Posts Tagged ‘art’

Groundhog Art!

February 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, February 2, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Groundhog Day

(www.groundhog.org/resources-for-teachers)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Today, February 2nd, is Groundhog Day! In North America the groundhog is said to wake from winter hibernation and crawl out of its burrow.

If the groundhog sees his shadow, he gets frightened and returns to his den for another six weeks, prolonging winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow, he emerges from his home and spring begins. The “official” groundhog is named Punxsutawney Phil. He lives at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

NOTE: This site gets so much activity on February 2nd, that you may get an error message. Don’t let it deter you. Keep trying or wait until tomorrow and try again. The lesson plans and educational activities can be done anytime. So, bookmark this site to access them when there’s less traffic. Happy Groundhog Day!

When you get to the site, you will see a list of the most popular activities including: 

  • Color Phil
  • Phil’s Letter Trace
  • Shadow Play
  • and more

Be sure to check out the More Resources on the right hand sidebar for Preschool, Elementary, Middle School and High School in categories such as Math and Music.

Want more? Then don’t miss the fun and games designed especially for little ones at Universal Preschool hereFind out how to make a paperbag groundhog or a cardboard box burrow or go on a groundhog hunt!

Free Offline Math Games & Much More

January 14th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, January 14, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop

(ellenjmchenry.com/homeschool-freedownloads/math/)

Age Range: 5-16 (Grades 1-11 approximately and varies by topic and activity; with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free downloadable games and curricula for a wide range of subjects to be used offline.

The free math games and activities teach various math strands and concepts in a fun, hands-on way. The game instructions and materials can be printed out and assembled for play offline. The games were designed by a homeschool mom and illustrator named Ellen McHenry. When she couldn’t find resources that were really what she wanted and needed, she got out her old college texts (she majored in drawing and minored in math), did some review, and started inventing her own stuff, much of which she makes available on her site for free.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the math games and activities that include: 

  • Storm the Castle! – Players (ages 5-9 or so) pretend to be medieval soldiers attacking a castle. They must cross a field and a bridge using math skills, find the difference between two numbers, find coordinates on a grid, and solve simple word problems.
  • Loot the Pirate Ship! – Players (ages 7-11 or so) use and practice multiples of numbers, prime numbers, and divisibility rules to capture ships and loot them.
  • Sheep Herding Math Strategy Game – This is a two-player game that is fun for all ages. One person plays the sheep, the other is the border collie in this classic strategy game that is similar to “Hares and Hounds.”
  • Professor Pig’s Magic Math (a mini-curricula) – Professor Pig teaches his students (ages 5-9 or so) to see patterns with numbers that will allow them to easily do addition without any memorization. There is review and practice built into the activities eliminating boring drill worksheets!

These games are not only great for elementary students, but are helpful to older students who struggle with math or need remedial work.

But that’s not all! Ms. McHenry has also created free educational games and lessons for students of all ages, in the following subjects: 

  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Human Body
  • Earth Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Physical Science
  • History/Social Studies
  • Geography/Maps
  • Art
  • Language Arts
  • Drama
  • and more!

You will be astounded at the innovative ways she has developed, and ingenious materials she has created to help students of all ages learn. Words simply can’t do it justice. Bookmark this site, you’ll want to return often.

Coloring pages of art masterpieces

January 12th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, January 12, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

CyberSpain

(www.cyberspain.com/colorme/iexplorer.htm)

Age Range: All (All grades, children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a unique opportunity for your children to learn about art masterpieces housed in the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu that offers 7 coloring pages of great works of art as follows: 

  • Noble Man with Hand on Chest by El Greco
  • El Buen Pastor by Murillo
  • The Maids of Honour by Velazquez
  • The Sunshade by Goya
  • The Duke of Lerma by Rubens
  • Still Life by Zurbaran
  • The Puppet by Goya

Click on any one, and a new page opens with a black and white coloring page of the masterpiece. Print it out, and your child can color it. The coloring page includes a paragraph of information about the picture and the artist who painted it.

This provides a great opportunity to introduce kids to art and art history. In fact, to further the learning, click on the words “The Prado” in the introduction, and you can see pictures of the real artwork on display at the museum. (Click on the images for a larger view.)

Note: These 2 pages are part of the vast CyberSpain.com website that provides info on the art, life, and culture of Spain. We did not review the rest of the site. Therefore, as always, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW the site to determine suitability of content for your own children.

Holiday Crafts for Kids!

December 22nd, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, December 22, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Christmas and Winter Crafts for Kids

(www.craftideas.info/html/k-winter.html)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported, mega-crafts website provides lots of step-by-step instructions for easy Christmas and winter crafts designed to help parents and children spend some creative quality time together.

For many of these projects you only need paper, scissors, glue, and crayons or markers. When you get to the site, you’ll see some “Google Ads” listed at the top of the page. Below them you’ll find an extensive menu of crafts (interspersed with more Google ads) that your kids are sure to enjoy making for the holiday and winter season including: 

  • Paper Gingerbread Man
  • Candy Cane Paper Ornament
  • Popsicle Stick Snowflakes
  • Easy Orange Pomanders
  • Pom-Pom Santa Claus
  • Beaded Tree Ornaments
  • Chenille Snowflakes

Click on any one for a list of materials, full instructions, and free printable craft patterns. As the website suggests, make some hot cocoa, put on some holiday tunes and enjoy a couple of afternoons helping your kids create wonderful holiday craft projects that make great decorations and gifts!
 
When you’re through exploring the kids section at this site, use the menu to find free craft patterns and tutorials for every season and for every age and ability.

Fabulous Printable Paper Crafts

December 1st, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, December 1, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Creative Park

(cp.c-ij.com/en/index.html)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Canon company (that sells all kinds of printing resources) sponsors this website that provides a massive online collection of fun paper arts and craft materials that can be downloaded for free to make your own original artistic creations. There is something for everyone here, suitable for a wide variety of age ranges.


When you get to the website, you’ll see the featured creations that you can make at home, along with a menu that includes: 

  • Card – Download printable birthday and gift cards, as well as gift boxes and stationery.
  • Paper Craft – Get downloadable materials and instructions for making 3-D models – from animals to architectural wonders.
  • Home and Living – Make holiday and celebratory decorations, ornaments, boxes and much more as well as designer paper bags and fans.
  • Scrapbook – Create your own photo or memory album – or homeschool yearbook! Get materials suited to various seasons and events and add your photos and captions.
  • Art – Explore the amazing art possibilities of paper including 3D Decoupage, Paper Reliefs, Origami, Chiyogami, 3D Paper Mosaic, Frames, and more!
  • Calendars – Make original craft-type, photo-frame, countdown, perpetual, Advent calendars and more at any time of year with these free materials and instructions.

Bookmark this one – it’s a great resource for creative and educational projects of all kinds.

Fun with Ambigrams

November 28th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, November 28, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Inversions by Scott Kim

(www.scottkim.com.previewc40.carrierzone.com/inversions/)

Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

At today’s website you can explore the fascinating world of “ambigrams” also known as “inversions.”

What’s an ambigram? This is a “cool, artistic twist on wordplay!” Ambigrams are words that can be read in more than one way – that is, right side up, upside down, inverted, rotated, or mirrored.

At this website you’ll find classroom activities for grades 3-12, using ambigrams and inversions. According to the website, these exercises teach symmetry, art, geometry, language arts, and creative thinking. When you get to the website, you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Classroom Activities – Get free ambigram-themed lessons and games including printable handouts and teacher notes.
  • Classroom Galleries – See samples of inversions or ambigrams submitted by students.

Please note, that this site recommends more learning resources about ambigrams at other websites. We have not reviewed these other sites and as always, parents should preview.

Ambigrams are a fun way to play with words, providing an opportunity to improve Language Arts skills in spelling and vocabulary, and much more!

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