Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Crayons, Crafts and Coloring Oh My!

"Every child is an artist; the problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up."
                                       ~ Pablo Picasso

If you subscribe to my bi-monthly newsletter you know that along with the stories, curriculum, etc., I also highlight various craft and activities links. While there is a google search tool on the newsletter site I have categorized and compiled them here as another way for you to access them easily.

So get out the paper, paint, crayons and glue and help your students make something beautiful!


Airplane Coloring Page -
High Flying Airplane Bookmark -
10 Paper Airplanes – Ten easy to fold airplanes with video instructions.


Jungle Tiger Activities -
Tiger Mask to Cut and Color -
Aesop’s Fables coloring book pages. Bats, birds, fox, hare and more are just waiting to be brought to colorful life!
Dalmation Cookie Bank  
CD Dog -
Puppy Coloring Page -


Apple Activities & Crafts for Kids -
Autumn Tree Craft -
Paper Bag Trees -
Scarecrow Craft -
Word Jumble -
Fall Word Search -
Autumn Coloring Pages -
Build A Tree Leaf by Leaf -
Paper Bag Trees -

APRIL FOOLS - Strut your stuff on April Fool’s Day with this Jolly Jester’s Hat at and tons of Easter coloring pages to keep you coloring in or out of the lines!


Back to School bookmarks your students can print out and color -
September Bulletin Board Project - Welcome your students back to school in style!
Teacher’s Survival Kit – School is in session and the teachers in your child’s life will love you for thinking of them. Put together this easy and charming “survival kit” and add a smile to their year!
KinderArt - A Bulletin Board of Spring Flowers - Ages K - 6
Bug Jars - Children will learn to look at the details of bugs and plants as they learn about symmetry and asymmetry. This is a craft and lesson plan all in one!
How to Plan a Scarecrow Storytime -
KinderArt - A Bulletin Board of Spring Flowers - Ages K - 6


O la la…some crafts to help you celebrate. Build an Eiffel Tower  
or Arc de Triomphe


Happy Feather’s Day -
Easy Bird Feeder -
Paper Bag Crow Puppet -
Bug Jars - Children will learn to look at the details of bugs and plants as they learn about symmetry and asymmetry. This is a craft and lesson plan all in one!

lack History Month Activities -
Diversity Banner -


Arthur Character Bookmark -
Bookworm Bookmark
Beaded Bookmark for the older students -
Curious George -
Scarecrow “If I Only Had A Book” -
Back to School bookmarks -


Chinese Moon Festival Coloring Pages – From the Moon Goddess to moon cakes, many choices to choose from.
Follow up with a lesson plan and activity on painting watercolor Chinese Dragons.  


Origami Star -
Christmas Tree -
Christmas Coloring Pages -
Paper Bag Reindeer Puppet
Paper Plate Poinsettia -
Christmas Crafts and Printables -
Gingerbread Man Ornaments - Preschool  
Holiday Origami - Spice up your holiday stories with two easy to do origami folds; a star and a Christmas tree:
World of Christmas – This link will lead you to a wide variety of games to entertain the children through the holiday.

CINCO DE MAYO - Say “Ole!” with these crafts and activities to help you say celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
Mexican Bird Craft -


Diwali Diya Mobile -
Diwali Door Hanging - Traditional embroidered door hanging to welcome visitors and hopefully the Goddess of Fortune Lakshmi.
Diwali Coloring Pages -


Cutlery Wind Chimes - The summer cookout season is over. Here’s a clever craft to recycle all of the leftover plastic utensils.
Brown Paper Kites - For grades K – 6.
Milk Carton Pen Pot - For grades 2 an up.
Puzzle Piece Picture Frame - For grades K– 2
Earth Day Crafts - Dig around; there are plenty of crafts here to help you celebrate.
Earth Day Litterbug - Using recycled items help your students make their Earth Day litterbug.
Ladybug Rocks - Of course, my favorite!


DLTK.COM - Lots of things to make that special man smile on Father’s Day: Crafts, poems, printables, recipes and songs!


Giant Tissue Paper Flowers – Decorate with this lovely flowers. No watering required.
Handprint Lilies – Cute and easy craft for ages 5+.
Flower Coloring Pages – A garden of choices.


Enchanted Learning - Crafts and Activities for Flag Day.
For some extra fun, a word search and maze to celebrate our country's anniversary:
Word Search: - Lots of fun Fourth of July crafts to make your holiday sparkle! - It was said that Betsy Ross could cut a five pointed star in one snip of the scissors. Learn how to make your own star the same way.


Activity Village - A wonderful page full of activities, printables and information on Grandparent’s Day, sure to put a smile on your face no matter what age!
Coloring pages and crafts for Grandparents Day -
Grandma or Grandpa Apron -


Halloween Crafts - Bats, and pumpkins and vampires oh my! Lots of fun, spooky crafts to make your Halloween craft time as easy as saying, trick or treat! - Lots of spooktacular ideas for Halloween fun; activities, recipes, games, costumes, crafts and more. - Ghosts in the Graveyard – Using recycled egg cartons you can create your own ghostly setting. Suitable for all ages.
How to Plan a Scarecrow Story Time -


Menorah -
Star of David -
Window Sparklers, Star of David and more.
Milk Carton Dreidel -  
Easy Cut and Fold Star of David -


Kwanzaa Crafts for Children - Kwanzaa Crafts -
Kwanzaa Coloring Pages-
More Kwanzaa Coloring Pages -
Kwanzaa Placement  


Pinata - “One piñata tradition says: You go around life with your eyes covered, trying to find the good things and working hard to get them.” The original, traditional shape of the piñata is the six pointed star although today countless forms are used.


Celebrate Fat Tuesday -
Mardi Gras Coloring Pages -  
Mardi Gras Masks -


Origami Peace Crane -
Peace Lantern -
Peace on Earth - 
Sea Serpent Games and Activities - Lots of creativity swimming around these pages!
Mermaid Paper Doll - Children can color her pretty with your own paints and crayons!
DLTK 'S Holiday Crafts - "Crafts to help you decorate, games to help you celebrate, worksheets to challenge your mind and songs to sing together!" - Creative, downloadable coloring pages to complement the stories of Grimm and Andersen. Also, interactive pages for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, etc. Enough activities to keep you coloring outside the lines until the New Year! 


Bath Salts for Mom
Flower Doorstop for Mom – Just in time for Mother’s Day! - Crafts and gifts to make for Mom including Mother's Day, May, Arts and Crafts Activities, Lessons, Coloring Pages, Ideas, Recipes and Treats.


Activity Village - Make your own carp kite or origami to celebrate Kodomo no hi (Children’s Day). There are many other crafts, activities and printables to make this Japanese national holiday shine!
Children of the World Necklace -
Egyptian Crafts– A great selection of Egyptian crafts for all ages.  
Hieroglyphics Bookmarks – Two choices, one with hieroglyphics and another with a maze on the back. Mazes have been in existence since ancient Egypt, when Amenembet III built a funerary temple consisting of 3000 chambers.  
Japanese Kokeshi Doll -
King Tut Mask – Definitely for older children but this would be a wonderful art project to complement an Egyptian unit.
Hawaiian Lei Flower Necklace -
New Zealand Koru Art - “The koru is the Maori name given to the new unfurling fern frond and symbolizes new life, growth, strength and peace. It is an integral symbol in Maori carving and tattoos.”
Origami Doll -
Peace Dove -
World Neighbors: Handprint Craft and Poem -


Children’s Activities for the Month of Ramadan -
Make a Ramandan Collage -

Leprechaun Crafts -
St. Patrick’s Day Wreaths
St. Patrick’s Day Word Jumble -
St. Patrick’s Day Word Search
St. Patrick’s Day Coloring Pages -
St. Patrick’s Day Crafts and Printables -
St. Patrick's Day Coloring Pages -


Frog Pouch Craft – Ages 3 and up
Frog Paper Bag Puppet – Ages 2 and up
Frog Paper Crafts – Ages 2 and up
Spring Crafts -  
Flowered Hat -
KinderArt - A Bulletin Board of Spring Flowers - Ages K - 6


Fables Theme: Preschool Activities and Crafts - “Visit a theme to find activities that include easy instructions and a list of materials needed related to Aesop's and other fables. You will find crafts, printable activities, and related resources.” 
Story Sack - ‘This is a fun way for parents and children to read stories together. Grandparents, teachers, childcare providers, babysitters and anyone else who spends time with children will also find these useful!”
Fairy Tale Crafts - From dragons, to princes, knights and wizards, lots of crafts to keep everyone busy.

SUMMER - Summer brings a bounty of fresh fruit so why not have some fruity fun!
DLTK Crafts – Lots of flavorful ice cream crafts to keep you cool through the summer months.
Danielle’s Place - A great site full of very creative, easy and inexpensive paper plate and paper cup crafts for kids.
Kids Summer Crafts and Summer Printables -  
Kinderart - Summer is tine to take the children to the zoo. Download some cute animal printables to keep your students and children roaring with delight long after the field trip!


Blessing Boxes -
Thanksgiving and Fall Crafts for Children -
Thanksgiving Coloring Pages -


Educational Valentine’s Day Crafts -
Valentine’s Day Word Search - - Valentine’s Day word searches, math puzzles, and more. - Lots of easy crafts to make your heart flutter for Valentine’s Day.


Veteran’s Day Activities - Coloring pages, crafts for kids, word searches and more.


Family - Tons of winter fun; crafts, games, activities, printables and more!
Kaboose - Winter clip art, games, activities and crafts to help warm your spirit.
Kinderart - Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…Decorate your classroom or library with an array of beautiful paper cut creations.
Penguin Fun! Coloring pages, mazes, worksheets, songs, riddles and more!
Polish Gwiazdy – Beautiful paper cuttings that look like snowflakes but they have eight sides not six.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Hitting the Business Bullseye!

The Archer's Arrowadapted by Karen Chace  © 2010

Long, long ago, in a certain realm, in a certain land there lived a king who spent many seasons practicing the skill of archery.  But no matter how many hours or days he practiced he always fell short of the mark; he was unable to hit the bull's-eye on the target.

One brisk autumn day he gathered his retinue, mounted his favorite steed, and set out on a hunt. After many hours riding through the colorful countryside they found a clearing and stopped to rest. The king dismounted and the servants began to lay the afternoon meal out on a  woven cloth of white.

ile the king waited for the food to be arranged he walked through the meadow and noticed a weathered gray farmhouse and barn standing in the distance. As the king moved closer he saw that the entire side of the barn was covered from the roof to the ground with red and white circles. In the middle of each circle an arrow was firmly lodged in the center. He was astonished by the sight that lay before him for he knew the skill required to accomplish such a task. Turning to his servant he commanded, "Find the marksman responsible and bring him to me!"

e servant didn’t have to travel far for the marksman was none other than Diana, the young daughter of the farmer on whose land they stood. She was brought to the king, and curtsying low she softly asked, “Sire, how may I serve you?”

or a moment the king was startled and surprised! A young woman, how could this be? The king asked, “Tell me your secret. How has one so gentle become so skilled in the art of archery? Each one of your targets boasts a bull's-eye, no small feat for my greatest archer and surely not for one so young and fair!”Diana smiled and answered, "Sire, truly it takes no skill at all. I simply shoot the arrow and then I draw the bull's-eye around it!”

Wouldn't it be grand if we could hit a bull's-eye every time in business with very little effort? Storytellers sometimes shy away from the marketing aspects of our work because in this era of burgeoning social media it can seem overwhelming. But if we are to move our ancient art into the modern age we must learn to embrace the diverse tools we have at our disposal.

Yesterday I posted the final Catch the Storybug newsletter for 2010. To make it easier for you to access all of the business articles highlighted during the year I have assembled them below. Each one offers bits of wisdom to help you hit your target royally each and every time!

5 Free Tools That Make You Look More Professional by Brad Egeland - “…Limited budget, smaller customer base, an operating budget that gets tugged in 100 different directions. Anything that you can do for free… and not affect your bottom line is a good thing.”

5 Top Tips for Using Social Media to Help Launch Your New Business
by Rick Mathieson  “Social media can be one of your best tools for building a new business - if you use it correctly.”  

5 Ways to Work Smarter and Be More Productive by Stacy Karacostas -“…it’s not how hard they work. It’s how smart they work.”  

7 Tips for Money-Making Postcards by Ivan Levison - “There are times when it makes sense to spend a lot of money on a direct mail package….However, there are times when going with a humble postcard makes a lot of sense.”

10 Dead or Dying PR Tactics by Steve Mullen -    

10 Newborn PR Tactics by Steve Mullen-  

Blogging, Tweeting and Fan Pages Oh My! Does Social Media Really Benefit SMBs? by Shannon Suetos “…"The hype right now exceeds the reality." But recent statistics are showing despite the hype, business owners are in fact implementing some sort of social media efforts.”  

Building Lessons Learned in 2009: What Highly-Successful Small Business Owners Are Doing that You Can Do Too by Stacy Karacostas “…what are successful entrepreneurs doing differently?”

Calm Customers in Six Quick Steps – “You’ll work nine times harder attracting new business than you will retaining your current client list. That means you can’t afford to anger even one customer.”

Color Yourself Successful by Ken Peters – “Color communicates. When language fails color can offer valuable associations with people, places and things…Because color's impact is so profound, its role in branding your business is critical. When applied effectively, color can achieve extraordinary results”.

Download Free - Looking to spice up your storytelling, classroom or library information? Little Red Riding Hood, our old friend Jack, and other famous fairytale folks can be found here ready to play! To the right you will also find links to other free clip art photos in a number of categories, including holiday, animal and nature photos.

Eight Steps to Attracting Clients by Bernadette Doyle – “There’s a logical sequence to building a business, whether it’s online or offline. There are certain things that must be done in order to see your business grow. By committing to follow these eight steps, you can attract more clients and have the kind of income you want.”

Email Newsletter Design Guide
by Hostway – This article will walk you through the process of designing your own newsletter.  

More Ways to Monetize Your Web Site by Hostway – “Once you have a solid ecommerce process like Paypal or a shopping cart, there are some other ways to make your Web site work for you and start making some money.”

Pack the 3R’s While on Holiday Travel - Although the busy holiday season has passed, these tips will serve us well throughout 2009. From the U.S. Environmental Agency, information on ways to reduce, reuse and recycle when you are away from home.

Rid Yourself of These 10 Damaging Word-Habits by Stephanie Bickel – “Here are some quick-tips that will elevate your elocution immensely.

Seven Tax Tips for Businesses and the Self Employed – “Here are Seven Tax Tips that can possibly save you a lot of money on your 2008 taxes.”  *While this article is from 2008 the tips are still valid for small business owners.

Six Advantages to Virtual Trade Shows by Susan A. Friedmann, CSP – ‘… industry experts expect that by 2015, more than 25% of trade shows will be conducted in virtual environments. That's a market you can't afford to ignore."

Ten Tips to Ignore When Starting a Business by Cathy Goodwin – “Everyone has advice for you when you're starting a business, but it's not all good advice! Here are ten tips you'd be better off ignoring.”

Three Ways to Take Control and Grow Your Small Business in Any Economy by Stacy Karacostas “Has your business slowed because of the economy? If so, you’ve got two options. Keep doing what you’ve always done and hope it turns around on its own…Or, do something different. “

Top 7 Common Mistakes Made by Small Business Owners Though it is easy to start your own business, it takes a lot more to succeed in business. There are seven common mistakes made by small business owners.”

Weaving Storytelling and Business with an Authentic Voice - I recently put together a handout for a college class on storytelling and business. I have placed it on my blog for your use. Do you have an event to market? Then this site is just what you are looking for. Publish your events for free and let the cyber world know how to find you!

Why Do People Write This Way? (And How You Can Avoid Doing the Same) by Ernest Nicastro – “Leverages a proprietary coaching framework...purposeful investments in human capital...aligning people and systems in pursuit of”...why do people write this way?  

Words. Words. Words. by Nan S. Russell  - “Words create impressions, images and expectations. They build psychological connections. They influence how we think. Since thoughts determine actions, there's a powerful connection between the words we use and the results we get.”   

Virtual Press Release Faux Pas by Janet Attard – “Using email to send press releases to editors can save you considerable time and money. One click and your release can be on its way to dozens of editor but one click of the mouse is all it takes for each editor or writer on your mailing list to delete the release, often without opening your email at all.”
– You will find more business resources on my two previous blogs posts:

Grow Your Business in 2010 at
he Business of Storytelling at