The Adventure Starts Here: Summer Reading Challenge - Update #4

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Summer Reading Challenge - Update #4

In our house, we love to read and we love to do crafts.  So I decided to combine the two and come up with some crafts to go along with some books we are currently reading.  Noah is a huge fan of animals, so we read this book and then did a giraffe and lion craft.  The book was good but I found that some of the wording didn't flow off the tongue during the first read.  I think I will get better with practice, cause right now I often feel like I'm stumbling over my words.  Noah still enjoyed it and loved doing the crafts.  


I find most of my craft ideas on Pinterest.  I then adapt them depending on what supplies I have on hand or based on what I think Noah would rather do.  For example, I've found Noah prefers to use paint and glue, so I'm trying to find more crafts that use both.  Originally, the lion craft suggested using yellow and black felt for the inside of the lion and the nose/mouth, but I knew Noah would rather paint more.  I usually show Noah a picture of the craft (on my phone) so he has an idea of what it should look like and then I let him go at it.  Noah will often ask me if he can do something different than what the picture looks like, and I always say, "yes, this is your craft".  With the giraffe, he wanted to add brown dots to the giraffe's mouth and nose area.  I of course was okay with that and I think it looks like he gave the giraffe a mustache.  I also follow Noah's lead... if he wants to do it on his own, I let him, but often he asks for me to help him, so I do.  


Materials Needed:
Paper Plate
Yellow construction paper
Brown pom moms
Googly eyes
Brown Paint (we use Crayola washable paint)
Yellow Paint
Glue


Noah painted the entire plate yellow.  While it dried, I had him help me cut out the mouth/nose, the "horns", and the ears.  I let him draw the circle for the mouth/nose and draw the mouth, and then I guided his hand for the nostrils and to draw the ears and horns.  I then cut everything out.  While he's working on his scissor skills, he's definitely not at the point where he can cut with any precision.  

After the paint dried, we glued on the ears, horns, mouth/nose, and the googly eyes.  We also then glued the brown pom poms onto the horns.  Noah often does the glue on his own, but for this project I would ask him where he thought the body parts should go and then I would put a little glue down and he would stick the piece down.  Finally, we used the brown paint and round sponge brushes and Noah put "spots" all over the giraffe.  I found that it was easiest to put the yellow paint directly on the giraffe's "face" and then have Noah spread it out with the brush.  But for the spots, I put a little bit of brown paint onto an extra plate and have Noah dip the brush into that.  This is what worked for us, but you could do it however you'd like.  



Materials Needed:
Paper Plate
Googly eyes
Yellow Paint
Orange Paint
Black Paint (we used the Neon Crayola washable paint to get the black)
Thick and thin paint brush
Glue
Scissors


I had Noah paint the inner part of the paper plate yellow and the outer part of it orange.  He needed a little help around the edges and it definitely wasn't perfect, but pretty darn good for a two year old.  We then painted the nose and mouth.  At first, Noah asked me to paint it.  After I was finished, he wanted to paint the nose as well, hence why it's a little uneven.  We glued the eyes on and then let it completely dry.  


Later that afternoon, when it was completely dry, Noah cut slits into the orange part to make the lion's mane/hair.  I showed him how to do the first one, and then I let him cut the rest.  I held the paper plate and kept rotating it so all he had to do was cut a slit.  


Noah loves doing crafts, but he really loves displaying them in our kitchen.  We hang them on the pantry and basement door using painters tape on the back.  They stay up for as long as we'd like, but when it's time to come down, it doesn't ruin the paint job.  


Both of these crafts required some drying time in the middle of the project.  Most of the time, coloring for a little bit was just enough time to let the paint dry.  Kids aren't usually very patient, so I would come up with an activity to do while the paint dries... or maybe use a blow dryer to speed up the process ;)



I am linking up with Stephanie and Elizabeth for the Summer Reading Challenge!  You can check out this post for all the details!

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5 comments:

  1. Yessss!!! Always following Lily's lead. Mostly I just show her the picture on my phone or an example of some sort and she just takes the lead.
    Looks like I need to get some of those thick brushes like ya'll have. The poor girl used a thin little paint brush to paint her minion with..oops haha
    What do you do with the crafts after they come down? We display our's for a bit too and generally just rotate them out with new but I always feel so guilty if I just throw them in the trash but really am I going to keep them all??

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  2. I seriously swear that you are the best craft mom ever! And your kid is the best crafter ever! Mason has the attention span of like 2 minutes for this. I wish I could get him to make sure cute things!

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  3. Pinterest for crafts is my favorite! But really, when did Pinterest ever disappoint?! Im impressed how engaged your son is when doing art, thats awesome!

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