Cut and Tear Candle Card

I've found this card project to be perfect for kinders, especially if you want to be sensitive to all the different religions that may be in one classroom. Use red and green paper to make a Christmas card, blue and yellow to make a Jewish one, or red and black for Kwanza. Fortunately, all these religions use candles in their celebrations.
1. Most papers do have a grain to them and tear easily in one direction and not in the other. I've learned the hard way to figure this out first and give kids long pieces of construction paper (about 3" x 12") that will be easy to tear into long strips about 1" wide. They need to tear strips that are fuzzy on both edges.
2. Give the students a white piece of paper that is cut to 9" wide by 6" tall. The kids are to tear their long fuzzy strips into candles that fit on the white paper, touching the bottom edge and leaving a space at the top for the flame. The candles are then glued down.
3. Give the students a small square (about 4") of yellow construction paper and show them how to tear a small flame. They needn't worry about the shape, anything close to a small circle will look like a flame. These are glued down to the white paper, just above each candle stick.
4. After all 3 candles and flames have been glued to the white paper, show the students how to take a scissors and cut around each candle, leaving a white edge on each. I had pre-folded construction paper to a 6" x 9" size, and let each student choose their own color. With the card lying horizontally, the candles are lined up to the bottom edge and glued to the card. Trim excess candle if necessary.
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Tin Can-Can

I hate throwing away perfectly good containers, and soup cans are one of my favorite. They have these really great ridges around the center, and some bright paint can help accentuate them.
1. Save tin cans of all sizes, remove the labels and wash out well with soap and water.
2. I used yellow spray paint to cover the metal and let it dry at least an hour before class.
3. With painter's masking tape (the blue stuff from the hardware store) wrap sections of the can with stripes and or spots.
4. Distribute bright acrylic paint for the students to brush on over the tape and all. Let dry.
5. Remove the masking tape to reveal cool patterns. If more color is desired, repeat the tape and paint steps.
7. Spray the can with a sealer to keep the paint from getting chipped.
This can was painted by Julie, a 2nd grader.
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