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Family Advent Calendar : Write & Illustrate a Beastly Christmas Tale

Today, everyone in the family is going to Write and Illustrate a Beastly Christmas Tale. What does that mean? Well, that’s where interpretation comes in. What’s a “beast”? And what does “beastly” mean? I’m going to leave this up to the kids to decide. I’m asking them to write anything from a brilliant post-card story to a […]

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Family Advent Calendar : King Lear Cold Reading

I’m so excited for this Sunday’s entry in our 2016 Family Advent Calendar! As you may know, Shakespeare has often been a part of our Advent festivities. My favourite Shakespeare-related advent activity so far is when we read and illustrated As You Like It. Today, we’re doing a King Lear Cold Reading.  That’s right, we’re going to […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Design Santa in a Masterpiece Cards

Today, we’re going to design some Christmas cards in which we place Santa in a famous work of art. With the success of our Lichtenstein Inspired Cards, Frieda Kahlo and other Famous Artist Cards, and our Picasso Inspired Cards, we’re sure this will be a hit! Funny thing, after I came up with the idea for […]

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Year of the Monkey Graffiti Resolutions [Free Printables]

Each year, we leave off our resolution making until Chinese New Year.  And, each year, we present our resolutions “graffiti style” by filling in an image of the new year’s spirit animal.   On February 8, 2016, we begin the Year of the Monkey. So, we’ve got a little Year of the Monkey Graffiti Resolutions Free […]

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Posterize the Twelve Days of Christmas

Four calling birds? Today, I am going to ask the kids to get out some paper and their preferred art supplies and Posterize the Twelve Days of Christmas.  That’s right, I am going to ask them to posterize the heck out of that song! I’ll tell them to go all out on this one and […]

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Design Holiday Gift Tags

It’s that time of year, sweeties! Time to start wrapping all of the gifts! So, today, I thought I’d get the kids involved in the process of making our packages ever so special. The images above and below are from some sweet little tags that I made for Christmas last year. I simply scoured the web […]

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Illustrate or Cartoon “Good King Wenceslas”

Now, don’t cry again… And, don’t swear, either, when I tell you we’re not illustrating Shakespeare as part of our family Advent Calendar this year!   But, fear not, revellers!  We’ve got one of the most beautifully written carols of all time on the drawing board this year… That’s right, this year, we are illustrating J.M. […]

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Make Lichtenstein Inspired Holiday Cards

Don’t cry, sweethearts! It’s advent!  Or is that me after Christmas shopping? Today’s advent calendar task is going to supply us with the wherewithal to greet the masses via snail mail. We’re going to create some holiday cards! Since some of our previous Frieda Kahlo Santa and Picasso Santa projects have been so successful, we’re going to […]

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Stocking Stuffers: Design Your Own Playing Cards

The kids have really been enjoying their card games this year, especially Pinochle.  So, I thought, why don’t I get them some holiday playing cards? Well, beware the Google… Look out, kids! Run! It’s the giant U. S. Game Systems’ Santa with a mistletoe whip and a cone of flame! After looking at that, I […]

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Create an Elaborate Christmas Colouring Page

Alright, so the kids have been attracted to those elaborate colouring books “for adults” that have been on the teaser tables at bookstores large and small. The publishers claim that the whole process of filling in these elaborate colouring pages is supposed to be like knitting or meditation, a work to soothe the soul. I’m not sure […]

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Rewrite the Song of the Summer as a Holiday Carol

Every year, as part of our Daily Advent Calendar, we write a holiday carol. One of our favourites was our rewrite of “Moves Like Jagger” as “Moves Like Santa” from a few years back. Apparently, we weren’t the only ones to come up with that idea. Case in point, this youtube video and this one. Speaking of Santas […]

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What the Kids Made: Animal Sketches from Wagner’s Ring Cycle

As some of you may know, I’ve been writing a novel, The Week In Radio, which is set during a week-long performance of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. The project is full-tilt at the moment [i. e. I’ve gotten to the really exciting part – well, one of the really exciting parts – very close to the end]. […]

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Year of the Goat Graffiti Resolutions [Free Printables]

Our famous Graffiti Resolution Sheets are BACK!!! As I said before, we don’t usually make our New Year’s Resolutions until Chinese New Year! Last year’s Year of the Horse Graffiti Resolution sheets were such a hit with the kids that we’ve come up with a copy-cat version for Bea’s special year, The Year of the Goat […]

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Sketch-It Sunday: Read and Illustrate Much Ado About Nothing, Acts III-V

Sketch-It Sunday Read and Illustrate Much Ado About Nothing, Acts III-V Today we’ll read and illustrate the second half of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.  [One could also watch or listen to the play and illustrate along.] Don’t forget to draw a “cover image” for your collection! I’ll post the finished illustrations as they become […]

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Throw-Back Thursday: Play Holiday Floor Scramble and Christmas Clue, Revive the Holiday Shadow-Puppet Theatre and Make Butterbeer Blondies

Throw-Back Thursday Play Holiday Floor Scramble and Christmas Clue, Revive the Holiday Shadow-Puppet Theatre and Make Butterbeer Blondies Today, we are revisiting ALL of the homemade classics. We’ll be playing with our Holiday Floor  Scramble and our Christmas Clue Board Games. We’ll get out our Holiday Shadow Puppet Theatre and Christmas Shadow Puppets and improvise a […]

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Write-It Wednesday: Holiday Haiku Challenge

Write-It Wednesday Holiday Haiku Challenge Haiku: a 17 syllable poem, typically written in lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. Today, we are going to go all “twelve-days-of-Christmas” and try to write 12 holiday-inspired haiku in a hurry. Check out the prompt below for some possible topics. I’ll post the results as they become available! And, […]

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