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As Christmas gets closer,  it’s time to start thinking about what to get those special kids in our lives.   Perhaps this year instead of  giving expensive hand-held video games,  you could consider art supplies for Christmas.  In years past,  students have asked me to share with you some ideas that you might wish to consider giving.  They’ve also asked me to share  where you could purchase them.

I love shopping for supplies at Hobby Lobby.  They have a weekly online newsletter.  Just go to www.hobbylobby.com/weekly/coupon.cfm to register.  This often has 40% off coupons!  That’s when I like to shop for big supplies.  Check it out!

Here are a few of the things we have been using in classes that have been popular hits with the kids:

*oil pastels (these are kind of a combination between oil paints and a piece of chalk)

*watercolors (these can be found in most school supply areas of most department stores)

*drawing paper,  pencils,  charcoals,  (Hobby Lobby,  some department stores)

*drawing books with simple step by step pictures

*colored pencils

*weaving supplies – Looms can vary in price,  depending on what kind you get.  Different grade levels are learning different types of weaving so if you need some advice with this,  please contact me.  These can also be found in some department stores,  Hobby Lobby or Michael’s.

I hope this has been helpful. Remember,  art is a WONDERFUL way to help your child’s imagination and promote creativity. Please share some of these ideas with grandparents too.

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About Mrs. Euken's Art Mooseum

*I am married to Mark and have 2 children, Whitney and Bradley and 2 grandsons. *I LOVE my job! I taught kindergarten and first grade in Red Oak for 26 years and I am now teaching K-3 art! I have around 350 students. This has been my lifelong dream. *While not working on things for school, I enjoy crocheting, weaving, camping, cooking, cake decorating & most of all, spending time with my granddchildren.

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