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.
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