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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.
    'Modern art' Easter colouring templates
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'Modern art' Easter colouring templates

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These 'modern art' hidden Easter Egg and Rabbit worksheets are a challenging creative activity for kids. They can help young artists and designers explore graphic design, and the impact of different color palettes - hot, cold etc. Use felt tips, crayons, pastels, watercolours, collage - depending on time available, age, level of ability.
'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.
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,
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!
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!
Chinese New Year 'hidden monkey' printable colouring sheet
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Chinese New Year 'hidden monkey' printable colouring sheet

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This Chinese New Year 2016 'modern art hidden monkey' template designed by Diane at The Imagination Box is a challenging colouring activity for children of all ages. The worksheet invites them to explore colour, shape, pattern and design, along with celebrating and discussing this major and ancient cultural festival. The download contains 2 files, one full colour, one outline.
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
Anzac Day Commemoration Poppy Art Activities and Poster Resource Pack
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Anzac Day Commemoration Poppy Art Activities and Poster Resource Pack

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Are you looking for a colourful and creative way to commemorate Anzac Day with students in Australia, New Zealand and around the world? Use these abstract, eye catching poppy templates and posters to create stunning artworks and Anzac Day displays for the classroom. Contents: 1. 2 coloured posters to print out and decorate the classroom 2. coloured bookmarks to print and cut out 3. ‘hidden poppy’ poster template 4. two ‘abstract’ poppy colouring sheets 5. draw your own poppy template 6. simple poppy template 7. make your own bookmarks template Examples: 3 coloured examples are included to give you ideas, using paints, pastels and felt tip pens Simple 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 poppy garland Artworks are ready to print on A4 size paper and use UK/Australian spelling of 'colour' Please take a look around my shop, where you’ll find lots of inspiring and affordable art resource packs to spark young imaginations and keep creativity flowing.
St. Patrick's Day /modern art'  shamrock colouring activity
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St. Patrick's Day /modern art' shamrock colouring activity

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This St. Patrick's Day 'modern art hidden shamrock' abstract template designed by Diane at The Imagination Box is a challenging colouring activity for children of all ages. The worksheet invites them to explore colour palettes, shape, pattern and design, along with learning and discussing this cultural and religious celebration. Use crayons, felt tips, paint, pastels, collage depending on age, ability and time.
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
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
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
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.
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.
'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
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
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
Make your own modern geometric Easter Egg card template
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Make your own modern geometric Easter Egg card template

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This modern geometric Easter Egg Card template is ready to print, fold, colour and send. Children of all ages can have fun selecting colours and filling in the triangles. Great for practicing fine motor skills and developing a sense of colour and design. You can also cut the eggs out and use for bunting or other classroom or home decor.
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.