Here’s a list of different art accent ideas you can add to any writing prompt about snow!
The other day, my five year old saw his 6 year old brother completing his art accent to go along with his snow Haiku. He wanted to do a snow art accent. In response I said, “Okay, son. Write whatever you want about snow. Then, you can fill your border with a snow art accent.” This is his work:
For all of my writing classes, students write on bordered paper. That way they can decorate the border around their writing with an art accent. You can print and use this paper as well. Here is the paper for Grades K-2 and Grades 2-7. Here’s a printout of a border with no lines to use with very early writers like in the sample above.
Students can either write the title on the first line (and fill in the top border with the art accent) OR they can plan to write the title in the top border using marker or ABC stickers.
Now for snow!
You can use any one idea or combine some.
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- Snow stickers* Students LOVE stickers. Have them put snow stickers around the border or their writing. Here’s a sample for you to print out and hang.
2. White paint on blue marker. Simply use a blue, light blue or purple marker to color the border. Then, dot snowflakes using white acrylic paint* and a q-tip! Here’s a sample for you to print and hang.
(You can get small bottles of acrylic paint in the craft aisle at Walmart for 50 cents)
3. Purple water color on white crayon: Use a white crayon to draw six pointed snowflakes. Then, brush over it with purple water color*. The white crayon will show through to make a winter scene. (The black pen in the 2nd and 3rd images shows where you should use white crayon.) Here’s a sample for you to print out and hang.
4. Blue watercolor* and salt. Paint the border with blue watercolor*. Sprinkle salt on the wet blue border. In less than 5 minutes the salt will have crystallized looking like snow. Here’s a sample for you to print out and hang.
5. Foil Snowflakes. Students can even attempt to write a title using foil! (Because of the weight of the foil, I printed the lines on card stock for this art accent.) Here’s a sample for you to print out and hang.
6. Blue marker and stretched cotton: Use blue marker to color the border. Then, stretch cotton and glue it around the story using a glue stick. Here’s a Here’s a sample for you to print out and hang.
7. Glitter makes a great title too! Place the story in a plastic container* or shallow cardboard box. Be sure and use Elmer’s glue to spell out the word. Pour on the glitter, shake it off into the container and let it dry! Once the glitter has dried COMPLETELY, place the writing into a plastic page protector. I was actually surprised at how nice this final touch looked! Here’s a sample for you to print out and use.
8. Glitter Glue!
You can write the word SNOW using the glitter glue as well. The glitter glue takes all day to dry and does cause the paper to curl up a bit. Once the glue dried, I placed the poem in a plastic page protector* and then placed a heavy book on top. The finished piece looks really nice!
9. ABC Letters* to spell out the title.
Winter prompts that I’ve posted so far are:
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Here in North Carolina we got a record dump of white sticky snow. The students in my After School Writing Club journalled about their time in it! On the art accent table, I set out blue, light blue and purple markers, white acrylic paint, q-tips and snow stickers. They could use them however they wanted! Here are a couple samples.