# Art Appreciation Activities for Kids

November 7th, 2020

# Why Do I Have To Learn Math?

October 26th, 2020

It’s Monday, October 26, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Motivate – Maths Enrichment for Schools

Age Range: 11-17 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

This archived site from the University of Cambridge presents downloadable multimedia explorations of how math relates to real life issues such as nutrition, disease, vaccinations, and the economics of health. The math topics covered include percentages, graphs, probability, equations, contingency tables, tree diagrams and much more!

When you get to the site you’ll see a description of what’s provided on the site. Click on the links under the title “Multi-Media Packs” to get to the engaging math activities that answer questions such as:

• Is eating bacon sandwiches bad for you (or are the statistics misleading)?
• How do mathematical models make predictions about epidemics?
• What are the odds that you test positive for something and the test is wrong?

Explore these and other health-related questions from a mathematical perspective.

You can also do an in-depth study of “Babylonian Maths” that hone skills in number and place value, multiplication, division, inverses, shape, and symmetry.

If you still want more, click over to the “Cross-Curricular Resources” section to find correlations between mathematics and art, geography, history, music, science, sports and more. Some of the videos (VCs) in this section don’t work any more, but there are plenty of good suggested activities to stimulate learning over a wide variety of subjects.

# Make Paper Toys

October 17th, 2020

It’s Saturday, October 17, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Paper Toys

Age Range: All (All grades; children 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 you’ll see a menu of the many patterns available including:

• Apache Helicopter
• Bill Gate’s House
• Bruce Lee Paper Doll
• Dale Earnhardt NASCAR #3
• Eiffel Tower
• Great Pyramid
• Party Hat
• Queen’s Crown
• Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
• Tyrannosaurus Rex
• And many more!

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

These are great indoor activities for bad weather days – plus, many of the projects make great gifts! Have fun!

# [ClickSchooling] Math Cats: Fall Math Idea Bank

October 12th, 2020

It’s Monday, October 12, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Math Cats: Fall Math Idea Bank

Age Range: 5-10 (Grades K-5 approximately, with parental supervision)

Fall is here! At this website you’ll find free, fun, fall-themed math activities.

The activities include:

• Leaf Math – Seeking a symmetrical leaf
• Spider Math – Draw a perfectly symmetrical spider.
• Pumpkin Math – Make estimates.

Once you’ve had fun with the fall math activities, check out the rest of this wonderful math website for elementary grade kids. Under Math Cats Explore the World you can access math activities that include:

• Discover EXACTLY how old you are – in hours, minutes, and seconds.
• Try to balance objects – ranging from electrons to galaxies!
• Play 12 math games online!
• Polygon Playground – Explore symmetry and tessellations!
• Math Crafts – Make string art, polyhedra, hexagrams and more!

And many others!

# Free Art Lessons!

September 26th, 2020

It’s Saturday, September 26, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Deep Space Sparkle Art

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

This website offers free art lessons including complete instructions and helpful tips.

The site was designed by an art teacher in Santa Barbara, California, who named the site after her favorite Crayola crayon color. She thinks that art should be a part of every child’s day. The lessons are themed around different animals, architecture, cultures, and geography, and many are inspired by children’s picture books.

When you get to the site, choose the grade level you are interested in. Click on any lesson title and a new page opens with complete instructions, illustrations, and photos and even videos. The lessons can be easily adapted to suit kids of all ages. In fact, the whole family may enjoy doing these activities together.

Then use the menu on the left to find:

• 45-minute art lessons
• Art at Home
• Art History Curriculum
• Art Lessons by Subject
• Art Lessons by Technique
• Art Shows
• How to Teach Art
• and more!

While most of the information is geared for classroom teachers, it can be easily tweaked for use at home.

# Children’s Literature Arts & Crafts

September 23rd, 2020

It’s Wednesday, September 23, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

DLTK – Children’s Book Breaks

This is a massive arts and crafts website that offers free coloring pages and craft activities that correlate with children’s literature including books, fairy tales, fables and nursery rhymes.

It’s a great way to extend the learning (and the fun!) after you read a story with your child.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu that includes:

• Aesop’s Fables
• Arthur
• Clifford the Big Red Dog
• Curious George
• If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
• Nursery Rhyme Activities
• Stone Soup
• ~ and many more!

Click on any title and a new page opens where you’ll find printable coloring pages of the book characters and scenes, as well as craft activities such as instructions and printable templates for making puppets, felt board characters, story sequencing cards, and art projects of all kinds.

Be sure to click on:

• Book Report Ideas – Get free templates for making a book report and a diorama.
• Home Made School Journal – Access free instructions and templates on how to make your own personalized journals and diaries.
• Mini Books – Find an amazing array of printable alphabet stories, Bible stories, holiday stories, and some themed stories. You can also print out templates for making custom stories that are all about your child.

This site offers fun ways to enhance learning through blending reading, writing, and art!