Grades 1–6 What’s Inside...

• 37 festive projects for 29
holidays and observances
• Variety of techniques
EMC 722 & media:
cut paper, printing,
fabric, clay, weaving,
papier-mâché
• Step-by-step directions
• Information on the holidays

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Holiday Art

Holiday Art contains projects to use as you explore holiday celebrations of North America
and various other cultures of the world. You can choose projects representing the cultures
and ethnic groups of students in your class or those representing a country or culture you
are studying.

Each holiday represented in the book provides:
• Information about the holiday
• Materials needed for the project
• Step-by-step directions for one or more projects for the holiday

Select projects that fit the abilities and needs of your students. It is a good idea to make a
sample of the project in advance so you will be aware of any steps needing special directions.
Prepare materials ahead of time to facilitate the lesson.

It is important to treat religious and cultural holidays with respect. Donʼt trivialize the occasion
just for the “fun” of doing the art lesson. Do not assume that everyone from the same ethnic
group celebrates holidays in the same way. Invite students and their parents to explain how the
holiday is celebrated in their households and why it is of special importance.

Plan strategies for working with students whose family beliefs do not permit participation in
holiday celebrations. Ask parents to help suggest acceptable alternatives for the child within
the classroom.

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Table of Contents
New Year’s Day ------------------------------- 2 Cinco de Mayo ------------------------------- 36
New Year’s Noisemakers Fireworks Display; Paper Lace

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day ------------------- 4 Mother’s Day -------------------------------- 39
Line of Dreams "Tons of Love" Elephant Pendant

Eid Al-Fitr -------------------------------------- 7 Flag Day ------------------------------------- 42
Mosque Sillouette Stars and Stripes

Chinese New Year ----------------------------- 9 Father’s Day --------------------------------- 45
Dancing Dragon; Chinese Lantern Helping Hands T-Shirt and Card

Tet Nguyen-Dan ----------------------------- 12 Independence Day -------------------------- 47
Dragon Hand Puppet Independence Day Banner; Independence
Day Badge
Groundhog’s Day --------------------------- 14
Pop-Up Groundhog Grandparents’ Day -------------------------- 51
Picture Frame
Valentine’s Day ------------------------------ 16
Mouse Pencil Topper First Day of Autumn ------------------------- 53
Autumn Placemat
Presidents’ Day ------------------------------ 18
3-D Presidents Native American Day ----------------------- 55
Nature Weaving
St. Patrick’s Day ----------------------------- 21
Shamrock Bouquet; Cross-Legged Leprechaun Columbus Day ------------------------------- 58
Ships at Sea
First Day of Spring --------------------------- 24
Flower Garden Mural Halloween ----------------------------------- 60
Crazy Critter Hand Puppet; Halloween Mask
Easter ---------------------------------------- 26
Peek-a-Boo Bunny Puppet; “Stained Glass” Thanksgiving --------------------------------- 64
Church Window Thanksgiving Mobile; Harvest Cornucopia

Arbor Day ------------------------------------ 30 La Posada ------------------------------------ 69
A Treasure Tree Christmas Star Piñata; Nativity Scene

May Day ------------------------------------- 32 Hanukkah ------------------------------------ 73
May Basket Dreidel

Children’s Day ------------------------------- 34 Christmas ------------------------------------ 76
Carp Kite Christmas Scene; Christmas Cracker

Kwanzaa ------------------------------------- 79
Kwanzaa Banner
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people believed that noise would scare away evil spirits and make room for spirits bringing good luck. Noisemakers Make noise makers from paper bowls and paper towel tubes. scissors ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp.5 x 10 cm) • glue. New Year’s Day January 1 New Year’s Day is a time to celebrate the end of the old year and the beginning of a new year. Materials: Shakers “Ta-Dá” Tubes • 2 paper soup bowls • paper towel roll • pebbles. All over the world the new year is welcomed with great noise.5 x 26 cm) 1” x 4” (2.5 cm) • marking pens • 4 tissue or crepe paper strips - • 4 tissue or crepe paper strips . 2 Holiday Art EMC 722 . In ancient times. While we celebrate the new year on January 1.5 cm) • scissors • 1 tissue or crepe paper strip - • tongue depressor 1 1/2” x 18” (3. marking pens. beans. 1” x 9” (2. or nuts in their shells • construction paper - • glue (tacky glue works best) 6” x 12” (15 x 30. cultures using different calendars celebrate at other times of the year.8 x 45.

Put glue on top of the tongue depressor . 4. 2. shake the rattle as you celebrate the coming of the new year. Decorate the bottoms of the paper bowls using marking pens. Glue the end of the 18” (45. 3. Glue two streamers to each side of the tongue depressor. 5. 3 Holiday Art EMC 722 . “Ta-Dá” Tubes 1. Lay the tube along the same edge. Have a second person hold the tongue depressor in place. When the glue is dry blow through the tube and shout “Ta-Dá!” ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Steps to Follow: Shakers 1. Wrap the paper around the tube and glue the other edge in place.5 cm) paper strip to one end of the tube. When the glue is dry. Spread a layer of glue around the edge of the bowl. New Year’s Noisemakers Tip: Encourage children to assist each other when they reach a place where extra hands are helpful. 2. Glue the remaining strips to one end of the tube. Add other decorations to the tube using marking pens. Wind the strip around the tube and glue it to the other end. 4. 3. Place the other bowl on top. or nuts in one of the paper bowls. beans. Put a handful of pebbles. Place glue along one edge of the construction paper rectangle. Hold the tongue depressor steady as the glue dries.

Day Third Monday in January Martin Luther King was a Baptist Minister and a leading figure in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. He believed in bringing about equality for all people through nonviolent means. King. Martin Luther King. during the March on Washington for civil rights. Jr. Materials: • construction paper (various colors) . His birthday is January 15.5” x 12” (13 x 30. In August. 1968. he spoke of his dream that our nation would live out its creed that all men are created equal. Line of Dreams Make a paper chain of children’s “dreams” for the future. 4 Holiday Art EMC 722 . 1963. He was assassinated on April 4.5 cm) • pencil • scissors • crayons or markers • yarn • stapler • template (page 6) ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. In 1964 he received the Nobel Peace Prize. This is a day for all Americans to dedicate themselves to the goal of equal rights for all. The third Monday in January is celebrated as a national holiday honoring Dr.

Trace the person shape on the colored construction paper. Choose a piece of paper and fold it in half. students can write a dream that they have for the world or for themselves or tell what they want to be as adults. 4. a color that represents the way they feel. Place the template on page 6 with the head at the fold. Encourage them to tell what they want to be when they grow up. Line of Dreams Tip: Let the students use any color paper they wish. or their favorite color. 6. 3. They may choose a color close to their skin color. Steps to Follow: Before you begin. Decorate the person with crayons or markers. 2. 5 Holiday Art EMC 722 . ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Staple the “dreamers” to a long string or piece of yarn. Do not cut the fold line. 1. 5. Cut out the shape. discuss students’ dreams for the future. Display the dream line in the classroom. Ask them what changes they want to see. On the inside of the shape.

©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. 6 Holiday Art EMC 722 .

Washington. Eid Al-Fitr Dates vary and are based on the Muslim calendar* Eid Al-Fitr is the “Feast of the Breaking of the Fast” occurring at the end of Ramadan. and physical discipline. The dates vary depending on the sighting of the moon’s phase. Suite 525. Materials: • black construction paper . Mosque Silhouette Use cut paper to create a mosque silhouette inside a geometric border. Eid Al-Fitr will be in January. you can find the exact date by contacting The American Muslim Council.9” x 12” (23 x 30. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp.. Everyone celebrates an increased connection among humankind and between humankind and God.C.) Elaborate dishes are served at large feasts to which relatives and friends are invited. D. 7 Holiday Art EMC 722 . 20005 or phone (202) 789-2262. (During the month of Ramadan Muslims do not eat from a half hour before dawn until sunset.5 cm) • glue • scissors • fine-tipped black marking pen • ruler • pencil * From 1988 to the year 2000. As the holiday approaches.6” x 8” (15 x 20 cm) • white construction paper . moral. The Islamic religion considers fasting a way to achieve spiritual. 1212 New York Ave.

8 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Make a geometric border. 3. Some older students may be ready to design their own picture using pictures of real mosques as a guide. The border may be very simple or quite elaborate. b. b. Turn it over and glue it in the center of the white paper. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Sketch the border in lightly with a pencil. Steps to Follow: 1. Use the white crayon to draw a mosque on the black paper. Cut out the mosque. 2. Mosque Silhouette Before the Project: Explain that geometric designs are very common in Islamic art. Make a mosque silhouette. Measure and draw lines 1 inch (2. Share pictures of Islamic art and mosques to help students as they plan their project. In this project a mosque (a place of public worship) will be set in the center of a geometric border. Go over the border with a black felt-tip pen. a.5 cm) from the outside edge of the white paper. Tips: Guide students through the steps below to draw a mosque. a.

5 cm) paper 4” (10 cm) square 4 . People clean their homes from top to bottom. Good luck wishes on scrolls are hung in the windows and children receive little red packets with coins inside. They wear new clothing. Clowns and acrobats accompany the dragon and lion dancers.12” (30. hole punch. Firecrackers are exploded to scare away evil spirits. crepe paper. sequins. glue • ice cream sticks • materials for decorating the plates • glue such as: red tissue paper. The Chinese New Year parade is led by a huge dragon. gold wrapping paper. Lion dancers twist their way through the streets.5 cm) • marking pens • scissors. Dancing Dragon Chinese Lantern Materials: Materials: Dancing Dragon Chinese Lantern • 2 construction paper strips • 4 small thin white paper plates 1” x 18” (2. yarn. the symbol of good luck.8” (20. stapler. 9 Holiday Art EMC 722 . • glitter (optional) cellophane paper.5 x 45. Chinese New Year First day after the first new moon of the year (date varies from January 21 to February 19) The Chinese New Year is a time of celebration. felt pens ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp.5 cm) • 8 pieces red yarn • white or yellow construction 4 .

5 x 45.” Trim the ends even with the sides of the square and glue them together. Draw a fierce-looking dragon face with marking pens on the 4” (10 cm) square of paper. (Put the stick just inside the back square. Encourage ideas for colorful designs for the dragon’s head. 10 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Glue the second ice cream stick to the other end. 4. Dancing Dragon Tips: Let students explore different color combinations for the body. 3. Cut out the head. Glue them together at right angles and fold as shown. Repeat until the strips are used up to create a “Jacob’s ladder. Glue the head on the stick to one end of the Jacob’s ladder.) Move the sticks to make the dragon “dance. Add glitter if desired. Try making a giant Jacob’s ladder and use rulers for a two person puppet. 2.5 cm) paper. Choose two strips of 1” x 18” (2.” ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Steps to Follow: 1. Glue the ice cream stick to the back of the head.

Knot all four strings together. Hang the finished “lanterns” in the windows. Chinese Lantern Before the Project: Discuss types of decorations that might go on the lantern. Punch a hole on the top and bottom of each plate. Steps to Follow: 1. Knot all four strings together. Tie yarn through the punched hole. 4. Students might: • draw with felt pens • glue red and gold cutouts on the plates • sprinkle sequins around the plates • punch holes and back them with tissue or cellophane paper • make animal faces 2. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. a. Staple twice along the edge of the plates. 3. Tie one 12” (30. b. Use thin. 5. Unfold the plates. Place another plate back-to-back and staple. Tie one 8” (20.5 cm) string in each of the top holes. inexpensive paper plates. Let each student decorate four small white paper plates.5 cm) string in each of the bottom holes. Hold two plates together back-to-back. 11 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Repeat this until all four plates are connected.

all in one holiday. Materials: • a brown paper lunch bag for each child • 1/2” x 18” (1. New Year's. Tet is celebrated for one week to ten days in Viet-Nam.25 cm x 46 cm) strips of brightly colored paper • 2” (5 cm) squares of brightly colored paper • colored markers • scissors • glue • scratch paper • pencil • glitter ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Tet Nguyen-Dan Dates vary according to the lunar calendar The Vietnamese celebration Tet Nguyen-Dan begins on the first day of the first month of the lunar new year. and a birthday party for everyone. and singing. Fourth of July. It is like a family reunion. Dragon Hand Puppet Make paper dragon hand puppets to dance around for Tet Nguyen-Dan. Entertainment includes fireworks. sports demonstrations. and family members return home to visit. Thanksgiving. The house is cleaned. dragon dancing. 12 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Gifts are given at Tet. concerts. food is prepared. and children receive money in red envelopes. It is the largest celebration of the year. new clothes are bought.

scaly body. Steps to Follow: 1.nose. 2. mouth. rounding corners for a tongue or scales. tongue sticking out. Leave the rest up to the students’ imaginations. and folding under the edge of a piece to make it stand up. big mouth. Use the scratch paper to practice cutting spirals. curly nostrils breathing fire. Dragon Hand Puppet Before the Project: Discuss what features a dragon might have (big eyes.) 4.). 13 Holiday Art EMC 722 . ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. 3. Have students make a rough pencil sketch of what they imagine their dragon to look like. (Remind them that this might change as they get new ideas while making the dragon. etc. Set some guideline for what must be on the dragon . Show the class all the materials that are available for the project. eyes.

If the day is cloudy and the groundhog doesn’t see its shadow. Materials: • small clay pot (2 1/4” [5.5 x 20 cm) • ice cream stick • scissors • glue • black marking pen Note: The project can also be made using construction paper for the groundhog and a small paper cup for the burrow. Pop-Up Groundhog Make your own “weather-telling” groundhog that pops out of its burrow.1” x 8” (2. winter will last another six weeks. there will be an early spring. 14 Holiday Art EMC 722 .1 1/2” x 2” (3.1 1/2” x 2” (3. Groundhog’s Day February 2 An old folk tale says that if a groundhog comes out of its burrow and sees its shadow.5 x 5 cm) • black construction paper .5 x 5 cm) • green construction paper . ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp.5 cm] tall) • groundhog template (inside back cover) • 2 pieces light brown felt .

If you use larger-sized pots or paper cups. 3. 2. Steps to Follow: 1. Draw a face with marking pens. 4. Fold the shadow up as you put the stick through the hole in the bottom of the clay pot. b. Lay the ice cream stick as shown. a. Cut two groundhog pieces from felt. 6. d. Place the other felt groundhog on top. Place glue on the part of the ice cream stick lying on the felt. 15 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Use the template on the inside of the back cover. Let the pieces dry.” ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Push the groundhog up to see its shadow. switch to tongue depressors instead of ice cream sticks. Cut a simple shadow from the black construction paper. Cut zig-zag lines along one side of the green strip. Place one end of the shadow along the bottom of the felt piece. 5. Put the groundhog inside the pot. The face should be on the same side of the groundhog as the shadow. Pull it down to return it to its “burrow. Glue the pieces together. Glue this “grass” around the top edge of the clay pot. Put glue along the bottom edge of the shadow. Pop-Up Groundhog Tips: Small clay pots can be found at many nurseries and craft stores. Place glue on one of the groundhogs. c.

Valentine’s Day February 14 There actually was a Saint Valentine. Many sources say the tradition started with the Roman festival of Lupercalia which occurred in February. At this time unmarried women put their names in a container. Today we still celebrate love and friendship on Valentine’s Day. Mouse Pencil Topper Create a mouse pencil topper to share with friends and loved ones.3” (7.10” (25 cm) • scratch paper in the same sizes as the felt ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. although he probably didn’t have anything to do with the celebration we call Valentine’s Day. it was a popular custom to send handmade valentines. no one is certain how the custom of exchanging gifts and greetings of love on Valentine’s Day began.5 cm) square • 2 pieces red felt . Materials: • 2 pieces gray felt . 16 Holiday Art EMC 722 .5 cm) square • glue (white glue or tacky glue) • scissors • black “puffy” paint (or a marking pen) • pencil • narrow red ribbon . Unmarried men drew names out of the container to see who would be their sweetheart. By the 17th century.1 1/2” (3. In fact.

Let dry. 2. Have them trace the hearts and then cut them out. Steps to Follow: 1. Glue the red heart “ears” to the gray heart. Put glue on one heart. b. Lay the eraser end of the pencil on top of the heart. Tie a red bow around the pencil under the heart mouse or put it on the mouse’s head. d. Glue the gray hearts together. Lay the other heart on top. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Tips: A heart-shaped template or cookie cutter can be used to help younger students make the felt cutouts. Add eyes and nose with the black puffy paint. 3. a. Pinch around the edges to help them stick together. 17 Holiday Art EMC 722 . 5. c. Put glue on the part of the pencil touching the felt heart. Mouse Pencil Topper Before the Project: Practice cutting out hearts from the scratch paper before cutting the felt. 4. Cut out two larger gray hearts and two smaller red hearts. Make these toppers at the beginning of February to use all month or make them as a Valentine’s treat with a special note attached.

cuffs • crayons or marking pens • crayons or marking pens • glue and stapler • glue and stapler ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp.feet 2” x 6” (5 x 15 cm) . the sixteenth president. 18 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Today their birthdays are celebrated together on Presidents’ Day.5 cm) . 3-D Presidents Celebrate Presidents’ Day by making both of these past leaders.hands 1 1/2” x 8” (3.head 3” x 12” (7.arms 2” x 6” (5 x 15 cm) .8 x 20 cm) . During February we frequently see their easily recognized silhouettes used as decorations.5 cm) .5 cm) .boot tops 1 1/2” x 4” (3.arms 3” x 12” (7. Presidents’ Day Third Monday in February In February. Americans celebrate the birthdays of two great men: George Washington (February 22).5 x 30.hat • white construction paper • brown construction paper 3” x 12” (7.5 cm) . the first president of the United States.hands 3” x 12” (7.5 x 30.head 8” x 12” (20 x 30.8 x 10 cm) .8 x 10 cm) .shirt front and • white paper scraps .8 x 20 cm) .5 cm) .ruffles and braid collar.hat brim 6” x 12” (15 x 30.5 cm) .hat • blue construction paper 5” (13 cm) square .5 x 30.5 cm) body 1 1/2” x 4” (3. Materials: George Washington Abraham Lincoln • white construction paper • black construction paper 4” x 12” (10 x 30.feet • white paper scraps .body 1 1/2” x 8” (3. and Abraham Lincoln (February 12).5 x 30.

3-D Presidents Tips: Encourage students to help one another as they roll and staple the body into a tube. Cut feet. 3” 4” 3” 3. Steps to Follow: For Both Presidents Washington Lincoln 4” x 12” 3” x 12” 1. Have students hold pieces such as the arms in place as they count to 50. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Overlap the body pieces and glue along overlapping edges. (Save and glue to body when everything else has been added. 6” x 12” 3” x 12” 3” x 12” 8” x 12” 2. Roll and staple the body. Draw jacket front and top 6” 8” portion of pants on Washington with black crayon or marker. 5. Glue to body.) 6. Draw Lincoln’s suit and pants 3” with white crayon. Color skin. 19 Holiday Art EMC 722 . This gives the glue time to set well enough to keep the piece in place. Cut arms and hands. Draw facial features and hair. Color hands and glue to sleeves. 4. Add a white paper ruffle to Washington’s sleeves and a narrow white band to Lincoln’s sleeves.

Glue the arms to the body. slip brim over 3. Draw on a bowtie. Glue in place. Cut a collar and shirt front. Cut out the hat and glue to Washington’s head. Complete Lincoln 1. 3. Glue arms in place. Glue in place. set tube on 5” square draw a larger make slits from 2. Glue tabs in place to complete hat. Cut ruffles for collar. 2. Cut a braid and glue to back of head. Cut a brim for paper and trace circle around it the center to Lincoln’s hat. 20 Holiday Art EMC 722 . “hat” and glue in place ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. 4. and cut out the circle bend tabs up Slip it over the tube.Complete Washington 1.

Saint Patrick’s Day is a secular holiday.5 cm) square .inside back cover) 3” (7. many people wear green on this day for fun.any size 1” x 3” (2.hands 2” (5 cm) square pieces • black or red construction paper • tempera paint . Jesus the son.5 cm) square . During the 4th century he traveled throughout Ireland starting churches and schools and convincing people to become Christians. and feasts of Irish foods such as corned beef and cabbage.5 cm) . black 1” x 3” (2. St. and the Holy Spirit were one. For many people. He used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity—the idea that God the Father.5 cm) .body (or template . On St. Patrick’s Day Irish people around the world celebrate by wearing shamrocks. parties. In the United States. Patrick’s Day March 17 Saint Patrick is Ireland’s patron saint.face • sponges cut into 1” (2.5 x 7.5 cm) square . Shamrock Bouquet Cross-Legged Leprechaun Materials: Materials: Shamrock Bouquet Cross-Legged Leprechaun • potatoes • green construction paper • shamrock cookie cutter 9” (23 cm) square . Often there are parades.beard • paper plates • paper towels • scissors • paste • paint brush • marking pen • crayons • stapler ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. 21 Holiday Art EMC 722 .green. but do not participate in any religious observance.hat • plastic knife • white construction paper • pencil 3” (7.5 x 7.hair • white construction paper .

Shamrock Bouquet
Before the Project:
Cut potatoes in half before the lesson begins. If you have young students, cut the shamrock design
in advance also. Put paints on paper or aluminum plates to make printing and cleanup easier.

Steps to Follow:

1. Have a small group of students go to a central
work area to prepare the potato half for printing.
This should be done under the supervision of an
adult.
a. Cookie cutter method:
Press the cookie cutter into the
cut end of the potato. Trim off the
extra potato with a knife.

b. Template method:
Trace around the edge of the template
with a pencil, pressing into the potato.
Remove the template and carve off
the potato outside the shape.

2. Make a pot for the shamrocks.
a. Sketch a pot on the white paper.

b. Dip a sponge square into black paint.
Dab the excess off on a paper towel.
Press and lift the sponge. Try not to
smear the paint. Work from the
outside of the pot toward the center.

3. Make the shamrocks.
a. Dip the shamrock potato into the
green paint and press onto the paper.
Print as many shamrocks as you want
to have growing in your pot. Let the
print dry.

b. Paint stems with paint brush, using
the same green paint.

c. After the print dries you may wish to
add a St. Patrick’s Day greeting such
as “Top o’ the Morning” with a
marking pen.
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Cross-Legged Leprechaun
Before the Project:
Talk about the legend that says if you catch a leprechaun, he must tell you where he has
hidden his treasure. Have students think about some places the treasure might be hidden.

Steps to Follow:

1. Fold the body as shown.

2. Cut out the other parts and paste to the basic body shape.

a. hat b. face c. hair d. beard e. hands

3. Add facial features and arms with crayons.
Curl the leprechaun's toes.

4. Write directions to the leprechaun’s
treasure. Tuck the directions in the
leprechaun’s pocket.

The basic shape can be used
to create cross-legged
creatures for other holidays.

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First Day of Spring
Northern Hemisphere about March 21
Southern Hemisphere about September 22

The Vernal Equinox is one of the two times of the year when the Sun crosses the plane of the
Earth’s equator, making day and night about the same length. The world begins to warm up.
Plants sprout and many animals begin to raise their families. It is a time of “rebirth.”

Flower Garden Mural
Welcome spring into your classroom with this flower garden mural.

Materials:
• colored butcher paper - size will depend on available space
• paper to paint on
• tempera paints and brushes • newspapers • paper towels - for spills
• scissors • glue • pins

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Flower Garden Mural
Tips:
Provide old shirts for paint smocks.

Set up a painting area where students can go to paint large items such as clouds and grass.

Steps to follow:

1. Pin or staple the butcher paper to a
large bulletin board. Tape newspapers
on the floor under the mural.

2. Divide students into groups to paint the
clouds and grass for the background.
Let these dry before cutting and attaching
to the butcher paper. As the clouds are
pinned to the background, stuff them
with crumbled newspapers for a three-
dimensional effect. Glue the grass along
the bottom of the background paper.
Apply the glue as shown. Bend and
pinch some of the grass to give it
dimension.

3. Have students paint mural elements
(flowers, birds, butterflies, insects) on
paper. When the paintings are dry, cut
them out and glue or pin them to the
mural background. Pinch and fold parts
so they can stick out, adding to the
three-dimensional look.

4. Add Welcome Spring in large
letters to the mural.

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1/4” ( . and painted eggs have all become symbols of new life.5 cm) • 1 tube sock • many colors of tissue paper - • green felt . It occurs close to the beginning of spring as the weather warms and new growth begins.” Sometimes colored eggs are hidden and children have to search for the eggs to fill their baskets. Easter is also a time of renewal or rebirth. It is a time of joy with special church services and special meals. For Christians it is one of the most important days of the year. blue. black. Easter First full moon after the Vernal Equinox (Sometime between March 22 and April 25) Easter is celebrated as both a religious and a secular holiday. Baby animals.2” (5 cm) • 1 piece colored yarn .3” (7.pink. 26 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Easter lilies. Peek-a-Boo Bunny Puppet “Stained Glass” Church Window Materials Materials Peek-a-Boo Bunny Puppet “Stained Glass” Church Window • plastic liter soda bottle (empty and • 2 sheets black construction clean) paper .5 cm) • scissors ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. red • crayons • white glue • pencil • hot glue gun (for adult use only) • scratch paper • doweling . Children often receive baskets full of eggs and small presents supposedly brought by the “Easter Bunny.6 cm) diameter. 18” (45.5 cm) long • cotton batting for stuffing • 5 pieces colored yarn .5 cm) 6” (15 cm) squares • felt scraps .9” x 12” (23 x 30. • scissors yellow.9” x 12” (23 x 30.20” (51 cm) • 2 pieces colored yarn . purple. celebrating the resurrection of Jesus.

If you have young students. 5. Tip: This project can be divided into stages. Add eyes. 6. 4. Pull the sock up over the bunny’s head and glue with the glue gun around the tie-off (on the inside of the sock) to keep the dowel from coming out. Encourage students to help each other with tying steps. Tie a 3” (7. 3.” Glue together if desired.5 cm) piece of yarn tightly around the sock just below the stuffing (head). nose. doing the bunny one day and finishing the bunny’s hole another day. Use pieces of felt to make the bunny’s face. Push a ball of stuffing into the sock to make a head. and pink cheeks. Cut off the excess. 27 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Steps to Follow: Bunny Puppet 1. Find an adult to be in charge of the hot glue gun. Insert the dowel in the bottom of the stuffed head through the opening in the sock. Tie a 2” (5 cm) piece of yarn around each ear at the base of the slit. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Fold the cut edges to the inside to form the “ears. Peek-a-Boo Bunny Puppet Before the Project: Cut the doweling in advance. Cut a three inch slit down the center of the toe section of the tube sock for ears. Cut off the excess. precut the soda bottles. 2.

©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Mark a line 4” (10 cm) above the base on the soda bottle. (The grass can be decorated with colored eggs cut from felt and glued on. 28 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Use a hot glue gun to attach the bottom sock edge to the mouth of the bottle. Cut the long edge of the green felt to look like grass. Cut the top of the bottle off. Wrap the felt around the bottle as shown to glue it in place. (You will be using the top part of the bottle with the mouth. Place glue around the bottle at the top and bottom. It needs to move freely to allow the bunny to peek over the grass.) Do not glue the rod. (See illustration. Put bunny inside its hole with the dowel going through the wide opening of the bottle and extending through the mouth. Put a line of glue along the ends of the grass piece. An adult will need to do this for young students.) 2.) Putting the Bunny and Its Hole Together 1. Use another piece of doweling or a wooden skewer to poke the sock through the mouth of the bottle. 2.Bunny’s Hole 1.

Draw and color the window on a piece of paper to determine size. (Put glue around the edge of cut out areas on the black paper. Put a small amount of glue around the outside edge of one black paper. Cut pieces of tissue paper slightly larger that each open space. Plan a design for a simple window. “Stained Glass” Church Window Before the Project: Show pictures of stained glass windows. placement. Glue these to one of the black paper frames. 29 Holiday Art EMC 722 .) Steps to Follow: 1. Carefully lay the second black frame in place. (Older students can use an Exacto® knife under adult supervision. 3. Then lay the tissue paper in place. and color of design. Ask students to identify what the windows have in common (black outlines. Draw the design on black construction paper using yellow or white crayon. 2. Trace all of the open sections and cut out the second black frame. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Cut out the pieces that are to be “glass. Tip: Show students how to cut out sections of a solid piece of paper by poking a hole in the center of the section to begin cutting. Let the piece dry completely before hanging. Be sure to show some that depict designs as well as pictures. colorful glass sections).” Lay the completed paper on a second sheet of black.) 4.

The land was mainly a treeless plain. Mr. 1872 the first Arbor Day was held in Nebraska and over one million trees were planted throughout the state. shrubs. a newspaper editor. Today all fifty states celebrate this holiday dedicated to trees. Morton. Morton and his wife quickly planted trees. Korea has Tree-Loving Week. and India has a National Festival of Tree Planting. A Treasure Tree Create the following project to celebrate trees. encouraged other pioneers to plant trees.12” x 15” (30. Iceland has a day when school children plant trees.12” x 15” (30. On April 10. Arbor Day Usually around April 22 (Different days in different states) Arbor Day was begun by Julius Sterling Morton. an early pioneer who settled in the Nebraska Territory. and flowers around their new home.5 x 38 cm) • 2" (5 cm) circle template (inside back cover) • Exacto ® knife (adult use only) • scraps of colored posterboard • pencil • tempera or acrylic paint • paint brushes • scissors • string • hole punch ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Mr. Many other countries have special celebrations for trees—Japan has Greening Week. 30 Holiday Art EMC 722 .5 x 38 cm) • construction paper . Eventually a day was set aside to plant trees. Materials: • 2 pieces heavy posterboard or thin cardboard .

(See illustration. 31 Holiday Art EMC 722 . angels. 2.” (as described in step 6 below) children can use lightweight objects such as plastic stars. 6. etc. Cut out the two identical posterboard tree shapes.” Instead of cutting posterboard “treasures. Paint the two tree shapes. Put a piece of string through the hole and tie one object in each display hole on the tree. trace four circles on each tree shape. A Treasure Tree Tips: An adult will need to cut the circles in the posterboard and may need to punch the holes in the tree and “treasures. 5.) 4. Slip one tree shape into the other to form a single standing tree. 3. Draw half a tree so that the center line is on the fold. turn over and paint the other side) Let the tree dry thoroughly. Cut through both layers. Punch a hole in the top of each object. Make slits to connect the two trees. Cut "treasures" (apples. let it dry. Using the template. Open the pattern and trace it onto both pieces of posterboard. Use the circle template to trace 8 circles on colored posterboard scraps. Cut out these display holes with an Exacto® knife. etc. suns.) Punch a hole just above each display hole. Steps to Follow: 1. flowers. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. (Paint one side. (This should be done by an adult or under adult supervision. Fold the construction paper.) that are smaller than the circles.

Materials: • round paper doilies . We often celebrate May Day by hanging baskets of flowers on friends’ doors. May Day May 1 May Day began as a celebration to mark the passage between winter and spring. It probably began as a Roman ceremony in which flowers were offered to Flora. knocks on the door.5 cm) • hole punch • glue • flowers • foil or plastic wrap ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. and runs away. 32 Holiday Art EMC 722 . The dance movements were designed to weave the streamers around the pole. People rose early in the morning to “bring in the May.” They gathered flowers and tree branches to decorate their homes.approximately 12” (30. the goddess of flowers. Dancers held streamers attached to the top of the pole. It is one of the world’s oldest holidays.18” (45.5 cm) circles • narrow ribbon or colored yarn . In the Middle Ages May Day became a popular celebration in England. The giver of the basket sneaks up to the door. The giver hides nearby to watch as the door is opened and the surprise is discovered. Maypole dances are also held in some places. leaves the basket. Later they went to the town square to dance around a tall maypole. May Basket “Bring in the May” by making baskets to fill with flowers for special friends.

Fold the top down abut 1 1/2” (3. Take a few flowers. Wrap the stems in a piece of damp paper towel and then in foil or plastic wrap to make a nosegay. Fold the doily in fourths. Steps to Follow: 1. 3. Children can give the basket to a friend or a family member. Tie a narrow ribbon to the basket for a handle. Overlap the edges to form a cone and hold gently while the glue sets. 5. Place the flowers in the basket. Or ask parents to provide flowers from their gardens. Punch a hole in each side. May Basket Tips: Take a field trip to a vacant field or a friendly neighbor’s garden to collect flowers for the baskets. Put glue along one cut edge.8 cm) to make a “ruffle. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Open the doily and cut out one section. 33 Holiday Art EMC 722 . 2.” 4.

These kites represent a kind of carp known to be strong and courageous.) Fami- lies celebrate by telling stories.5 cm) • unbleached muslin (butcher paper or tissue paper may be used instead) 12” x 20” (30.1” x 12” (2. A fish kite made of strong paper or cloth is flown for each child in the family.5 cm) . feasting.5 x 30.5 x 50 cm) . or visiting grandparents.5 cm) . battling upstream against strong currents.1 per kite 2” x 8” (5.0 x 30. 34 Holiday Art EMC 722 . going on picnics.3 per kite • hole punch • stapler • stick . Boys and girls go to the Shinto shrines. where priests bless them and wish them health and happiness.2 per kite 2” x 12” (5.1 per kite. This can be doweling. Today both boys and girls are honored on the same day. (At one time there were separate celebrations for boys and girls. Children’s Day May 5 May 5 is a day when Japanese families honor their children. Materials: • tagboard strips . they remind the children to be brave and strong.0 x 20.6 per kite • permanent felt pens • tacky glue (white glue if using tissue paper) • scissors • 15” (38 cm) string . ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. When the kites fly in the wind. or thin branches. Carp Kite Make paper fish kites for the boys and girls to fly on May 5. bamboo plant stakes.

Encourage students to help each other with the project. Decorate the material with eyes. Glue the ring inside the front end of the fish to keep it open. Glue long tail strips to the end. Tie the three strings in a knot at the other end. 6. 4. Have students work in small groups with an adult available to answer questions and assist with any problems that arise. Place the ring inside the “mouth” end of the kite. Glue short fin pieces to the sides. 35 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Carp Kite Tips: Set up materials in a central working area. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Run across the playground to make the fish “swim” in the air. Form a ring by stapling the tag strip. Punch three evenly-spaced holes around the ring. Form the material into a tube and glue. and scales using marking pens. 3. Steps to Follow: 1. Tie one end of a string to each hole. 2. Put a layer of glue around the outside of the ring. Press the cloth against the glue on the ring. Then tie the strings to the stick. 5. Take the kite outside. gills.

36 Holiday Art EMC 722 .5 cm) (30.5 x 45. the Mexican army defeated the French army of Napoleon the Third. • scissors white. mock battles.5 x 45. red. and flower festivals. blue. green . 1867. fireworks. dances. • hole punch thin with a few drops of water • string (long piece from which to on small paper or aluminum plates hang many lace banners) •drinking straw or plastic knife • stapler •glitter ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp.yellow.12” x 18” 12” x 18” (30. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated with grand parades. Cinco de Mayo May 5 Cinco de Mayo is an important political holiday in Mexico. It commemorates the Battle of Puebla. Fireworks Display Paper Lace Materials Materials Fireworks Display Paper Lace •dark blue or black construction paper • colored tissue paper .in squeeze bottles .5 cm) •tempera paint . where on May 5.

2. Use a straw or plastic knife to pull paint out from the puddle in curving lines. (After the paint- ing has dried. 37 Holiday Art EMC 722 .) ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Fireworks Display Tips: Set up a printing center. Sprinkle glitter over the paint before it dries. Squirt small puddles of paint in several places around the paper. Arrange for three or four students to work at a time. Return the excess to the glitter container. pour excess glitter onto a sheet of paper. Steps to Follow: 1.

These can be used to decorate your classroom for Cinco de Mayo (or any Mexican holiday you study). Guide students through these folds and cuts. a. 2. 4. Fold up. Paper Lace Before the Project: Explain how paper banners are used to decorate homes and streets during celebrations. Cut where shown. Steps to Follow: 1. Tip: Have students help one another if necessary as they fold and cut their tissue paper. Make decorative cuts along the bottom folded edge. 38 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Punch holes along the design. 3. and hang up! ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. b. e. c. Fold up again. Fold right side down. d. staple in place. Fold in half. Don’t cut too near the top end. Fold the top of the design over a string. Cut a design such as scallops along the wide end. Flip over.

red ones for living mothers and white ones for mothers that have died. By 1914 she had convinced Congress to proclaim a national holiday. When Anna Jarvis’ mother died in 1907. 39 Holiday Art EMC 722 . “Tons of Love” Elephant Pendant Make a piece of jewelry for mother on her special day. Materials: • clay (kiln-baked. she decided that one day of every year should be dedicated to mothers.30” (76 cm) • clear acrylic spray finish • pencil or skewer (for poking holes) ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Mother’s Day Second Sunday in May Some version of Mother’s Day has been celebrated since Roman times. It became a national holiday in the USA in 1914.5 cm) (inside back cover) • watercolors (for kiln-baked clay) or acrylic paints (for oven-dried or self-hardening clay) • plastic knife and fork • dowel or rolling pin • water in cups • cord for necklace .5 cm) and 1 1/2” (3. Some people still wear carnations on Mother’s Day as Anna Jarvis proposed . oven-dried. or self-hardening) • cardboard circle templates . Today we celebrate Mother’s Day by giving our mothers cards and gifts and by being especially kind and helpful.3” (7. She held a memorial service and asked those who attended to wear white carnations.

6 cm) thick. This makes a better connection when the clay dries. Steps to Follow: 1. Make two small balls of clay for eyes. To attach the ears to the body. Keep clay covered until it is to be used. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. 2. or self-hardening clay. Cut this circle in half to make the elephant’s ears. Water can be used as “glue” to attach pieces to the basic elephant shape. 3. No puddles! Rub the spot where you put the water to mix a little clay in it. Use water to "glue" them to the body. Firmly press the ears in place. 40 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Just use a drop or two. “Tons of Love” Elephant Pendant Tips: You may use kiln-baked clay. Poke a small hole in each eye for a pupil. oven-dried clay. dip your finger in water and rub the clay head to dampen where you want the ears to go. Set the piece aside. Place the larger circle template on the clay and cut out a circle with the plastic knife. Several brands of each type of clay are available in craft or art supply stores. Roll a piece of clay flat with the roller. It should be about 1/4” (. Draw the plastic fork across the clay to simulate the rough skin of the elephant. Roll out another piece of clay to the same thickness and cut a second circle using the smaller circle template. They may be left flat or rippled for added dimension.

41 Holiday Art EMC 722 . The dry clay may be left uncolored.) ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp.4.) 5. Roll a slab of clay and cut out a narrow rectangular shape approximately 2 1/2” (6 cm) long for the trunk. or painted before sealing with a spray finish. Then dry the clay thoroughly following the directions for the type of clay you are using. Use water to attach the top of the trunk to the body under the eyes. (The sealing spray must be done by an adult in a well-ventilated area following the directions on the container. Smooth all unwanted lines. Poke two holes at the top of the elephant to hold the cord. and then bring the end of the trunk back to the body and attach it. Make a “hill” in the middle. 7. 6. Cut two 3/4” (2 cm) clay squares for front feet and attach them to the bottom of the body. (Optional: Make a tiny heart out of clay and attach it to the end of the trunk.

you can eliminate white strips.1 1/2” x 13. Stars and Stripes Celebrate flag day by making a version of the original “Stars and Stripes. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp.1 1/2” x 24” (3. One story says that the seamstress Betsy Ross stitched her winning design of 13 stars in a circle after a visit from George Washington. a star appeared for each state.19 1/2” x 24” (49. and patriotic speeches. As the nation grew. President Harry Truman made June 14 a national holiday in honor of the flag. 42 Holiday Art EMC 722 . one for each state.1 1/2” x 24” (3. while the stripes stopped at 15 and were later reduced to 13. In 1949.8 x 61 cm) * • scissors • glue • ruler • optional .doweling for flag holder * If your students are capable of measuring for even placement of stripes.5 x 61 cm) .10 1/2” (13 cm) square . 1777.1 1/2” x 13.stars (or patterns on page 44) • 4 red stripes . Flag Day June 14 On June 14.5” (3. Flag Day is a time for flying flags.8 x 36.flag • blue construction paper .8 x 61 cm) • 3 white stripes . which had 13 red and white stripes.4 x 7 cm) white paper .8 cm) * • 3 white stripes . parades.” Materials: • white butcher paper .2 1/4” x 2 1/2” (5.5” (3. using white background instead.8 x 36.star background • 13 .8 cm) • 3 red stripes . the United States Congress announced that it wanted 13 stars on a field of blue to replace the British symbols in George Washington’s Grand Union flag.

Glue them in place. A C A 3. 2. 43 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Fold top left edge. The small piece that Mark 3. B. Display the completed flags around the school on flag day. Open the star these points and cut. Glue the stripes to the ending in red. Steps to Follow: 1. Divide the class into groups of 3 to 5 students and have each group make one flag. C. Draw a line between the star. Begin with red and continue alternating white and red until 5. 3.3 cm from bottom point on was cut away becomes right side. “C” to this point. label Locate the center of Fold flap “A” Fold bottom corners A. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Paste the blue square in the top left-hand corner of the white rectangle. and 6 white stripes. Make 13 five-pointed stars from white construction paper following these steps: Fold in half.4 cm from bottom point on left side. carefully.3 cm 1. mark with pencil. Arrange the white stars in a circle on the blue background. There flag following this are 7 red stripes arrangement. edge labeled A-B and down as shown. Teach older students how to make a five-pointed star (step 1 below). 4. Stars and Stripes Tips: Reproduce the star patterns on page 44 for younger students to use.4 cm D B D B A C A B D B B D Rotate shape upwards to look like an ice cream cone. right up to meet D D as shown. Mark 1.

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Father’s Day Third Sunday in June Father’s Day can be traced to the ancient Romans who had celebrations in honor of their departed parents. Helping Hands T-Shirt Helping Hands Card Materials Materials Helping Hands T-Shirt Helping Hands Card • white t-shirt • 8" square (20 cm) construction • fabric paints paper • fabric markers • tempera paint • scrap cardboard • paper plates • paper plates • scissors • soapy water • marking pens • paper towels • soapy water • paper towels ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. It wasn’t until 1972 that President Richard Nixon signed a congressional resolution assigning a day to honor fathers. Father’s Day is one of our newest official holidays. However. 45 Holiday Art EMC 722 .

You’re a great dad! Happy Father’s Day ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Put paint on paper plates.) After the hand prints are done. Have soapy water and paper towels handy for cleaning paint-covered hands. Helping Hands T-Shirt and Card Tips: With younger students. front and back.) Let the paint dry. Helping Hands Card 1. 3. do the hand printing under adult supervision. (Press and lift straight up to prevent smearing. 46 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Fold the construction paper in half. 4. Students write their names and the date. 2. (The little finger should be lined up with the folded edge. Dip hands one at a time into the paint and press onto the t-shirt. Add a message inside the hand print. Do not cut the fold. 4. Leave the card folded and cut around the hand print. Dip left hand into paint and press onto the front of the folded card. Wanted to give you a hand. Do “practice” printing on paper first. Steps to Follow: Helping Hands T-Shirt 1. Place cardboard between the front and back of the t-shirt. 3. 2. let the shirt dry completely. Add the words “Dad’s Helping Hands” to the shirt with a fabric marker. Keep paint from soaking through the t-shirt by placing scrap cardboard in between the t-shirt.

30” (76 cm) tissue paper . continuing on through September 16. Independence Day July 4 Independence Day is the greatest patriotic holiday in the United States. 1776.country symbols • glue (page 49) • marking pens • glitter (optional) ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. It celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress on July 4. All across the USA today people celebrate July 4 with parades. Note: Canadian Independence Day is July 1. The country celebrates the day with parades and picnics. Independence Day Banner Independence Day Badge Materials Materials Independence Day Banner Independence Day Badge • colored butcher paper . picnics.5 x 61 cm) • star template (pattern on page 50) • tempera paint and brushes • red. On this day in 1867 the British North American Act came into being. and fireworks. The Declaration was read to the public in Philadelphia four days later and celebrated with ringing bells. • small paper plate 12” x 24” (30. Mexican Independence Day festivities begin on the night of September 15. band concerts. There are fireworks and parades. blue crepe paper or • yarn . This was the first step toward Canadian Independence. speeches. white.1 1/2” x 6” (4 x 15 cm) • black felt pen • scissors • optional . 47 Holiday Art EMC 722 .

Glue the fold down. have students color it with marking pens and then glue it to the banner. Tie the yarn ends together. White House. Send the banners home to display for Independence Day. Place yarn under the fold. 48 Holiday Art EMC 722 . (Symbols are also included for Canada and Mexico. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. 5. Statue of Liberty. Students draw a symbol of the country or you may enlarge the eagle pattern on page 47 to use on the banner. 2. Your list might contain: Liberty Bell. Let the paint dry. Paint a symbol of the United States on the banner. 3.5 cm) each time. 4. Write "July 4" and/or "Independence Day" on the banner. Independence Day Banner Before the Project: Discuss what kinds of symbols and slogans might be used on the banners to represent the United States of America.) If you use the eagle. Stars and Stripes. Fold the top of your paper under twice about 1” (2. Steps to Follow: 1. Cut a triangle out of the bottom of the paper to make points on the banner.

Symbols for Banners Canadian Maple Leaf Mexican Flag Symbol American Eagle ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. 49 Holiday Art EMC 722 .

Lay the star flat and decorate the edges with marking pens. Star Template ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp.A. You may outline the letters in glue and sprinkle with glitter for more sparkle. 4. and blue streamers to the bottom of the star.S." or "July 4" in the center of the star. 50 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Trace the star template below on the paper plate. Glue the red. Cut out the star. Independence Day Badge Steps to Follow: 1. Write "U. white. Pinch each point of the star from the tip to the middle of the star. Wear or display the badge on Independence Day. 2. 3.

buttons. Picture Frame This picture frame is the perfect place to put grandparents’ favorite gift - a photograph of their grandchild. 51 Holiday Art EMC 722 . and beans.5 x 10 cm] or smaller) ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Grandparents’ Day First Sunday after Labor Day This is a day to give recognition to our grandparents. Materials: • posterboard (any color) 2 pieces . calls. Visits. as well as gifts.3” x 5” (7. peas.4” x 5” (10 x 13 cm) 1 piece . various types of pasta. and cards. all are ways to show our appreciation for what they add to our lives. small nuts in shells.5 x 13 cm) • cellophane tape • scissors • ruler • pencil • glue • items to decorate frame: heavy duty aluminum foil. rubber stamps and stamp pads • small photograph (3” x 4” [7.

Measure down 1” (2. Cover the frame with heavy duty aluminum foil. Have students bring in small photographs of themselves to put in the frame. (See illustration. Take the 3” x 5” (7. Glue items on the front part of the frame. 2. Spread glue on the rest of the frame. The project will go much faster if you cut the posterboard to the correct sizes ahead of time. Make sure it is within the cut opening photo photo before you tape it in place. b. Take one 4” x 5” (10 x 13 cm) piece of poster board. Lay the photograph on the back side of the posterboard and trace around it. Let it dry before decorating the frame. Glue the small section of this stand to the back of the remaining piece of posterboard.) Cut out out the posterboard inside this area. Cut along this line. An Exacto ® blade can be used (with adult supervision) by older students. Picture Frame Tips: Demonstrate how to poke a hole in the center of an opening and cut to the edge to make the center of the frame’s front piece. Steps to Follow: 1. 52 Holiday Art EMC 722 . 3. use a nail to poke a design of tiny dots around the frame. 5. Place the pieces back together leaving a narrow space. a.5 cm) from one end.5 x 13 cm) piece. The frame may be decorated in many different ways. Lay the front of the frame on the back. Before the frame pieces are glued together. back front 4. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Older students can measure and cut the pieces from a 12” x 15” sheet of posterboard before doing step 1 below. Center the photograph on the back piece of the of of frame. Tape them together on both sides.6 cm) all around this mark. Measure in 1/4” cut Photo (.

53 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Days begin to get cooler. First Day of Autumn Northern Hemisphere about September 22 Southern Hemisphere about March 21 The Autumnal Equinox is one of two days each year when the sun crosses the plane of the earth’s equator making day and night the same length. Autumn Placemat Make festive placemats to celebrate the arrival of autumn.5 cm) • acrylic paints and brushes • paper towels .for spills ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. It is a time when crops are harvested and plants and animals begin to get ready for winter.5 x 45. Materials: • leaves of various types • lightweight cotton fabric in solid colors -12” x 18” (30.

Lay the leaf carefully on the placemat. being careful not to move the leaf around. 2. 3.5 cm) wide. 54 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Steps to Follow: 1. Have an adult or cross-age helper work with younger students. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Make the fringe about an inch (2. Discuss different patterns and designs that can be used on the placemats. The mats can be made from construction paper and tempera paint. Autumn Placemat Before the Project: Take a nature walk to collect an assortment of leaves in different sizes and colors. Cut the edges to add a fringe. Let the placemat dry completely. Fringe the short edges of the fabric by pulling out threads. 4. Repeat with the same or other leaves to complete the design. Press firmly. Paint a leaf on one side. Tip: Set up a work center.

Materials: • wire clothes hanger • 2 sticks about the same size • scissors • sisal or yarn • natural materials such as leaves.000 miles on horseback to promote the same cause. Nature Weaving Bring the Native American concept of closeness to nature into your classroom by creating weavings with items collected from the environment. New York State proclaimed an official day. took up the cause. a Blackfoot. rode 4. Two years later Red Fox James. whose ancestors were Seneca. Now many states have set aside a day to honor Native Americans. When Sherman Coolidge. In 1912. feathers. or seed pods ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. lichen. Native American Day September 23 This day is dedicated to recognizing and honoring Native Americans and their cultures. the Arapaho president of the American Indian Society. first advocated a day to honor Indians. twigs. 55 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Arthur C. Parker.

Cut two pieces of sisal or yarn approximately 3’ (1 meter) long. 3. Loop around the bottom stick once and bring the yarn back up to the top stick. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Tips: This can be done by partners or individuals. 56 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Cut two pieces of sisal or yarn approximately 6” (15 cm) long. Hang something heavy from each end of the bottom stick to act as a weight. A smaller version can be made using shorter sticks and shorter lengths of yarn. Nature Weaving Before the Project: Take a field trip to collect items to weave into this project.) 2. Drop the ball of yarn down to the bottom stick and bring it to the back. (The hanger's function is to be a “hook” as the artists work. (The weaving may also be tied to the back of a chair to hold it in place. Tie the warp threads with a single ball of yarn. Young students will need help in setting up the loom. Steps to Follow: 1. have two or three students at a time work on the weaving. If done as a group project. Hang the clothes hanger on a door frame. Start by tying one end of the yarn to the top left side of the top stick. Tie one piece to each end of one stick and the other end to the hanger. Tie them to the second stick keeping the two pieces even in length.) 4. Tie them to each end of the hanger.

57 Holiday Art EMC 722 . ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. keeping the warp threads even and firm. Take two pieces of colorful yarn. Move across the hanger making the warp threads. Cut yarn or sisal to six times the width of the dowel to begin weaving. Gently weave in objects from nature such as leaves. Tie the other ends together and hang the weaving from a hook or nail. Tie one piece to each end of the string. or feathers. Put the yarn close together if small items will be woven or leave space between the threads if larger items will be woven into the project. 6. Weave the yarn in and out across the entire warp moving from right to left. Repeat the process. Tie one end of the yarn to the right side of the warp. Adjust the tension as you weave. 5. You may use the hanger as a hook for the weaving or cut the two strings holding the weaving to the hanger. Repeat step 5 after weaving in objects. (The degree of tension depends on how open you want the weaving to be. 7. Alternate step 5 and 6 until the weaving is complete. lichen.) Weave at least five rows and tie off the yarn.

Columbus Day October 12 On this day in 1492. when Christopher Columbus landed on San Salvador in the Bahamas. he was sure that he had reached the East Indies. Ships at Sea Combine fingerpaint and paper ships to create Columbus’ three tiny ships sailing across the huge ocean. Columbus is commonly described as the discoverer of the New World. green.5 cm) square • liquid tempera . purple • liquid starch • fingerpaint paper • pencil • crayons or marking pens • scissors • glue ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Materials: • white construction paper 6 “ (15 cm) square 4” (10 cm) square 3” (7. Instead he had landed on a continent unknown to most of the world—the continent of North America. 58 Holiday Art EMC 722 .blue.

3. Put a small amount of blue paint. Mix the paint and starch together and swirl about to make the sea. Have students mix the starch and blue paint and then move it about to make the sky. This keeps clothing from falling into the paint. Make one ship on each of the paper squares. Pinta. Put a puddle of starch in the sea section. Put a small puddle of liquid starch on the sky section. Ships at Sea Tips: Many teachers avoid fingerpainting in the classroom because of the mess. They then stand behind their chairs as they fingerpaint. These should be kept on the seat of the student’s chair until needed. 2. Color the ships. • Provide each student with at least two paper towels. Nina. and a little purple paint in the starch puddle. a little green paint. Steps to Follow: Fingerpaint Sea 1. 59 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Let the painting dry. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Have students draw a light pencil line about one-third of the way down the paper to give them a guide for separating sea and sky. Paste the ships to the fingerpaint sea as shown on the illustration on page 58. Add a little blue paint. Pass out fingerpaint paper. • Encourage students to use just one hand as they fingerpaint. Make sure sleeves are rolled up securely. set up an area where the paintings will dry or do the activity at the end of the day so the paintings can dry on the students’ desks overnight. This way most of the paint can be wiped off hands before they go to the sink to wash up. Cut them out by following the perimeter of the drawing. While painting: • Have students turn their chairs backwards in front of the work area. In advance. You can minimize the mess with careful preplanning. Enlist parent or cross-age tutor help to dispense paint and assist with cleanup. 2. and Santa Maria 1. Follow the drawing steps to make the three ships.

To protect themselves. they kept huge bonfires going. Thus October 31 became All Hallow’s Eve or Halloween. etc. But the ancient Celtic celebration remained and on Halloween night people still followed the ancient traditions. It was called All Saints’ or All Hallow’s Day. When the Irish settlers came to North America in the 1800s.9” x 4” (23 x 10 cm) • felt scraps in various sizes and colors • hole punch • glue gun and glue (adult use only) • 2 pieces of string .5 x 10 cm) • optional . they brought their Halloween costumes with them. 60 Holiday Art EMC 722 . sequins. They often wore masks and costumes to frighten the evil spirits.5 cm) • tacky glue • marking pens • piece of cardboard .3” x 4” • assorted colors of construction paper (7. In the 9th century the Catholic Church established November 1 as a day for remembering the saints. ribbons.decorative materials such • scissors as feathers. Today boys and girls of all ages wear strange masks and scary costumes as they go door-to- door shouting “trick or treat!” Crazy Critter Hand Puppet Halloween Mask Materials: Materials: Crazy Critter Hand Puppet Halloween Mask • cotton glove (one per puppet) • mask pattern (page 63) • yarn • tagboard . ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. It was a night when people believed that evil spirits roamed the earth. Halloween October 31 Halloween had its start in an ancient Celtic harvest festival that honored the lord of the dead on the first day of winter.12” (30.

61 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Steps to Follow: 1. Slip a separate short piece of the yarn under the loops of yarn at one end of the cardboard. Wrap yarn around cardboard the short way many times. (This should be done by an adult. It will hold your pompon together. b. Crazy Critter Hand Puppet Tips: Ask students to bring an unmated glove from home. Put tacky glue on the back of each piece and attach it to the pompon. c. Let it dry completely. (The greater the number of repetitions. the fluffier the body. Make the yarn pompon.) b. Let all glued parts dry completely before wearing the glove. You might make: big eyes a strange mouth horns or antennae ears claws or nails fangs c. Glue the pompon to the topside of the glove with a glue gun (with adult supervision).) Place a piece of cardboard inside the glove before using the hot glue gun so that the layers of the glove won’t stick together. Cut pieces of felt to add features to the puppet. 2. Tie this piece of yarn tightly. Slide the cardboard between the layers of the glove. or access the school lost and found just before items are discarded. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. a. Fluff the pompon and trim uneven yarn ends. Clip the loops of yarn at the other end of the cardboard. A hot glue gun may be used to attach the yarn body. Make the puppet. a.

Make the basic mask. Halloween Mask Before the Project: Brainstorm the different types of masks that can be made from the one basic mask pattern. c. Punch a hole in each side and tie string through each hole. a. You may need to reduce the size of the mask a small amount when you reproduce it. Collect the materials you need. Let the glue dry completely before putting on the mask. Make one copy of the mask pattern to use to check the placement of the eye holes if making the masks with younger students. For younger students have an adult cut out the eye holes. Cut out the mask and eye holes. Steps to Follow: 1.) b. 62 Holiday Art EMC 722 . c. Decide what type of mask to make. a. Discuss ways these might be made using paper and other materials. 2. Finish the mask. Tips: Put a hole-reinforcer around each hole before attaching the string. space creature bird bat ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Decorate the mask. Cut out the mask pattern and trace it on tagboard. (You may want to sketch the finished mask to use as a guide. b.

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vegetables.tempera or acrylics ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Thanksgiving Fourth Thursday in November (USA) October 10 (Canada) During the winter of 1621.5 cm) • newspapers • 6 pieces of construction paper in . It is a day to give thanks for all the blessings we have in our lives. The early Canadian settlers gave thanks for good harvests by decorating their churches with fruits and vegetables and by holding special dinners. and the colony held a celebration to give thanks.5 cm) strips autumn colors . goose. venison.1” (2. corn. Thanksgiving Mobile Harvest Cornucopia Materials: Materials: Thanksgiving Mobile Harvest Cornucopia • tagboard . and dried berries. clams.leaf patterns (page 66) • straw or raffia • paint and brushes . Massasoit. duck. The following spring a Pawtuxet Indian named Squanto helped the survivors plant corn and barley. lobster.12” (30. and many other members of his tribe joined in the feast.sheets torn into quarters • crayons or marking pens • masking tape • pencil • wallpaper paste • hole punch • bowl for the paste • water • stapler • waxed paper • optional . 64 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Many other cultures have a day of Thanksgiving. The chief of the Wampanoag tribe.3” (7. half of the 102 Mayflower passengers who settled in Plymouth. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving an annual national holiday. They ate turkey. Their fall harvest was a success. Since 1879 Thanksgiving has been an official Canadian holiday. Massachusetts died.5 cm) squares . usually giving thanks for good harvests.2” x 17” (5 x 43 cm) • brown paper lunch bag • 9 pieces of string .

mark. Staple the strip end-to-end to form a ring. and punch holes in the tagboard strip. Hang the mobile by the strings. 6. Students may choose to cut illustrations from magazines to paste to the mobile rather than draw their own or they may use the leaf patterns on page 66. Bring the strings together and tie a knot. 4. Tie a string from each of the three top holes. Write Happy Thanksgiving on the strip. Write one thing you are thankful for on each shape. Have students work in pairs as they staple and tie pieces to their mobiles. Punch a hole in the top of each shape. 7. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Tie one shape to the end of each string on your mobile. Thanksgiving Mobile Tips: Younger students may need help to punch the holes around their mobile strip. 65 Holiday Art EMC 722 . 1” 21/2” 21/2” 21/2” 21/2” 21/2” 21/2” 1” 2. Tie a string to each of the six bottom holes. Steps to Follow: 1. Measure. Cut the six pieces of colored construction paper into the shape of autumn leaves (cut freehand or trace the patterns on page 66). 3. Turn the shape over and draw a picture representing what you wrote. 5.

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©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Mix the wallpaper paste according to package directions. When the cornucopia is dry. Harvest Cornucopia Before the Project: Prepare for the activity. c. • Have each student make a small cornucopia from a brown lunch bag. and two or more papier mâché items to go inside. Let it dry thoroughly. twist Make a simple cornucopia by twisting a brown paper bag into a horn as shown. Cover the work area with several layers of newspaper or an oilcloth tablecloth. 67 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Discuss clean-up procedures before anyone begins the project. Demonstrate how to dip the paper into the paste. Remove the newspaper stuffing. Place a large supply in a box. b. Set up a work area for a few students at a time to use. Show how to remove some of the paste from the paper with your fingers. Make the cornucopia. c. and how to smooth the final layer before the item dries. paint the outside with brown tempera or spray with gold paint. how to overlap pieces on the project. Add two layers of newspaper strips and then let the cornucopia dry. Stuff the open section of the bag with newspaper. a. b. • Or fill a wicker basket with papier mâché fruits and vegetables that you make to represent the Thanksgiving harvest. A sturdier cornucopia can be made by applying strips of newspaper and open one end fold back opening wallpaper paste. Steps to Follow: 1. Project Options: • Make one class-sized cornucopia from a large brown grocery bag and have each student make one papier mâché item to go inside. a. Tear newspapers into strips. Dip strips of newspaper in the paste and drape around the twist up end paper bag overlapping the strips each time.

Partially fill the cornucopia with straw or natural colored raffia. Use this as a decoration for Thanksgiving Day. 68 Holiday Art EMC 722 . ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Cover the shape with two or three layers of newspaper dipped in paste. Use masking tape to hold the paper together. Let it dry.) b. Crumple up waxed paper to use to support these parts until they dry. c. Paint the fruit or vegetable. (Have partners help each other with the taping. Place your fruits and vegetables in the opening of the cornucopia. Make papier mâché fruits and vegetables. a. Add on extra parts such as stems or leaves using small pieces of newspaper dipped into paste. d. Overlap the edges of the paper a little bit each time. a.2. 3. Fill the cornucopia. Crumple a sheet of newspaper into the basic shape of the fruit or vegetable to be made. This doesn’t need to be too neat.

the breaking of a piñata filled with small toys and treats is often the highlight of the social part of the celebrations.December 24 La Posada is celebrated in most Spanish-speaking countries of the Americas. the manger is carried in. La Posada December 16 .for clean up • glue ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. prayers are said. People parade through the streets carrying lanterns and platforms with figures of Mary and Joseph. 69 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Decorate for La Posada with either of these projects. They stop at homes of neighbors and beg to be taken in. Christmas Star Piñata Nativity Scene Materials: Christmas Star Piñata • large round balloon • torn newspaper strips • wallpaper paste Materials: • cloth towel • 5 9” (23 cm) squares of tagboard Nativity Scene • masking tape • 4” (10 cm) diameter ball of clay • many blue and white crepe paper (oven-dried or self-hardening) or tissue paper strips for fringe . La Posada is a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for lodgings in Bethlehem. It takes place on the nine nights before Christmas.4” x 6” 2” x 30” (5 x 76 cm) (10 x 15 cm) • 15 yellow crepe or tissue paper • few bits of straw (raffia may be strips for tassels .1” x 6” (2. • sturdy cardboard . The nativity scene works well as an individual project. Piñatas are best done by groups as they involve many steps.5 x 15 cm) substituted) • scissors • toothpick • paper towels . When they reach a house that admits them. and refreshments are served. For children.

2.) ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Tape the end of the balloon to the plate and then tape the plate to the work area. Make five cones from the tagboard as shown. assembly. Tie off the mouth piece. Repeat this one more time and then set the balloon aside to dry completely. and put the knotted end of the balloon through the hole. Christmas Star Piñata Tips: Have students work in groups to create a piñata. Piñata Cones 1. Tape it closed with masking tape. 70 Holiday Art EMC 722 . You may make one large piñata by assigning parts to small groups of students—papier mâché portion. Pull the pieces out of the piñata. Blow up the balloon to the size you wish for your piñata to be. poke a hole in a paper plate. Poke a hole in the balloon to burst it. cones. When the piñata is complete. When the balloon is dry. cover it in two more layers of newspaper strips. To keep the balloon stationary. Decide in advance where this project will be kept while it is in progress as the paste needs to dry completely before the piñata is decorated. 3. (You may need to cut the opening larger to get the pieces out. Establish clean-up procedures before the project is begun. Dip the torn strips of newspaper in the wallpaper paste a few at a time. Set it aside to dry completely again. Steps to Follow: Piñata 1. Completely cover the balloon in one layer of overlapping strips. final decorations. use this opening to place small treats inside. cut 2.

Start at the bottom of the ball and work up to the top. one on top.3. Add three yellow strips to the end of each cone. Cover the piñata. with the paper strips.) Use blue paper for the piñata center and white paper for the cones. Fill the piñata with wrapped candy and small toys. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. and one on bottom. 3. including the cones. Decorations 1. Run a cord through the holes (tie one end to a long wooden skewer to guide the cord through the piñata). and hang the piñata from a piece of clothesline. Poke two holes in the top of the piñata. 4. 2. three around the middle. Glue one cone over the opening. Cut narrow slits along one side of the crepe or tissue paper. Carefully place a small amount of paste on the piñata and lay the edge of the crepe paper against it. tie the ends together. 71 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Let the glue dry completely before you begin to decorate the piñata. Glue the cones on the piñata. (See illustration.

2. 5. Tips: Cover the work area with paper to make clean-up easier. Flatten one side slightly with your fingers. and the manger to the piece of cardboard. 6. Have plenty of soap and paper towels available for hand washing when the project is completed. Glue Joseph. then glue the baby Jesus on top of the straw. This is the manger. Prepare a place in advance for the clay figures to dry. Make a tiny dent where the face would be. Explain that students will be making a simple version of a nativity scene. assemble the nativity scene. Tap the base of the figure on the table to flatten the bottom the figure will stand. 3. Make Joseph by forming the clay into a thick roll. Glue a few pieces of straw in the manger. the baby Jesus. Use one half for Joseph and the other half for Mary. Steps to Follow: 1. Faces may be drawn with a fine-tipped black marking pen if students want features on their people. Push in the center to make a shallow container. 4. Use a thumb to push in slightly where the face would be. Pinch the clay around the face area to look like a shawl pulled over her head. When all of the pieces are completely dry. Set this aside for later. Curve it a little bit forward. Take a small piece of the remaining clay and form a tiny roll to be the baby. Divide the ball of clay in half. Pinch off about 1/4 of the remaining clay. 72 Holiday Art EMC 722 . and the manger. Form the large piece in the same way as you did for Joseph. Form the last bit of clay into a rectangle. This will be Mary. Nativity Scene Before the Project: Talk about what constitutes a nativity scene and how it is carried from house to house during La Posada. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Mary.

Incredibly. For three years. his people could worship freely again. forcing the Jewish people to worship the Greek gods. the little bottle of oil lasted eight days. They light one candle on the first night. Children play games of chance with square-sided tops called dreidels. and prayers.5 cm) • glue • black marking pen • scissors • short pencil with sharp point • tape • dreidel symbols (page 75) ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Judah the Maccabee led a rebellion against the Syrians. and so on for all eight nights of the festival. Materials: • 2 pieces of tagboard (file folders work well) • ruler 3” x 6” (7. There are songs. To rededicate the temple. they cleaned it from top to bottom and relit the menorah. two on the second night. There was only enough oil for one day and it would take eight days to get new oil. The Syrian King Antiochus IV occupied Jerusalem. Today families gather around a special Hanukkah menorah (candelabra) to celebrate this miracle.5 x 10 cm) • pencil 1 1/2” x 4 1/2” (3.8 x 11. presents. Dreidel Make spinning tops to play the dreidel game. Hanukkah Date is based on Jewish calendar (date varies but usually occurs in December) Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday dating from 165 BC. stories. When he finally defeated them. 73 Holiday Art EMC 722 .

Put glue on the two side boxes and attach to the dreidel. Have students help each other as they tape the tops together. mark center of draw each box lines cut 3. 5. Let the glue dry. Cut out the symbols on page 75 and paste one symbol on each side of the dreidel. Younger students may need adult help. then play the dreidel game. 8. Tips: Tagboard is not easy to fold. Poke a short. 74 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Dreidel Before the Project: Explain that the dreidel is a four-sided top with a Hebrew symbol on each side. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. sharpened pencil through the dreidel.” Children play a game with the dreidel during Hanukkah celebrations. Rub each fold with the side of a ruler. Make a hole the size of a pencil at the center. 4. Fold as shown. Take the smaller tagboard rectangle. Practice spinning the top. Take the large tagboard rectangle. In Hebrew these symbols make a sentence that means “A great miracle happened here. Measure and draw lines to divide into thirds. 2. Fold along the lines and tape the top together. Fold on the lines. Steps to Follow: 1. 7. Practice spinning the tops before attempting to play the dreidel game (page 75). 6. Mark and cut. Mark the center box from corner to corner to locate the center.

• Each player puts one raisin or peanut in the cup. If shin (give) lands up.Dreidel Rules To play you will need: 1 dreidel 1 cup peanuts or raisins How to play: • Every player has a handful of peanuts or raisins. 75 Holiday Art EMC 722 . • Each time a player takes a turn everyone puts in a nut or raisin. or takes nothing from the cup. Each player takes a turn following the same rules. Dreidel Symbols shin hey (give) (half) gimel nun (everything) (nothing) ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. The first player spins the dreydl. everyone puts in another nut or raisin. takes half. Whichever symbol lands face up indicates whether the player takes everything.

The wise men brought gifts to the new baby. Here are some special projects for the Christmas season. small trinkets (charms. angels sang and a bright star in the East led three wise men to the site of his birth.5 cm) small artificial Christmas tree. glue. scissors plastic laminate scraps (to cover • optional: window). toy animals. Christmas December 25 Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus.) ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Christmas Scene Christmas Cracker Materials: Materials: Christmas Scene Christmas Cracker • half-pint or pint milk cartons • crepe paper .4 1/2” x 20” • glue (12 x 51 cm) • paint and brushes • toilet paper roll • liquid dish soap • ribbon • optional: • white paper .5 cm) • scissors • foil wrapping paper . feasts. and the exchange of gifts. family gatherings. whistles. The Christian Bible says that at Christ’s birth. special music.2" x 3" (5 x 7. • marking pens. etc. considered by Christians to be the son of God.7” x 12” • construction paper in assorted colors (18 x 30. 76 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Santa Claus (called by many different names around the world) brings gifts to children. Christmas is celebrated by church services. Secular celebrations also occur at this time. tiny plastic people glitter. People of many beliefs put up decorated fir trees and sing songs about magical reindeer and talking snowmen.

a. Decorate it with crayons or add shiny sequins and glitter. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. d. Paint a door and windows on the outside. Sit the milk carton on a piece of paper. and glue it to the floor of the carton. Prepare the carton a. etc. Open the sides of the carton and cut as shown. Steps to Follow: 1. stockings hanging on the fireplace. Note: The same container can be used to make scenes for other holidays. Cut out the fireplace and glue it to the inside back of the carton. Trace and cut paper the same size as one end of the carton. Glue the base of the tree to the rug in the carton. 2. Paint the milk carton inside and out. b. Turn the bottom of the tree under and glue the tabs together. Bend over the bottom edge of each one to make a tab. Let the house dry. b. Make a Christmas Tree Scene a. b. Draw a rug. Christmas Scene Tips: Wash milk cartons thoroughly and let dry. Cut an opening in one side. Trace around it to see how large a rug can be made. Draw things on the mantle. being careful not to cut the fold. Cut and decorate little presents using scraps of paper. cut it out. 77 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Draw a fireplace with marking pens. Fold a piece of green construction paper in half. Draw a tree on the paper with the top on the fold. Fold the top together to form a roof and tape in place. c. Add a few drops of liquid detergent to the paint to help it stick to the waxed milk carton. Cut out the tree. Glue the presents around the bottom of the tree. c. Use a small artificial tree or make a 3-D Christmas tree. Paint the walls and floor inside.

3. Roll the tube to wrap the crepe paper around it. Tips: Each Christmas cracker will contain: a crown made of foil paper. 7. Provide books of riddles and funny sayings for students to use with step 4. joke. Put the small treasure in the tube and tie the crepe paper at the end of the tube. Add decorations if you wish. but no pop since you will not have the special mechanism needed for that to happen. Children will be happy to supply their own “popping” sounds. riddle. Have students bring in toilet paper tubes. Place a line of glue on the tube. 5. 78 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Write a Christmas greeting on the Christmas Cracker. 6. Leave the other end open to fill with treasures. Roll or fold it and put it in the tube. saying on the small piece of white paper. and a small treasure (purchase some tiny trinkets at a party supply house). 2. that is why it is called a cracker (as in fire cracker). The Christmas crackers you will be making in class will contain surprises. Center the tube along one edge of the crepe paper rectangle. Christmas Crackers are opened by holding both ends and pulling firmly. Fold the crown and put the crown in the tube. When it is pulled apart it makes a pop. Write a riddle. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. 4. a piece of paper containing a joke. Make a crown from foil wrapping paper. Steps to Follow: 1. or saying. Tie the crepe paper at one end of the tube. Christmas Cracker Before the Project: Explain that a Christmas Cracker contains several little surprises. Place glue along the end of the crepe paper and glue in place.

12” (30.5 cm) • ruler • optional .5 x 45. black. dancing.January 1 This African-American holiday was established in 1966. In the USA. African-Americans celebrate their history and culture and honor their ancestors during the holiday. Homes are decorated and people gather to eat good food. On each of the seven days of Kwanzaa a candle is lit representing one of the seven basic values of African-American family life. Kwanzaa means “first fruits” in Swahili. This holiday is based on festivals in Africa that celebrate the gathering of crops that will feed the community.12” x 18” • marking pens . Materials: • white posterboard .red.black construction paper • pencil for harvest symbols ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. and traditional storytelling. Umoja (Unity) Kujchagulia (Self-determination) Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) Nia (Purpose) Kuumba (Creativity) Imani (Faith) Kwanzaa Banner Create a Kwanzaa Banner using words or symbols for the seven basic values.5 cm) • hole punch • 2 pieces of string . green (30. Kwanzaa December 26 . 79 Holiday Art EMC 722 . and share music.

Kwanzaa Banner Before the Project: Read several books about Kwanzaa. List these on a chart. Create a geometric border using red. Steps to Follow: 1. Complete the banner in one of these ways: a. C reat mba Kuu Fait h ni - Ima 4. Write the seven values on the chart in Swahili and/or English. o p e rati Co aa - Ujam urpose -P ivity Nia . 2. ©1997 by Evan-Moor Corp. Measure in 2” (5 cm) around the entire piece of posterboard. Invite a speaker to explain how the holiday is celebrated. Tie a string in each hole. green. 3. Punch two holes in the top of the banner. Cut silhouettes of harvest fruits Un i t y -de t e ja . Allow time for students to share aspects of other holidays that are similar to the celebration of Kwanzaa. and black (the colors representing the holiday). 80 Holiday Art EMC 722 . Draw a line with a fine black marker to make a border. Discuss the meaning of the seven basic values honored during Kwanzaa with your class. Self and vegetables from black Umo g u l ia .Collec bilit mics construction paper and arrange m a e s p onsi c ono Uji and R ve E on the banner. Tie the two strings together at the other end to form a loop from which to hang the banner. n atio r min b. Work ha tive y Kujc .

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