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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

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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 molecules of the salt-water solution push against the molecules of pigments of marker inks and carry them up the length of the paper flower petals.

Cover your space with a protective sheet or paint tray. Mix 2½ cups of warm water with 2 tsps of diffusion crystals. Stir the mixture until the crystals are fully dissolved. There may be a bit of sediment at the bottom. This will not affect the experiment, but you can add more water to fully dissolve it.

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Color the centers of the three flower shapes with marker inks. Use marker colors that are mixtures of other colors rather than primary colors. Ask students to guess what types of pigments make up those particular colors. Pipette drops of the diffusion crystals and water onto the center of each flower. The water will move towards the outside edge and separate the pigments along the way.

When the flowers are dry, all the pigments used to create those marker colors will be visible. Heavy pigment molecules are deposited closer to the center of the flower, while light molecules travel further up the paper.

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Junior Heart Paint Pipettes

04 May, 2016 0 comments Leave a comment

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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 warm water. Squeeze the bulb to expel all the air from the inside and then dip the nozzle into a bowl of watercolor paint. Release the bulb. The inner chamber will fill with paint.

Squeeze the bulb to press out the paint.

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Here are some ideas on how to use the Paint Pipettes!

  • Make interesting splatter art.
  • Mix up watercolor paint with a dash of glitter. Pipette the mixture onto a sheet of Color Diffusing Paper. Let dry overnight, then in the morning, get a look at your fantastic glitter painting!
  • Make a gel heart! Mix up ¼ cup cold water to 1 packet of Knox® Gelatine. Add ¼ cup boiling water and stir until dissolved. Use the pipette to draw in some of the mixture. Let set at room temperature or place in the fridge for faster setting times. Once the gel is set, use a pair of scissors to cut the pipette open. Peel away the sides to reveal your gel heart! Tip: Add in a bit of food coloring to the mixture before you let it set.

Looking for more ideas? Check out our YouTube page for more Roylco videos!

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Learn to Tie Your Shoes

28 April, 2016 0 comments Leave a comment

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Teach an essential skill while developing children’s dexterity in no time with our fun
craft! Give one pair of card shoes to each student. Students can color in the card shoes with crayons or pencil crayons. Gently press the card on both of the score lines around the toe area to give the shoe dimension. To secure the shoe to a student’s foot, connect the two
straps at the heel of the card shoe. Align both sets of slots so that they are parallel. Tuck the slots into each other then tug the slots outward to secure.

Tie up the card shoes with laces! If you wish to help students who may still be learning their right from left, dip one end of the laces into fabric paint or color each lace end with a different color of permanent marker. Perfect for practicing shoelace tying skills! Use this technique to make the laces easy to differentiate.

To lace up the shoes, fold the lace in half. String the lace ends through the pair of holes near the toe. Pull the laces until you have an equal amount on either end.

Cross the laces and insert each lace end into the opposite hole. Continue through each pair of holes by crossing and alternating.

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Start with a rhyme or a story to put a visual image in your students’ minds. This will allow them to connect each step of tying their own shoelaces while progressing through each new part in the lyric. When they memorize the rhyme or story, students will find it easier to remember each step. Then, begin by saying the following lines aloud. Each verse indicates an action for tying the shoelaces.

[For the base knot]
Cross your laces, 1-2-3
Put one end underneath
Wrap it round and pull it tight
Great! You got that knot all right!
[For the loops]
Hold them up then fold them down
Cross those loops then twist one ‘round
Push through the loop then pull them tight,
Hooray! Now your laces are tied!

Alternatively, read out a simple story to your students. This will help them connect events in the story to the actions they make while tying their shoes.

Start with the tree’s roots. They grow in many different ways.
Sometimes they cross [cross laces].
Sometimes they twist around [twist the right lace around the left lace].
The tree roots are in a knot [pull knot to tighten].
Now make one loop. The loop is a tree. The other lace is a squirrel.
The squirrel runs fast around the tree and jumps through the hole! [twist the lace around the loop then pull the middle of the lace through the loop].
Now pull the two loops to make the tree bigger!
Hooray! You’ve tied your shoelaces!

Repeat the rhyme or the story several times to help children get a feel for correctly tying their shoelaces. Once they have memorized each lyric they can try tying their shoes on their own. Be supportive as you go along. Repeat the steps as many times as needed to help children understand shoe tying.Line-20

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Letter Vests

25 April, 2016 0 comments Leave a comment

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Learn important language skills in a fun and interactive way.

Letter Vests are durable, brightly colored and laminated. The Letter Vests are made with tear resistant material, however under extreme circumstances they can rip. If a rip occurs, carefully remove the vest from the child and apply a small piece of clear tape to the front and back of the tear.

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Clean the vest with a damp cloth.

Each vest represents one manuscript-style letter of the alphabet in lower-case on the front, and upper-case on the back. Vowels are featured in red and constants are blue. The letters A,E,L,N,O and S have been duplicated to extend the number of words your students can spell.

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These Letter Vests allow children to learn the sounds of each letter, experiment with rhyming words and discover words in an engaging way.

Start language explorations by giving each child a Letter Vest introducing the letters of the
alphabet. Ask students to order themselves into an alphabetical line. Introduce rhyming words that have the same ending. Start by spelling out the ending of a three-letter word, then go through the alphabet letter by letter to form all possible words ending with the last two letters. Write a list of vocabulary words. Ask students to arrange themselves into the word using the Letter Vests.

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Lace Paper Dolls

21 April, 2016 0 comments Leave a comment

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Add beautiful trims and details to your paper dolls with R22054 Lace Paper!

Age: 4+

Duration: 10-20 minutes

Learning Objectives: Use multiple materials to make details. Talk about fashion and how to combine details to make interesting combinations of clothes. Discuss proportions, clothing arrangements and combining pattern and color. Exercise scissor skills.

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Choose your Paper Doll of choice and lay it onto a sheet of Fabric Paper. Trace around the edge of the Paper Doll. To make the pants, trace only around the legs and connect the lines when you remove the doll. Similarly, trace around the upper body area to make the shirt.

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Cut out the resulting tracings. Use different types of paper sheets to add a variety of pattern and color to your Paper Doll’s overall outfit.

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Glue the pieces down onto your Paper Doll.

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The lovely lace patterns in our Lace Paper are perfect for adding little details and embellishments to your Paper Doll’s outfit. Trace around the outside of your doll’s sleeve/arm area if needed.

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Cut scalloped edges with special scrapbook scissors or develop an advanced scissor skill by cutting a wavy line! Glue the strips down onto the edges of the separate clothing pieces.

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Even use the Lace Paper to make the hair! Cut out little sections and wisp the ends.

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Here is another example of how you can combine lovely patterns of the Fabric Paper! Explore wonderful, wacky combinations and make your characters come to life!

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R15673 My First Mosaics

18 April, 2016 0 comments Leave a comment

 

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Create your own fun characters with mix and match mosaics! Learn about basic human proportions and fun character costumes.

Students will love piecing the different cards together! Organizing the mosaics to make people pictures is a great way to develop critical thinking skills.

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The large size and simple “puzzle-like” artwork make them perfect for young children. Introduce mosaics to students with fun images of children in uniforms, fantasy costumes or historical clothes. Featuring bright colors and backgrounds to distinguish each set of character pieces. The characters are illustrated with a variety of props to help students identify them easily.

Each complete image is made of 3 mosaics; the head, body and legs.

Mix and match assorted pieces, then glue onto a sheet of card to make a funny, unique character. Makes a great “take home” art project!Line-10

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Sock Bunny

14 April, 2016 0 comments Leave a comment

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Here’s another great project that you can do with our versatile Sockles! Use the instructions with any spare socks that can’t find their partners and turn them into lovely sock bunnies!

Age: 4+

Duration: 10 minutes

Learning Objectives: Use fine motor skills to create a fun bunny character made from a sock! Use easily-available materials in combination to produce a finished project. Follow step-by-step instructions. Can even be used as a starter project for independent learners.

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You’ll Need:

  • R22004 Sockles
  • Scissors
  • Elastic bands (x3)
  • Markers
  • Tissue paper or other batting material

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Fill ¾ of the Sockle instep with heavier stuffing such as beans, sand or rice. This will form the bunny’s body. Tie off the stuffed half of the instep with an elastic band.

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Fill the remaining ¼ of the instep with lighter stuffing, such as cotton balls or shredded tissue paper. Tie off the end of the bunny head with an elastic band.

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Cut off the top rim of the Sockles cuff. Cut a bunny ear out of one side of the cuff; cut the second ear out of the other side.

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Use markers to draw the bunny’s face. Use pink marker to color the bunny’s inner ear.

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