Okay, so YOU may not be an "Artsy" type, but I am - not to be confused with a "crafty" person. I do not get on pinterest to look at crafty things. Kuddos to those who can and want to, but I'd rather just paint and color something.
So, obviously, when I think of an art project to do with my FIVE year old, it's going to SIMPLE and EASY! Amen! After all, who has time to spend 30 minutes prepping and cleaning up when there's a toddler running at bay!
I want to share TWO of our latest SUMMER art projects. (I actually also modified these for Little Bit too). But here's what Roo and I did:
A House for Hermit Crab
We take weekly trips to our local library because I feel that reading is super important (and I bet you do too, especially if you're at teacher), but I LOVE to do projects and little hands-on things that relate to literature! It just tickles me pink, you know.
It being the beginning of summer and all, we checked out Eric Carle's A House for Hermit Crab. At the end of the book, after he decorates his new shell with all the things he finds on the ocean floor, he outgrows his shell and the reader is left to wonder about the possibilities of what his next shell (home) will look like! (Exciting, I know.)
My little Roo, who is creative, can't get enough, always making up her own projects, was overjoyed to find that Mommy had planned this cut and paste decorating art project. (Points for MOM!)
I've included a printable diagram of the Hermit Crab if you're not feeling like free handing it. :)
1. She was instructed to color it with pencils for a softer look.
2. She cut out the crab using my little rickety dot to dots as a guide, (I'm not a perfectionist.)
3. We added light and shadow. (Yes, an actual art element). Hooray for Mom! (And hooray for you if you do this!) We simply used the same red pencil she used on the legs and darkened in the back of the legs along the outline to create the effect of light coming in from the front of the crab. Super easy!
4. Next, We picked three bright colors of paper and talked about some different types of living things along the ocean floor. I even whipped out my trusty phone to show her some pics of the things she wanted to make. She's very much a "do it yourself" kinda girl and so I only helped her as she needed. She added a sand dollar, anemone and starfish to her crab. Later, she decided he needed some seaweed too.
~Now, gather, there are probably tons of other ways people have done a craft using this book, this is how we did it in our little kitchen. :) Fast, easy, satisfying. Ahh.
Some extensions you could do if you're feeling frisky (from my teacher brain):
- Create a page by page discovery guide for living things part of the ocean floor ecosystem. (Hey, that could last several days!)
-Write your own story about a Hermit Crab and all the creatures he or she meets.
-Buy a hermit crab and spend hours observing it, changing out its shell when it's too large.
-Watch the Netflix Origional, Puffin Rock (episode about the hermit crab needing a new shell).
Enjoy your time with your Babies!