s Fantastic Mr. Fox! Some of my favorite picture books with foxes include:

  • Chanticleer and the Fox by Geoffrey Chaucer, adapted and illustrated by Barbara Cooney
  • Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
  • Fables and fairy tales, like “The Gingerbread Man” or “The Fox and and the Scorpion”

Challenge your students to read aloud and practice word recognition with their fantastic folded friends!

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Elementary Origami Animals for Kindergarten

05 February, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

15219 - Crafts Collection.jpgWelcome to the first in our new series on Elementary Origami Animals! Add a tactile dynamic to early literacy! Today, we’ll be focusing on two kindergarten level projects: the Puppy and the Elephant! 

 

Age: 3+

Duration: 5 minutes

Learning Outcomes: Practice following directions as you fold these together as a class. Exercise fine motor skills to fold and crease neatly.

You’ll Need: 

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Start by choosing a sheet of the double-sided origami paper. Here is the video tutorial for folding the elephant:

Once you have folded your elephant, use a glue stick to put google eyes on him! You can also use washable marker.

Once all the kids have their elephants, the question is, what book do you pair your elephant with? For very young readers, picture books read with reading buddies are a great option. Independent learners might also enjoy exploring the images in an elephant reference book on their own! Some of my favorite elephant books include:

If you want to fold the puppy instead, start with a sheet of origami paper. Here is the video tutorial for folding the puppy:

Once your puppy is folded, give him eyes and a nose!

There have been many, many picture books about dogs and puppies written, so feel free to choose your favorite! Here are some of my favorites:

Challenge students to practice letter recognition with their origami pals!

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Make Chinese Lanterns for Chinese New Year

02 February, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

The Chinese Lantern Festival is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar Chinese calendar. It marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations, and it falls on March 2nd for 2018.During the Lantern Festival, children carrying paper lanterns and go out at night. People also go to temples to solve riddles on the lanterns.

Age: 5+

Duration: 8-10 minutes

Learning Outcomes: Explore cultural assumptions and symbols. Practice folding and taping. Exercise Fine motor skills. Create a cute take-home craft.

You’ll Need:

Ideas:

  • Use your own imagination and add some decorations to the lanterns.

Origami Heart Garland

29 January, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

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This easy five-minute origami project is perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Age: 4+

Duration: 5-10 minutes (depending on the length of your garland)

Learning Outcomes: Practice origami and fine motor skills. Complete a simple but beautiful classroom decoration.

You’ll Need:

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For this project, you’ll need origami paper, a hole punch, yarn, and lots of willing hands!

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First we’ll teach you how to fold the origami heart. Start by folding your paper diagonally, so you have a triangle. Open the triangle, and fold on the other diagonal. Open the paper again. You should have crease marks going from point to point.

 

Turn your paper so it looks like a diamond in front of you. Fold the top point down to the center of the paper and crease it.

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Fold the bottom point up to meet the center of the top fold.

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From the center crease on the bottom fold, fold the right half of your soon-to-be heart up.

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Bring the left half up to meet the right half in the middle.

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Flip your soon-to-be heart over. Fold down the top two points. Fold in the left and right points. When you flip it back over, your heart will be finished! Challenge each student to make several hearts. Not only does practice make perfect, but the more hearts you have, the longer your garland will be!

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Once you have collected the class’s hearts, break out the hole punch and the yarn. Punch two holes in the top of each heart.

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Finally, thread the yarn through the holes. If the yarn frays or the small holes are tricky for little fingers, try our plastic lacing needles to make the job a little easier.

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Once your garland is strung, only your imagination limits its uses! Tape the garland to the edge of tables, desks or cabinets to add color to the classroom. Use the hearts to decorate bulletin boards, doors and hallways!

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Pop-Up Valentines Day Cards

25 January, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

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These hand-made cards make your feelings POP on Valentine’s day!

Age: 5+

Duration: 15 minutes

Learning Outcomes: Exercise fine motor skills. Encourage creativity. Integrate art, literacy, and holiday activities. Makes a perfect take-home craft.

You’ll Need:

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  1. Type a Valentine’s day poem into a word document.
  2. Print out the poem and cut it out.
  3. Fold a sheet of heart-themed Pop Culture Paper in half, hamburger style.
  4. Cut two parallel slits in the fold. Mae sure you cut each slit approximately the same width. We suggest no more than 2″.
  5. Open your sheet of paper. You should have a flap of paper with a crease in the center. Pull the flap forward gently, and crease the flap the opposite way. Then close your card with the flap on the inside. Crease. This will create the support for you pop-up. Your card should look like a folded sheet of paper with a square missing from the fold side.
  6. Open your card. Apply glue to ONE SIDE of the pop up.
  7. Glue your poem to the popup.
  8. Decorate your card.
  9. Present the card to your Valentine!

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Light Learning: Numbers

22 January, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

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Appeal to the senses while counting and creating simple equations!

 

For students with fidgety fingers, these squishy numbers and math signs make math tactile. The small disc inside each number allows students to develop fine motor skills. Children will quickly learn how to propel the disc by tapping the number in different areas. We have chosen specific colors so students can represent the visible spectrum of light by lining up the numbers from zero, black (the absence of all light) through red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Tip: All the math signs are red with sparkles!

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Develop fine motor skills! Ask students to move the small discs all the way around a number. 0 and 1 are great for beginners, while 4 and 5 will challenge older students.

Make glowing equations! Use a light table or Roylco’s R59601 Light Cube to practice counting, using the < and > to demonstrate value differences, and basic math facts. Purchase a second pack to make really long equations!

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Paper Fortune Cookies

15 January, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

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An adorable way to send small notes of praise or encouragement!

Age: 5+

Duration: 5 minutes

Learning Outcomes: Explore cultural assumptions and symbols. Practice folding and taping. Exercise Fine motor skills. Create a cute take-home craft.

You’ll Need:

  • R15701 Craft Circles
  • R2172 Tissue Circles
  • Tape

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  1. Use a small loop of tape to secure a tissue circle to the center of the white side of a craft circle.
  2. Fold the paper circle in half, with the printed side of the craft circle on the outside. Crease approximately an inch in the center of the fold. Leave the rest of the fold un-creased.
  3. Unfold the circle. Turn it 90 degrees.
  4. Fold the edges of the circle on either side of the center crease in so they overlap slightly. Do NOT crease.
  5. Use the center crease as a fold line to fold the tube in half. Do NOT crease.
  6. Use a small loop of tape to secure the two sides together, forming the completed fortune cookie.

Ideas

  • Include fortunes! On a small strip of paper (approximately 1 x 3″) write a message or short, encouraging phrase. Insert the strip of paper into the tube before you fold it in half, and continue as instructed. Present the fortune cookie to a friend on their birthday, Valentine’s day, or any day as a random act of kindness!
  • Create a fortune cookie garland! String several fortune cookies on a piece of yarn and hang the garland from the ceiling, around a door or window, or along a desk!
  • Try reversing the direction of your first fold! This will create a fortune cookie with a white and tissue outside and a patterned inside.

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