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The Imagination Box

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.
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
'My Olympic Story' Summer Games imaginative learning & research activity
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'My Olympic Story' Summer Games imaginative learning & research activity

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This 2 page worksheet is an imaginative way to introduce children to the Olympic Games in Brazil . 'Close your eyes and imagine that you are a World Class athlete who will be participating in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. You will travel from your country to Brazil to compete in your sport. Afterwards you will have time to soak up the carnival atmosphere and cultural sites of Rio, sample the local food and then visit the Amazon Rainforest before returning home.' This free, 2 page creative activity sheet presents a series of questions and drawings boxes, for children to imagine themselves as an Olympic athletes and to stimulate learning and conversation about Brazil's cities, culture, sport, food, rainforest and more. Ideal for classroom use or a creative homework activity. If you enjoy this resource, you may like to view my other Olympic resources; Bumper 30 page Summer 2016 Rio Olympic Games Creative Art Activities Pack and Classroom Decor Summer Olympic Torch and Flame creative art activity template
Chinese New Year 2018 Free Coloring Pages Year of the Dog
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Chinese New Year 2018 Free Coloring Pages Year of the Dog

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Use this engaging art activity to celebrate Chinese New Year 2018, the Year of The Dog. Join in this wonderful worldwide cultural celebration with this free 'hidden Dog' abstract colouring and card making activity. This resource is part of my 45 page Chinese New Year 2018 art activity and decor pack for sale in my shop. Encourage children to use their imagination and sense of colour, using felt tip pens, oil pastels, coloured pencils or watercolour paints. The challenge is to see if the Dog, Paw Prints and Bone shapes stand out from the background when the activity is finished. The pack contains: A digitally coloured example to give you inspiration An outline only template to colour A foldable 'Happy Chinese new Year' card template to decorate and send. Photographed examples, using felt tip pens and paints I hope you have fun with this resource!
Free Halloween Pumpkin Coloring Activity Sheet
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Free Halloween Pumpkin Coloring Activity Sheet

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Have some creative colourful fun with this free Spooky Halloween ‘Hidden’ Pumpkin Art Template. Experiment with felt tip pens, paints, oil pastels, crayons, pencils. For a more challenging activity with older children, try filling some of the shapes with pattern or collage. Encourage children to think about the range of colours they choose, to make the pumpkin stand out from the background. Happy Halloween!
Free Fall/Autumn 'Pop Art Acorn' Creative Activity
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Free Fall/Autumn 'Pop Art Acorn' Creative Activity

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Celebrate Autumn and have some creative colourful fun with this free Pop Art inspired abstract acorn art activity. Experiment with felt tip pens, paints, oil pastels, crayons, pencils. For a more challenging activity with older children, try filling some of the shapes with pattern or collage. Encourage children to think about the range of colours they choose, to make the acorn stand out from the background.
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
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
'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 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
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
St. Patrick's Day 'artphone' art lesson with word search and leprechaun selfie
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St. Patrick's Day 'artphone' art lesson with word search and leprechaun selfie

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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day and engage children creatively with this fun, modern fold out Instagram style, 'tech' mobile phone/tablet art activity. 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 wordsearch and 'release your inner leprechaun' selfie drawing activity on the inside pages. The finished 'artphone' measures 5 x 10 inches / 13 x 25.5cm. It can be printed on US letter or A4 paper and is spellings are suitable for US, UK and Australia The front cover: What is your leprechaun name? Create thumbnail doodles or drawings for the 7 sections: Shamrock, Irish flag, pot of gold, rainbow, leprechaun hat and shoes, lucky horse shoe The 2 fold out inner pages: 1. word search activity - find the18 words relating to St. Patrick's Day 2. Release your inner leprechaun! Have fun creating a leprechaun selfie with the template provided Considerations, how to use this activity: Consider the space around the images you draw How do the 7 images look collectively? Is there an emerging theme or style or colour? What colours do we associate with words? eg shamrock: 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.
Valentines Day colouring pages - Pop Art activity
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Valentines Day colouring pages - Pop Art activity

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day in a fun, creative and colourful way with this easy to use Pop Art inspired art and card making activity pack. Teachers and students can enjoy sharing cards, and decorating the classroom with colourful artwork and garlands. Contents: 1. Coloured garland and poster 2. Garland to colour and make 3. Coloured card ready to send 4. Card to colour and send 5. Mini cards from teacher to student with 4 message options 6. Mini cards from student to student to make and share 7. Art activity exploring colour, shape and pattern, inspired by Pop Art 8. Photographs of finished examples 9. Pop Art facts page Materials needed: 1. good quality paper for printing the templates and cards 2. marker pens / coloured pencils 3. scissors 4. pegs and string for garland
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
End of year art activities, apple theme teacher card & decor
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End of year art activities, apple theme teacher card & decor

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Are you looking for a fun, creative apple themed resource pack to celebrate the End of Year? This detailed apple themed art activity pack has been designed to enthuse and engage children in a fun, experimental way. The templates and worksheets aim to encourage the exploration of colour, shape, abstract pattern, and graphic design, whilst also providing colourful, apple inspired decor for the classroom, homeschool or summer club. Students can enjoy art activities, along with making a card for their teacher and wristbands and bookmarks for themselves. There are posters and bunting to bring fun and colour to walls and noticeboards Contents of the pack: 1. best ever teacher colour poster to decorate the classroom 2. best ever teacher poster template to colour 3. best ever teacher card to make 4. abstract oil pastel art activity - with template and coloured example 5. apple border pages for creative writing and drawing activities 6. doodle apple colouring page for early finishers 7. apple wristband and bookmark making activities with sentences to finish 8. decorative apple bunting for the classroom, just cut out and hang Key materials needed: 1. heavyweight paper 3. felt tips / pencils / oil pastels / crayons / watercolour paints and brushes 4. scissors 5. string / tape / pegs if you would like to make a mini garland with the doodle apples This art pack is suitable to use for End of Year, Teacher Appreciation Week, or as an abstract art project at any time of year - especially around Autumn and harvest time. Please take a look around my store, where you’ll find lots of inspiring and affordable resource packs to spark young imaginations and keep creativity flowing.
Earth Day Poster and globe doodle colourful  art activity pack
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Earth Day Poster and globe doodle colourful art activity pack

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Celebrate Earth Day and bring creativity and colour to your classroom with this globe doodle art and poster resource. The globe art activity has been designed in sections so that students can experiment with using shades of greens for landmass and shades of blue for the ocean and then doodle over the finished artwork with words and symbols to create imaginative, original and modern artworks. The pack contains: 1. A digitally coloured poster to print out for the classroom 2. A poster template for students to colour and decorate their own 3. A globe template with painted examples for reference. 4. A fact sheet with ten facts about Earth Day Happy Earth Day!