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 Hero'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!

   Bella 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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  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug are both huge family hits around here. My youngest carried The Very Hungry Caterpillar around with him continuously for about a week around a month or so ago. We also read a lot of Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?

    I can still remember my grandmother reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar to me years ago when I was small. Reading with my grandmother is still one of my favorite childhood memories. She was an elementary school librarian, so we read a lot!

    These are really cute activities to go along with the books. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh what adorable ways to celebrate Eric Carle books & Spring!

  3. I love his books! The artwork you created together is so fun!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  4. Found your blog through Friendship Friday!
    I loved doing these crafts when my two were smaller. Their 12 and 15 now!
    Cherish your time as it goes soooooo quickly!

    Hope you can come and visit my blog too :)

    - Lisa

  5. Oh I love this. I love these books. Your post brought back found memories. I am a retired preschool teacher! What a lovely post. I enjoyed this. It is perfect for Spring. I'd love for you to come over and
    link at the Fabulous Spring/East Party. This weeks linky is over here:
    Come over every week and join the party.
    Happy Spring

    1. Thank you so very much! I absolutely will! I love linky parties :) Thanks so much for visiting!!!

  6. These are adorable activities! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Stopping by from Tuesday Talk! This is all so much fun. I love the ladybug craft. Thanks for sharing and thanks for linking up! XOXO

  8. These books sound wonderful for children and to find the author reading one of his books on You Tube was great. Do take advantage of the women's studies available. And allow your teaching gift to be used as God shows you how to advance with Him.

  9. I love these activities! My children and I enjoyed Eric Carle's books very much when they were younger. :) Thank you for linking up with us at Hip Homeschool Moms!

  10. I love this! What a fun unit! Thanks so much for linking up at Booknificent Thursday on this week!