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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
    '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.
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
Decorate this Royal Crown, and celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday
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Decorate this Royal Crown, and celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday

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This free 2 page download features a detailed hand drawn Royal Crown template. Invite children to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday this year by colouring and decorating this famous crown. The finished example uses water colour paints, oil pastels, gold metallic pen, glitter glue. Add some jewels and fake fur if you have time! Involve the whole class and peg up to make wonderful celebratory classroom bunting. If you find this free download useful, I'd love you to add feedback - this will enable me to continue to design and develop relevant and helpful printables - thanks for dropping by! Pop back soon, I'm working on the Rio Olympics next :-), Diane
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
Decorate this Royal Orb, and celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday
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Decorate this Royal Orb, and celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday

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This 2 page free download features a detailed hand drawn Royal Orb template. Invite children to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday this year by colouring and decorating this famous crown jewel. The finished example uses water colour paints, oil pastels, gold metallic pen, glitter glue. Add some jewels and beads or sequins if you have time! Involve the whole class and peg up to make wonderful celebratory classroom bunting
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.
St.Patrick's Day free printable shamrock bunting and colouring activity sheets
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St.Patrick's Day free printable shamrock bunting and colouring activity sheets

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Enjoy decorating your classroom or home with these colourful, modern shamrock bunting flags - both in colour and outline format. Invite your students to explore pattern and colour with 3 further shamrock design pages - both in colour and outline format. Great for early finishers, can be used to make St. Patrick's Day wands and headwear, wall art, journal covers, book marks, mini bunting and greetings cards.
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
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
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
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.
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 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