There is an on-going debate about the place of holiday crafts/art within the art classroom. Usually I am on the side of making art with soul rather than to be used for short-term decoration. But, honestly, who doesn't like a good crafting session? This gal right here loves me some cute craft making every now and again. So do my students! Especially after a long semester of thoughtful creating and putting on a huge art show. So for the last class before winter break last year, I rolled out a special, one day only, Holiday Pop-Up Centers event!
I gathered together some quick, easy, fun crafts and generated QR codes to the directions. Then I printed each page and placed on a different table in the room along with the materials that they would need. Students (grades 6-8) could choose from any of the activities and they could change activities if they wanted to. I kept it open and flexible. Put on some jazzy holiday jams in the background and it was the perfect send off to winter break. I'll be doing this again this year, most likely changing up some of the activities.
Here is the download of these pages if you want to print them and have your own Holiday Pop-Up Centers class. Let me know if you try it out in your classroom, and if you have any activities that would make for the perfect pop-up center. Wishing you a smooth transition to the new year!
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