Glow in the Dark Mittens Collage

This past fall I have been working on a series of classes with my kindergarteners and first graders. This final collage using brightly colored paper for a glow in the dark effect is our final, culminating project before the semester ends.

To prepare for this project I pre-cut white paper into 5″ x 5″ and 3″ x 3″ squares. I also drew by hand the mittens on a 11″ x 17″ white piece of construction paper. I put it through the Rizzo at school to print on neon colored paper.

To introduce the project I showed the students a YouTube video on pattern. You can view it here: https://youtu.be/gAh1J3Ljj-M this video reviewed what a pattern is and how pattern can be made using texture, line, shape, and color. It also reviewed the concept of symmetry that we had gone over while crafting our Sugar Skull Masks this past fall.

I demonstrated on the board how to build a symmetrical pattern on both of their mittens. Then I allowed the children to choose which color they wanted their mittens to be and they used Crayola Construction Paper Crayons to color in their mittens. Crayola Construction Paper Crayons are brightly pigmented so they show up super bright on colored paper.

We completed this project in three, 50 minute periods. During the second class I demonstrated to the students how to cut snowflakes from white paper. I gave each student two 5″ x 5″ papers and to 3″ x 3″ papers. My god was that each student would have at least three snowflakes to add to their collage.

During the last class I passed out black construction paper in 11″ x 17″ size. Students used the construction paper crayons to draw a moon and clouds. Then they cut out their mittens and glued them onto the black background paper. Lastly, they glued on their white snowflakes. During this collage project I also taught my students about overlapping to create the illusion of space. So my expectation was that my students would feel comfortable overlapping their mittens and snowflakes on their black background papers.

This is a great winter time project to be done in December,January, or February. I chose to do it in December as I have several students who do not celebrate Christmas. I do try to stick with a winter time project with my December projects rather than going into the holidays. Several students will also be displaying their projects in our multipurpose room for the December winter musical performance.

Please check out my Instagram to see what other products we are doing in December and January. We’re going to take our exploration of space into the third dimension next month with clay projects.

Ice Fishing Sensory Activity

ice-fishingWe don’t get a winter vortex in Las Vegas-and I don’t miss the 23 years I scraped windshields in Buffalo.  I do miss the beauty and quiet of snow.  Snow insulates sound.  I grew up next to a busy four lane street and when it snowed there was hardly any sounds from the traffic.  It’s peaceful and there’s nothing more fun as a kid than playing in the snow.  I went sledding and snowman making every winter. My friends and I threw snowballs at each other in the school yard.  My boys will be growing up with palm trees instead.

Since the boys won’t be seeing much snow or feel bitter cold I thought it was time to try some cold sensory art experiences out.


We did this activity with the My Petite Picassos Playgroup and t was a hit.  I used Swedish fish silicone trays from Ikea and filled them with water. After, I added a drop of gel food coloring.  I mixed it using a baby foods phone. You can also use a toothpick or straw.  I pop them in the freezer for about an hour and a half and they were all set. We used it on card stock so the paper wouldn’t buckle. The kids had so much fun!  One little boy painted for an entire hour!