Remember doing scratch art in the back seat on a family road trip? Scratch art cards, and the wooden stylus used to create them, are inexpensive and portable, so many students also have fond memories of them as well.
Wixie includes a folder filled with colorful Scratch Art templates. Students can use Wixie's Eraser tool to “scratch” and design art work on these templates, which makes for a beautiful base you can use for writing and sharing a holiday greeting.
Using the scratch art templates in Wixie
To create scratch art, have your students log in to their Wixie account and select the Projects button at the top of the screen.
Have students open the Templates tab. This tab contains files students can open at any time.
Ask students to find and open the Scratch Art folder.
Let your students choose the scratch art template they want to use, such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or even Snowflakes. (The names of the Scratch Art templates are based on the colors used for the background.)
When students open a Scratch Art template, directions on the Options panel will direct students to move to the Paint panel and choose the Eraser tool to "scratch" a design on the page.
Printing scratch art cards
To print completed designs, students can click the Send button on the toolbar and choose Print.
If your students don't have access to a printer, you can print student work from you Wixie teacher account.
Recording voice greetings
You may also want students to type or record a greeting to practice writing/producing for an external audience.
Have students go to the Options panel and select the red Record button to record a voice greeting.
Not only does recording avoid having to ask young learners to type, it provides the card recipient with a much more delightful greeting!
Sharing student work as a digital eCard
Because Wixie works online, it is easy to share the greetings digitally with family at home, friends who live far away, or parents who are deployed.
To send the cards to parents who are deployed or family and friends who live far away, you can email them a copy of the project URL from your teacher account in Wixie.
Creating additional digital greetings
Having students create and share greeting cards provides a fun opportunity to talk about the purpose of writing, to practice writing and speaking, and to connect the work students do in the classroom to the world beyond it.
If your students enjoyed making their scratch art cards this holiday season, consider using Wixie to create and share thank you cards from class trips, Valentine's Day messages, greetings for Mother's Day and Father's Day, and much more!