Digital Garden Gnome Art Project
Do you need a creative and engaging spring craft that will work for both your virtual and in-person students? This Google Slides art project requires no prep and includes a writing component to tie literacy into art. Your class will feel successful in building their own digital garden gnome. It’s as simple as copy and paste! Additionally, it pairs well with the books, “A Gnome Story: Adventures with Murphy McWoo” and “The Garden Adventures of Griswald the Gnome.”
Are you stuck figuring out what to do with students who finish early? Digital art projects make for great early finishers activities because they take up no space, paper, or other physical materials. Simply assign a handful to your students for the month and stop fretting over projects for students who complete work fast.
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Overview of Digital Build a Spring Gnome for Kids
First, your students pick a pair of pants. Then, they’ll copy and paste it onto the gnome builder slide. From there, they’ll add shoes, a coat, arms, a head, and a hat. Each clothing item comes in 6 – 9 different colors, therefore the possibilities are endless! Alternatively, overalls or a dress is another option. Next, they’ll paste their gnome into one of the background scenes. Lastly, your class will add some fun extras like flowers, garden tools, mushrooms, or a gnome home!
And, if you’d like to take it a step further, have kids take a picture of where their garden gnome is outside their home and have them insert it into the background instead. Use it as an opportunity to teach them about composition and lighting. This art project is also a great exercise in teaching about overlapping and depth in terms of space.
These digital build a garden gnome templates include 169 moveable graphics for your students to decorate their own spring gnome. Step-by-step directions are included at the beginning of the Google Slides document to teach your class how to flip an image and change the order of images to bring something forward or backward, as well as how to group objects.
The download contains a two-page PDF with directions on how to access the templates. And this document comes ready to go in Google Drive, so don’t worry about trying to figure out how to import it into your Drive!
I’ve included directions for some basics like copy/pasting, rotating, ordering, and adjusting the size of images.
You Will Receive
- 1 Non-Editable PDF – Basic overview of the art project included.
- Google Drive Access Link – A link to download the digital garden gnome templates located on page 3 of the PDF.
- 16 Direction Slides – These explain how to use some of the basic features of Google Slides including how to copy/paste, rotate, scale up/down, and change the order of objects in a layout.
- 7 Backgrounds – These include images of woods and a fenced in yard. This is where kids will place their spring gnome parts onto. Any background a child is not using can be deleted once they have selected which one they want to work with.
- 169 Moveable Objects – These items can be copied and pasted into the background mentioned above. They will use these items to decorate their garden gnome craft. (DISCLAIMER: the graphics used in this file may not be used to create commercial resources).
- 2 Writing Prompts – These prompts are designed to work for kids in second through fifth grades.
- 4 Teacher Examples – Use these to demonstrate on and show your class a completed version of the gnome art project. Do not include these when you send a copy of the art project to your students.
- Each template page is designed on 8.5×11″ slides and can be printed if desired.
Frequently Asked Questions for Digital Garden Gnome Art Project
- Does this work in Schoology, Microsoft Teams, Seesaw, and Canvas? Yes! Anything created in Slides can be shared with your class. You’re just using those LMS’s to assign things.
- Do students need their own Google account to use this? Yes, they will need access to Slides to work in this program, However, you can download the file in PowerPoint and have children use that instead. Keep reading to learn more.
- Can I use these digital garden gnome templates in PowerPoint? Absolutely. Anything made in Slides can be downloaded into PowerPoint. First, open the file. Then, go to FILE >> DOWNLOAD >> MICROSOFT POWERPOINT.
- Can students add their own background to the scene? Yes! This is such a great way to incorporate photography into your lessons. Have kids take a picture and upload it to their Drive. Once in there, they can import it.
- How do I get the digital garden gnome templates to show up in my school Google account if I accidentally opened it in my personal account? Very easy. First, log out of your personal account. Then, log into your school Google account. Lastly, click on the link in the PDF and it will show up in your Drive.
- Do I need to buy a download for each student? No. But you do need to purchase a license for each adult who will use it in your school.
- I downloaded your PDF, but I can’t figure out where to access the Google Slides document. Click the link with the pointing arrow on Page 3.