Our class went and saw the Nutcracker Ballet, so I thought it would be adorable to paint ceramic Nutcrackers for the parents! I got them from Oriental Trading Company and the paints from Michael's.
I showed the sample from the website on the board as inspiration, and the students patiently painted their little Nutcracker.
We talked about painting with the lightest colors first, that way they could layer if they messed up. It worked out pretty well just giving those instructions! Each table group shared a set of paints, and I gave each student a little water cup to rinse their brush. After they dried, I sprayed them with a clear gloss to set the paint. The students wrapped them with tissue paper and a ribbon, and were able to give them to their family as a Christmas present. :)
Normally, I have the students make an ornament, but since I'm in 4th, we tried a more advanced craft. Did you make gifts for your parents this year?
The items used to create this feature were sent to me free of charge from Oriental Trading Company for review. All ideas and opinions are 100% my own.