I’ve started this journey of sharing activities, sorts, flashcards, and other teaching materials on Teachers Pay Teachers. It was a rough start at first. I started by looking at some of the creations that teachers were making, thinking how am I going to afford all of the things that make the worksheets and activities look so creative.  I began doing research to find free sources to create these materials that I can share with other teachers, and most of the free clip art, shapes, and frames I found on my word processing software were frankly corny. Those aren’t the kind of things I’m attracted to and I don’t think they’re that attractive to children. I felt frustrated.

So I started with my first question. Where do I find clip art… and on a teacher’s salary? So I did my search. I came across three fabulous high quality websites that had wonderful clip art and for free! Most importantly they created their websites for educators like myself. My Cute Graphics ( has high quality free clip art that you can use to create teaching materials and for profit if you choose. The only stipulation is that you give a link to her website (which is not asking a lot at all). The second website I found was K12 Elementary Education ( There is an array of free clip art to use for your personal projects or for freebies you place on your blog. The third website I found was ClipArtETC. There are tens of thousands of illustrations that you can use for non-commerical use (

Then I looked at the fonts that came with my word processing software and knew that I needed more. The best site I found was ( This site has numerous fonts that you can download for your creative projects. I also did a search on teacher pay teachers and there were several high quality fonts that you can use on profit and non-profit items on teachers pay teachers.

Finally I began looking for backgrounds, borders, and frames.  I found some great ones on My Cute Graphics ( for free. I also did a search on teachers pay teachers and found numerous frames there too.

Getting started on making teaching materials is going to be a journey for me. I’m just getting started, but I am excited to document my process.


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