Saturday, December 20, 2014

Peace On Earth Cards

Here's a holiday card for every spirit.  It's simple: Peace On Earth--with a torn-paper craft of the Earth.

I fold plain copy paper in quarters and trace a circle on the front.  The kids add their name, the tag line, and then begin the craft.

We start by looking at an aerial photo of the Earth, and note the land shapes and colors.  Then the kids color their circles blue and green.  Some of them draw land mass shapes.

Each child gets a small rectangle of blue and of green construction paper.  This is "torn paper art"--so kids don't cut, they tear, their blue and green into tiny pieces with their fingers.  Then they glue-stick them artfully onto their Earth shape.  Each one is gorgeous!

Inside their cards, they draw pictures of their choice: an evergreen, elf, gift box, candy cane...

And they write a more personal phrase if they wish, such as Season's Greetings, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Diwali, Good Bodhi Day!

I love the tradition of home-made cards.  It's personal and creative, and even now, I'll often make a home-made card for a friend.

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