Make Cross Weaving Mats for this Easter !

Let’s make cross weaving mats for this Easter! With this simple project, the art of weaving colorful strips of paper through a bright Cross Weaving Mat promotes hand-eye coordination!

Age: 4+

Duration: 8-10 minutes

Learning Outcomes: Explore cultural traditions and symbols. Practice folding and taping. Exercise Fine motor skills. Create a take-home craft.

You’ll Need:

Weave a colorful Cross!
• Begin by gently separating the weaving strips from the panel and loosening the die-cut slats of the cross. Allow four strips per cross.

• Start by weaving the vertical area of the cross. Insert a strip through the slats of the
mat and weave in and out. When you have finished the first strip, start the second but
alternate the “in and out” pattern each time. A wavy, checkerboard pattern will appear.

• Trim off the excess weaving strip lengths and use to complete the cross bar of the cross.Carefully glue or tape the ends down on the backside of the weaving mat. Notice the different color combination you have created on the reverse side.

Tape your finished cross to a window for inspirational window art or decorate a Bible
classroom doorway. Use several Cross Weaving Mats to decorate a bulletin board for Easter!

Celebrate The Lantern Festival with Stained Glass Lanterns

Create luminous lanterns to string up in your classroom or send home as great gifts! The 3D lanterns are cleverly designed to make assembly easy for little hands. Lanterns are a wonderful example of a cultural and historical artifact that you can discuss
in your next social studies class.

Our stained glass lanterns look a lot like the Andon and Crystal Magic lanterns used in Japan and China, respectively. Your students can be creative and can color in the lanterns any way they like. Adding stained glass to a lantern is a recent trend of turning a practical or useful lamp into a pretty and decorative piece of art.

Age: 4+

Duration: 10 -13 minutes

Learning Outcomes: • Develop fine motor skills • Explore creativity
• Discover lantern and stained glass history   • Use basic design techniques to develop ideas • Learn about Chinese and Japanese lanterns • Combine social studies with arts and crafts  • Use multiple media to create a multi-use craft

You’ll Need:

  • R52093 Stained Glass Lanterns
  • R15275 Stained Glass Paper
  • Crayons or markers
  • String
  • Glue Stick

  1. Each of the lanterns features 4 sky-themed designs. Each design is made to look like a stained glass window. The illustrations include a sun, moon, butterfly and bee. Cut out sections of colored tissue paper or R15275 Stained Glass Paper to glue under the designs.
  2. You can use different colors for parts of one illustration. For instance, paste white tissue paper pieces over the bee’s wings. Alternate and paste yellow and black tissue paper pieces across the separate sections of the bee’s body.
  3. Fold in the lantern along the pre-scored creases to make the lantern three dimensional.
  4. You’ll notice that its side edges are slightly smaller than the rest of the tab. These side tabs will help hook the tab in place when you insert it into the slot. Gently open the slot to loosen it up. Insert the tab into the slot by edging in first one side of the tab then the other.
  5. Finally, fold in all four tabs on the sides of the triangular roof flaps.
  6. Pass a length of fishing line, yarn or string through the holes of all four
    roof tabs and tie a knot at the top to secure.

Now you can hang your lantern along a length of string with other lanterns in sequence or you can hang the lantern directly from the ceiling.

Celebrate Chinese New Year or the start of spring by stringing up the lanterns. You can also send the beautiful lanterns home as Mother’s Day gifts or for any other special event.

Please visit http://roylco.com/shop/r52093-stained-glass-lantern for more information.

 

 

Make Chinese Lanterns for Chinese New Year

The Chinese Lantern Festival is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar Chinese calendar. It marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations, and falls on March 2nd in 2018. During the Lantern Festival, children carry paper lanterns and go out at night. People also go to temples to solve riddles on the lanterns.

Age: 5+

Duration: 8-10 minutes

Learning Outcomes: Explore cultural traditions and symbols. Practice folding and taping. Exercise Fine motor skills. Create a take-home craft.

You’ll Need:

Ideas:

  • Use your own imagination and add some decorations to the lanterns.
  • To add complexity to your design, fold the slotted tube at the top of one or both ends of the slots. Affix it to the internal cylinder. Alternatively, after taping one end of the cylinder in place, rotate the slotted tube and tape to the bottom of the cylinder. This will give your lantern a spiral look.

Today the lanterns are very popular, not for practical reasons, but for the symbolic role they play in ceremonies and celebrations. Light up your classroom with these wonderful paper lanterns!

Please visit http://roylco.com/shop/r22021-color-in-chinese-lanterns for more information.

 

Accordion Critters

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Bounce around with R10300 Accordion Critters! Use the full color animal projects to teach children how to fold paper accordion style—an essential exercise for developing fine motor skills. Continue reading

Tessellations Nature Mobile

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Don’t hesitate—tessellate! We’ve got a load of fun animal designs you can make from the R15664 Tessellations Mosaics. Turn your beautiful artwork into a hanging mobile using our R51302 Nature Mobile. Continue reading

Repurposed Brown Paper Art (Christmas Edition)

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We always hear about great ways to get kids thinking creatively, while doing some sort of double duty. By this, I mean putting down brown packing paper onto tables to protect the surfaces, while giving kids the ability to draw or doodle to their hearts’ content! Well… what do you do with that paper after it’s all done? Read on for more, but a word of advice: DON’T throw it away!!

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