Easy Art Accents

These add-on art accents are simple, yet HIGHLY motivating to children!  Even my most timid writers quickly find a reason to write if they know they can stick a sticker, add googly eyes or paint to create a fun border design.

The thoughts I had behind these art accents were to:

First, they motivate the children to write.

Second, they reward them for their work.

Third, they make the finished writing piece look especially nice.

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My campers write at tables in the front of the room.  So, I set up an art accent table at the back of the room.

As campers finish their writing, they move to the back table to complete their 5 minute art accent.  Then, they either set the piece aside to dry or place it in a plastic page protector*.

The cost of so many plastic page protectors may not be realistic for a school class.  But for the stories that add sand, seeds, glitter and the like, you will probably want them.  I get them from Walmart*.


Here’s a list of recommended materials to have on hand at any given time.  However, only put the materials necessary for that day’s writing.  Sometimes it’s just stickers.  Other times it’s a combination of the anything below:


  1. Manila folders opened to protect the table (A Dollar Tree table cloth can work.  If you want to spend a bit more, Amazon has plastic table covers with elastic*.)
  2. Glue dots*, glue sticks* and Elmer’s Glue*.   I usually hand out the glue dots if/when children need them.  We typically use those for the times we need to glue craft pom poms*,  pipe cleaners* or sequins*.  Googly eyes* stick fine with glue sticks or glue.  (Remember, I only set out the materials needed to complete the art accent that accompanies the students’ writing that day.)
  3. Third, a flat, rectangular, plastic container* to shake sand and glitter into.  This container is great, because I usually use it to store and transport the materials needed for the day.  I purchased mine at Walmart*.  Any container that is larger than an 8.5″x 11″ piece of paper will do.
  4. Sequins*, googly eyes*…whatever accent is needed for the lesson.
  5. Markers*
  6. Paint*

7.  Finally, plastic page protectors*, available for the campers’ finished product.


Here’s a list of additional art accent materials.

This list may cause you to generate ideas of your own. And I will be adding more materials as I use them in my own teaching.

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Calendar Pages


Glitter Glue




Pipe Cleaners