Digital Ugly Sweater Art Project
Do you need a fun and engaging Christmas activity that will work for both your virtual and in-person kids as well as those who don’t celebrate the holiday? This Google Slides art project requires no prep and includes a writing component to tie literacy into art. Your students will feel successful in designing their own digital ugly sweater. It’s as simple as copy and paste! Additionally, it pairs well with the book, The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweater…that Grandma Knit.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Activity Preview
Overview of How to Design an Ugly Sweater
First, your students will select a snowy background to place all their items onto. Next, they will pick either a scoop-neck, v-neck, or turtleneck sweater and enlargen it. Then, they’ll add designs such as body and sleeve patterns and a fancy neckline. Lastly, they’ll top off their digital ugly sweater design with festive words and cute Christmas and winter-themed graphics like Rudolph, a snowman, or tree.
And, if you’d like to take it a step further, have kids take a picture of a place they would wear it and then have them insert that into the background instead. Use it as an opportunity to teach kids about composition and lighting.
This art project is also a great exercise in teaching about space, overlapping, and contrast; some of the ugly sweater graphics will look better overlapped over a color that has more contrast.
These digital ugly sweater templates include 180 moveable graphics for your students to decorate their own unique ugly sweater. Step-by-step directions are included at the beginning of the Google Slides document to teach students how to flip an image and change the order of images to bring something forward or backward
A Note About Christmas Activities
While some kids celebrate Christmas, others don’t. This resource was intentionally designed to work for all students. Depending on your current circumstances, you may opt to do one of the following to best meet all your students needs:
1) Send the document as is. Some parents don’t mind their child having to sift through the graphics that also include holiday options to get to the winter-themed items like the snowman, snowflake, and mitten.
2) Copy the entire slide deck, rename it something generic, and remove any graphics that your student’s parents might find off-putting
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 ugly sweater templates located on page 2 and 3 of the PDF.)
- 13 Student Directions Slides – These slides 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 Student Useable Background Slides – These include images of falling snow. This is where students will place their sweater parts onto. Any background slide a student is not using can be deleted once they have selected which one they want to work with.
- 180 Moveable Objects – These items can be copied and pasted into the background slides mentioned above. They will use these items to decorate their ugly sweater. (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 students in first through fifth grades.
- 4 Teacher Examples – The last four slides of the deck can be used to demonstrate on and show students a completed version of the 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 Ugly Sweater Projects
- Does this work in Schoology, Microsoft Teams, Seesaw, and Canvas? Yes! Anything created in Google Slides can be shared with students. 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 Slides, However, you can download the file in PowerPoint and have students use that instead. Keep reading to learn more.
- Can I use these digital ugly sweater templates in PowerPoint? Absolutely. Anything made in Google Slides can be downloaded into PowerPoint. First, open the file in Slides. 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 students take a picture and upload it to their Drive. Once in there, they can import it into the slide.
- How do I get the 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. Very easy! Check the bottom of page 2 and the middle of page 3.
My 4th graders absolutely loved this project, they didn’t really feel like it was a writing assignment because they got to do so much designing. Thank you so much! – Allison T.
This was the best activity to do before winter break. My students were very engaged and learned new tricks to copy and paste. They had so much fun. I loved that it included instructions on how to do everything so that my students who needed reminders could have them after the lesson. – Rebecca B.
I loved the opportunity to have a little fun with the ugly sweater decorating! My students really loved getting to do this. The only modification I added was my own graphic organizer to help them write about the project. I recommend this product! – Jessica N.
This was a fun assignment for my classes to do for remote learning! I was able to delete slides and simplify it for students that needed it. Highly recommended! – Sandy C.