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Hundreds of Hands on Crafts for Kids

March 29th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, March 29, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Hands On Crafts for Kids

 

Age Range: 7-12 (Grades 2-7, with parental supervision)

ClickScholar Heidi Craft sent us this wonderful website for review. This website is the online home to the public television program Hands On Crafts for Kids. Not only will visitors find hundreds of educationally reinforced craft projects with easy-to-follow instructions, but also episodes of the Hands On Crafts for Kids show are available for on-line viewing each week.
Some of the craft projects also include YouTube videos. Current series topics cover: 
* The Artist In You!
* More Crafting Every Day projects!
* Crafting Every Day
* Crafts around the World
* Living Things
* Skills for Life
* Back to Basics
* Cultural Traditions of the Islands
* 5,4,3,2,1 – 5 projects, 5 steps, 5 ingredients
* Crafting in the USA
* Back In Time
* Camp Hands On
* Crafts Around The Earth
* Crafting Together
* Crafts Around The World 1
* Curriculum Crafts

A small sampling of the fun projects available includes:

* Paleolithic Cave Painting
* Japanese Printing Technique – Gyotaku Fish Shaped Prints
* Impressionistic Landscape
* A sock-arm puppet
* Create glop or blubber
* Peruvian Bead Necklace

There is an ever growing list of great projects and ideas that can be easily integrated into your studies. You will surely want to bookmark this site to come back to often.

Priceless Art Study Resources

February 15th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, February 15, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Educator Resources

 

Age Range: 6 and up (Grades 1-12, approximately, with parental supervision)

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the United States. With its ever changing exhibitions, tour the latest and greatest collections in the galleries online for free as well as find valuable educational resources to expand your art studies.

 

To aid you in your exploration there are wonderful Educator Resources that include interesting lesson plans and curriculum resources.

When you arrive on the “Find an Educator Resource” page you will see a timeline with images of the works of art that have available lesson plans. Easily navigate through the time periods ranging from 2000 BC to 2000 AD. Further narrow your search criteria by choosing any combination of “Subject area”, “Grade”, “Collection area”, and/or “Theme”. Once you have refined your search, click on the image of interest and find the links to the lesson plan and/or curriculum resource.

Rather find a lesson by geographical location? The Museum website has that covered too. Select the “Map” tab and then hover over a map pinpoint to view the work of art with an associated lesson plan. Click the picture of the artwork to expand the information and reach the link for the lesson plan.

Lesson plans follow the same basic format:

 

  • Image of featured work of art along with related information
  • Goals
  • National Standards
  • Questions for Viewing
  • Activity
  • Resources
  • Related Object which includes links to those items in the online exhibits

 

The Curriculum Resource links provide more information about the artwork being studied with even more links on each page to other relevant pages on the website. You decide how deep you want to dig into your study.

This is a huge website with new and exciting discoveries every time you visit. These lesson plans help expand your understanding and enjoyment of art in all its forms. 

Explore Your Creativity

January 18th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, January 18, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

I Am An Artist

 

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-6, approximately with parental supervision)

 

*Please note that this website is from Ireland and uses British spellings of some words.

This website provides free art instruction through the use of short videos, brief webpage fact sheets, and loads of project inspiration and lesson plans.

Created with the help of Irish teachers and part of a joint project between RTÉ and the National Centre for Technology in Education, students are encouraged to explore their creativity in the following areas:
  • Paint & Colour
  • Clay
  • Fabric & Fibre
  • Drawing
  • Construction
  • Print

When you arrive at the site you can either use the interactive image map or the menu bars to quickly navigate to area of interest. Each topic is explored similarly:

  • Read the brief, thought provoking questions or the introduction to the topic to spark your student’s interest.
  • Click “Watch a Video” for access to the short videos relating to the topic.
  • “Look & Respond” opens a slide show of art examples with questions to encourage investigating the pieces more closely.
  • “Can You?” provides step-by-step illustrated project instructions for using the median you are learning about.

Some of the projects included are:

  • Mix and play with paint?
  • Pinch a Pot?
  • Make a Flour Batik Wall Hanging?
  • Play with lines?
  • Make 2D Constructions?
  • Print with marbling ink?
More project ideas and videos are provided ion the “Project Ideas” area which include looking at art in Everyday Objects, Water, Walls, and more. And if you are still looking for even more inspiration, there are well laid out, PDF lesson plans available in the “For Teachers” section along with a page of web links for further exploration. There is a load of colorful learning available on this website sure to inspire the artist in all of us.

Make Paper Toys & Get Free eBook!

December 14th, 2013

Hi! It’s Saturday, December 14, 2013 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Paper Toys

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website provides free patterns that you can print, cut, fold and glue to make dozens of paper toys including architectural wonders, cars, animals, and more.

When you get to the site, scroll down the page to see a menu of the many patterns available including:

  • Apache Helicopter
  • Bill Gate’s House
  • Clown Ring-Toss Game
  • DeLorean
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Great Pyramid
  • Jimi Hendrix Guitar
  • Mississippi Queen Riverboat
  • Paper Doll
  • Party Hat
  • Queen’s Crown
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Taj Mahal
  • Tugboat
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex

And for the holidays:

  • Christmas Tree
  • Christmas Tree Ornaments
  • Nativity Scene
  • Santa
  • Santa’s House
  • Gift Boxes for Mom & Dad 

Click on any one and a new page opens with the pattern to print along with instructions on how to assemble it.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! Scroll down the menu on the left side of the home page to download the free e-book “22 FUN Activities for Kids.” This well-designed e-book includes colorful illustrations and instructions that your kids will love including:

  • Build A Tent City
  • Make Scratch Pictures
  • Make Soap Sculptures
  • Make Pinecone People
  • Make Water Globes
  • Make A Sock Puppet
  • Make A Friendship Bracelet

…and many more!

These are great indoor activities for winter weather days – plus, many of the projects make great holiday gifts! 

Make Holiday Paper Chains & More!

December 7th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Saturday, December 7, 2013, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

I thought you and your children might enjoy making some holiday decorations. Here are some websites with step-by-step directions designed with kids in mind.

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Age Range: 4 and up (with parental supervision)

Reindeer Paper Chains

Preschool children can help make decorative chains out of construction paper and gift wrap. There are also instructions for how to make a really cute “Reindeer Chain” too.

Popcorn and Cranberry Chains

Make a pretty popcorn and cranberry garland, while teaching the kids some basic sewing skills.

Paper Snowflake Chains

Get free printable snowflake patterns with instructions on how to fold and cut them so that they resemble beautiful snowflakes. Then, string them together in a chain or hang them individually.

Paper Chains

Get easy instructions on how to make simple paper chains.

How to Draw Thanksgiving Symbols & More!

November 23rd, 2013

Hi! It’s Saturday, November 23, 2013 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

I thought you might like to learn how to draw a variety of Thanksgiving symbols and get some step-by-step tutorials on how to make fun Thanksgiving arts and crafts

Recommended Websites:
See Below…

Age Range: Varies (with parental supervision)

How to Draw a Turkey

Learn to Draw a Pilgrim Girl

Learn to Draw a Pilgrim Boy

How to Draw The Mayflower

Turkey Arts & Crafts – Explore a menu of “Turkey Crafts” that include:

  • Make an Autumn Leaf Turkey
  • Make a Toilet Paper Roll Turkey
  • Make a Variety of Handprint and Footprint Turkeys
  • Make a Paper Plate Turkey
  • Make a Turkey Napkin Ring

Click on any item and a new pages opens with complete instructions and illustrations.

Many of these projects are so simple, they’d make a great activity for your Thanksgiving guests. Simply provide the materials needed and a space for assembly, demonstrate how to do it, and let everyone create their own memorable party favor. :)

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