The Adventure Starts Here: Giraffes Can't Dance

Friday, February 24, 2017

Giraffes Can't Dance


Giraffes Can't Dance has been one of our favorite books since Noah was born, even before that.  My mom gave me the board book version at my baby shower and it was one of the first books we ever read to Noah as a baby.  Maybe that's the reason Noah has always had a soft spot for giraffes, at the zoo and the stuffed animal variety. So when I heard that Raising Fairies and Knights was doing Giraffes Can't Dance for the February book and craft, I was very excited to revisit an old favorite.  


While Noah still loves art and is constantly creating, he has really started to have his own ideas and isn't always interested in me dictating the craft.  So this time, we tried something new.  One night, we were reading Giraffes Can't Dance and I told him to think about what kind of craft he'd like to do while reading the book.  As we were reading, he picked out two pages that he wanted to recreate.  The next day, we went through our colored paper and picked out the supplies we'd need.  While I'm confident Noah would have made an excellent giraffe, since it wasn't a normal giraffe shape, he asked me if I would draw the outline of Gerald flipping over backward.  I happily obliged, even though I wasn't super confident in my own drawing skills.  I think it came out okay, but I'm especially impressed with how Noah finished it.  


I loved watching him color and adding every detail of Gerald the Giraffe.  I didn't realize how often he switches back and forth between his left and right hand until I was going through the photos.  I find he predominantly uses his left (other than with scissors... he always cuts with his right hand), but he is very comfortable with both.  As someone who has a very weak left hand, I love that he appears to be ambidextrous.  


We knew we wanted Gerald to be against a dark blue sky, but I worried that you wouldn't be able to see Gerald well if I drew directly onto the dark blue card stock.  Instead, We drew Gerald on regular white printer paper and then cut him out and attached him with some glue.  Using a white crayon, he added the moon and the stars.  


Next up, Noah wanted to copy a scene from earlier in the book.  As he was doing this, I was distracted by an outside conversation.  I had watched him draw the tree, but was really impressed with the giraffe and other animals he drew all on his own.  I just wish that he had used a darker color for the giraffe so it would stand out more against the yellow paper.  I am constantly amazed at his art skills and hope that it's something he continues to love and develop.  My art skills are very juvenile and I have no doubt that he will surpass me very soon!


If you have a younger child and are interested in making your own giraffe, here's a really fun craft involving a paper plate and some paint that I did with Noah back in 2015 (when he was only 2).  While our craft projects aren't the same as they used to be, I really love how they are evolving.  I love that Noah is expressing his creative side and has a true passion for art.  His new favorite game at restaurants is to draw a picture and have one of us copy it.  


You can find more ideas here.

Giraffe's Can't Dance Craft - Monthly Crafting Book Club is celebrating Giraffe's Can't Dance Crafts this month with a group of bloggers and crafts to show that Giraffes CAN dance.

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11 comments:

  1. Love the crafting :) And we actually don't own that book!

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  2. Wow, his art is great! I love that he decided what he wanted to create himself. Also interesting that he uses both hands. Maybe one will emerge as his dominant hand when he's a little older, or maybe he'll always use both!

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  3. Noah draws so well! I loved this post! Giraffes Can't Dance is the very first book I ever read Mila.

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  4. Im really impressed by your giraffe! I cant draw animals to save my life and its a point of embarrassement whenever students ask to learn about animals lol. That is super cool Noah uses both hands! Hopefully he will continue to do so.

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  5. What a great artist! I need to get that book. I love giraffes!

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  6. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the picture of him as a baby being read Giraffe's can't dance. In truth I had no idea it was a board book, I got the paper version of it. Thank you so much for participating this month in the #monthlycraftingbookclub. I love how he is old enough to draw a giraffe, so cute. And my son we read him a lot of panda books and like you with giraffe, he really likes pandas.

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  7. So sweet! Noah has some pretty amazing art skills. I've never even heard of this book.

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  8. such a sweet activity! i'll make sure to add this book to our list.

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  9. We have the board book, too - I didn't even realize it wasn't just a board book! (& we got our copy as a shower present, as well) These creations are just too precious - so glad you joined us this month!

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  10. He did a really great job finishing the giraffe! Thanks for sharing in the monthly crafting book club.

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  11. Why have I never heard of this book? We are obsessed with giraffes! I love that you gave him the reigns when it came time to pick out the craft! Way to let his creative juices flow. That’s awesome. They both came out so great. Noah impresses me too! He’s so artistic and I love that.

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