Friday, February 24, 2017

Springtime Study with Eric Carle

   Isn't it great when two of your favorite things come together to make one!  You know, like peanut butter and chocolate, or the sand and the ocean...  or particularly this week, books and springtime!!!
   We have enjoyed fantastic weather here in western NC the past week, and although its still 'winter', it feels so much like spring!  Easter Lilly's are blooming along the road, there's the chirping of birds to wake me up in the morning.  Springtime feels like its here!  And although there may be a few more cold, and perhaps even snowy days remaining, we know that spring is just around the corner!
  How better to celebrate than some amazing spring books!!!

   Eric Carle has been one of my favorite artists since I was a child.  I remember fondly watching Reading Rainbow in those early years and being fascinated by his use of color and paint techniques to fill a space.  A modern-day artist, with incredible talent!  And yes, I say artist, because although he is a fantastic author of children's books, he's equally as talented with his color and illustrations.  I just love Eric Carle, and his bright artwork makes his books standalone works in children's literature to be loved through the ages!

    This week I unpacked some of our favorite Eric Carle books and visited our local library in search of some more.  I wanted to pour this artist into my sweet kiddos, and for them to enjoy every moment of it!  The bold colors, the fantastical stories about the smallest parts of nature that they will soon be outside enjoying!  We were all excited about this study, these books, and the artsy stuff to go along with it!

   The first book we chose was little brother's favorite book ever.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

   We also had an extra special treat!  I found a youtube video of Eric Carle himself reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar!  My kiddos especially loved hearing this!

Next we began on our craft for the story!

   Big Sis is an artist, so we keep a lot of acryllic paints on hand.  We are very fond of the Apple Barrel paints that we get at Walmart for only .50 cents a piece!  I also picked up some paper plates to use for some of our other crafts, and we used those as our palletes.  For this project though, we didn't use paint brushes, we used a chopped up potato!

We made green circles for his body, and a red circle for his face! 
While we were waiting on our heads and bodies to dry, we enjoyed watching the Very Hungry Caterpillar on Netflix!

 We finished up our project with a fine paint brush to give him eyes and antena, and we have some very hungry cateripllars!!!

Our next fun spring book we visited was the Grouchy Ladybug

My kiddos laughed and laughed at this book as the grouchy ladybug crosses the land to find somebody who wants to fight with him!  But in the end, he becomes more friendly and finds the friendly ladybug was willing to share all along.  Such a cute book, with fantastic colors and vivid animals!  We loved it!
We used our same potato stamp paint method to make a page of ladybugs!

    For our last book this week, we read the Tiny Seed!

For this project we took out the paintbrushes, and painted a scene of a sky and land onto a paper plate!

Next, we added painted popsicle sticks for stems, and silk flowers that I picked up at Walmart onto the plates!

Now I have some beautiful spring gardens to hang on my wall!!!

   Please come back next week as we study more of Eric Carles work!  Next week we will be reading the Very Busy Spider and the Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, learning to paint like Eric Carle, and learning a bit of art history on the inspiration behind Carle's work in the Blue Horse book.  I can't wait!  Hope you'll come back!  

Join me and my friends over at the iHomeschool Network to find out some fun spring book ideas!

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