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I'm passionate about creativity. I believe in the power of art as education - it helps kids develop self esteem, problem solve, play, imagine, relax, work as a team and express how they feel. My printable art and design resources enable children to explore seasonal project activities in an imaginative way.

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I'm passionate about creativity. I believe in the power of art as education - it helps kids develop self esteem, problem solve, play, imagine, relax, work as a team and express how they feel. My printable art and design resources enable children to explore seasonal project activities in an imaginative way.
'All About Me' Back To School Fun Football Doodle Art Activity
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'All About Me' Back To School Fun Football Doodle Art Activity

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Create ‘A Ball About Me’, a fun, first week back to school creative activity. Students can explore what they like and get to learn more about each other. This is a helpful insight for the new teacher too. This football template encourages children to consider the instructions (listed below) and to illustrate their answers in a personal, imaginative way using doodles, mark making, graffiti style lettering and imagery. The colour example uses a black ball point pen and felt tips to create a modern, illustrative style to appeal to year 3’s and above. Invite students to consider the style of their favourite artist (eg Andy Warhol, Lichtenstein) or author (eg Liz Pichon who writes and illustrates the popular Tom Gates books) Instructions on the ball template include: Name Age Birthday Self Portrait Favourite song, food, book, sport and colour Doodles: Colour this, take a line for a walk, draw circles, squares, triangles, lines. The finished footballs will make a great group wall display and would also work well laminated and suspended from the ceiling. Also great as personal journal or sketchbook covers for students. This pack also includes ‘A Ball About Me’ garland for students to decorate, cut out and display. With 2 letters per page, this will make a large welcoming banner for the new classroom or bulletin board. All artwork is designed by me, and is vector based, so can be enlarged without pixelating. Ideal for use as an icebreaker activity or as an art specific lesson.
All About Me Back to School T Shirt Art & Writing Activity
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All About Me Back to School T Shirt Art & Writing Activity

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This ‘T Shirt About Me’ art and writing activity, is a fun, first week back to school ice breaker for both boys and girls. It’s a really creative way for teachers and students to learn more about each other. Invite students to respond to 30 prompts and questions in a personal and imaginative way, using doodles, words, ‘graffiti style’ lettering and illustrations. **T shirt template 1: Art Activity ** There are 15 sections to illustrate responses to prompts, including: Self portrait, name, age, grade, favourite color, fruit, vegetable, sport, film, song… **T shirt template 2: Writing Activity ** There are 15 questions / prompts to respond to in written format, including: My top 3 goals this year, something I like at school, something I find challenging, if I were a superhero, I can make the world better by, I feel happy when, I feel sad when, I aim to, I wonder if… The T Shirt templates measure approximately 22 x 18cm / 8 x 7 inches and are designed to fit US Letter and A4 paper size for printing. The finished T shirts make a fabulous display, on the bulletin board or pegged up on a line as a garland. The designs are inspired by Piet Mondrian’s abstract work and the pack includes a poster and garland to make the classroom colourful and inspiring. Photographs of completed and partially completed examples included in the packet, use a black ball point pen and colored markers to create a modern, illustrative style to appeal to slightly older children, year 4+ The pack also contains activities for early finishers, including doodle pages and bookmarks to make. UK/Aus/Can templates with ‘colour’ and ‘favourite’ spellings are included in the pack. All original artwork ©The ImaginationBox/Diane Pagan 2018
All About Me Back to School 'Art Phone' creative lesson
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All About Me Back to School 'Art Phone' creative lesson

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Engage children creatively with this Instagram style, 'tech' mobile phone/tablet 'All About Me' first week back, art and writing activity. Children can learn more about themselves and their peers and teachers can get to know more about their new classroom individuals in an imaginative way. This activity invites students to cut out and make their own fold out booklet style art-phone, and then to complete the image making on the front cover and the written elements inside. The front cover: Illustrate the 9 answers to prompts with thumbnail doodles or drawings, eg age, family, favourite movie, animal etc The 2 fold out inner pages: 1. 'Let's Chat', designed in a text message style, asks more investigative questions including, How will you achieve your goals? What support do you need? 2. 'More About Me': Includes, name your 3 goals, 5 fascinating facts Open ended questions to complete, such as 'I imagine...' 'People like me because...' Considerations, how to use this activity: How can students move beyond words, and 'draw their answers' Consider the space around the images you draw How do the 9 images look collectively? Is there an emerging theme or style or colour? What colours do we associate with words? eg carrot: orange and green Work imaginatively! The included example uses a black ball point pen and felt tips The completed art-phones slip comfortably into a back pocket. They will work well pegged up as a garland or can decorate a wall, door or bulletin board. All artwork is designed by me, and is vector based, so can be enlarged without pixelating. Ideal for use as an icebreaker activity or as an art specific lesson. All original artwork ©The ImaginationBox/Diane Pagan 2016
All About Me Back to School Robot Art & Writing Activity
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All About Me Back to School Robot Art & Writing Activity

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This ‘Robot About Me’ art and writing activity, is a delightful first week back to school ice breaker and a really creative way for teachers and students to learn more about each other. Invite students to respond to prompts and questions in a personal and imaginative way, using doodles and words, to create a unique robot character. The pack also contains robot themed classroom decor and activities for early finishers. Contents: • Robot templates to decorate and construct, 2 x challenge level options are included a) Single page activity b) Robot activity with fold out booklet for writing and image making • Construction directions and photographs of finished examples for inspiration. I suggest teachers make a finished fold out example to show to students • Classroom decor - garlands, mini garlands and posters, in both colour and outline format • Doodle pages and bookmarks to keep early finishers occupied The finished robots make a fabulous display, on the bulletin board or pegged up on a line as a garland. Photographs of completed and partially completed examples are included in the packet, using a black ball point pen and colored markers to create a modern, illustrative style to appeal to slightly older children, grade 4+ The pack also contains activities for early finishers, including doodle pages and bookmarks to make.
All About Me Back to School Pop Art Box & Task Cards
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All About Me Back to School Pop Art Box & Task Cards

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This ‘Pop Art Box About Me’ art and getting to know you resource, is a fun, first week back to school ice breaker for both girls and boys. It is a really creative way for teachers and students to learn more about each other. Invite students to create a unique ‘All About Me Box’, following the template prompts using Pop Art style doodles and words. Box prompts include: Age, name, grade, self portrait, favorite colors, favorite fruit, my top goal, I love… Students can then fill their boxes with a selection of question cards and work in pairs or small groups to explore their learning goals, aspirations, likes and dislikes. 36 question cards are included, along with blanks for students to have some fun and invent their own questions and games, for example, ‘Would you rather…’ Another task is to make a ‘card to myself’ with a message or goal, or a kind note for a friend. For example, students can give these to their teacher to open at the end of the year. The coloured, finished example included features a girl’s face. However the actual face template has a ‘generic bald head’ so both boys and girls can create a self portrait from this outline. Classroom Decor includes Pop Art inspired garlands and posters to colour and display. There are doodle pages to keep early finishers occupied. UK/Aus/Can spelling options of favourite and colour are included in the templates. Boxes measure 2.6 x 2.6 x 2.6 inches / 6.6 x 6.6 x 6.6cm when finished. The entire box template is designed to fit one sheet of US Letter or A4 sized paper. A larger box template is also included if you have access to an 11x14 or A3 printer. The finished boxes make a fabulous display, on the bulletin board, pegged up on a line as a garland or suspended from the ceiling with clear thread. Photographs of completed examples are included in the pack.
My Summer Memories, Back to School  'Art Phone' creative lesson
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My Summer Memories, Back to School 'Art Phone' creative lesson

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Engage children creatively with this Instagram style, 'tech' mobile phone/tablet 'My Summer Memories' first week back, art and writing activity. Children can reflect, and capture a visual essence of their summer break using pictures and words. Teachers can get to know more about their new classroom individuals in an imaginative way. This activity invites students to cut out and make their own fold out booklet style art-phone, and then to complete the image making on the front cover and the written elements inside. The front cover: Illustrate summer activities with 9 thumbnail doodles or drawings, favourites may include going to the beach, watching the Olympic games, camping, swimming etc (colour example included) The 2 fold out inner pages invite some written activity in response to prompts including: My favourite memory, something i learnt, I visited, I created...etc Considerations, how to use this activity: How can students move beyond words, and 'draw their answers' Consider the space around the images you draw How do the 9 images look collectively? Is there an emerging theme or style or colour? What colours do we associate with words? eg the ocean:turquoise and green Work imaginatively! The included example uses a black ball point pen and felt tips The completed art-phones slip comfortably into a back pocket. They will work well pegged up as a garland or can decorate a wall, door or bulletin board. All artwork is designed by me, and is vector based, so can be enlarged without pixelating. Ideal for use as an icebreaker activity or as an art specific lesson. All original artwork ©The ImaginationBox/Diane Pagan 2016
Create Halloween Tablet Style 'Spooky Selfies' art activity pack
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Create Halloween Tablet Style 'Spooky Selfies' art activity pack

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Have fun celebrating Halloween creatively with this modern, 'tech' tablet 'Spooky Selfies' art resource pack. Invite students to create a spooky self portrait using one of the 6 hand drawn outline images provided in the pack: Witch Vampire Ghoul Pumpkin Spider Bat This activity encourages working imaginatively, thinking about portraits in an abstract way, whilst celebrating all the spookiness of Halloween. In the pack you will find: Instructions for use 6 outline templates 4 coloured examples, using oil pastels A display poster to accompany the finished artworks I hope you have fun! All original artwork ©The ImaginationBox/Diane Pagan 2016
Football, sport themed  art, design and classroom decor resource
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Football, sport themed art, design and classroom decor resource

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This 41 page detailed football themed creative art activity pack has been designed to enthuse and engage children in a fun, experimental way. Templates and activity sheets have been created to encourage the exploration of colour, shape, abstract pattern, graphic and sportswear design. All designs are original and have been hand drawn and scanned or digitised by me to create unique activities. The 41 page pack also includes football inspired bunting and flags for the classroom or homeschool environment. There are also templates for medals, rosettes and trophies which are useful for end of term celebrations, awards and sports day activities. Ideal also for football themed kids parties or as handy time fillers on vacation or whilst travelling this summer. The pack includes the following templates with several colour examples for easy use in the classroom: ‘All about me’ football activity sheet Bunting, flags, medals, rosettes, trophy templatesto colour and make Finger puppets and soccer pitch templates for fun competition and play Design templates, to create football team strips, tops, shorts, socks, caps, football boots A selection of imaginative, creative doodle sheets and challenging coloring pages - includes footballs, football nets and more
Summer Games Creative Art Activities Pack and Classroom Decor
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Summer Games Creative Art Activities Pack and Classroom Decor

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This fun 41 page Rio Summer Olympics bumper creative art activity pack for kids is ideal for classroom/home/homeschool use, Olympic themed parties, party bag fillers and holiday entertainment. This detailed creative art activity pack has been designed to enthuse and engage children in a fun, experimental way and to encourage the exploration of colour, shape, abstract pattern, graphic design, sportswear and logo design. The worksheets and colouring pages have been hand drawn and digitally created by me. The pack also contains photographed examples and ideas to get you inspired - including the use of collage, paper mosaic, painting and oil pastels. The pdf pack includes: 1. Decorations Get your house/garden/classroom decked out with an Olympic theme! RIO poster / garland - in both colour and outline format to cut out and make Olympic Rings garland - in both colour and outline format to cut out and make Brazil flag-inspired flipflop bunting to cut out and make 2. Experimental / abstract templates and colouring pages including: ‘Hidden’ Olympic Torch (example included) ‘Hidden’ Olympic Rings (colour example included) Olympic Rings fireworks activity (oil pastel example included) Christ the Redeemer fireworks over Rio activity (oil pastel example included) Olympic inspired fun lollipop design activity (example included) Olympic ring doodles (example included) 3. ‘Design your own’ Olympic sporting templates Olympic Torch template Bronze, silver and gold medals template - make your own T Shirt and Shorts - includes Brazil flag pattern example Swimsuit Baseball Cap Flip Flops - includes Brazil flag inspired pattern example Volleyball - includes bookmark template to make and colour Football - includes bookmark template to make and colour 4. 'My Olympic Story’ This 2 page creative activity sheet presents a series of questions and drawings boxes, for children to imagine themselves as an Olympic athlete. The worksheets aim to stimulate learning and conversation around Brazil’s major cities, culture, sport, food, rainforest and more. Ideal for classroom use or a creative homework activity. Thanks for considering my activity pack. I have 25 year’s experience working as both an artist in educational, community and healthcare settings and as a commercial graphic and clothing designer - you can find lots more creative projects and free downloads for kids at my website,
Halloween Art Activities and Colouring Pages
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Halloween Art Activities and Colouring Pages

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This detailed creative Halloween Art activity pack has been designed to enthuse and engage children in a fun, experimental, imaginative way. The templates and worksheets aim to encourage the exploration of colour, shape, abstract pattern, mark making and graphic design. The examples and suggestions included, use watercolour paints, oil pastels and felt tips so projects are accessible and easy to set up. Crayons and coloured pencils can also be used. This 38 page pdf bumper pack contains the following: 1. 5 Halloween card designs to decorate 2. Pumpkin border pages for creative writing activities 3. Spooky bookmarks to make 4. Experimental / abstract activity templates a) ‘hidden’ ghoul b) ‘hidden’ pumpkin c) ‘hidden’ witch’s hat d) ‘hidden’ bat Photographs and examples are included, to show a range of ways to approach these activities. 5. Wonderful webs - 3 spiderweb activity sheets, ideal for fine motor skills 6. A selection of doodle sheets and simple templates for wall decoration, early finishers etc Including pumpkins, bats, ghouls, witch’s hats I hope you like the activity pack!
Back To School 'All About Me', Artist Themed Creative  Activities and Decor
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Back To School 'All About Me', Artist Themed Creative Activities and Decor

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Bring some fun and visual arts into the first week back at school with this creative activity and bulletin board decor pack, inspired by ‘the artist’s paint palette and the colours of the rainbow’. A great way to learn more about your new students and also to encourage them to find out more about each other. In this 15 page pack, you will receive the following: 1. Activities and Templates: - ‘All about Me’ activity worksheet - a paint palette to complete, with name, age and 8 questions to explore - ‘My Top Ten Goals’ activity worksheet, where students write their aims for the year along 10 paint brushes, and can add colour or design and pattern too. - My favourite colours activity worksheet - develop creating colour palettes - Doodle design activity worksheet - design, colour and describe 9 unique patterns - Blank artist palette templates in colour and outline, for freestyle activities 2. Bulletin board and classroom decorations: - Artist paint palette ‘Welcome!’ garland to cut out and hang - Picasso Display Poster, ’ Every Child is an Artist’ - Matisse Display Poster, ’ Art takes Courage’ - Coloured paint splodges for bulletin board ideas - Outline paint splodges for bulletin board ideas and messages, words etc All designs are individually created by Diane at The Imagination Box on Adobe Illustrator. These are vector images, so the worksheets can be enlarged without losing quality or looking pixelated.
Winter Sports colouring pages, fun art activities
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Winter Sports colouring pages, fun art activities

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Get creative with this imaginative Winter Sport snowboard-inspired art and design activity pack. This 52 page snow-packed resource pack aims to enthuse and engage children in a fun, experimental way. The ready to use templates and worksheets encourage the exploration of colour, shape, abstract pattern, graphic, sportswear and logo design, whilst also providing great Winter snow themed decor for the classroom or home schooler. About the pack: 1. Art activity templates with finished coloured examples for inspiration. My examples explore bold colours and geometric pattern with a fun retro 80's feel. - ‘Snowboard Selfies’: draw what you imagine reflected in your goggles - Design a snowboard themed Hoodie - Design a hat, boots, mittens, baseball cap - Design your own snowboards and use them as bookmarks - Design your own winter torch, winners trophy, medals and rosettes - Make snowflake bookmarks, bracelets and use bordered writing paper for creative writing 2. Decorate your classroom with a Winter Sports theme: - Make a 'Winter Sports' Garland - Blank garland template to make your own - Snowflake borders for the bulletin board - A selection of easy to print, bold graphic posters, including. ‘Let it Snow’ and ‘The Big Freeze’ to bring a chill to the classroom! - A collection of 50 words related to the activity pack to inspire writing around this Winter Sport theme: boarding, nordic, thermal, freestyle etc Materials to consider: Felt tips/marker pens, coloured pencils, water colour paints, oil pastels Print on good quality paper for bests results
Christmas Cards Art Activity, Personalised Reindeer  - add your photo
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Christmas Cards Art Activity, Personalised Reindeer - add your photo

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Get in the festive spirit and have fun in the classroom making these reindeer 'photo face' greetings cards for family or friends this Christmas Get the glitter out, decorate the reindeer and add a photograph of your student's face to create this fun, personalised Christmas card. The pack contains: 1. outline reindeer card template to ‘colour your own’ card with 3 greetings options: Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings, and Happy Christmas 2. Two pre coloured cards, in red and blue with patterned reindeers where you just print the card, cut and fold and add the photograph to complete Finish the cards with a small red pom pom nose or red sticker! Materials needed: Heavyweight Paper to print cards Photograph of child’s face, to fit the oval shape Felt tips / coloured pencils / pastels / wax crayons Scissors and glue / tape Instructions Print the required templates Fold and cut the cards - finished size 7 x 5 inches Decorate and add the photo to the reindeer’s face If you prefer, children can draw a small picture of their face instead of using a photograph Add a red nose! Include an envelope if you wish Finished cards measure 7 x 5 inches and will fit a standard envelope of your choice. All original artwork ©The ImaginationBox/Diane Pagan 2016
Summer Art Activity Pack: 25 colouring templates
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Summer Art Activity Pack: 25 colouring templates

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Doodling and colouring is a great activity for kids of all ages (and grown ups too!) It encourages time away from screens and technology, relaxes us, and stimulates our imagination. This summer theme activity pack contains 26 outlines, all designed by me for kids to decorate with colour, patterns and doodles, using pens, pencils, crayons, paint or collage. A handy download pack for the classroom, home schoolers, summer play dates or a family on hoilday. The pack contains the following templates, in vector format, so they can be enlarged without pixelating. 1. beach hut 2. ‘summer is here’ postcard 3. beach towels 4. 4 pineapples 5. 12 orange/lemon/lime slices 6. 3 watermelon slices 7. large watermelon slice 8. 12 popsicles/lollipops 9. large pineapple 10. large popsicle/lollipop 11. abstract sunshine squares 12. 12 starfish 13. 6 apples 14. 3 dolphins 15. flip flops 16. mini bunting 17. blank postcard 18. abstract waves 1 19. abstract waves 2 20. 6 flip flops 21. 2 wetsuits 22. 3 swimsuits 23. 6 shorts 24. 6 t shirts 25. 5 surfboards 26. 6 volleyballs
Spooky Halloween Classroom Decoration Kit
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Spooky Halloween Classroom Decoration Kit

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Have fun making your classroom look all spooky for Halloween with this fun, colorful Halloween Decoration Kit. In the pack, you will receive the following: a) 4 Abstract Wall Posters, with pumpkins, ghosts, spiders webs b) colourfully illustrated 'spooky words' for your bulletin board c) 3 garlands to cut out and make large 'happy halloween, 'ghoulish ghosts' garlands and a mini garland d) full page size illustrations of a bat, pumpkin, ghost and witch's hat - for walls, windows, suspending from the ceiling. All images have been designed in raster format and saved as PDF'S, so you can enlarge them to any size you want without reducing the quality. Happy Halloween! All original artwork ©The ImaginationBox/Diane Pagan 2016
Soccer / football theme 'modern art' creative design printable template
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Soccer / football theme 'modern art' creative design printable template

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This free abstract soccer / football template offers a great opportunity for students to explore colour, shape and design. Experiment filing the sections with pens, paints, collage, texture, pattern - extend the challenge according to age and ability. Assess if the ball is visible / hard to see / recedes / emerges from the page in relation to the colours chosen Peg up as a garland to decorate the classroom if a large number of participants are available
A-Z Alphabet Letters and First Week Welcome Back Posters
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A-Z Alphabet Letters and First Week Welcome Back Posters

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These vintage fairground-inspired A to Z alphabet uppercase letters and posters have been designed and individually created by hand on Adobe Illustrator and make a great visual impact on classrooms for all age groups. Ideal decoration for the first week back to school. These letters can be individually cut out and coloured/decorated or used as they are. Or for instant zing, print onto coloured paper of your choice - or a variety of colours for a carnival garland feel. In the 40 page pack, you will receive the following jpeg files: 1. A-Z large letters, one letter per page, measuring 19cm/7.5 inches high, ideal for garlands and larger displays 2. A-Z small letters, 4 per page, measuring 10cm/4 inches high, ideal for bulletin boards, titles and name making activities 3. Five bulletin board posters, US letter size, with the words: Our Bulletin Board Welcome Back All About Me Best Class Ever Reach For The Stars
10 Father's Day Creative Card Templates to print and decorate
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10 Father's Day Creative Card Templates to print and decorate

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I have designed 10 Father's Day card templates for children to colour. The preview shows all 10 designs which include the popular themes of ties, footballs, rosettes, medals and also cards where children can finish the sentence, such as , 'I love you more than...." The designs are modern and imaginative, and created to encourage exploration of colour, design, pattern and abstract shape. Card designs are placed on half the page and ready to fold. They can be printed on A4 or US letter size paper and then trimmed to the border which measures 7x5 inches. I hope you like them! If you have any queries, please email me diane@theimaginationbox.com
Summer Olympic Torch and Flame creative art activity template
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Summer Olympic Torch and Flame creative art activity template

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Get into the spirit of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, with this 'hidden' modern art, abstract style Olympic Torch creative activity. Encourage students to explore colour - perhaps the 5 olympic rings colours? Discuss how to make the torch and flame 'stand out' or 'recede' from the background. Experiment with pens, paints, pastels, felt tips - if you have more time, introduce doodles, patterns or collage within the shapes. The free download includes both the outline template and digitally coloured example. Use the finished torches for decorative bunting, journal covers or a classroom wall display. Use this creative activity to discuss the history of the Olympic torch relay and it's journey for this year's Rio Olympic Games. You might also like to view my bumper 30 page creative Olympics resource pack - Bumper 30 page Summer 2016 Rio Olympic Games Creative Art Activities Pack and Classroom Decor
Back to School Student Survey, 50 free questions , All About Me Resource
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Back to School Student Survey, 50 free questions , All About Me Resource

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The first week back at school.... The class meets up again after the long holiday. Children get to reflect over their summer memories, catch up with friends, get to know more about their new teacher. They explore their learning preferences, likes, dislikes, skills and challenges, they set new goals for the coming year. And the new teacher starts to build a picture of each child - what a lot is going on!! This is where we need ice breakers, all about me activities, student surveys, teacher questionnaires. I've researched and compiled a 2 page free '50 question' resource. It can be used in full in the classroom, or as a reflective homework activity with parents. Or you may wish to select just the questions that feel right for you. The activity includes general 'All About Me' questions such as age, birthday, favourite food etc, and also 'digs a bit deeper' with questions such as, 'how do you feel this week, what challenges you, what support do you need' along with some open ended sentences to complete, such as , 'I imagine, I aim to, I wonder....' I hope it's useful! I have also developed some creative, art based back to school activities, with bulletin board decorations to make that you may like to view: All About Me Pictures, Words and Doodles All About Me Creative Artist Activity