January 15th, 2014
Archeologists in Russia unearthed documents back in the 1950’s that were written on birch bark with a stylus. Some of the documents were doodles by a 7 year old boy named Onfim from Novgorod. Onfim was learning to write, but he doodled in the process. Below you can see some of his drawings. In the […]
December 3rd, 2012
This is cool… Radial symmetry is where an organism has almost identical looking parts if cut into a pie. Only the top and bottom look different. The sea anemones in this print display radial symmetry. The video below shows how to create radial symmetry artwork. It helps teach kids this scientific concept. Check out how […]
November 17th, 2012
Here’s the colorful poem "The Sky Was" by E. E. Cummings (1894 – 1962) with an mp3 recording… MP3 of The Sky Was The Sky Was the sky was can dy lu minous edible spry pinks shy lemons greens coo l choc olate s. un der, a lo co […]
August 22nd, 2012
"A line is a dot that went for a walk." –Paul Klee (Artist) What a great quote! Here are some videos based on that concept… Here’s an animated one… Here’s one where the dot goes from one kids drawing to another… Enjoy! Mama Lisa
May 8th, 2012
Here’s a link to over 100 inexpensive crafts to do with kids.
April 11th, 2012
“Who Laid an Egg?” is a kids saying meaning, “Who farted?” The cartoon above is a play on the expression by 5th grader Lila Pomerantz.
January 27th, 2012
A while ago, I talked about how my daughter’s class made drawings illustrating the literal meanings of idiomatic expressions. This is a great way to help children, and people learning English as a second language, to understand these sayings.. One drawing my daughter did was an illustration of the expression "follow your nose". "Follow your […]
January 5th, 2012
To make thumb print guys: Have child make thumb prints with paint. Let dry. Add details like faces, arms and legs with fine permanent marker. Have fun! Mama Lisa
November 30th, 2011
My daughter’s fifth grade class was given a really interesting assignment. The teacher asked them to make drawings that illustrated the literal meanings of common sayings. In American English "You’re on a roll" means you’re going from success to success. Here’s a drawing my daughter did of the literal meaning of being on a roll! […]
November 25th, 2011
"Happy Thanksgiving – I am thankful for my family and friends." Thanks to Corrina for the Thanksgiving Artwork!
October 30th, 2011
Here’s a song written and sung by by The Three Friends (aka Marisa, Lila and Melisa) for Halloween. MP3 of Walking in the Dark Walking in the Dark By The Three Friends The house seems so empty When you’re alone Walking in the dark All on your own. Alone Are you sure? Boo! What was […]
October 13th, 2011
My 10 year old daughter loves the image editing site called PiZap. Here’s what she wrote about it. PiZap is a fun website for kids if they want to edit or add things to pictures. You don’t even have to use pictures! You can use the backgrounds that it gives you. There are so many […]
October 6th, 2011
Pioggia is an Italian poem about rain by Giovanni Pascoli (1855 – 1912). Below you can listen to a recording, follow along in the original Italian and then read an English translation of the poem. First a note about the illustration, in English we say “It’s raining cats and dogs” when it’s raining very hard. […]
September 14th, 2011
Here’s my daughter’s map of a fantasy world in a tree. Map of Tree World It was part of her 5th grade Social Studies assignment to create a map of a made-up fantasy world. I love the playground! -Mama Lisa
April 28th, 2011
I received this note today from my nephew Alex with the picture below: "Here’s my homework, I had to illustrate a poem, and I did City Trees, from your site. I thought you would like it." Thanks for sharing Alex! That made my day. xo (Aunt) Mama Lisa
April 17th, 2011
Yay! The Spring is here! Check out Lila and Sarina’s chalk art… Girl and Puppy Cats Puppies Dogs Rule!
December 17th, 2010
My daughter made these thumbprint guys in art class today. They’re made with paint and Sharpie permanent markers. All you do is dip your thumb in paint and make thumbprints in different places on thick paper. Let the thumbprints dry. Then add details with a black Sharpie marker. At top you can see a guy […]
December 3rd, 2010
Who’s That Up the Chimney? is a Christmas song written by Scottish singer Ewan McVicar. Ewan sent this song to us when we asked him if he knew of any Christmas songs from Scotland. Here’s what he wrote: I was on a tram in the Urals city of Perm (Russia), and the teacher conveying me […]
November 10th, 2010
My daughter is in the 4th grade and she loves her class and her teacher! One thing the teacher does to make school special is to have stuffed animals that the kids get to take home on Friday evening. The teacher rotates who gets to take something special home each weekend. The first time my […]
October 28th, 2010
The High School in our district has trick-or-treating for kids a couple of days before Halloween each year. The school clubs put it on. I saw these decorations there. They’re paintings on clear plastic with poster paint. They’re hung in the window, having a stained glass effect. It’s a cool look! You can do […]
October 21st, 2010
This is one view of trees in the city… City Trees MP3 of City Trees The trees along this city street, Save for the traffic and the trains, Would make a sound as thin and sweet As trees in country lanes. And people standing in their shade Out […]
September 19th, 2010
Pictionary is a game where you have two teams. First one team goes. The teammate whose turn it is to draw is given a word or phrase. He has to draw a picture to help the other player(s) on his team guess the word (within a minute). Then the other team goes. You move along […]
July 2nd, 2010
Manhattan by Lila Feel free to send your kid’s artwork for submission to post on Mama Lisa’s World. Cheers! Mama Lisa
June 8th, 2010
Here’s a picture drawn by a Cuban child. It’s about friendship and children’s rights. “Derechos de un niño” is literally “Rights of a child”. “Children’s Rights” is typically written, “Los derechos del niño” or “derechos infantiles”. What a great drawing! Mama Lisa
May 21st, 2010
This illustration was drawn by a diabetic child explaining the daily routine to be followed by a patient with diabetes in order to control the disease. The artist is from Cuba, so the text is in Spanish. I provided English translations below each image. Here are zoomed-in views so you can see the details… “No […]
May 4th, 2010
Here’s Eletelephony, a silly poem by Laura E. Richards (1850-1943)… Eletelephony Once there was an elephant, Who tried to use the telephant– No! no! I mean an elephone Who tried to use the telephone– (Dear me! I am not certain quite That even now I’ve got it right.) Howe’er it was, he got his trunk […]
April 25th, 2010
Here’s a great drawing my 8 year old daughter created… Out of the mouths (and creative hands) of babes! I found an Italian proverb to fit the drawing: “”Vivi e lascia vivere!” (Meaning, “Live and let live!” i.e. Don’t judge others). If anyone would like to share a poem or song about tolerance and diversity […]
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