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Kids Craft: The Red Book, Beaches & Painted Stones

 

This week’s craft was inspired by our “Holiday @ Home” holidays… as part of this, we visited a brand new beach about 1.5hrs drive from here – we had never been and it was a FABULOUS day out with friends. Lots of running around. Jumping into dunes. Getting covered in sand.WONDERFUL. What was quite special too, is that Red Ted now “knows what a beach is” and when at the end of the day, I dragged this book out for him again, he understood it that little bit better:

The Red Book (Caldecott Honor Book)

The Red Book, Barbara Lehman. We had already seen this reviewed by Playing by the Book and LOVED the sound of it (Zoe is much better at reviewing books, so do read her review too!). This book is a book without words. So it is brilliant for our bilingual family, as I can “read it in German” and The Englishman in, well, English! Also wonderful for “getting into” story telling as the pictures serve as a great prompt! So, I digress.

The book is about a little boy who finds a Red Book on his way to school. He can’t wait to take a look. He opens the book and sees a map. The next page shows the map in close up: an island. The next page he sees a beach (aha, here comes the link to our post today). On that beach is a boy…. reading… a book. A Red Book, that he found on the beach. And as he closes in on the Red Beach Book, the city boy sees himself! Oh! The two boys connect through their respective books and then embark on an adventure… and find each other. The Red Books are left behind for new people to discover them and connect. This is a lovely story of friendship described through pictures alone. Fabulous.

Interestingly,  in Zoe’s review and she describes the city boy as a girl! Goes to show, how you make the story your very own…

The Kid’s Craft – Beach Art & Stone Painting

I have been wanting to take part in beach art ever since Nature Get Crafty where I linked to a worldwide beach project hosted by the V&A. Shortly after this Jude from Artful Adventure also submitted an article about Beach Art in Summer Get Crafty. So off we went and collected lots of stones. I (!) couldn’t wait. Red Ted loved collecting stones with The Englishman and they came back to our “patch in the sand dunes” with two buckets full.

We sorted the stones into colour piles. They looked gorgeous. At this point one of the children emptied all the remaining water that was in the bucket into the sand. Never mind, I thought. But actually, mind we did. The stones quickly got covered in “sticky” sand and there wasn’t much to do with them. *sigh*. So we collected them again (having made a face) and took them home for painting. 

Much better! 

And once Red Ted had painted some, we played with some googly eyes. (Note: the googly eye playing wasn’t until 1-2 days later, i.e. the paint may take a little while to dry!). I put blutack on the back and together we explored the different expression ONE stone could make, just by the placement of eyes. Quite amazing really. Here is our Ghost Stone and our Yellow Stone in different poses!! Just moving the googly eyes apart creates significant change!!

 

Other Kid’s Craft  & stART projects:

The Drum

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!

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Great stART: Piep Piep Piep or making watches with toddlers

 Welcome to another story+ art = great stART (for more on “start projects” visit the original A Mommy’s Adventure). I was fretting a little about this week’s story & craft project, as I have a couple of “complicated ones” up my sleeve, but also want to keep encouraging everyone to have a go. Mess is good. But no mess is also good.

And then Red Ted pulled this book from the shelf! And inspiration came!

Piep, Piep, Piep: Das Buch der Töne und Geräusche Piep, Piep, Piep: Das Buch der Töne und Geräusche, by Soledad Bravi. Originally in French, so get that if German is no good for you!  A lovely (soft?) board book – it has many images of different every day things and all the sounds that they make. I particularly like it that the “plug says – no no no!” and that the christmas tree sings “oh tannenbaum”. Fabulous. Simple. Red Ted (2.5 yrs) always make me sing to the christmas tree, but also likes many of the other pages. It is really nice that we can enjoy this book with Pip Squeak (8mths) too, as she loves the bright colours and the fun noises. Depending on the month, Red Ted has a different favourite page. Currently, we get stuck on the watch page (tick tack), mainly because I showed him an old Swatch Flick Flack that used to be mine and told him once it has a new battery he can have it.

We were also given a read the time activity book which he loves drawing in.Needless to say, he hasn’t got a clue and cannot tell the time. He is not a wonderchild, but the point is, he is taking an interest in time. And we talk about time. And I tell him what time we do what.

So. The craft project. This is super easy.It took 2 min per watch. We made them more on a whim than anything else. I just realised that, I made them all. Mmh, I guess Red Ted gave me instructions (mainly “more”), but we did discuss time (what time shall I do next, Red Ted?) and he did want some for his friends. And you do learn through watching?! Below there are some more crafty suggestions.

 

1) Materials: Loo Roll, Scissors, Paper, Pen, Sellotape 

2) Cut a strip of loo roll: the armband 

3) Cut a circle and draw a watch face 

4) Sellotape on (you can glue it, but takes a while to dry! 

DONE! 

Variations: 

  • let your toddler decorate the wristband and watch face:
  • decorate loo roll: with feathers, fake gems, paint, pens, whatever takes your fancy (avoid glitter with this one, you will have it ALL over the house)
  • instead of loo roll, cut a strip of coloured card and sellotape it – good for older childrenwith bigger wrists.
  • Maybe you can be SUPER crafty and with a pin make a moving clock arms

This was freatured on Beyond The Picket Fence   and  

Previous Crafts: 

stART:  Bear Cards & Strawberry Growing Video 

stART: Touchy Feely Book – That is not my Puppy 

stART: Jolly Postman & Greeting cards from Toddler Art 

Book & Cook – Duckies Rainbow & Rainbow Cookies 

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! 

 

story + art = great stART – Story Telling (Stars & Bunnies)

This week we are doing something a little simpler again. I am aware that some of my craft puts some people off (I know some of you don’t have the space for messy painting). We like the simple things too. And today’s story + art came about all by itself and all started backwards.

Red Ted saw the bedtime stars we drew for Pip Squeak in her room again and said that he wanted to do some more.

So next time we sat down to “get crafty”, I cut some more stars out. Whilst he started to colour them, thrifty me, thought I’d use some of the “scrap edges” to make some little men. Red Ted was delighted! So I made him a bunny. He was even more delighted. So I made him a bunny chain! Giggles.

I then got some coloured paper out (some of which used to be old ring binder divider) and set up a “grass & sky” background. Red Ted got to do the sticking [I was feeling guilty that we haven’t done much sticking..]. He loved it. He then did lots of “colouring”! I am so proud – look, he even gave one of the bunnies eyes and a mouth – not accidentally, but quite on puprose **proud mum**. He loved showing the finished picture to his little sister!

I then thought about “story + art” and how we could use this and remember my post re “Thank you cards” – and how storytelling is such a lost art in our society!

Storytelling has enourmous benefits:

  1. Bonding
  2. Bedtime wind down
  3. Creative development
  4. Learning the spoken word/ improved communication
  5. Decision making skills & learning from mistakes
  6. Reworking the day and feelings/ understanding your child better
  7. All of these have long term impact and even sets your child up with better “business skills” (believe it or not!).

Children are amazing natural storytellers and we really should nurture this. I recently came upon to amazing stories – here is one about The Lonely Cheese by Tornado boy. Another is within in the Mix & Match book that my neighbour’s 7yrs old made. Amazing kids!

My storytelling is definitely a little rusty.. and my story basically was a discription of a bunny party (with apple juice, cake and music, so says Red Ted).

Here is daddy’s (abbreviated story):

Red Ted and Daddy went for a walk one day. And as they were walking Daddy said, look the stars. If we see a shooting star you can make a wish! So Red Ted and Daddy watched the stars and the beautiful night sky. Then suddenly a shooting star they saw! Wow! It was so lovely and beautiful, that Red Ted almost forgot to make a wish. But he made one just in time! He wished for Mummy and Baby to be there too and POW! Mummy and Baby appeared. He then wished for a bunny. He loves bunnies [see our post on Da]! And POW! a Bunny appeared. And then he wished for LOTS of Bunnies. POW! POW! POW! lots and lots of bunnies everywhere. Red Ted and Daddy counted the bunnies. And then they had a party (with apple juice, cake and music, so says Red Ted). Lovely.

I hope you enjoyed our storytime!

PS a couple of days later, Red Ted drew this. Then handed me the paper and said “Mummy Read”. He obviously enjoyed story time related to his artwork!! **lovely**

Previous Craft Projects:

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!