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Playing like a Kindergarten Kid

Video showing how to get a touch of childhood into your play!


Kindergarten Writing Stencil by Carolyn Dube for StencilGirl Products

Kindergartner’s know how to play, to let go, and be in the moment.  In order to capture some of that spirit, I turned to my own children’s school papers from when they were little to create this stencil.  This is actual kid writing with invented kid spelling.


When I showed this stencil my girls, they couldn’t read all of it.  I, as the mom, could read it.  Their theory was I could read it because that is about how I still spell. I am the worst speller in my house and they are always willing to remind me of that.  You can see the translation over at StencilGirl!


Watch Kindergarten Writing with a Stencil on YouTube.

These are the types of watercolor crayons I used in the video.


Video showing how to get a touch of childhood into your play!


Win This Stencil!

To celebrate the launch of my stencils, I’m sharing a new video every day this week and a stencil giveaway each day!  Today you can win a Kindergarten Writing stencil and no matter which side of the pond  you are on you are eligible to win!   Leave a comment and you’ll be entered!

Want more chances?  Share this on Facebook. Come back and leave a comment telling me where you shared for another chance.  Share on Pinterest then come back…Share on Twitter….then come back. You get the idea!  Giveaway closes on Wednesday, November 26th  and I’ll announce the winners here on the blog on Friday, November 28th.

Be sure to check out Monday’s post and giveaway here!

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  • Dawn C. November 18, 2014, 8:00 am

    I love this stencil, LOL!!

  • Kristy Tyra November 18, 2014, 8:58 am

    Thank you for a chance to win stencils! I love watching your videos.

  • Gunvor November 18, 2014, 9:02 am

    What a fun stencil! I love the simple technique you showed with it in the video – thanks for the inspiration!

  • Maria McGuire November 18, 2014, 9:32 am

    This stencil is SO fun to play with! What a wonderful way to incorporate that childlike feeling we all had as kids into our art!

  • Sherie November 18, 2014, 9:42 am

    Wonderful, inspiring, creative and fun, as always! I am so happy that you share videos! Then I can watch them more than once 😉

  • Michele November 18, 2014, 9:44 am

    I love this sencil, Carolyn!

  • Glenda L November 18, 2014, 9:53 am

    That’s adorable! My granddaughter is K this year. I can really relate to this one. And glitter… oh yeah.. that’s a must. Thanks for sharing your stencils.

  • Rebecca Storm November 18, 2014, 10:15 am

    I just love your work! Keep on keeping on!

  • Denise Spillane November 18, 2014, 10:34 am

    Cute cute cute. Love the idea of kids writing in stencil. Wonderful.

  • Ruth L November 18, 2014, 10:37 am

    I wish I could write like this one more time, love that kindergarten style 🙂

  • Tasha F November 18, 2014, 10:39 am

    What a charming thing to do…use your kids own writing. Very sweet 🙂

  • April Lopez November 18, 2014, 10:43 am

    i love this stencil. It’s now on my wish list!

  • Caroline Duncan November 18, 2014, 10:58 am

    Looks like another great stencil!! Loved the story about your now teenage girls trying to decipher their kindergarten words.

  • Caroline Duncan November 18, 2014, 11:00 am
  • Kathryn November 18, 2014, 11:42 am

    Oh what a great stencil! And a cool technique to use some neocolours with it! Thanks~

  • Beth Figiel November 18, 2014, 12:15 pm

    Fun & Happy and innocent, pure joy! Thank you for this. Oh and btw, I did NOT have a problem reading this. Love & FUN!!!! SUSCRIBED to all!

  • Sallee November 18, 2014, 12:25 pm

    You always make me smile – this brings back so many memories. I love the imperfection and simple joy of children’s words and writings. A couple of years ago, I framed up a bunch of my favorite pieces of art from when my kids were little and put them all on a wall – still makes me smile! Play on, play on!

  • Christine Mack November 18, 2014, 12:40 pm

    This stencil reminds me of my grandchildren. What fun.

  • Sandra Reade November 18, 2014, 1:06 pm

    What a cute stencil. Awesome.

  • Elizabeth Lumsden November 18, 2014, 1:33 pm

    What a playful stencil, and play you did! Thanks for sharing.

  • Elizabeth Lumsden November 18, 2014, 1:34 pm
  • Elizabeth Lumsden November 18, 2014, 1:37 pm

    I shared your fun on my Facebook page!

  • Shari Czerwinski November 18, 2014, 1:47 pm

    Love this stencil, but thankful for spell check lol 🙂

  • Jean Marmo November 18, 2014, 2:59 pm

    I adore this one!!

  • Jean Marmo November 18, 2014, 3:00 pm
  • Jean Marmo November 18, 2014, 3:02 pm

    shared on fb

  • Gloria Zucaro November 18, 2014, 3:18 pm

    I am ready to win. I too, am a terrible speller.

  • Denise Huntington November 18, 2014, 4:14 pm

    This stencil makes me smile. I still have a lot of my own two kids’ work with all of their misspellings too. Fun fun fun!

  • Dawn November 18, 2014, 6:08 pm

    WOW! As a kindergarten teacher I just fell in love with your stencil. I can read it all. Now this would be a fun one to win.

  • Mandy Fariello November 18, 2014, 6:14 pm

    This is my favorite of your new stencils!

  • Vicki November 18, 2014, 6:21 pm

    Carolyn, you crack me up! This is so fun…gives me ideas!

  • Tommy McDonell November 18, 2014, 7:33 pm


  • Diana November 18, 2014, 8:05 pm

    What a really fun stencil!!!! Tons of art fun.

  • Leslie November 18, 2014, 8:29 pm

    Love the stencil, the ideas the enthusiasm, love it all!

  • Laure Janus November 18, 2014, 8:31 pm

    What a fun, happy stencil. I don’t even need the translation, I can read it just fine!

  • Laure Janus November 18, 2014, 8:34 pm

    Ooooh, I also shared on Facebook AND Pinterest! Do I get extra time at the art table?

    • Carolyn Dube November 18, 2014, 9:11 pm

      Absolutely Laure!

  • Judi November 18, 2014, 8:37 pm

    Stencil s have never ending qualities..play, have fun, play some more

  • Cassie @ For the Art of It November 18, 2014, 9:47 pm

    Such a fun idea for a stencil! Great technique with layering the crayons and glue on – really added so much to the look! I work in a preschool so I was able to decipher it – invented spelling is just so sweet!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Cassie @ For the Art of It November 18, 2014, 9:52 pm

    I also shared on Pinterest!!

  • Wine countryman Jim November 18, 2014, 10:11 pm

    love playing with Stencils and Live watching the fun time with Carolyn Dubi she has so many fun projects. Would love to win some new Stencils…

    • Winecountryman Jim November 18, 2014, 10:14 pm

      Dube not Dubi
      And live not Live

      • Winecountryman Jim November 18, 2014, 10:16 pm

        love not live

  • Lucinda November 18, 2014, 10:30 pm

    Another aewsome stencil that I just have to have. Thank you for all the inspiration u share with me and others everyday.

  • Shelly Jackson November 19, 2014, 12:37 am

    love it

  • Teresa R November 19, 2014, 1:08 am

    What a great way to recycle your girls’ writing. My daughter wrote a short story when she was in 1st grade where the school promoted phonetics over memorization. 5 years later, I showed her the story. She could not read it, but I could.

  • Corrine November 19, 2014, 5:14 am

    I adored kindergarten. Gladly welcoming back there with this stencil. Fun, oh so fun. xox

  • Lissa November 19, 2014, 5:48 am

    Super fun!

  • Pamela Reed November 19, 2014, 11:18 am

    I love the new stencil, I enjoy the videos too! Thanks for sharing.

  • Judy Mac November 19, 2014, 11:30 am

    Love your ideas for stencils!

  • Jan Johnston November 19, 2014, 1:13 pm

    one can never overuse glitter. Hahaha

  • Susan Reiser November 19, 2014, 3:16 pm

    Adorable! What a great idea. It should be your holiday card!love your videos,they always make me smile

  • Lujean Martin November 19, 2014, 3:40 pm

    Fun, fun, fun stencil!!! I’d finger paint with this stencil to remind me of those kindergarten days. 🙂

  • Heather Goldsmith November 19, 2014, 7:35 pm

    This stencil is my favourite so far. 😉

  • gloria November 20, 2014, 8:14 am

    Such a cute idea – love it!

  • Leslie November 20, 2014, 9:16 am

    What a great idea!

  • Celeste November 20, 2014, 9:20 am

    What a wonderful idea! I’d love to win, too!

  • Robin B. November 20, 2014, 9:24 am

    What an incredibly fun stencil! I love word stencils and this one is incredibly unique!

  • Vicky November 20, 2014, 2:49 pm

    what a fantastic idea of turning your kids handwriting into a stencil. The words are so funny. And you’re so wright, kids are so free, when and why did we loose that?

  • Beverley Folkard November 21, 2014, 9:27 am

    I love this, so much fun.

  • Julie November 21, 2014, 11:17 am

    You’re so funny Carolyn – I couldn’t read all of them either lol !!! Great idea though and we all love glitter

  • Janet November 21, 2014, 11:48 am

    Being a mom and former elementary school teacher, I understood and enjoyed reading those precious words. Wish I had the tools to create a stencil of my kids’ writing. And their artwork is so priceless, too. You truly see inspiration in just about anything.

  • dawn barnes November 21, 2014, 4:37 pm

    Great stencil to bring out the inner child in all of us. Happy and pretty and so innocent.

  • Amy m November 21, 2014, 6:14 pm

    i am a kid trapped as a grown up and I need this stencil to free myself

  • Tanya McAlexander November 21, 2014, 10:33 pm

    oh wow what a lovely stencil and an awesome memory to share with your girls. I love that you translated it for everyone else to read over on stencilgirl

  • Gill November 22, 2014, 7:27 am

    What a great idea – reminds me of my own children’s writing!!

  • Sylvia Tabor November 22, 2014, 9:23 am

    Oh, Carolyn. .. I adore this stencil! ! My daughter just sent me a “menu” her 4 year old did for their dinner the other night and that is just like this!!! Precious. Thank you for capturing a great treasure

  • Diana Ryman November 22, 2014, 10:24 am

    This is an amazing stencil! Love the play element of the children’s handwriting, and the reminder to us to let loose a bit! Thanks for creating this stencil for us addicts and also for giving one away!

  • Jo November 22, 2014, 12:06 pm

    Thank you for your inspiration. So many ideas running round my head.

  • Sue Chesley November 23, 2014, 12:54 am

    Lucky and blessed were the kids in Mrs. Dubes classes! I loved art and in kindergarten, one of my only memories is painting at the easel – it felt like that was where I belonged! I love this video – and those stencils will take any of us back to the days of carefree creativity. thank you!

  • Don Kennedy November 23, 2014, 7:38 am

    This stencil rocks. What fun way to extend memories for your girls and you and any parent.

  • Claire November 23, 2014, 11:51 am

    Because of you and your videos, I am getting more comfortable with words!

  • Deborah F November 23, 2014, 9:12 pm

    Love it! Teacher totally can understand and decipher invented spelling. How brilliant to celebrate and memorialize it!

  • Melinda November 23, 2014, 9:53 pm

    another fun stencil — love your stuff.

  • jane kimball November 24, 2014, 2:27 pm

    I taught kindergarten and first grade and have 4 children so of course I understand every word on the stencil. love it.

  • Dynamics November 25, 2014, 2:47 am

    I have always loved child writings. So unique and fun.

  • Jean Chaney November 25, 2014, 10:39 am

    Adorable stencil. I would love to win this 🙂

  • nora myett November 26, 2014, 9:46 am

    No problem reading it for me. A teacher can always make sense of creative writing. After you have read it for a while it looks correct.
    Love your work Carolyn.

  • Gabriele November 30, 2014, 5:03 pm

    Oh, this stencil is absolutely fab! I hope I get a chance to win!