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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.
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 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 '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
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
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.