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10 ideas to get parents and kids creating together

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Dec 14, 2020 6:33:03 AM

While school is on break, Wixie isn't. If you use Wixie at school, make sure parents know their child can continue creating in Wixie over the break. (Explore video directions for sending parents their child's Wixie log in information or find it in the Settings of your Wixie teacher account.)

Use these 10 ideas to get parents and kids creating together at home. The ideas progress from easy to more difficult, from younger to older, so browse the list to find an idea that works best for your family. Don't forget to share your favorite ideas too!

1. Complete a coloring page

The coloring pages in Wixie are an easy way to get comfortable with the Wixie tools and mimic activities many families already do together. Complete the coloring pages by choosing a color from the color palette and either using the paint bucket to fill a space on the page with a click or using the paint bucket tool to click and drag to color. 

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Have your child log in to Wixie. Search "coloring" in the field at the top or open the Templates folder in the list on the left. Open the Art folder and open the Coloring Pages folder to find an image you want to use. 

2. Decorate an ornament

Get in the holiday spirit together by creating decorations for your home. 

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Have your child log in to their Wixie account. Search "ornament" in the field at the top for a template you can use. Use the paint tools to decorate. Then, print, cut and glue together with a loop of string and hang in your home.

3. Paint six-sided snowflakes

Wilson Bentley was the first person who captured a photograph of a snowflake. After taking hundreds of pictures of snowflakes over the course of his life, he also claimed that "no one design was ever repeated" (no two snowflakes are alike). Explore some of his images and then work with your child to create your own in Wixie. 

Have your child log in to Wixie and start a new blank page. Select the paintbrush, symmetry options, and choose 6-sided to draw snowflakes! These video instructions can be found at: https://youtu.be/bUYOgjYzxXc

4. Create scratch art together

Create holiday-inspired, or just creative, images using the Eraser tool in Wixie like the scratch art cards both you and your child love.

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Have your child log in to their Wixie account. Browse the Templates folder, open Art and then Scratch Art for a range of templates you can use to scratch a picture together!

5. Turn your artwork into digital greetings

If you can’t see family or thank them for gifts in person, use Wixie to create and email them a digital note.

Simply add a voice message to artwork you and your child have created in Wixie. Then copy and paste the URL, or go to the File menu and choose Share, and email the message to friends and family.

6. Make words

Build reading skills by finding and building small words from the letters in larger words or phrases.

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Have your child log in to their Wixie account. Browse the Templates, open the Month-by-Month folder and the December folder to find templates for the words Christmas and Happy Holidays. Work together to find two- to five-letter words.

7. Share a family holiday recipe

Does your family make a special treat this holiday season? Cook or bake it with your child and use Wixie to create a recipe card for it.

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Have your child log in to Wixie and search "recipe" for a template. Add text for the ingredients as well as how to bake or cook the recipe. Copy the address in the URL field at the top and email to your child's teacher.

8. Design a snow globe Memory

People often buy snow globes to help remember events on a vacation. Work with your child to design a snow globe to capture your favorite memory or memories of 2020. 

Have your child log in to Wixie and search "globe" for a template. Use the paint tools to create the background or scene in the snow globe. Use the Image button and Stickers library to find images to represent events. Explore video instructions here: https://youtu.be/h-B_8LjGJcU

9. Reflect on the past year

"We don't learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience." - John Dewey

Work with your child to remember events over the past year. While this year has been uniquely challenging with quarantine and remote schooling, many kids have learned new skills at home such as cooking or crafting.

Have your child log in to their Wixie account. Search "reflect" or "round up" in Wixie for a template you can use to capture a picture, type text and record voice to explain new skills, knowledge, and experiences they have had this year.

10. Set goals for 2021

Writing down your goals brings you one step closer to achieving them! Work with your child to set goals for 2021 so they can share with their teacher after the break. 

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Have your child log in to Wixie and search "goals" to find a range of templates or simply type them on a blank page and decorate.

Still want more?

There are so many ways to Wixie in school and at home. Explore the links and resources on the Wixie Parent Page to find even more ideas you and your child can do together.

Topics: Wixie, parents, remote

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