You're a Star

My students make capes to display their positive achievements for the year so far. The capes are beautiful keepsakes and help kids feel good about themselves.  –Ann Wolff, Windsor, CT

What You Need

  • Felt cut into large oval shapes
  • Yellow paper stars
  • Velcro
  • Scissors
  • Black markers
  • Glue


What You Do
Step 1: Before beginning the project, cut an oval-shaped piece of felt for each student's cape. About one inch in from one end, cut out a smaller oval for the neck. Cut the narrow side of the neckline and fasten Velcro on each end.

Step 2: Make several star tracers for students to use. Pass out yellow paper. Instruct students to use a star tracer to trace and cut five yellow stars each.

Step 3: Next, have students write a sentence about something they are proud of on each star. Invite them to share what makes them happy: an academic goal they've accomplished, a subject in school they enjoy, or a nice gesture they did for a classmate.

Step 4: Finally, have students fasten the stars to the cape using glue.



A Winter Wishes Mobile

Encourage students to share their hopes for the holiday season with this wintry art project. Students may wish to write about their family traditions, thoughts for those who are in need, or simple statements about what the holidays mean to them. Hang the mobile by a window in your classroom for a lovely, student-made decoration, or use it to discuss relevant math concepts like geometry and symmetry.  –Laura Kaesshaefer, Philadelphia, PA

What You Need

  • White printer paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Glitter (white or silver)
  • Yarn or ribbon
  • Black markers
  • Sturdy branches or wooden rods


What You Do
Step 1: Pass around two to three sheets of white printer paper to each student. Show them how to carefully fold and cut a snowflake.

Step 2: Encourage students to write their winter wishes in the center of their snowflakes using black marker. Add white or silver glitter to the edges for an extra shine.

Step 3: Once the snowflakes are dry, collect and fasten them to colorful yarn or ribbon. Then, tie them to the branch or rod at different lengths so the snowflakes hang like falling snow.