Paper cutout by a little girl named Nevaeh

After I helped Nevaeh to cut out her frog template at the Children’s Museum, she colored and signed it. Before she left, she said to me, “You can have it.” I said, “Really?” She nodded, “Yes, you can have it.”

Thank you, Nevaeh.

Nevaeh's frog cutout

Nevaeh's frog cutout

Coloring the templates is another creative way to make the paper cutouts more interesting and individual. Very young kids may not have the skills required with the scissors. But that is exactly why these templates make excellent family project. And kids absolutely love to color!

In Nevaeh’s frog cutout, you can see she was aware of the symmetry of the frog by coloring the patterns accordingly. By choosing orange for the overall body of the frog, Nevaeh was actually using complimentary color scheme as blue and orange are opposite colors. Opposite colors set off the highest contrast because they make each other appear more saturated. The red and orange within the frog are analogous colors, which are colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel. Analogous color scheme creates harmony.

To make the cutout more dynamic and add sense of motion, she also put a little circle at the very top, making it looks like the frog is trying to catch a ball.

Nevaeh may not know it but her simple cutout actually makes a lot of sense as far as how similar artists make our decisions.

If your children are making these template cutouts, I would love to see them. Feel free to email me the images at


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