Family Coloring Activity

family-coloring-activity-pinWe all know kids love to color. Many adults now love to color. Why not do it together?

Here is a little activity I like to do with my kids. We look for an interesting image on the internet or in a book and then we sit down together and draw it. I let my kids watch me so that if they are having trouble, they can see how I am working it out. In this case we each drew a fish.

My son drew the fish on the top, mine is on the bottom. In case you are wondering, it is a flame angelfish. Anyways, when we are done drawing, we switch papers and color each others’ drawings.



This activity would work in a classroom setting as well using guided drawing and then having the kids turn in their drawings and asking one of the students to hand out the papers. Then having the kids color in the drawings. Collaborative art in the classroom is always fun.

If you like to draw fish, I recommend a site called marinelifephotography. Keoki Stender and his wife take some amazing underwater photographs!

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Boy’s Day Pencil Craft

Boy's Day Pencil CraftIt may be cinco de Mayo, but we celebrate Boy’s Day. This is a fun little craft you can do with the kids or give out as gifts.

What is boy’s day? Also known as children’s day, Boy’s Day is a Japanese holiday that takes place  on May 5th. It is a day set aside to respect children’s personalities and to celebrate their happiness.

On Boy’s Day (or Children’s Day), families raise the carp shaped wind-socks also known as koinobori. Koinobori are flown on a pole with one carp for the father, one for the mother, and one carp for each child.

Here I taped one koinobori to each pencil to give to the boy’s in 3rd grade. I will make these “colorable” koi available as a free download soon.

How to Draw Sugar Skulls Tutorial

How to Draw Sugar SkullsI have been getting requests for a simple tutorial for drawing sugar skulls.

The skull is basically a circle for the head and a box for the jaw which can be sketched in two parts.

Once the jaw is sketched, it can be rounded out a little on the bottom.

Sketch in the cheek bones from the temple area, a simple curved line like a backwards J.


Draw the eyes sockets low on the head leaving room to embellish them near the temple. Notice the sockets aren’t perfect circles.

The nose is like a long up-side-down heart.

Now sketch in the sides of the jaw from the cheek bone. Use a curved line to place the teeth. The teeth are just bumps above and below the curved line.

When you have finished your skull sketch, take a Sharpie or other ink pen and ink the drawing to your liking. Be sure to erase all pencil lines.

Add flowers or curls to the inside of the eye sockets, and flower petals to the outside of the eyes sockets.

Now add flowers to the head, cheeks and jaw. Any flowers will do, these are simple and quick.

Finally, add swirls, curls and additional embellishments.


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If you don’t want to draw your own, try coloring. These coloring books are available on amazon or in downloadable format on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Paper Christmas Villages, Houses & Church

Paper Christmas Village

Paper Christmas ChurchPaper Church with Stain Glass windowpaper village templare

Color, cut, fold, and glue! Making Paper Christmas villages is fun to do. Hey a rhyme!

Color a template, cut it out, fold it, glue it. I can do that! Easy as pie.

I found some FREE templates for little paper Christmas houses on pinterest.

This paper church template came from the Three-Dimensional Christmas Ornament Coloring Book and Paper Crafts, which also includes dozens of other 3D paper Christmas crafts.

You can also get the book as a download from Teachers Pay Teachers.

Christmas Coloring & Paper Craft Projects for Kids

I decided to post some pictures of what kids are coloring with the new Three-Dimensional Christmas Ornament Coloring Book. This is just the coloring part. After the kids color, they can cut, glue, and assemble them into really unique three-dimensional ornaments. These Ornament Projects can easily be done with construction paper and your own designs as well. I find that adult like to color just as much as the kids. There are two ways to get these fun coloring sheets: Amazon sells the book! Teachers Pay Teachers sells the download.

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How to make 3D paper peacock ornaments

How to make paper peacock ornamentI just love doing paper crafts with kids during the holidays! Here is a fun Christmas craft for you and your kids…paper birds that you can customize and hang on your Christmas tree.

This peacock coloring template is from the Three-Dimensional Christmas Ornament Coloring Book & Paper Crafts.

To make the peacock ornament:

1.) Color in Peacock and Feathers page.
2.) Cut out peacock body, following dashed line around the head-dress. (For best results glue to a piece of cardstock before cutting.) Cut out connector.
3.) Cut out feathers as one big rectangle cutting around scalloped edges.
4.) Fan fold (back and forth) peacock feathers using the scalloped edges (valley) as a guide.
5.) Fold fan in half so it becomes a wedge of feathers.
6.) Tape the back of fan together where edges meet.
7.) Fold the “connector” along 3 creases into a triangle, overlapping the last two sides and glue or tape shut.
8.) Glue “connector” to the back of peacock body. Let dry.
9.) Put glue on the other two sides of the triangular connector and then glue peacock body to feathers.