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What’s Inside Me Doll

21 August, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

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Science has never been so cuddly!

Welcome students back to school and introduce them to the basic organs and systems of the human body. Open the front flaps to discover a heart, liver, stomach, lungs, kidneys, bladder and intestines. Open the back of the head to find the doll’s brain! Remove the organs in the chest and you will see a spine, ribs and hip bones to keep everything safe and supported. Squeeze the heart, lungs and stomach to hear different sounds! This doll introduces kids to basic human anatomy.

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Use the doll with our First Look: Inside Me scans for child friendly, no-fear imaging!

 

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Bug Body Fliers

17 August, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

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A great spring craft to take outdoors and fly!

Age: 4+

Duration: 10 Minutes (not including drying time)

Learning Outcomes: Exercise fine motor skills as kids fold, thread and tie. Exercise gross motor skills when taking this craft outdoors to play! Talk about the life cycle of butterflies, and the purpose behind colors and camouflage.

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Start by pipetting liquid watercolor paint onto your color diffusing butterfly. Take this opportunity to talk about colors in butterflies. Why are some so brightly colored when others are brown and drab? Some bright colors are actually camouflage. Can you think of situations where bright colors would hide the butterfly better than dull colors? Some butterflies also use their colors to attract mates! Leave your butterfly for a few hours (or overnight) to dry.

 

Choose a bug body. Start by threading one end of a long piece of yarn through your bug body, and tie a knot to secure the yarn to the bug body.

 

Once the butterfly is dry, accordion fold your butterfly. Next, slide the wings through the large slot in the bug body.

 

Once your folded butterfly wings are centered in the bug body, carefully unfurl the wings to let your butterfly fly!

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Next, thread a chenille stem through the small opening in the bug body’s head. This will be your butterfly’s antenna. Bend the ends of the chenille stem to make zig zags, or curl them around a pencil to make curlicues.

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Tie the loose end you your yarn to a wooden chopstick or dowel. To extend this craft, have kids decorate the dowel with paint, markers, yarn, or streamers. Finally, take your butterfly outside and spin or run to watch it fly!

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Paper Plate Pouch

14 August, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

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This versatile craft has infinite applications in the classroom! Use as a fun and practical first week craft. 

Do students need something to keep personal items in at their tables? These pouches are perfect for manipulatives, writing utensils, small book and notebooks and bookmarks! Hang them onver the back of chairs, tape to the edge of desks, or use tabletop purse hangers to keep them close to students.

Age: 5+

Duration: 15 minutes (plus drying time)

Learning Outcomes: Create a craft that carries! Exercise fine motor skills and promote self-organization.

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Start by cutting ONE of your paper plates in half. Because each student only needs 1 1/2 paper plates, this is a good activity for buddies to do. They can split a paper plate between them.

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Next, use a hole punch to make holes in the rim of the half paper plate, approximate 1″ apart. Use the hole punch to make corresponding holes in one half of the whole paper plate too. These will be used to stitch the two paper plates together.

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Once your holes are punched, it’s time to decorate! We chose to paint our paper plates to resemble a sky and a green field, but you can choose any theme you like!

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Once the paint is dry, use a plastic lacing needle and some fun yarn to stitch the half paper plate to the whole paper plate. This is an excellent opportunity to talk about fractions!

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Next, pop out some of our colorful Botanical Cuts to decorate your grassy field with. You can add dimension to these flowers and leaves by gently folding or curling them or add details with markers. We also added some cotton balls to the blue “sky.”

The last step is to add you handle. Using your hole punch, cut two holes near the top of your whole paper plate. Then string some ribbon through and secure it with knots.

This is a great project to use at multiple times in the classroom! Some other ideas include:

  • Use this as a first week of school project! Challenge students to decorate their pouches with their favorite things or a self portrait. Then the pouches can be used to store personal items, or they can be hung together on a classroom wall and used as a place to return assignments.
  • Need Valentine’s Day mailboxes? These pouches are the perfect craft base to decorate with hearts and names and use to deliver classroom Valentines!
  • Will there be secret Santa’s in your classroom this Christmas? Students can use these pouches to deliver small gifts to each other, or to friends and family outside of the classroom.

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Make Your Own Marbled Paper

08 May, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

Marbled Critters FBA couple of years ago, we introduced our Foam Paint Bottles. Now, I’d like to walk you through a sensory-rich and beautiful activity: Marbled paper!The best part about this activity is that it can be both an end product and a craft component for other projects. First, I’ll take you through the marbling process. Then I’ll show you some craft ideas!

Age: 3+

Duration: 15 minutes (not including drying time)

Learning Outcomes: Encourage sensory development with this tactile foam paint. Develop fine motor and pre-writing skills by practicing the strokes needed to write in your marbling pattern. Create a beautiful work of art that can also be re-purposed as handmade craft paper.

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Start with an empty, clean fingerpaint tray and your foam paint bottles. I have mixed up red, yellow and blue for this project. You’ll find the instructions for mixing your foam paint here. You’ll also need plain white paper and paper towels.

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Start by pumping lines of foam paint onto your tray. A parent or teacher can do this for very young children. Older kids will have fun pumping the foam themselves. I suggest starting with parallel lines, since this pattern will be the easiest to marble.

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Use this time to talk about color. What happens when red mixes with blue? Or when Yellow and blue mix? Once you have filled your tray with lines of foam paint, it’s time to marble!

Grab your goo spreader, and carefully draw it across your lines of foam paint. Straight lines are easiest, but slightly older kids can experiment with zig-zags, curved lines, or even concentric circles. This is how you create your marbling pattern. Remember, some mixing is ok, but you want to be able to see the pattern when you make your paper print. Don’t completely mix the colors, or you’ll have a muddy brown mess.

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Once you are finished creating your marbling, it’s time to print it onto your paper. Simply lay a sheet of white paper or cardstock on top of the foam paint. Let it sit for a count of three, then lift it off the foam paint. Use the paper towel to quickly wipe excess foam off of your paper. FM7

Your paper should dry fairly quickly. Once it’s dry, your paper is ready to be displayed!

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Alternatively, your paper can go into your craft paper stock and be used to create different crafts. For example, a delightful crawly caterpillar:

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And the butterfly he will turn into:

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The marbling technique also works on paper plates! Use paper plates to create this playful octopus:Collage - JellyFIsh

Or another take on marbled butterflies:

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Mother's Day Picture Frames

01 May, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

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Frame your favorite memory for Mother’s day!

Age: 3+

Duration: 15 minutes (plus drying time)

Learning Objectives: Practice literary skills while spelling out words with letter mosaics. Practice fine motor skills while gluing picture frame elements. Make a beautiful take-home craft.DSC_6521.JPG

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Our economy frames come in lots of fun shapes, so you can match the tone of your favorite memory with a fun shaped frame! As a bonus, the centers of the frames pop out and can be decorated to add an element to your frame design. For this project, I’ll use the plain rectangular frame, but you can adapt this activity to any design in the Economy Fun Frames pack.

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Our cardboard frames are specially designed to nest inside each other, giving you more value! Simply break apart the frames along the perforations. You have a smaller frame inside for another project, and the solid center shape can be used as a decorative component!DSC_6523

Once you have your frame in front of you, it’s time to decorate! To keep this project fast and neat, I use washable markers to color in the frame, but you can use paint, colored pencils and crayons to decorate your frame.

Once your frame has its base color or colors, grab a pile of Alphabet Pasting Pieces and sort through them. I will need the letters “i,” “m,” and “o” because my frame will spell out “I ♥ Mom.” Feel free to choose your own special message to spell! You can explore different types of lettering styles with interesting colors and designs. Once you have chosen your message, glue the pieces down with a glue stick or white glue.

Now it’s time to create the heart component! I started with a sheet of our color diffusing paper, and cut out a small heart shape. Then I used red liquid watercolor paint to color the heart. Once that was dry, I cut a slightly smaller heart out of a purple tissue circle. Finally, I chose a purple heart button to layer on top of the other two hearts. DSC_6529

To hold everything together, I used one of our plastic lacing needles and some yarn to stitch the layers together. Our flexible needles are easy to thread and classroom-safe! There shouldn’t be any pricked fingers this Mother’s Day. Tie a knot in the yarn on the back side of your heart to secure it. DSC_6530

Once the heart component was put together, I glued it to the corner of the frame. DSC_6532

Once your frame is decorated, print out a copy of mom’s favorite photo, cut it slightly larger than the inside edge of the frame, and glue it in place. This makes a fabulous take-home craft for all of your students, and just in time for Mother’s Day!Frame 01 (facebook version_small)

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Roll-Up Paper Play Pals

19 April, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

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Prepare popular paper play pals! Great for teaching children to follow instructions, practice fine motor skills, and create diverse pals for imaginary play!

 

Age: 4+

Duration: 10 minutes

Learning Outcomes: Cut and roll paper to practice fine motor sills. Explore diversity in the classroom.

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Open the Roll Up Doll Template on your computer. Print out the template onto the Skin Tone Craft paper.

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Roll up each sheet of paper, being careful not to crease it. Then allow the paper to unroll naturally. DSC_6455

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Once you have rolled and unrolled your sheet of paper, carefully cut along the dotted lines. DSC_6458

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Next, carefully roll up the arm and leg sections and tape each cylinder shut. Then, gently roll the body into a cylinder. Tape shut. You may need to trim the arms if they are too long. DSC_6460Finally, fold the top flap down and tape to the opposite side of the body to create the head. DSC_6462

Draw a face on your paper play pal, and enjoy!

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Bug Sculptures

25 May, 2016 0 comments Leave a comment

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Use water to sculpt life-like insects! This ingenious technique using 100% recycled material will create beautiful 3D designs that your students will be proud to call their art!
Before starting, make sure you lay down newspapers or a paint tray onto your working surface. This will help keep the water in one area for easy cleanup.

Choose your insect design. There are 8 bug designs in total, including a bee, spider, rhino beetle, stag beetle, moth, butterfly, scorpion and dragonfly.

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Wet both sides of the chipboard design. The water will soak through the material, allowing it to bend without tearing. Curve, crease and form wings, legs and antennae.

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When you are finished, prop the sculpture in between small objects to hold the sculpture’s shape as it dries. When dry, color the insects with paint and display the finished pieces in a lifelike nature exhibit!

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Foam Paint Bottles

18 May, 2016 0 comments Leave a comment

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Explore a range of fun sensory experiences with colorful and exciting Foam Paint using our special dispensing bottles! Mix up a simple recipe for foam paint to create beautiful sensory art. Engage your early childhood and special needs students. Foam paint looks beautiful and feels luscious to the touch. In addition, it has a great scent!

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To make your own foam paint, mix:
1/4 cup dish soap
cold water
liquid watercolor or
food coloring

Note: Adjust the amount to soften or intensify color.
OPTIONAL: tablespoons glycerin (for a
fluffier foam)

The Foam Paint Bottles have special pump dispensing action to give your students an extra
level of sensory exercise. Pour the foam paint recipe into the base and screw on the pump dispenser. As you press the pump, it will squirt out a dollop of colorful foam.

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A little goes a long way. To save leftovers, simply twist the nozzle to lock it, then store in a cool dry location for a month or more.Line-03

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Chromatography Kit

11 May, 2016 0 comments Leave a comment

Turn science into art with our R54490 Chromatography Kit! Amaze your students with gorgeous science/art projects! Use the power of diffusion and chromatography to create effortless pieces of art on die-cut flower shapes. Students will get to witness how the … Continue reading

Junior Heart Paint Pipettes

04 May, 2016 0 comments Leave a comment

Use our Junior Heart Paint Pipettes and love your art! The pipettes have heart-shaped bulbs at the top that will encourage children to practice flexing and squeezing their fingers. Mix a few drops of concentrated watercolor paint or food coloring with about 2 cups of … Continue reading
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