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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

My First Tutorial!

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Tutorials to show that some people are less crafty than others.

When my wife was teaching two elementary school children and one preschooler at home, it was pretty easy for her to see that crafts work very well for these age groups. The problem is that very few people are less crafty than my wife. Now that we have switched roles and I teach the aforementioned elementary kids and preschooler, it is extremely easy to see that I am one of those few souls less crafty than her!

This doesn't stop me from trying! Last week I was reading a post at Sandwichink.com when I came across several ideas for making Advent Calendars.

I decided that as a class we could make an advent calendar ourselves. You can also try it yourself. Here is what you'll need . . .

1 piece poster board 24-25 index cards or 3-4 pieces construction paper, markers, scissors, tape, glue stick.

Not Pictured: Foil Star stickers, colored pencils and pencil.

Step 1: Fold 3-4 pages of construction paper in half left to right and then fold in half top to bottom then fold again in half top to bottom.

Step 2: Cut out pieces.

Result: you will have 24-32 pieces a little smaller than the size of 3" by 5" index cards. 3 sheets is perfect if you are doing a 24 day calendar and not planning on making any mistakes. We used 4 sheets!

Note: Step 1 and 2 are not needed if using index cards.

Step 3: Fold cards in half lengthwise.

Step 4:. Color inside cards with Christmas or any other pictures. (My students had to include at least some bunnies and Star Wars pictures.)

Step 5. Number the fronts of the cards in pencil and then color with colored pencil. It's as easy as ...

Step 6: When all cards are colored and numbered place on poster board how you want them displayed. This way you can get a preview how it will look before applying the glue.

Step 7: Glue cards in place on poster board.

Step 8. To close cards use tape or stickers. We used green and red star stickers. One sticker did not seem enough to close flap so we used 1 green and 1 red on each flap.

Step 9: When calendar looks something like this . . .

(Cute 8 year old not included)

Tape calendar and display in prominent place in house.

Now that the Calendar is complete it's time to put it to use. Beginning December 1st have a family member open 1 tab.

So, that's our craft and we're sticking to it. I want to hear about your crafts especially if you are as craft challenged as our family is.

Next Time: And the Winners are (Not Me) . . .


Unknown said...

A for Effort!! I think that it's a great tutorial!! I see everyone is making these calendars-- makes me want to make one too!

~*~The Family~*~ said...

Excellent!! Love how big and bold it is, no mamby pamby little craft for you!

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