Okay, I have to ask you if you know this trick. You probably do but for the two people out there who have never heard of this - listen up! You can take food coloring, dilute it with water and have your students sponge paint anything you want. It looks adorable in a little guided reader or I do it as background for a special piece of writing they have created. It makes any piece look special and hides a multitude of sins! Now if you need to take it up a notch (and most of you do) you can color with twistables and add this like a resist. It has a soft, natural effect but just a little goes a long way. Use sponges and put a clothespin on the end so students do not walk around all day with blue hands. It's not that cute when they are eating lunch. So if you are not a fan of watercolors this is a little easier. The sponge needs to be blotted off using a paper towel before it hits the paper. It tends to absorb too much water so be careful. I like mixing colors too! The beach book is in my store already and the animals in the sea is part of a packet I am putting together. Do you know any easy peasy tricks for making kid work look special?