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Self-Hardening Clay

November 11, 2010 Teachnet Staff 0

Self-hardening clay is available in five pound boxes at hobby stores, dries on its own when left uncovered in about a week, and is paintable. This clay is great for a first-time art project if no kiln is available, and dividing the five pound cube into eight equal sections gives students a large enough piece to make a small coiled pot.

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Forgot To Buy Valentines? Make Them!

November 7, 2010 Teachnet Staff 0

Between assessments and planning a party and fighting a headache, who can blame you for forgetting to buy valentines for your students? Well, print your way out of the doghouse with this tangram valentine.

Valentine’s Day Varieties

November 7, 2010 Teachnet Staff 0

Readers’ Favorite: Our collection of Valentine’s Day activities in a variety of subjects and levels. Make some pink applesauce and stained glass hearts, read a Valentine’s Day book, play a few games and then do a quick science lesson by studying your heart rate. That’s a festive day!

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Math = Art

November 6, 2010 Teachnet Staff 0

A different approach to introduce your elementary students to multiplication is to combine it with art.

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Recycled Christmas Ornaments

October 26, 2010 Teachnet Staff 0

For something different, try making Christmas ornaments out of recycled materials. Brainstorm with your art teacher how that might be accomplished in an aesthetically pleasing way, or tackle it on your own with bits of plastic, paper, aluminum foil, string, wire, etc.

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Play Dough Options: Do-it-yourself Recipes for Kids

October 25, 2010 Teachnet Staff 1

Hey, kids love this stuff! There are so many different kinds of play dough recipes available, we felt that we should share some of each. Play dough is always more fun when you make it yourself. Whether you need to make it now or will use it in the Fall, hang on to all of the recipes compiled here. Try different methods for coloring your dough, as well as adding lemon or orange oil to give it a more fragrant smell – unless of course you’re making the edible dough. Cook it, knead it, freeze it, color it, dry it, paint it, you get the idea. Most of all, have fun and be as creative as you can!

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This Is Me: A look at self-portraits for students

October 24, 2010 Teachnet Staff 0

Self-portraits can go a long way toward covering many subject areas and, at the same time, giving students a creative outlet. Self-portraits are ideal during the first few weeks of school because the work a student does now can be reassigned at the end of the year for comparison. Lessons along the way in shading, shape, technique and perspective will yield a far different result in the second drawing. Your students may be amazed when they compare two self-portraits done months apart!