Thursday, May 31, 2012

Eric Carle Inspired Pictures

Today the boys made pictures with the papers they painted yesterday. When Eric Carle is putting a book together he takes sheets of papers that he's previously painted and he cuts them into the shapes that he needs and will add the details to it. He says that "He makes paper more than paper." It's really cool to watch him. If you ever get a chance to watch his documentary DO IT. Or check out his book You Can Make a Collage: A Simple How To. Hes's pretty awesome. This morning we went to the library and stocked up on Eric Carle books. We got The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Busy Spider (this is a really cool one because it is a touch book), 10 Little Rubber Ducks, and "Slowly, Slowly, Slowly" said the Sloth. 
      While the boys were playing I laid out all of their supplies that they would need on the table. 
I then read them a story and explained how the pictures were made. I told them to make their own pictures and walked away over to the counter to clean up lunch. I helped Ollie with cutting when he needed it but other than that I didn't interrupt them. 

This is Miles' picture of centipedes and a leaf.
This is Max's self portrait. His shirt, eyes, sky, and
 sun are made out of the paper we made.
This is Ollie's picture snakes. We're working on his scissor skills
 this summer. I'm not sure what the red things are. 
 This activity kept them busy and quiet for a whole hour and I got the kitchen and living room picked up. That's like a miracle around here! Check back in tomorrow for the last day of Eric Carle Craft Week!

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