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Classroom art and craft – a year of activities
Published by R.I.C. Publications® 2010 under licence to Creative Teaching Press. Copyright© 2005 Creative Teaching Press. This version copyright© Prim-Ed Publishing® 2010 ISBN 978-1-84654-255-8 PR–6595

Copyright Information Only the copymasters contained within this publication may be reproduced by the original purchaser for use with their class(es). The publisher prohibits the loaning or onselling of these copymasters for purposes of reproduction. No other part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying or recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without written permission from the publisher.

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Foreword Classroom art and craft – a year of activities is a hugely useful resource that provides fun and easy art and craft projects to capture pupil’s interest and foster excitement and creativity for the entire school year. The simple, low-preparation activities can be used to introduce a new topic; complete a lesson plan; inspire writing; or for learning centres or early finishers. The activities may also be used to reinforce or conclude themes or celebrate special days, events or times of the year. Contents Teachers notes............................................................ ii–v Getting started.............................................................. iii Wish list (Note to parents)......................................... iv Book format..................................................................... v Curriculum links............................................................ vi Sample social skills checklist................................... vii Sample language skills checklist.........................viii Sample fine motor skills checklist.........................ix Sample fundamental movement skills checklist..........................................................................x Sample mathematics skills checklist. ...................xi

Art and craft projects Name card.........................................................................2 Grow your initial. .............................................................3 ‘All about me’ mobile................................................4–5 A quilt of many colours................................................6 Paper people....................................................................7 Crazy pet.......................................................................8–9 Summer tree........................................................... 10–11 Summer sun.................................................................. 12 Reading tent.................................................................. 13 Bear book................................................................ 14–15 Apple frame............................................................ 16–17 Marble-rolled apple.................................................... 18 Comic art........................................................................ 19 Bookworm bookmark......................................... 20–21 Strawberry reminder board.............................. 22–23 Elephant pencil holder....................................... 24–25 Chinese New Year dragon................................. 26–27 Asian fan.................................................................. 28–29 Paper bag kite............................................................... 30 Paper lei.......................................................................... 31 Adinkra designs. .................................................... 32–34 Paper plate tambourine............................................ 35 Party balloons............................................................... 36 Fireworks........................................................................ 37 Bark picture................................................................... 38 Leaf people.................................................................... 39 Autumn tree........................................................... 40–41 Leaf collage.................................................................... 42 Heart animal valentine.............................................. 43 Hearts on ribbons................................................. 44–45 Valentine holder.................................................... 46–47 Movable leprechaun........................................... 48–49 Mother’s Day card. ................................................ 50–51 Snow scene.................................................................... 52

Snow creature............................................................... 53 Winter tree..................................................................... 54 Rain stick......................................................................... 55 Bird feeder...................................................................... 56 Poppies............................................................................ 57 Hopping grasshoppers.............................................. 58 Rock insects................................................................... 59 Spring tree..................................................................... 60 Hand-feathered chick................................................ 61 Frog puppet............................................................ 62–63 Egg carton flowers...................................................... 64 Coffee filter butterfly.................................................. 65 Thumbprint caterpillar.............................................. 66 Tissue paper flowers................................................... 67 Bird mobile. ............................................................. 68–69 Bird-watching binoculars......................................... 70 Pumpkin picture.......................................................... 71 Scarecrow................................................................ 72–73 Stained glass cornucopia................................... 74–75 Pop-up rabbit......................................................... 76–77 Father’s Day character......................................... 78–79 Father’s Day card................................................... 80–81 Owl............................................................................. 82–83 Halloween feet...................................................... 84–85 Jack-o’-lantern.............................................................. 86 Class wreath.................................................................. 87 Reindeer gift bag.................................................. 88–89 Paper plate angel.................................................. 90–91 Pretzel wreath............................................................... 92 Gold picture................................................................... 93 Confectionery necklace............................................ 94 Tissue paper wreath................................................... 95 Paper classmates.................................................. 96–97 Star autograph book........................................... 98–99
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Getting started
Make a sample
• Make a sample of each craft piece before you introduce it to the class. This will give you a good idea of how to prepare for each activity and how much assistance the pupils will need to complete each. Having a sample ready also allows for valuable discussion time, brainstorming ideas, and visualizing the end result. The quality of pupils’ work will be much higher when they have a visual aid to use as a reference for the steps of the process.

Odds and ends
• Though Classroom art and craft–a year of activities contains a variety of craft types, there are materials that are common to many of the activities. Gather these items ahead of time so they always are always available. For the items that you do not have,  send a copy of the Wish list on Page iii home with the pupils. Parents may wish to contribute these items so you don’t have to purchase them.

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• Most classrooms already have the basic supplies of scissors, glue and tape. Since these supplies are usually readily available, they have been omitted from the materials list for each activity.

Teacher preparation

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Wish list
Dear Parents: Throughout the school year, your children will be completing many different art and craft projects. In addition to making the regular school week fun, art and craft activities capture children’s interest and help them remember what they have learned. As you can imagine, however, supplies can be expensive, so I’m asking for your help! If you can donate any of the following items to our classroom art and craft supplies, it would be greatly appreciated: large coloured paper squares drawing paper styrofoam sheets decorative paper such as wallpaper and wrapping paper brown paper lunch bags glitter glitter glue sequins stickers ribbon rickrack (braid) googly eyes pompoms wool pipe-cleaners buttons large craft sticks (tongue depressors) paintbrushes crayons markers split pins

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Book format
The format of the art and craft projects in this book all follow one of two patterns: 1. A single-page format consists of a teacher page which includes: (a) the title of the project (b) a list of materials required to complete the project (c) complete instructions (d) an artist’s representation of the completed art and craft project.

2. A two-page format consists of a teacher page and a variety of accompanying resource sheets. The teachers page for the twopage format contains the same information as the single-page format: (a) the title of the project

(b) a list of materials required to complete the project (c) complete instructions

(d) an artist’s representation of the completed art and craft project.

The teacher resource sheet is a copymaster for the teacher to photocopy and use as a template or for the pupils to use as the base for their art and craft project. Often this page is used for both purposes.

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Curriculum links
Country
England

Level
Key stage 1

Subject
Art and design

Objective
• record from observation, experience and imagination • try out tools and techniques and apply these to materials and processes • make images and artifacts • learn about materials and processes used in making art, craft and design • observe and respond to things seen, handled, remembered and imagined • explore and use a wide range of materials and processes • create and develop ideas using colours, shapes, textures and patterns • investigate and respond to sensory experience, memory and imagination • explore the visual elements of colour, shape, texture and pattern to express ideas • experiment with a range of media, materials and processes • make drawings based on real and imagined experiences • use colour to express experiences and imaginings • make imaginative structures

Northern Ireland

Foundation

Art and design

Key stage 1

Art and design

Republic of Ireland

1st and 2nd class

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Early First

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• make drawings based on personal or imaginative life • use colour expressively, based on personal or imaginative life • make imaginative structures

• 3.1 express themselves creatively and experience the arts • 4.1 develop a broad range of abilities and interests • 4.1 share their feelings, thoughts and ideas by making art • 4.2 express themselves through the visual arts • 1.1 use skills to manipulate objects and materials • 3.1 make marks and use drawing, painting and model-making to record objects, events and ideas • 3.4 express feelings, thoughts and ideas through art • create images and objects using a variety of materials • express my ideas through art and design activities • explore a range of media to create images and objects • express my ideas through art and design activities • explore with a variety of techniques and materials • mix, shape, arrange and combine materials to create their own images and objects

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Pupil name
separates easily from parents interacts readily with adults interacts readily with peers shares with others and takes turns participates in group activities cooperates with others accepts responsibility for own behaviour respects the property of others respects the feelings of others listens without interrupting expresses feelings appropriately solves simple problems is developing an awareness of the wider community

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Teachers notes

Sample social skills checklist

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communicates needs clearly articulates most words correctly relates personal experiences contributes to discussions uses age-appropriate vocabulary articulates most initial sounds correctly asks appropriate questions speaks in complete sentences relates events in order of occurrence able to tell a story from pictures

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Sample language skills checklist

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retells a familiar story without pictures or clues uses simple compound sentences responds appropriately to questions about himself/herself listens to a story for a given length of time follows simple two-step instructions knows his/her first and last names recognises rhyming words answers simple oral cloze questions labels emotions such as happy, sad, angry, scared …

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completes simple puzzles builds a tower of eight or more small blocks dresses himself/herself (apart from buttons and shoelaces) manipulates playdough to create a specific object places small pegs in small holes threads small beads uses scissors to cut out simple shapes and pictures completes simple folding activities uses a knife, fork and spoon correctly holds a crayon or pencil correctly colours within lines writes or copies own name draws and copies simple pictures copies a sequence of letters or numbers adequately traces or recreates patterns

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Sample fine motor skills checklist

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balances on one foot (static balance) runs

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jumps vertically catches a ball or beanbag

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Sample fundamental movement skills checklist

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throws a ball or beanbag using an overarm movement gallops sideways

skips

Exposure

leaps

kicks a ball strikes a ball or object using a twohanded strike dodges a ball or object

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recognises numerals 1 to writes numerals 1 to rote counts to places numerals to in correct order understands one-to-one correspondence understands ‘more than’ or ‘less than’ able to do simple addition and subtraction using concrete materials shares collections creates or completes a pattern measures using everyday items makes comparison of size and length recognises basic shapes identifies attributes of objects and collections is aware of use of devices used for measuring (scales, tape etc.) shows awareness of (money, temperature, time) sorts or orders objects is aware of collections and presentations of data interprets data in a display makes predictions about chance events

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Number and algebra

Teachers notes

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Measurement and shape Data and probability

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Name card
Materials
• white paper or cardboard • pencils • removable tape or drafting tape • crayons, markers or oil pastels • paintbrushes • watercolours, runny paint or edicol dye • water in containers

Instructions
1. Give each pupil a sheet of white paper or cardboard. Ask them to fold their paper in half (lengthwise), open it again and then lay it flat. 2. Have them use a pencil to write their name in capital letters on the bottom half of the paper. Ask them to leave a space between each letter. 3. Have the pupils carefully cover each letter with removable tape. 4. Ask them to use crayons or markers to draw colourful designs over and around the tape. 5. Encourage the pupils to choose one paint colour to cover the entire page so the colour wash stays bright. 6. When the paint is dry, ask the pupils to pull off the tape, refold the paper, and use it as a name card for their desk.

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Grow your initial
Materials Instructions
1. Give each pupil a paper strip and a tub. Then show them how to wrap the strip around the tub and cut one end so that it overlaps the other by about 2.5 cm. Have them lay the strip flat on their desk. 2. Have the pupils draw a gardening scene on the paper strip and then use other decorative materials (e.g. glitter, ribbon, scraps) to embellish it. 3. Tell them to wrap the paper strip around their tub again and glue the ends together to make a 'collar' for the tub. 4. Have the pupils fill their tubs halfway with moistened potting mix. 5. Ask the pupils to draw their first initial in the mix with their finger and sprinkle some seeds into the indentation. 6. Ask them to cover the seeds with a layer of potting mix. 7. Encourage the pupils to water their seeds daily and watch their initial appear! • large empty cottage cheese, yoghurt or butter/margarine tubs (1 per pupil) • water • 2 cups potting mix for each pupil • grass or mustard seeds or those of any fastgrowing plant • 7.5 cm x 30.5 cm paper strips • crayons, markers or oil pastels • glitter, ribbon scraps or other decorative materials

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‘All about me’ mobile
Materials
• copymaster page (page 5) • white cardboard • crayons, markers or oil pastels • magazines or catalogues • hole punch • clothes hangers • 25.5 cm lengths of wool

Instructions
1. Photocopy a class set of the copymaster onto the cardboard. Give each pupil a set of shapes to cut out. 2. Ask the pupils to use a crayon or marker to write their name on both sides of the rectangle. Have them glue magazine or catalogue pictures or draw pictures that tell about their family on both sides of the square. Ask them to glue or draw pictures of their favourite things to do on both sides of the triangle. Have them glue or draw pictures of their favourite foods on both sides of the circle. 3. While the pupils are completing Step 2, go around the room and punch holes at the top centre of their shapes. 4. Give each pupil a clothes hanger and four lengths of wool. Help them to use their wool to tie their shapes to the hanger at different distances (see below).

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A quilt of many colours
Materials Instructions
• 12.5 cm white cardboard 1. Use a marker to write Colour us beautiful on the white cardboard strip to create a title. Punch four holes in the • 18 cm x 18 cm paper top and bottom of each 18cm square. squares in assorted 2. Give each pupil a white square and a coloured square. colours Ask pupils to use crayons, markers or oil pastels to draw and colour a self-portrait on their white square. • 15 cm x 15 cm white paper squares 3. Then have them glue the white square onto their coloured square so that it has an even border of colour. • pencils 4. Ask pupils to bring their squares to any part of the • crayons or oil pastels room where there is lots of floor space. (including a variety of 5. Help the pupils arrange all the squares next to each skin-tone colours) other on the floor so that the shape forms a rectangle or square. You may need to allow spaces for solid • black or dark paper squares with no pictures to make your 'quilt' even. • hole punch 6. Demonstrate how to use wool to weave the squares together. Start each row by tying the left squares • wool together and leaving a very long end for the pupils to work with. Emphasise the 'over under' pattern they will make with the wool. ('Row 1' pupils will weave Rows 1 and 2 together; 'Row 2' pupils will weave Rows 2 and 3 together, and so on.) Add a border of solid squares to the bottom of the quilt if necessary so the pupils whose portraits are in the last row get to weave, too. 7. Help the pupils to tie the wool at the end of each row.

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Paper people
Materials
• butcher's paper • plain or patterned paper scraps • pencils • crayons, markers or oil pastels • wool, ribbon or other decorative materials

Instructions
1. Divide the class into pairs and lay sheets of butcher's paper (taller than the pupils) on the floor. 2. Have one pupil lie down on the paper in either a straight or bent pose. 3. Invite the partner to trace the pupil’s shape with a pencil. 4. Tell the pupils to change places and repeat Steps 1–3 with a second sheet of butcher's paper.

5. Ask the pupils to colour their shape with crayons, markers or oil pastels, adding eyes, a nose, a mouth, and clothes. Then have them cut out their shape. 6. Encourage them to be creative by adding hair, a hat, socks, shoes or other features with paper scraps or other decorative materials. 7. Ask the pupils to prop up the 'characters' in their chairs for a special parent night; or tape the characters to the walls and have the pupils write a story about them.

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Crazy pet
Materials
• Crazy pet copymaster (page 9) • A4 paper • coloured paper • paper scraps • crayons, markers or oil pastels

Instructions
1. Photocopy a class set of the copymaster on A4 paper. Give each pupil a copy. 2. Have the pupils cut out the animal parts. 3. Ask them to place the parts they like on a sheet of coloured paper. Encourage them to experiment with the arrangement and choice of pieces, making their pet as crazy as possible. 4. When the pupils are happy with their arrangement, have them glue their pieces in place. 5. Ask them to decorate their animal by adding paper scraps and drawing designs with crayons, markers or oil pastels.

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Summer tree
Materials
• tree trunk copymaster (page 41)

Instructions

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1. Photocopy a class set of the tree copymaster on tan or brown paper and a class set of the canopy copymaster on green paper. Give each pupil one of • tree canopy copymaster each reproducible and a sheet of white paper. (page 11) 2. Have the pupils draw green grass at the bottom of the • pencils white paper and colour the sky blue. 3. Ask the pupils to cut out the tree pattern and glue it • tan or brown paper on the white paper. • green and white paper 4. Tell them to cut out the tree canopies and add details to them with crayons or markers or oil pastels. • crayons, markers or oil 5. Have the pupils glue the canopies to the trees. pastels

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Summer sun
Materials
• yellow and orange tissue paper squares • yellow and orange tissue paper triangles • small white paper plates • glue • glue brushes • thin, dark markers

Instructions
1. Give each pupil a paper plate, 25 squares and 10 triangles. 2. Demonstrate how to cover the paper plate with glue, using a paintbrush. 3. Have the pupils place the tissue paper squares on their plate, overlapping them. 4. Ask them to glue the tissue paper triangles along the outer edge to make rays for their sun. Let the glue dry thoroughly. 5. Ask the pupils to use markers to add a face to their sun.

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Reading tent
Materials
• large white sheet (flat), prewashed • drawing paper • fabric markers • pillows and stuffed animals (optional)

Instructions
1. Locate the sheet where two or three pupils can work on the project at a time. 2. Tell the class they are going to draw a picture of something they like to do. Encourage them to plan and sketch their picture on drawing paper first and use bold colours so that their pictures show up well. 3. Then have the pupils, in pairs or small groups, use fabric markers to reproduce their picture on their designated part of the sheet. 4. Drape the sheet over a table and use it for a special reading corner. Add pillows and stuffed animals, if desired.

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Bear book
Materials
• Bear copymaster (page 15) • white A4 paper • index cards • pencils • brown paper lunch bags • crayons, markers or oil pastels • rickrack, stickers and other decorative materials • ribbon or wool • hole punch

Instructions
1. Photocopy a class set of the copymaster on A4 paper. Round off the tops of the lunch bags using scissors. 2. Give each pupil a set of bear pieces and a lunch bag. Ask the pupils to colour and add details (e.g. whiskers) to the bear pieces and then cut them out. 3. Have them glue their bear pieces onto the back of the lunch bag, open side up. 4. Encourage the pupils to decorate the front and back of their bag with rickrack, stickers and other decorative materials. 5. Ask the pupils to think of a name for their bear and write it on an index card. Encourage them to write or dictate a sentence or two about their bear and then place the index card into their bag. 6. When the pupils are finished, ask them to place all the bags, open side up, in a stack. 7. Ensure all index cards are to the right hand side of each bag. Punch three holes on the left side of the bags; thread ribbon or yarn through the holes and tie it in a bow to create a book. 8. Read the book to the class. Then put it in the classroom library for them to enjoy.

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Apple frame
Materials Instructions
• Apple frame copymaster 1. Photocopy the apple copymaster onto light cardboard. Cut out the small apple and leaves pattern pieces. (The (page 17) large apple will be used for the activity on page 18.) • light cardboard For each pupil, trace the small apple on to red paper. Then trace several leaves on cardboard and cut them • red paper or foam out. cardboard 2. Give the leaves and stems to the pupils to use as • green lightweight paper templates to trace on green paper or light cardboard. or light cardboard Each pupil will need to trace about seven leaves. • markers, crayons or oil 3. Give each pupil an apple worksheet. Have the pupils pastels colour the stem and attached leaf and trace the veins of the leaf. The pupils then cut out the apple and the • 10.8 cm x 28 cm white leaves. cardboard 4. Ask the pupils to glue their photo to the centre of the • individual pupil's apple. passport photo (or other 5. Have them fold the white cardboard in half and glue appropriately-sized the apple on to it. digital photos) 6. Ask the pupils to glue their leaves around the frame. Note: If photographs other than small passport photographs are to be used, enlarge the copymaster and other pieces accordingly.

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Marble-rolled apple
Materials
• apple copymaster (page 17) • white paper or light cardboard • marbles • small containers for paint (1 per colour) • red, yellow and green paint • spoons • cookie trays or cake baking tins (slightly larger than the white paper or cardboard) • crayons, markers or oil pastels

Instructions
1. Cover the small apple on the apple copymaster on page 17 with white paper so that only the large apple shows. Photocopy a class set of the copymaster on white paper or cardboard. 2. Give each pupil a copy of the apple to place in the bottom of a baking tin. 3. Ask the pupils to carefully place two or three marbles into each cup of paint, lift them out with a spoon, and place them in the pan. 4. Ask the pupils to tilt the pan in different directions so the marbles roll all over the paper leaving swirls of paint on the apple. 5. When the paint on the marbles is used up, ask them to put the marbles back into the same cup of paint. 6. Have the pupils remove their apple painting and let it dry. 7. Ask them to cut out the apple and colour the stem and leaves with crayons, markers or oil pastels.

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Comic Art
Materials
• cardboard • coloured newspaper, magazines or comics • white paper or cardboard

Instructions
1. From the cardboard cut several geometric shapes (e.g. triangles, rectangles, circles and squares) in various sizes. For older pupils, you may wish to use more complex shapes, as indicated in the illustration. 2. Have pupils use the card stock templates to trace the shapes on sheets of newspaper, magazines or comics and cut them out. Encourage pupils to cut out other shapes: they may need to create a unique picture, such as leaf shapes, diamonds or hearts. 3. Ask them to arrange their shapes in an interesting design on a piece of white paper or cardboard. Their picture can be a summer scene or an abstract, colourful design. 4. When pupils are happy with their arrangement, have them glue their pieces in place.

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Bookworm bookmark
Materials
• bookworm bookmark copymaster (page 21) • cardboard • 12.5 cm x 20 cm cardboard (assorted colours) • paper scraps • googly eyes or tiny pom-poms • thin markers

Instructions
1. Photocopy the bookworm copymaster on cardboard. Cut out the pieces, and use them as templates to trace the bookworm patterns on cardboard. Give each pupil a set of bookworm pieces. 2. Have pupils cut out the pieces. 3. Ask pupils to glue the circles together, overlapping them slightly. 4. Ask the pupils to glue on wiggly eyes or pom-poms and draw a mouth. 5. Allow them to decorate each section of the bookworm with paper scraps. Note: This activity may also be completed using wooden geometric shapes. The sections of the bookmark may also be carefully covered with clear self-adhesive plastic and cut out before overlapping.

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Strawberry reminder board

Materials

Instructions
1. Photocopy a class set of the strawberry reminder board copymaster on white cardboard. Then make one additional set and cut pieces apart to use as templates to trace the top of the strawberry on green paper or cardboard and the bottom on red paper or cardboard for each pupil. Give each pupil the strawberry on white cardboard and the two photocopied pieces. 2. Have the pupils cut out the red and green strawberry shapes. 3. Ask them to use a thin black marker to draw tiny ovals to look like seeds on the red paper. 4. Show the pupils how to glue the red bottom and the green top to the white cardboard base, overlapping them slightly. Then have them cut out the shape. 5. Ask the pupils to decorate the green top with glitter or sequins, if desired. 6. Laminate the strawberry shapes for the pupils. Alternatively, cover with wipe-clean adhesive plastic. 7. Have the pupils use a wipe-off marker to write notes on their strawberry reminder board.

• Strawberry reminder board copymaster (page 23) • white cardboard • red and green paper or light cardboard • scissors • thin black markers • green glitter or sequins • wipe off markers • laminating sheets and machine (wipe-clean adhesive plastic may also be used)

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Elephant pencil holder
Materials
• Elephant pencil holder copymaster (page 25) • cardboard • grey, pink and blue paper scraps • (23 cm x 10.8 cm) grey paper or cardboard strips • empty 425 g tins • crayons, markers or oil pastels

Instructions
1. Photocopy the elephant pencil holder copymaster onto cardboard. Cut the pieces apart and use them as templates to trace the outer ears and trunk on grey paper or cardboard, the inner ears on pink and the eyes on blue. Give each pupil a set of elephant parts, a grey strip and a tin. 2. Have the pupils wrap the paper strip around the tin and tape it in place. 3. Ask them to cut out the elephant parts and glue the inner ear to the outer ear. 4. Have the pupils use crayons, markers or oil pastels to add details such as irises to the eyes and wrinkles on the trunk. 5. Have them tape the ears to the sides of the can. 6. Tell the pupils to arrange the eyes and trunk on the tin and then glue them in place. 7. Encourage the pupils to use crayons, markers or oil pastels to add details such as mouth or eyelashes. 8. Ask the pupils to place the finished holder on their desk and keep pencils in it.

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Chinese NewYear dragon
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• Chinese New Year dragon copymaster (page 27) • craft sticks • 5 cm x 20 cm white cardboard strips • 10 cm x 1.2 m crepe paper strips (3 per pupil) • markers, crayons or oil pastels

Instructions
1. Photocopy a class set of the Chinese New Year dragon copymaster on cardboard. Give each pupil a dragon pattern and three crepe paper strips. 2. Have the pupils carefully draw designs on their crepe paper strips. 3. Ask them to use markers, crayons or oil pastels to colour their dragon’s face and then cut it out. 4. Tell the pupils to glue a craft stick on the back of the face to serve as a handle. 5. Have them glue the crepe paper strips to the back of the face and let the glue dry thoroughly.

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Asian fan
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• Asian fan copymaster (page 29) • cardboard • scraps of folding paper or wrapping paper with an Asian theme • crayons, markers or oil pastels • craft sticks • 46-cm lengths of wool or curling ribbon

Instructions
1. For each pupil, make a photocopy of the Asian fan copymaster on cardboard. 2. Have the pupils cut out both fan halves. 3. Ask them to colour and decorate their fan halves. Encourage them to use scraps of decorated paper as part of the design. 4. Show the pupils how to glue a craft stick on the back of one fan half and then glue the backs of the fan pieces together. 5. Have the pupils wrap a piece of wool or ribbon around the handle and knot it tightly. Then demonstrate to the pupils how to tie knots at the loose ends to keep them from fraying.

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Brown paper kite
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• brown paper, 4-sided lunch bags • 30.5-cm lengths of crepe paper or curling ribbon • 30.5-cm lengths of wool • paint • paintbrushes • sponges • crayons, markers or oil pastels • hole punch • glitter, sequins or other lightweight decorative materials • string

Instructions
1. Cut the bottom from each lunch bag. 2. Ask the pupils to colour, paint or decorate the outside of their bags. Allow to dry. 3. Instruct them to place the bag cut-side up, and have them glue crepe paper or ribbon to the bottom of it. 4. Demonstrate how to fold the top to the inside of the bag. 5. Help the pupils to punch one hole in the centre of each of the four sides, through the folded layer. 6. Ask the pupils to tie the end of one piece of wool or string through one hole and tie in place. Repeat this step for the remaining holes. 7. Have the pupil tie all four pieces of wool or string together.

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Paper lei
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1. Draw several simple flower shapes on thick cardboard and cut out. • thin cardboard (assorted colours) 2. Have the pupils use the shapes as templates to trace on thin, coloured cardboard. Pupils will need to trace • 51-cm lengths of wool and cut out at least eight flowers. or string 3. Help the pupils to punch a hole in the centre of each • hole punch flower and then ask them to decorate their flowers with glitter and sequins. • 2.5-cm lengths of 4. Show the pupils how to string their flowers on a piece drinking straws of yarn, alternating with lengths of drinking straw. • glitter and sequins 5. Ask the pupils to tie the ends of their wool or string together to finish their lei.

Adinkra designs
Materials
• Adinkra designs copymaster (page 33) • Adinkra grid copymaster (page 34) • markers, crayons or oil pastels

Instructions
Note: Adinkra are visual symbols from Ghana and West Africa. Use this activity to support a unit about multiculturalism or values education. 1. Photocopy a class set of the Adinkra designs and the Adinkra grid, and share with the pupils the information that the Ashanti people of Ghana wear patterned fabrics that symbolise their thoughts and feelings. (The internet has a plentiful supply of examples!) 2. Give each pupil a set of designs and a grid. Ask them to colour the Adinkra symbols and then cut out those they would like to use for their 'cloth'. Encourage the pupils to make up their own symbols to use as well. 3. Have them glue the symbols on their grid in a pattern and then use their completed grid to decorate a book cover or other belongings.

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Paper plate tambourine
Materials
• coloured, stiff paper plates (or white plates painted and allowed to dry) • crayons, markers or oil pastels • sequins, music-themed stickers or other decorative materials • 30.5-cm lengths of curling ribbon • dried beans or rice • stapler

Instructions
1. Give each pupil two paper plates. Ask them to decorate the back of both paper plates using crayons, markers or oil pastels, sequins, stickers or other decorative materials. 2. Ask them to place one plate with the back side down. 3. Have the pupils glue several pieces of curling ribbon to the lower portion of that plate. 4. Tell them to place the other plate on top of the first so the front of the plates meet and a hollow space forms in the centre. 5. Help the pupils staple together the rims of the plates, leaving a small opening at the top. 6. Have them fill their 'tambourine' with about 50 mL of dried beans or rice and then staple the top of the plates closed.

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Papier-mâché party balloons
Materials
• 2 parts flour/3 parts water OR watered down PVA glue • salt • 2.5-cm wide strips of newspaper • balloons • paint • paintbrushes • strips of crepe paper (2 per pupil) • wool or string

Instructions
1. Mix together the flour and water until the paste is smooth. It should be the consistency of glue. Add 2 tablespoons (36 g) of salt to keep the finished product from turning mouldy. 2. Give each pupil a balloon to blow up and then tie off. (Some pupils may need help with this.) 3. Ask the pupils to dip newspaper strips in the paste, completely soaking them, and lay them on their balloon until the balloon is completely covered. Let the papier-mâché dry thoroughly. More than one layer will be needed. Allow to dry thoroughly between layers. 4. Have the pupils paint their balloons. Encourage them to paint pictures of fireworks or write an appropriate message. 5. When the paint is dry, have the pupils glue crepe paper strips to the bottom of the balloon for streamers. 6. Ask the pupils to tape a long length of wool or string to the top of their balloon. 7. Hang the balloons from the ceiling at different heights around the room.

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Fireworks
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• black construction paper or cardboard (a sheet of A3 art paper may also be painted in preparation for the activity) • glue bottles with squeeze tops • short straws • glitter (assorted colours) • white sentence strips

Instructions
1. Ask the pupils to use the glue tip to draw several shapes on a piece of black paper or cardboard. 2. Have them use a straw to blow the glue to make fireworks shapes. 3. Ask the pupils to sprinkle one colour of glitter on the glue; let it dry and then shake off the excess glitter. 4. Repeat steps 1–3 for other colours of glitter, as desired. 5. Have the pupils write or dictate a sentence on the strip and glue it to the bottom of the page.

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Bark picture
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• sides cut from large brown paper bags • paint in white and bright colours • paintbrushes • black crayons • cotton buds

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1. Give each pupil a side cut from a paper bag. Have them crumple their paper and then smooth it out several times to soften it and add texture. 2. Ask them to think of an animal or a plant they would like to paint. Encourage them to picture things found in nature (e.g. birds, flowers, trees). If necessary, view objects outside. 3. Have the pupils paint the object on their paper and let it dry. 4. Ask them to use a black crayon to outline their picture and then a cotton bud to add tiny white dots of paint around the outside of the object.

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Leaf people
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• white paper or cardboard • assortment of large fresh leaves • flowers, twigs, bark, vines and other natural materials • strong glue • crayons, markers or oil pastels

Instructions
1. Give each pupil a piece of white paper or cardboard. 2. Ask the pupils to choose a leaf and glue it to the centre of their paper. Allow to dry. 3. Ask them to use crayons, markers, oil pastels, flowers or other natural materials to add features such as a face, arms, legs, hands and feet to their leaf and paper to create a 'leaf person'. 4. Encourage the pupils to name their leaf person and write an alliterative sentence about it at the bottom of their paper.

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Autumn tree
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• Tree copymaster (page 41) • tan or brown construction paper • white construction cardboard • red, yellow, orange and green paper scraps • crayons, markers or oil pastels

Instructions
1. Photocopy a class set of the tree copymaster on tan or brown paper or cardboard. Give each pupil a piece of white paper or cardboard and a tree photocopy. 2. Ask the pupils to draw green grass at the bottom of the white paper and colour the sky blue. 3. Ask them to cut out the tree and glue it on to their paper. 4. Have the pupils tear up small scraps of red, yellow, orange and green paper to make autumn leaves. 5. Ask them to glue some of their leaves on the branches of the tree—some falling and some on the grass.

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Leaf collage
Materials
• assortment of large fresh leaves • black paper or cardboard • sheets of clear self-adhesive plastic

Instructions
1. Give each pupil a sheet of clear self-adhesive plastic and one same-size sheet of black paper or cardboard. 2. Ask the pupils to choose several leaves of varying sizes, shapes and colours. 3. Help them peel the backing from their plastic. 4. Ask the pupils to arrange their leaves facedown on the sticky side of the plastic. 5. Have them place the black paper or cardboard over the leaves and plastic so that the corners meet and press down firmly from the centre out. 6. Instruct the pupils to turn over their collage and smooth out any bubbles in the self-adhesive plastic.

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Heart animal valentine
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• Hearts copymaster (page 45) • red, pink and purple paper • white cardboard paper • thin markers • glitter • googly eyes • pompoms, sequins or other decorative materials

Instructions
1. Photocopy the copymaster on paper of assorted colours. 2. Have the pupils fold a piece of white cardboard in half and place the fold at the top or on the left. 3. Ask them to cut out several hearts. 4. Have the pupils arrange their hearts on the front of the folded white paper to look like a real or an imaginary animal. 5. Have them glue the hearts in place when they are happy with the arrangement. 6. Encourage the pupils to add details with markers and decorative materials. 7. Tell them to add another 'heart animal' and write a Valentine’s Day message on the inside of the card.

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Hearts on ribbons
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• Hearts copymaster (page 45) • red, pink, purple, white and turquoise paper or light cardboad • markers • glitter, sequins or other decorative materials • 61-cm lengths of ribbon

Instructions
1. Photocopy the hearts copymaster on assorted colours of paper or light cardboard. 2. Have the pupils cut out several hearts of different sizes and colours. 3. Invite them to draw designs on both sides and colour. 4. Encourage the pupils to add decorative materials on both sides. 5. Show the pupils how to arrange their hearts on a piece of ribbon several different ways before gluing them in place.

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Valentine holder
Materials
• Valentine holder copymaster (page 47) • pink cardboard • white paper plates (2 per pupil) • wool • red and pink paint • small paint sponges • googly eyes • valentine stickers or other decorative materials • stapler

Instructions
1. Photocopy a class set of the valentine holder copymaster on pink cardboard. 2. Have pupils cut out the cat pieces and hearts. 3. Show them how to lay a paper plate face up and glue the cat cutouts and then the wool to the edges of the plate (to create a handle). 4. Have the pupils place a second plate on top of the first and staple them together, leaving the top open. 5. Instruct them to carefully sponge-paint both sides of the cat with red and pink paint. Allow to dry. 6. Ask the pupils to add googly eyes to their cat. 7. Have them add valentine stickers, paper hearts or other decorative materials to the cat’s body. 8. Allow the pupils to hang their holders on their desks on Valentine’s Day, or present as a gift.

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Movable leprechaun
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• movable leprechaun copymaster (page 49) • cardboard • green cardboard • white paper scraps • resource pictures of leprechauns from books or the internet • crayons, markers or oil pastels • split paper fasteners • glitter, patterned paper scraps or decorative materials

Instructions
1. Photocopy a class set of the movable leprechaun copymaster on green cardboard. Give the pupils one copy each, and ask them to cut out the shapes. 2. Ask the pupils to glue the hat to the oval shape to form the head, and to use crayons, markers or oil pastels to add details such as a nose, eyes, a mouth and perhaps a beard. Then have them add details to the other pieces. Refer to resource pictures. 3. Show the pupils how to place the body over the arms, lining up the dots on the pieces. 4. Help the pupils push split paper fasteners through the body and into the arms to secure them. 5. Tell the pupils to repeat the procedure for the legs. 6. Ask them to add other decorative materials to their leprechaun.

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Mother’s Day card
Materials Instructions
• Mother's Day copymaster 1. Photocopy the copymaster on cardboard. Cut out the (page 51) pieces, and use them as templates to trace the head and small part of the beak on yellow cardboard, the • white cardboard large part of the beak on red paper, and the flower on any brightly coloured cardboard. • yellow cardboard 2. Give each pupil a set of duck pieces. Ask the pupils to • red and other brightly cut out the duck, beak parts and flower. coloured cardboard and 3. Have them glue the red beak part to the duck and paper scraps then add the yellow beak. • crayons, markers or oil 4. Ask the pupils to add googly eyes and draw more pastels eyelashes with crayons, markers or oil pastels if desired. • craft feathers 5. Tell them to add feathers on one side of their duck. 6. Ask them to decorate the flower with glitter, paper • googly eyes (optional) scraps, buttons or large sequins and then glue it on the • glitter or glitter glue feathers. 7. On the back of the duck, have the pupils write a • buttons or sequins message to their mother or another card recipient. For example, they might say You are the best mum in the whole pond! Remind them to sign their name.

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Snow scene
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• black or dark blue paper

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1. Show the pupils how to tear a white paper strip and place it at the bottom of a piece of dark paper so that • 10 cm x 30.5 cm strips of it looks like a blanket of snow. white paper 2. Have them lightly sketch a snowman shape. • white and coloured 3. Ask the pupils to tear small pieces of white paper, paper scraps overlap them, and glue them on their snowman sketch. Then have them add torn paper to the • small buttons or raisins background to create falling snowflakes. (optional) 4. Encourage them to tear small pieces of coloured paper for details (e.g. a scarf, a broom, a hat and boots) and glue them in place, or have the pupils use buttons or raisins for embellishments.

Snow creature
Materials
• small white plastic garbage bags • paper scraps • containers for filling the bags with packing materials • long fabric or wrapping paper strips • 6 cups (1.5 L) styrofoam™ packing material • wool • googly eyes, pompoms, buttons or other decorative materials

Instructions
1. Give each pupil a plastic bag, packing material and two lengths of wool. Ask them to fill their bag halfway with packing material and tie the bag securely with wool. 2. Have the pupils fill the top half of the bag with more packing material and tie the bag with wool again. 3. Ask them to fold a fabric or wrapping paper strip around the middle of the bag to make a scarf and then glue the strip closed near the neck. 4. Encourage the pupils to add eyes, a nose, arms, mittens and buttons with paper scraps, googly eyes or other decorative materials.

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Winter tree
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• Autumn tree copymaster (page 41) • tan or brown paper • blue cardboard • crayons, markers or oil pastels • cotton balls (8–10 per pupil)

Instructions
1. Photocopy a class set of the copymaster on tan or brown paper. 2. Give each pupil a piece of blue cardboard paper and a tree to cut out. 3. Have them glue the tree on the blue paper. 4. Ask the pupils to stretch out cotton balls and glue them to the bottom of the paper. 5. Have the pupils glue small pieces of cotton balls to the sky and tree to look like falling snow.

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Rain stick
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1. Give each pupil a paper towel roll. 2. Show the pupils how to overlap two strips of tape and • masking tape cover one end of their roll. 3. Help the pupils poke small nails into their roll and put • small nails (10–15 per masking tape around the entire roll to keep the nails in pupil) place. • rice (1/4 cup [60 mL] per 4. Have the pupils pour rice into their roll. Then ask them pupil) to cover the open end of the roll with two more strips • white or coloured paper of masking tape. 5. Ask the pupils to use crayons, markers or oil pastels to • crayons, markers or oil decorate a piece of paper with pictures relating to rain pastels and then glue the paper around the roll. 6. As the rain stick is tipped up gently, the rice falls down to the bottom, hitting the nails on the inside, sounding like rain falling.

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Bird feeder
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• paper towel rolls • small, stiff paper plates • paint (assorted colours) • paintbrushes • hole punch • string or wool • birdseed

Instructions
1. For each pupil, cut a small triangle out of the opposite sides of the bottom of half a paper towel roll. 2. Have the pupils paint designs on their roll. Let the paint dry. 3. Help the pupils punch three holes around the top of the roll. 4. Have them tie string or wool through the holes. 5. Ask them to tape or glue the bottom of their roll to the plate and allow to dry thoroughly so that it is secure. 6. Have the pupils fill the roll with birdseed and hang it from a tree in the playground, or give the pupils seeds in a plastic bag to take home so they can share their bird feeder with their family.

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Poppies
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• white paper • red or orange tissue paper • liquid starch* and brushes • black tempera paint • paintbrushes • containers • popcorn kernels or yellow cake sprinkles

Instructions
1. Ask the pupils to trace their hand six times on red or orange tissue paper to make petals, and cut them out. Tissue paper tears easily so care must be taken. 2. Ask the pupils to use a pencil to draw a light circle in the middle of a sheet of white paper. 3. Tell them to lay down their 'petals' (overlapping them) to create a flower shape around the circle they drew. 4. Ask the pupils to paint starch on the petals, one at a time, brushing from the bottom to the top of the petal for best results. This must be done very carefully. 5. When the starch is almost dry, the pupils drop black paint in the centre of their circle. If the black paint is too transparent when it is dry, ask the pupils to add another layer. 6. When the paint is completely dry, have pupils add drops of glue in the black area and drop popcorn kernels or yellow cake sprinkles on it.

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* Liquid starch can be made using the following method: In a large heatproof bowl, stir ½ cup cornflour into 1 cup of cold water. Add 24 cups of boiling water and allow to cool (8 cups of boiling water will make a thick solution; 16 cups will make a medium solution; the quantity given will make a light solution). * Powdered starch is available from some large hardware stores.

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Hopping grasshopper
Materials
• cardboard egg cartons (1 per 4 pupils) • cardboard or paper scraps • photos or pictures of grasshoppers • paint (assorted colours) • paintbrushes • pipe-cleaners, cut in half • glitter, googly eyes or other decorative materials • 13 mm rubber balls • straight pins; e.g. sewing pins

Instructions
1. Cut each egg carton into four sets of three cups. Draw simple wings and antennae on cardboard or paper scraps, and copy a set for each pupil. Display images of grasshoppers. Give each pupil a set of egg carton cups. 2. Ask the pupils to paint their cups with either realistic colours or creative designs. 3. Show the pupils how to bend six pipe-cleaner halves to make legs, and demonstrate how to glue, tape or attach them them to the middle cup through holes. Let dry thoroughly if using glue. 4. Have the pupils cut wings and antennae out of paper or cardboard scraps and ask them to glue the wings on the top of the middle cup and the antennae on an end cup. 5. Encourage the pupils to use glitter or other decorative materials to add eyes and designs. 6. Have the pupils place a ball inside the middle cup of their 'grasshopper', and help them push one pin through each side of the cup to secure the ball. 7. Ask the pupils to drop their grasshopper a few centimetres onto a hard surface and watch it 'hop'!

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Rock insects
Materials
• small stones • dried beans (several types and sizes) • strong craft glue • paint in various colours • paintbrushes

Instructions
1. Give each pupil several small stones. Ask the pupils to arrange them in different configurations that resemble a real or an imaginary insect. 2. Have them glue the stones together. 3. Instruct the pupils to paint their 'insect'. 4. Encourage them to add antennae, legs and eyes using small rocks or beans.

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Spring tree
Materials
• Autumn tree copymaster (page 41) • tan or brown paper for tree trunk • white cardboard • crayons, markers or oil pastels • 2.5 cm pink tissue paper squares

Instructions
1. Photocopy a class set of the copymaster on tan or brown paper. Give each pupil a tree pattern, a sheet of white cardboard paper and several pink tissue paper squares. 2. Have the pupils colour the grass green at the bottom of their white cardboard and the sky blue. 3. Ask the pupils to cut out their tree shape and glue it in the middle of the white cardboard. 4. Demonstrate how to form the tissue paper squares into blossoms and glue them to the tree branches. Centre a square on the end of a pencil, bringing the corners up toward the lead end, and pressing them so that the paper forms a cup. Dip the end in glue while still wrapped around the pencil and glue the flat end to the paper for a threedimensional effect.

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Hand-feathered chick
Materials Instructions
• paper towel rolls cut into 1. Draw and copy a chick head (about 7.5 cm) for each thirds pupil on yellow cardboard. (See illustration for shape.) 2. Place a sponge in the pie tin, and yellow paint over • yellow cardboard each sponge. • white paper or 3. Give a paper towel roll to each pupil. Have them press cardboard and roll their paper roll on the paint-covered sponge, and set aside on its end to dry. • flat sponges 4. Ask the pupils to make 'feathers' by spreading the • pie tins fingers on one hand apart and placing their palm and fingers on the sponges covered with various shades of • yellow and brown paint yellow paint. Allow to dry. • black, orange and red 5. Have them place their hand markers on white paper or cardboard as shown and repeat the step • orange paper (optional) with each shade of yellow, overlapping the handprints. 6. Ask the pupils to cut out their feathers and head shape and use markers to add eyes and a beak. 7. Have them glue their feathers to the back of the paper towel roll and the head to the front of the roll. Have the pupils add orange paper feet, if desired.

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Frog puppet
Materials
• Frog puppet copymaster (page 63) • white cardboard stock • green and yellow paper or light cardboard • white and purple paper scraps • 4-sided brown paper lunch bags or recycled gift bags • large googly eyes (2 per pupil) • green and yellow paint • sponges • sequins or label dots (optional)

Instructions
1. Photocopy the copymaster onto cardboard. Cut out the pattern pieces and use them as templates to trace the shapes on paper. Copy the legs, arms and forehead on green paper; the chest on yellow paper; the inside of the mouth on white paper; and the tongue on purple paper. 2. Give each pupil a paper bag, a set of frog pieces, and two googly eyes. Have the pupils sponge-paint one side of their bag green and yellow. After the paint is dry, ask the pupils to turn over their bag and paint the other side. (If you prefer, use patterned paper bags instead of having the pupils sponge-paint brown ones.) 3. While the bags are drying, have the pupils cut out the frog parts. 4. Tell them to fold the mouth in half and glue it inside the bag fold. 5. Have the pupils curl the pointed end around a pencil and glue the straight end of the tongue on the mouth. 6. Ask the pupils to glue the rest of the body parts to the frog puppet, attaching the eyes last.

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Egg carton flowers
Materials
• egg cartons • paint in various colours • green pipe-cleaners • vase • water in containers • green construction paper (optional)

Instructions
1. Cut apart egg cartons to create individual cups. Give several to each pupil. 2. Ask the pupils to cut the edge of each cup into a flower shape. 3. Using thick layers of paint, coat each flower. Allow to dry. 4. Have them use a pencil to poke a hole through the base of each cup. 5. Ask pupils to knot one end of a green pipe-cleaner and push the unknotted end through the hole. 6. Have them use another pipe cleaner or paper to make leaves. 7. Ask the pupils to cut another egg cup in a different flower shape. 8. Place the finished flowers in a vase for a spring display of the pupil’s artwork.

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Coffee filter butterfly
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• large white coffee filters (2 per pupil) • red, blue and yellow waterbased markers or watercolour pencils • water in spray bottles • coloured pipe-cleaners

Instructions
1. Ask each pupil to draw a design or pattern on coffee filters using water-based markers. 2. Have the pupils spray water on their filters and watch the colours run into each other. Point out the appearance of secondary colours as the ink runs together. 3. When the filters are dry, ask the pupils to pinch them in the middle and wrap a pipe-cleaner around them, twisting the ends together. 4. Tell them to spread apart the tips of the pipe cleaner to create antennae. 5. Tape the butterflies to the windows or around common work spaces.

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Thumbprint caterpillar
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• white or light-coloured cardboard • white scrap paper • paint (assorted colours) • shallow paint containers such as ice-cream container lids • hole punch • 10-cm lengths of pipe cleaners • crayons, markers or oil pastels • glitter and googly eyes (optional)

Instructions
1. For each pupil, draw a straight line lengthwise in the centre of a piece of white or light-coloured cardboard. 2. Have the pupils practise dipping a thumb in paint and making thumbprints on scraps of paper to find the proper amount of paint to use. 3. Give each pupil a sheet of white or light-coloured cardboard. Ask the pupils to make thumbprints on both sides of the line on their paper. 4. When the paint is dry, ask them to fold the paper on the line. 5. Ask pupils to cut out their caterpillar about 13 mm below the thumbprints, scalloping the edges. 6. Help the pupils punch holes near the fold at one end of the caterpillar and insert a pipe cleaner, bending and twisting it to make antennae. 7. Encourage the pupils to decorate their caterpillar with crayons, markers or oil pastels, glitter and googly or paper eyes.

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Tissue paper flowers
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• 20 cm x 30.5 cm pieces of tissue paper • pipe-cleaners • glitter • curling ribbon

Instructions
1. Have each pupil stack four pieces of different coloured tissue paper on top of each other. 2. Ask the pupils to fan-fold the paper together, into 2.5 cm folds.

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Bird mobile
Materials
• Bird mobile copymaster (page 69) • white cardboard • 15 cm squares of drawing paper • wool • markers, crayons or oil pastels • coat hangers • hole punch • glitter and sequins

Instructions
1. Photocopy a class set of the copymaster on white cardboard and give one to each pupil. 2. Ask the pupils to use markers to create an interesting design on both sides of their bird. 3. Ask them to add glitter and sequins to decorate the bird. 4. Have the pupils cut out their bird and cut a slit in the centre. 5. Ask the pupils to decorate a paper square using markers, crayons or oil pastels. Then have them fanfold it and insert it through the slit on the bird to make wings. 6. Have the pupils bring the top edges of the wings together and staple or glue them together at the top. 7. Help the pupils to punch a hole in the top of the wings, thread a piece of wool through the hole, and attach it to a coat hanger. Attach several birds to each hanger.

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Bird-watching binoculars
Materials
• paper towel rolls cut in half (2 per pupil) • paint (assorted colours) • paintbrushes • 1-m length of wool • hole punch

Instructions
1. Ask each pupil to paint a design on two paper towel rolls. Allow to dry. 2. Help the pupils to punch holes in both sides of each roll. 3. Show them how to thread a piece of yarn through each hole and then tie it in a knot. 4. Have the pupils glue their rolls together. Then take them outside to look for interesting birds around the playground.

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Pumpkin picture
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• orange powdered paint • pie tins • paintbrushes • brown paper • watered-down glue • cotton balls (8 to 10 per pupil) • 46-cm lengths of green wool • crayons, markers or oil pastels

Instructions
1. Sprinkle a thin layer of paint powder in pie tins. 2. Ask each pupil to paint a brown piece of paper with watered-down glue. 3. Have the pupils roll 8 to 10 cotton balls in the pie tin to make 'pumpkins' and arrange them on the paper. 4. Ask pupils to wrap pieces of green wool between and around the 'pumpkins' to create a creeping vine. 5. After the glue has dried, have the pupils use crayons, markers or oil pastels to add details to their pumpkins.

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Scarecrow
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• Scarecrow copymaster (page 73) • 12.5 cm squares of wallpaper or thick wrapping paper (shirt) • 5 cm x 25.5cm strips of wallpaper or wrapping paper (arms) • white cardboard • 5 cm x 30.5 cm strips of blue or dark-coloured paper (legs) • crayons, markers or oil pastels • raffia, Easter grass, twine or ribbon

Instructions
1. Photocopy a class set of the scarecrow pattern on white cardboard. 2. Give each pupil a scarecrow copymaster, a square of wallpaper, two strips of wallpaper (arms) and two strips of blue paper (legs). 3. Have the pupils use crayons, markers or oil pastels to decorate the scarecrow’s hands, feet, hat and head. Cut out each piece. 4. Show the pupils how to fan-fold their arm and leg pieces. Have them glue the hands to the arms and the feet to the legs. 5. Have the pupils glue the hat to the head and then the head, arms and legs to the shirt. 6. Ask the pupils to use raffia, twine or ribbon to decorate their scarecrow.

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Stained glass cornucopia
Materials
• stained glass cornucopia copymaster (page 75) • drawing paper • card stock • aluminium foil • plastic food wrap • black and brightly coloured permanent markers

Instructions
1. Photocopy a class set of the copymaster onto paper and cut pieces of aluminium foil large enough to cover a sheet of cardboard for each pupil. Crinkle the foil, smooth it out, and use it to cover the cardboard. 2. Tape a copymaster to each pupil’s desk and a sheet of plastic wrap (large enough to cover the cardboard) over the copymaster at the corners. 3. Ask the pupils to use brightly coloured permanent markers to colour in the copymaster on the plastic wrap. 4. Have them outline the copymaster with a black marker and let the ink dry thoroughly. 5. Help the pupils gently lift the coloured plastic wrap off their desk, place it over the foil-covered card board, and tape the corners of the plastic wrap to the back of the card stock. Note: This activity may be completed in conjunction with a unit about healthy foods.Sturdy plastic wrap must be used and care must be taken when colouring the picture. This activity is best completed by older or more capable pupils.

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Pop-up rabbit
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• Pop-up rabbit copymaster (page 77) • brown or tan cardboard • black, brown, pink and white paper scraps • paper cups • craft sticks • crayons, markers or oil pastels (brown paint and brushes may be used to cover the paper cup and allowed to dry.)

Instructions
1. Photocopy several copymasters on brown or tan cardboard and cut them out. Give each pupil a rabbit. 2. Have the pupils use crayons, markers or oil pastels to add details (e.g. fur) to the body. Then have them cut out the pieces and glue the head to the body. 3. Ask them to cut eyes and a nose from paper scraps and then glue them on the head. 4. Ask the pupils to glue the body to the end of a craft stick. 5. Instruct them to decorate a paper cup using markers. 6. Help the pupils cut a slit in the bottom of their cup. 7. Show them how to place the other end of the craft stick through the slit in the cup. Encourage the pupils to move their puppet as they role-play what a rabbit might say if it could talk.

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Father’s Day character
Materials
• Father’s Day character copymaster (page 79) • thin white cardboard • newspaper sheets • pom-poms or buttons • crayons, markers or oil pastels • googly eyes (may be used instead of the pieces on the copymaster)

Instructions
1. Photocopy a class set of the Father’s Day character copymaster on white cardboard. Give each pupil a copy. 2. Have the pupils lay two open sheets of newspaper (one on top of the other). Then ask them to close the newspaper sheets as they would close a book. 3. Tell the pupils to roll the sheets into a tube and tape it closed. 4. Show them how to make hair by cutting slits at the free (unjoined) edge of their tube. 5. Ask the pupils to colour and cut out the tie, arms, and eyes and then glue them onto their tube to create a character. 6. Have the pupils glue on a pom-pom or button nose and add any other features (such as a mouth) with markers. 7. Encourage them to write a Father’s Day message on the rectangular card and sign their name. 8. Ask the pupils to bring the arms forward and attach their card to the arms with tape.

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Father’s Day card
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• Father's Day card copymaster (page 81) • tan or brown light cardboard • 10 cm x 12.5 cm lightcoloured paper • pink paper scraps • ribbon • googly eyes • rickrack • pom-poms • crayons, markers or oil pastels

Instructions
1. Photocopy a class set of the Father's Day card copymaster on tan or brown cardboard. Give each pupil a copy. 2. Have the pupils write a message to their father or male guardian on construction paper. For example, they could write 'Dear Dad, I love you beary much!' or 'You are the beary best, Dad!' Remind them to sign their name. 3. Tell them to decorate their card with ribbon, crayons markers or oil pastels. 4. Ask the pupils to cut out the bear. 5. Invite them to decorate their bear with googly eyes, rickrack eyebrows, a pom-pom nose and pink paper semicircles inside the ears. 6. Have the pupils glue their note in the box on the bear. Note: This is a single-sided card.

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Owl
Materials
• Owl copymaster (page 83) • white cardboard • brown, yellow and orange paper or light cardboard • newspaper • brown paper lunch bags • large googly eyes • 12.5-cm lengths of wool • crayons, markers or oil pastels

Instructions
1. Photocopy the owl copymaster on cardboard. Cut out the pattern pieces. Trace the owl on brown paper, the feet on yellow and the beak on orange. Each pupil will need one owl body, two feet and one beak. 2. Have the pupils cut out their owl body, feet and beak. 3. Ask them to glue googly eyes to the body and then glue the beak below the eyes. 4. Invite the pupils to use crayons, markers or oil pastels to add details. 5. Have them crumple several sheets of newspaper and put them in a brown paper lunch bag. 6. Help the pupils to tie the bottom of the bag with wool. 7. Ask them to glue the owl body and feet to the bag.

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Halloween feet
Materials
• Halloween feet copymaster (page 85) • cardboard • 2 empty tissue boxes for each pupil • paint in dark colours • paintbrushes • paper scraps • decorative materials (e.g. sequins, ribbon, wool, rickrack, stickers)

Instructions
1. Photocopy a class set of the Halloween feet copymaster on cardboard. 2. Give the copymaster to the pupils and ask them to decide which set of creepy 'toes' they want to use on their Halloween feet. Have them cut apart their chosen pieces. 3. Have each pupil paint two tissue boxes. 4. When the paint is dry, ask the pupils to use paper scraps and other materials to decorate their boxes. Suggestions for decorations include spiders, webs, ghosts, wrinkly skin etc. 5. Have the pupils glue the tabs of their paper toes to the end of their boxes and then put on their Halloween 'feet'!

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Jack-o’-lantern
Materials
• paint powder or food colouring • 6 cups flour • 3 cups salt • 3 tablespoons cooking oil • 3 cups water • large bowl • spoon • mat, board or plastic for kneading dough

Instructions
1. If you are using paint powder, mix it with the flour and salt in a large bowl and then add the oil and water. If you are using food colouring, add it to the water first. 2. Knead dough until it is thoroughly mixed and divide it evenly among the pupils. One recipe makes enough play dough for 20 pupils. 3. Ask the pupils to mold their dough into a pumpkin shape. Encourage them to think about what kind of face they want their jack-o’-lantern to have (e.g. spooky, funny or friendly). To assist the pupils, draw some ideas on the board. 4. Have them add legs, arms, or other characters using more play dough. 5. To set the jack-o’-lanterns, bake them in an oven at 177 ºC for 45 minutes to an hour.

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Class wreath
Materials
• cardboard • red, white and green paper or cardboard • aluminium foil • 1–2 large paper plates (If desired, each pupil may wish to complete a wreath of his/her own.) • glitter and sequins • red, white and green ribbon

Instructions
1. Draw or trace variety of star patterns on cardboard. Cut out the stars and use them as templates to trace on red, white and green paper and aluminium foil. Cut out a 7.5 cm circle from the middle of one or two paper plates. 2. Have each pupil cut out several stars. 3. Ask the pupils to decorate their stars with glitter and sequins. 4. Encourage them to show variety with their decorations (e.g. gluing a smaller star to a larger one). 5 Ask the pupils to glue their stars to the paper plates to create class wreaths. Have them overlap each star. 6. Help the pupils to add a red, white and green bow to the top or ribbon to the bottom of the wreath.

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Reindeer gift bag
Materials
• Reindeer gift bag copymaster (page 89) • white cardboard • brown and pink paper • brown paper lunch bags • googly eyes • red pom-poms • 38-cm lengths of thick wool • 30.5-cm lengths of cord (for gift bag handle) • markers • hole punch • optional—bows, jingle bells and pipe-cleaners for neck

Instructions
1. Photocopy the reindeer gift copymaster on cardboard and cut out the pieces. For each pupil, trace the outer ears on brown paper and inner ears and cheeks on pink paper. 2. Trace each pupil’s hands on brown paper, and have them cut out the tracings to create antlers. Alternatively, the pupils may trace their own or work as pairs. Give each pupil a paper bag and ask them to glue their antlers to the corners of their bag. 3. Ask the pupils to cut out their reindeer’s inner ears, outer ears and cheeks. 4. Have them glue each inner ear to the centre of the outer ear and glue the ears in place on the bag. 5. Ask the pupils to position googly eyes, pom-pom nose and pink cheeks on the bag and then glue them in place. 6. Have pupils draw the reindeer’s mouth and glue wool above the eyes to make a tuft of hair. 7. Ask the pupils to use the optional materials to attach a bow and jingle bell to the bag with a pipe-cleaner, or simply have pupils add these decorations with markers. 8. To make the handle, help the pupils to punch two holes on one side of the bag, and run a piece of cording through the two holes. Have them tie a knot, and repeat this step on the other side of the bag. Reinforce the top, if necessary, to ensure that the handles do not tear the bag.

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Paper plate angel
Materials
• Paper plate angel copymaster (page 91) • white cardboard • large, flexible paper plates (1 per pupil) • round paper doilies (1 per 2 pupils) • crayons, markers or oil pastels • glitter • sequins • small gold or yellow pipe cleaners

Instructions
1. Photocopy the paper plate angel copymaster onto cardboard and use as a template to trace on a paper plate for each pupil. Cut doilies into quarters. 2. Give each pupil a plate. Ask the pupils to cut out the angel, throw away the extra section, and use crayons, markers or oil pastels to add the facial features. 3. Demonstrate how to draw arms and hands. 4. Instruct them to decorate their angel with markers, glitter and sequins. Discuss some suggestions. 5. Ask the pupils to fold their plate into a cone with the head at the top, and help them staple it together. 6. Have them glue the doily pieces to the back to form the wings. 7. Show the pupils how to form a halo with a pipecleaner and tape it to the angel’s head.

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Pretzel wreath
Materials
• waxed paper

Instructions

1. Give each pupil a sheet of waxed paper and a handful of pretzels. Ask them to lay their pretzels next to each • 6–8 twisted pretzels per other, sides touching, so they form a circle on the pupil waxed paper. • shellac or spray sealant 2. Ask the pupils to glue the pretzels together and let the (see note below) glue dry. 3. Help pupils spray the pretzels with shellac and let the • 76.2-cm lengths of shellac dry. (See below.) Christmas ribbon 4. Show the pupils how to weave ribbon through the spaces in the pretzels, then help them tie a bow at the top. Note: Ensure strict safety measures are enforced when using products such as shellac or other spray sealants. Spray in a well-ventilated area or only allow another adult to use it. Teachers may also wish to provide pupils with paintbrushes and PVA glue to coat the pretzel wreath.

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Gold picture
Materials
• white cardboard • white glue in bottles with nozzles • gold paint • paintbrushes

Instructions
1. Ask each pupil to use a glue bottle to draw a picture on cardboard. The picture can be an object or a design. Brainstorm to suggest ideas. 2. Encourage the pupils to add a few decorative elements such as a simple border or a few dots or designs with the glue. Let the glue dry. 3. Have the pupil paint over the entire paper, covering all of their picture, with gold paint.

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Confectionery necklace
Materials
• small piece of confectionery in wrappers • lengths of yarn or string • paper towels • hole punch

Instructions
1. Punch holes in the wrapped confectionery and give each pupil a length of wool or string. 2. Encourage pupils to lay out a repeated pattern of confectionery on a paper towel. 3. Have them thread the items onto their wool or string without breaking the pattern. 4. Help the pupils carefully tie a knot to connect the two ends of their string to create an edible necklace.

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Tissue paper wreath
Materials
• 30.5-cm lengths of straight wire • green tissue paper • red tissue paper • wide red ribbon

Instructions
1. Cut all tissue paper into 15 cm squares. Divide the class into groups of four or five pupils. 2. Give each group a piece of wire and 25–30 green and 8–10 red tissue paper squares. Have pupils carefully push the end of the wire through the middle of each green paper square to string the paper on the wire. Encourage them to crumple the paper to give the wreath fullness and texture. 3. After the pupils have several green pieces on their wreath, have them add one or two red squares to represent berries. Tell them to keep alternating the colours. 4. Twist together the two ends of each group’s wire to create a circle, and tie a red ribbon at the top to make a bow.

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Paper classmates
Materials
• Paper classmates copymaster (page 97) • cardboard • paper scraps • black, brown, red, orange and yellow wool • crayons, markers or oil pastels • split paper fasteners

Instructions
1. Photocopy a class set of the paper classmates copymaster on cardboard. Give each pupil a copy. 2. Have the pupils cut out the pattern of the pupil. 3. Ask them to decorate their pupil to look like themselves using paper scraps and wool, and crayons, markers or oil pastels. 4. Help the pupils to poke a hole in each hand of their pupil and use split paper fasteners to attach the cutouts to make a chain of paper pupils. 5. Display the chain on a bulletin board with the title A year of friendships.

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Star autograph book
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• Star autograph book copymaster (page 99) • white cardboard • white drawing paper • 30.5-cm lengths of yarn • crayons, markers or oil pastels • paper scraps • star stickers • hole punch

Instructions
1. Photocopy a class set of the copymaster on cardboard. Then cover up all the text on the pattern and photocopy four class sets on paper. Each pupil will need a star for the cover and four stars for blank pages. 2. Have the pupils cut out the stars. 3. Ask them to decorate the star for the cover using crayons, markers or oil pastels, paper scraps and star stickers. 4. Help the pupils stack their pages and punch two holes on the left side of the stars. 5. Ask them to thread a piece of wool through the holes and tie it in a bow. 6. Ask the pupils to sign each other’s autograph books.

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