Christmas tree craft How I'd do it: Draw triangles on white paper, glue tissue paper to paper. Paint snowy ground on blue paper. Let both dry. Cut out trees, older kids can cut out themselves. Glue trees and pre-cut trunks to snow. Use end of pencil in white paint for snowflakes or cotton ball in paint pad.
the teacher wife: teacher tip: permanent markers & whiteboards
4th - Nutcrackers. I showed my 4th graders how to draw the simple shapes that make up the nutcrackers. Then I asked them to decorate the nutcrackers they drew by adding their own details. We talked about the element of design, value and how it makes things in art work look real. I showed them techniques that they could use with oil pastels to create value in their art work.