So, if you haven't experienced the fun that comes with clipart, this tutorial is for you. The first clipart I ever bought was on a CD and had a massive amount of school related clipart on it. I used that puppy for everything. I've compiled a list of ways you can use clipart that don't involve commercial use. I have TONS of FREE clipart to get you started HERE. This one below is a great starter set--FREE! If you like it, please be kind and leave feedback right there on TpT--it's the polite thing to do ;)here if you need help with how to insert clipart)! Create a basic template you can use each time, or change out the clipart to make it relevant to your topic or the season! I recommend using black and white clipart as it looks better when you make copies, but if you're sending a digital version to parents, color looks great! Here is an example of what that might look like with borders and miscellaneous clipart:
here for directions on how to make clipart big enough for bulletin boards and other decor!
FREE Worm on a pencil clipart found here.these directions apply. I use my own clipart at home with my toddler whenever he gets the "coloring bug"--I pop some clipart into a blank Powerpoint page, print and BAM--a bug coloring page appears like magic after nap time! Easy peasy!
Bug Clipart found here.sub plans, I often have descriptions on what the binder looks like as well (i.e. "You'll find the Guided Reading Binder with the green bookworm on it in the book tub by my chair"). You get the idea. Not only can clipart make things aesthetically pleasing, but it can serve a purpose--which I AM ALL ABOUT.
I don't sell my fireweed clipart, but you can find other cute flowers here.
Valentine's Day is just around the corner! I made these a few years ago for students that forgot to bring cards--and am still using them! You can find FREE Valentine's Day clipart here. You can also create thank you gift cards/tags for volunteers and coworkers--the possibilities are endless!
If you go through a lot of cards or want to do something unique for a special celebration, you can make your own card or certificate! Quick story. Last Spring, I wanted to do something for my mom for watching my kids for free for the last few years while I was at work (she is the BESTEST MOM!!!). My dad had just retired and they were planning a railroad/roadtrip across America in the fall. I settled on a cruise since they'd never been on one and made reservations near the end of their roadtrip. So, I took them to a Mexican restaurant and gave them their card until I could send them the real details via email. It was so fun to see their reactions and I love that I was able to make it a little more fun with my own card. Even if I had to use Titanic clipart for a cruise ship...
In the classroom or at home, this is a cheap and easy way to add a bit of color and whimsy to your decor. Here's a little printable I made for my youngest son, and subsequently, I now have something to print and pop into a frame for each baby shower I go to. Ta-da!
There are so many possibilities when printing clipart on 4x6 photo paper flashcard-style. Create your files in Powerpoint and save as an image---print and done! I had my classroom alphabet printed as 5 x 7 photos and LOVED them. Also, Shutterfly often has FREE 101 print promotions, so that's also a cheap alternative (tip: have them made and waiting in your cart so you can just checkout when the promotion happens)! Here's my toddler with a couple of the flashcards I made for when he was learning his first letter sounds.
You can find Alphabet clipart here.
If you teach in an elementary school (or homeschool for that matter), chances are your kids like stickers as much as mine. They're magic. They wield some sort of power. I use them to bribe my 3 year old to do something he doesn't want to do ALL. THE. TIME. And he holds me to it (i.e. "I listened really good at storytime...where's my sticker?"). You can buy these sheets and print a page of clipart (I dragged these into a Powerpoint page and print/cut). Ta-da! Special stickers! And even cooler, you can make them BIG 8.5x11 ones for special occasions or decorating!
You can find Medieval clipart here.
Along the same lines as stickers are felt story pieces. You can use this paper to add any clipart to a piece of felt, cut it out and you're done! I made a flannel board out of a 16x20 picture frame and a piece of flannel (you can use blue for sky/green for the ground if you want--it's up to you!). The felt pieces just stick right onto the flannel board and you can get as creative as you'd like (you don't have to stick with the traditional retelling a story idea--as you can see here with my Aliens and Underpants color matching set. Forest Animal clipart can be found here and Down by the Bay clipart can be found here.
If you are in the classroom, you have labels. Why not make them fun? When you're prepping for name labels or supply labels, add some clipart alongside the word or name! And you obviously don't have to use sticky labels, plain paper and tape will work for lots of situations :)
School Supplies clipart found here.
So those are just a few things you can do with clipart that you might not know about. I hope you are feeling creative and confident about using clipart now! Feel free to leave a comment below if you know of another creative way to use clipart!
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