Christmas Activities: Design an Ugly Sweater Project, Sub Plans & Writing Prompt

Christmas Activities: Design an Ugly Sweater Project, Sub Plans & Writing Prompt

Can be used for 2nd – 5th, Homeschool students.

Includes: PDF, 24 pages


Need a creative activity for your December bulletin board for Christmas? Imagine these fun ugly sweaters in your hallway along with one of the two included writing prompts(*You can find the instructions here. Need a no fuss, last minute art sub plan?This art lesson is perfect for elementary teachers wanting to learn how to paint on a budget with markers (

yes, markers!This is the complete article. These steps include step-by-step instructions for how to transfer the template, and how to fill it with your designs. You can play a fun dice game, or simply roll some dice to select the patterns. You can give them the “You Pick” page so they can choose their own patterns.If you have a short time, you can ask students to draw on the photocopied template for an ugly sweater using colored pencils, crayons, or markers. The included

PowerPoint presentation with close-up, detailed photos will guide them from start to finish to create a beautiful project.BE PREPARED

Are you going to be absent and need a last minute Christmas art lesson for the substitute? You are looking for an indoor recess activity that is quiet and safe, but also has a sense of security? Are you a teacher who has to teach your own art in a classroom? Are you looking for ideas?

In search of an activity for a remote learning or distance learning situation?Fill up your

art sub plan folder with these engaging, no-prep art projects. Once students have mastered the game it is easy to give them a sub. With a little bit of drawing paper and markers, you can make a sub-tub in the bedroom. Place the dice in the tub and make copies. FOSTER INDEPENDENCE

Are you trying to cultivate self-reliance in your classroom? This ugly sweater art game makes for the best and most productive

early finisher activity for your students. Students can pick from a variety of activities and create a center that is based on their choice. The directions and game board can be printed back to back. Next, let students choose the activity they wish to create. This project is similar to a

directed drawing activity in which students are guided through the art process.DIFFERENTIATE LESSONS

If you’re a teacher looking for a

differentiated art lesson that boosts independent thinking, problem-solving, and skill-acquisition, this holiday ugly sweater project will do the trick. Despite students selecting designs from the same board, each project is unique.Below are three ways students can create their own designs. Students can first use the game board as a way to select their pieces. The second type of board is called a “you decide” board. Both of these printables can be found here. Digital spinners are also available for teachers who need to engage their students while taking online courses.

You may be able teach your students some tricks to speed up their design process. I teach my students a fun transfer technique to

copy a designrepeatedly (5:11 into the video). I also demonstrate how to use an old CD or plastic takeout container (7:11 in this video) as a paint palette to add more color. YOU WILL RECEIVE

13-Page, Non-Editable PDF

  • 9-Page, Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
  • 2-Page Lesson Plan
  • Dice Game
  • Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
  • Step-By-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
  • 2 Templates
  • 2 Writing Prompts
  • 2 Coloring Pages
  • Helpful Tips & Tricks
  • Pattern Practice Drawing Page
  • Paperless Google Drive digital resource for students (also for use in Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, Seesaw, Microsoft OneDrive, Teams, and anywhere else you can share a link to a file…link on the bottom of page 2)
  • Digital Spinner Wheels in the download as well as on Google Slides and YouTube (links on the bottom of page 3)

You will design an ugly sweater by rolling the die and collecting the different patterns required to create it.

First, trace the sweater onto heavy-weight, white paper.

  1. To draw the neckline, roll the die.
  2. Next, roll to determine which festive motif you’ll add to the chest area. It should be large.
  3. To add bright words or patterns to the design, roll it three more times.
  4. These can be repeated as many times you want.
  5. Washable markers can be used to outline your entire design. It is important to mark the areas where your design intersects with them.
  6. Dip a small brush in water to paint the shapes.
  7. If you need to neatly add more “paint” to larger areas, smudge some marker on a scrap piece of paper and use that as a paint palette.
  8. You should let each area dry before moving on to the next.
  9. Once the design is dry, cut it.


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Would you also like to purchase a license so your colleagues may use this product, too? All additional copies are eligible for a 10% discount. You can use the honor system here just as in your classroom.

Created by Amie Bentley, © Glitter Meets Glue Designs, LLC



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