CLN - Community Leaning Network CLN Community Learning Network


Instructional Materials for Arts and Crafts

Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which focus on specific topics within Arts and Crafts. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our disclaimer.

Bubbles Theme Page

Model Hot Air Balloons Theme Page

Kites Theme Page

Masks Theme Page

Origami Theme Page

Paper Airplanes Theme Page

Puppetry Theme Page

Soaps and Soapmaking Theme Page

Stained Glass Theme Page

General Arts and Crafts Resources

Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information and/or other links related to Arts and Crafts.

20 Fun Things To do With Your Kids
An assortment of different activities that are perfect for a child's party. Some of the ideas include: How to make a fish pond, How to play Paper Bag Guess, The rules of Jelly Bean Hunt and many more...

Activity Index
This page from the "Donna's Day" web site contains recipes for making arts and crafts materials from inexpensive household supplies.

Art Recipes
A collection of links to over a dozen sites that have recipes for creating art/arts&crafts materials. Included are instructions on how to make various types of clay, paint, dough, dye, putty, goop, etc.

Arts & Crafts
A collection of activities for kids to do and make. The page includes recipes for play dough, bubble mixture and a bird feeder.

Arts & Crafts
This collection of arts and crafts ideas from Discount School Supply has a search engine or you can browse through its 13 categories (e.g., colorations, handmade gifts, magical discovery, nature crafts, seasonal, traditional, wearable art, ...) - each of which leads to its own subset of craft suggestions that come complete with illustrations, recipes where appropriate, and instructions.

AskERIC Lesson Plans - Arts:Art Activities
More than 25 lesson plans in general art covering various grade ranges in K-12 - many of these are in arts and crafts.

Baskets, Etc.
A meta-site for the basketmaker, whether advanced, intermediates, beginners, and basketmaker wanna-be's. The purpose of this site is to exchange tips, questions, and general knowledge about splint and reed basketmaking techniques.

Bob's Stuff
From this menu page, choose either the "Holiday Projects", "Crafts One", or "Crafts Two" button to get a selection of projects suitable for kids. You need only basic art supplies to complete most of the activities listed.

Craft Exchange
"Almost 300 projects and ideas shared by almost 250 people!" The many and varied projects have complete how-to-do instructions and some have photos and illustrations. They are indexed according to the month they were submitted. There is a searchable index but we found it long and slow to download.

Crafts for Kids has a comprehensive set of links to craft sites on the Internet. They're organized into more than 30 categories including Animal Crafts, Bead Projects, Candlemaking, Crafty Recipes, Dinosaur Crafts, Puppet Crafts, Winter Crafts, and more.

Dipped Candles
Step-by-step instructions on how to make dipped candles.

[The] Imagination Factory
You'll find creative ways to recycle by engaging your students in art projects/activities that make use of a ready source of inexpensive art supplies - namely your trash. Be sure to look in their "Previous Art Activities" for an archive of their suggestions - organized into 10 categories: Drawing, Sculpture, Painting, Holidays, Printmaking, Fiber Arts, Collage, Marbling, General Information, and Crafts.

Jana's Craft Connection
A selection of crafts for all ages, from preschoolers to kids to just crafty people.

Kids Corner
Over 20 needlework plans (see the archives) from The Caron Collection, a supplier of threads. Note their copyright restrictions that no use of the plans for teaching purposes is allowed without prior written permission.

Kids Crafts Bulletin Board
Hundreds of messages exchanging information on various craft projects for kids. Add your own request/contribution or simply read the archives.

Full lesson plans for various kinds of activities, including crafts, printmaking, recycled art, sculpture, and textiles.

Kinder Crafts
About 50 project ideas for young children. Some are more appropriate for a home project but there are ample ideas for the teacher as well.

Oceanography Class Quilt
A lesson plan for building a class quilt with an oceanography theme.

(The) Professional Crafter
A meta-list with a vast choice of craft sites.

Part of the Craftnet Village site, this menu page lists free on-line craft projects and ideas for many different kinds of crafting. For example, complete instructions for projects are available in: painting, ceramics, computer, crochet, fabric painting, jewelry, kids crafts, needlework and much more.

Quilter's Review
A useful resource with dozens of articles, tips and ideas all about quilting. A nice website for quilters of all skill levels.

Recycled Paper
Beakman describes what paper is made out of and provides step-by-step instructions on how you can recycle it to make your own.

Rock Candy
Beakman tells you how to make rock candy and warns you that an adult must be there to help. The procedure lets you see sugar crystals being formed on a string or skewer.

Ryan Walsh Quilts
Ryan Walsh is an accomplished quilter who has been featured in dozens of publications and books. His website is full of quilting ideas and articles from other quilters in the industry.

Starch-N-Crafts Idea Book
Linit Liquid Starch has several pages - each with multiple crafts ideas. Check out their sections on Arts and Crafts Ideas, Decorating Ideas, Fun Things, and Party & Holiday Ideas.

Teaching Ideas for Primary Teachers
Looking for craft ideas, activities or worksheets for elementary students? You'll find a variety at this site organized under the subject heading of Design and Technology. You'll also find a feature titled "Time-Fillers". This is a collection of short activities which can be used within a number of subject areas to fill a few spare moments during the day.

Waxed Out: Candles and Candlemaking
Instructions for candlemaking projects: using plastic molds, chunk candles, container candles and recycling candles. Also, there are explanations of the five basic steps in candlemaking: work area preparation, mold setup, pouring the wax, finishing techniques, and candle storage.

Wendy's World of Crafts
A wide variety of suggestions for craft activities for kids organized by holidays (e.g., Easter, Christmas, Valentines, Hallowe'en). There are also ideas for summer activities (e.g., outdoors, indoor, food fun, recipes, craft recipes, garden fun...). Although the ideas tend to be targeted for home use, many can be applied in a school setting.

Wonderful Stitches WWW
A web site of resources for stitchery enthusiasts providing decorative patterns and designs for needlepoint, cross-stitch and other forms of decorative stitching. In addition, the site offers an extensive collection of links to more resources.

[The] World Famous Bubble Girl's Recipe Page
Recipes for bubbles, slime, play dough, baker's clay, and silly putty.

Top of Page

Note: The sites listed above will serve as a source of lesson plans in Arts and Crafts. For other resources in Fine Arts (e.g., lesson plans for art, dance, or music) or for curricular content and theme pages, click the "previous screen" button below. Or, click here if you wish to return directly to the CLN menu which will give you access to educational resources in all of our subjects.

[Previous Page]