story + art = great stART – Lost & Found, Oliver Jeffers

  

Reading

 I am on a mission to read this book as often and regularly as possible over the next few months, as our local children’s theatre (Polka in Wimbledon) is doing a special under 3s productions of this come Christmas. Tickets have been purchased and I can’t wait to take Red Ted! And I want to make the experience “easier” for him by making sure he knows the story well! 

Lost and found 

Lost and Found Lost and Found, by Oliver Jeffers. 

Reading age – 5yrs – 8yrs. Read together age: 2yrs – 8yrs 

In the UK Oliver Jeffers has quickly established himself as a modern day “children’s classic author”. I don’t know anyone, who does not adore his books. His stories are simply too cute and quirky and his drawings and paintings gorgeous. Some of you may have noticed that I did a VERY short review of this book a while back – sorry for the duplication! 

Anyway… what is the book about? The books is a lovely story of friendship. One day a little boy finds a penguin on his doorstep. The little boy is concerned that the penguin is not happy and needs to go home, so sets off on a journey to find its home. They end up going on a marvellous adventure on the open sea to get the penguin to the South Pole… only to find… well, I wouldn’t want to give the end away. If you haven’t already read this book, you simply must! 

The Craft project – More Recycling

You know me and loo rolls… well, not only loo rolls make great craft material. I decided to do some more recycling, by using some of my old deoderant roll ons and acryclic paints (poster paint would crumble off). They are marvellously PENGUIN SHAPED! 

We made one each, so that Red Ted could copy. Well, I painted the blue and white on mine and let Red Ted stick the googley eyes on them. I restrained myself from touching up his “white tummy” and I let him do some extra painting – you will see a third little friend appear in the final photo (Red Ted refers to him alternatingly as “Boy” and “Monster” – probably thanks to the Monster Cards a few weeks ago). 

It was a great lesson in patience for Red Ted as we had to let things dry at each step! 

 

Isn’t the pleasure on his face on seeing the final product priceless? He was SOOOO chuffed to have his penguins and just wanted to cuddle them. But we had to wait for the eyes and beak to dry… and at bedtime we had to revisit the penguins and the book! 

Another fabulously crafty penguin project is this one by Zoe over at Playing By The Book. I adore it! And one day we will make one of these too!  

 
 

Some Arty Stuff for you

 And if you haven’t had enough of penguins yet, let me introduce you to some of my artwork for children – I paint pop art inspired art for children’s nurseries and bedrooms. I use bright vibrant colours that shine and shimmer as you walk past. So far I am yet to meet a toddler or baby that cannot help to smile or want to touch these paintings (and touch they do, as I want them to enjoy and interact with them!). Here is a set of 3 Penguins that waddled their way into our lives just before Pip Squeak was born. I made them for her “box room” nursery and they look fabulous on her wall! I hope you like too!!
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For mor info on my Artwork visit my Artwork & Paintings Tab. Will ship internationally. 

Previous craft projects: 

stART: Matthews Dream, Leo Lionni & Painting with children 

 stART: Things That Roll & Monster Cards 

stART – Story Telling, Bunnies & Stars  

stART: Giraffe’s can’t dance – a Giraffe Loo Roll Marionette  

stART: Chick – a Pop Up Card  

Book & Cook: Alphabet Cookies – Learning through play  

stART: Busy Airport – Cotton Wool Clouds and, erm, PIGS!  

stART: Hit &Myth – a mix & match book for older children (>5yrs)      

stART: Story & Thank you time – inspirational thank you cards     

stART: Hurray for Fish – one for babies or messy toddlers!      

stART: Bedtime Star – Red Ted, makes a starry night for Pip Squeak’s nursery     

stART: The Way Back Home, Oliver Jeffers – Red Ted makes a plane and a UFO     

Craft: Peg animals – toddlers can help! 

 
 

  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 

  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

    

Finished!Friends

Friends

Finished!

Friends

And if you haven’t had enough of penguins yet, let me introduce you to some of my artwork for children – I paint pop art inspired art for children’s nurseries and bedrooms. I use bright vibrant colours that shine and shimmer as you walk past. So far I am yet to meet a toddler or baby that cannot help to smile or want to touch these paintings (and touch they do, as I want them to enjoy and interact with them!). Here is a set of 3 Penguins that waddled their way into our life before Pip Squeak was born. I made them for her “box room” nursery and they look fabulous on her wall! I hope you like too!! 

Finished!

 

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38 responses to this post.

  1. Just love the penguins! How clever of you! We use that brand as well!

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  2. I love this book. Great there’s a show coming. Will get tickets!

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  3. Cute cute! I love the recycling and these little guys are adorable. Thanks for linking up to upcycled Awesome #9. http://tinyurl.com/Upcycled9

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  4. That is the best recycling I’ve seen – like – EVER. Brilliant and it’s super cute!

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  5. […] the home in our crafting. Like these penguins: Made out of my old deoderant bottles (full post here)! Or this Gingerbread man I made out Red Ted’s jogging bottoms.   […]

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  6. Those make such cute penguins…great recycling craft. We need to read some of Oliver Jeffers’ books. Thanks for the reminder.

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  7. I love the recycled penguins. I am definitely going to bookmark this.

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  8. I absolutely love this book and love the illustrations and colours and everything about it. My little one is a bit young for it but it is on the buy soon list!

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    • Posted by Red Ted Art on August 13, 2010 at 11:29 am

      I know what you mean, we bought it way before Red Ted was ready for it… but then they get to grow into it!!

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  9. What a great craft – I have never noticed that deo is shaped like penguins, you definitely have a wonderful eye for art. I like the end product too. We also enjoyed this book by Oliver Jeffers and some others. I personally is not a big fan of his drawings, but Anna loves both the story and the art.

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  10. I’m not familiar with this author, but this book looks cute! Great project, too!

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  11. Those penguins are too cute! Now I have to go look up chuffed, though 🙂

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  12. Wow! Really resourceful and adorable. We’ll have to look for this book.

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  13. Very cute! I think my nephew would love this-I will make sure my sister sees this post!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  14. Posted by JDaniel4's Mom on August 13, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I love your penguins. What a great way to reuse something!

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  15. Posted by Amy on August 13, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    I am so glad you shared this one.. I want to do this also. Thanks..

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  16. Those are great! I love that you recycled stuff! 🙂 So inexpensive that way! Stopping by from Round Robin! 🙂

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  17. this is divine…
    🙂

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  18. A great project – your little boy looks like he had a great time!

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  19. That is so cute–I would love to make these with my preschoolers!

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  20. Hello…

    What a clever idea! The book sounds wonderful and Red Ted’s penguin came out so cute! Bet he had a blast creating it! I also thought that reading the story and doing the art project is a grand idea for preparing him for the play! Love this post! Thank you so much for sharing it with us today for Sunday Favorites!

    Warmest wishes…
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  21. you clever girl!!

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  22. Fun, resourceful ideas!

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  23. Thanks for sharing your project at Anything Related! ~Bridgette

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  24. I love them… how totally cute, and I love that you recycled the items. As always thanks for linking to It’s Stinkin’ Cute Craft Thursday!

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  25. super cute!
    and so is that lil’ guy!!
    Thanks so much for linking up to “AP Tuesdays” @ New Nostalgia! Hope to see you again next Tuesday!

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    • Posted by Red Ted Art on August 23, 2010 at 8:10 am

      LOVE your linky!! Thank you so much for hosting it every week!! And taking the time to stop by!

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  26. Thanks again for your FMBF link-ups! You’re right about the perfect shape of the deodorant bottles! I’m not familiar with this author, but we’ll have to look him up!

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  27. What a great idea for a deodorant roll on! They are the perfect penguin shape!
    Always love your “Story + Art = great start” projects!
    I’m going to have to check out this book! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing at Socialized with me Monday til Sunday!!

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  28. I’m def going to need to check out that book, thank you for posting it!

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