Digital Zany Birthday Cake Art Project
Do you need an exciting and engaging activity for Read Across America week that will work for both your virtual and in-person kids? This Google Slides art project requires no prep and includes a writing component to tie literacy into art. Your students will feel successful in building their own digital zany birthday cake to celebrate reading. It’s as simple as copy and paste! Additionally, it pairs well with the book, “Balderdash,” by Michelle Markel, a story about John Newbery, a kid who grew up and decided to make books especially for kids.
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Overview of Digital Zany Birthday Cake Art Project
First, your kids will pick a background to place all their digital zany birthday cake templates onto. Then, they will select either a platter or plate and make it big. Next, they’ll add up to 3 layers of cake with icing in between. To finish the cake, your class can overlap candles, balloons, cake toppers, bunting, and streamers!
And, if you’d like to take it a step further, have your class take a picture of a table in their home and have them insert that 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 space, overlapping, and various groups of colors on the color wheel.
These digital zany birthday cake templates include 182 moveable graphics for your kids to decorate their own unique cake. Step-by-step directions are included at the beginning of the document to teach students how to flip an image and change the order of images to bring something forward or backward.
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 zany birthday cake templates located on page 3 of the PDF.)
- 14 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 a polka dotted background. This is where kids will place their birthday cake decorations onto. Any background a child is not using can be deleted once they have selected which one they want to work with.
- 182 Moveable Objects – These items can be copied and pasted into the background mentioned above. They will use these items to decorate their cute birthday cake art project. (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 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 Birthday Cake Art Project
- Does this work in Schoology, Microsoft Teams, Seesaw, and Canvas? Yes! Anything created in Google 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 zany birthday cake 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 zany birthday cake 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.