Take a look at the cute zoo that The Quirky Parent made from a cardboard box that was going to be thrown out. This is such an easy thing to put together at the last minute and provides lots of creative play time!
I've been teaching an after-school art class and am loving working with young kids again. One of the first lessons we did was inspired by one of my very favorite artists, Brian Wildsmith and specifically his book, BIRDS. I am in awe of his use of color and texture and could look at his images for hours. I'm including some reference links at the end of this post if you are interested in finding out more about him.
This lesson was with 7 - 10 year olds and took about an hour and a half. We looked at the book BIRDS and discussed the general shape of each bird by outlining it with our fingers and talked about the many layers of color and how different marks were used to create texture.
The kids decided what kind of bird they wanted to make and drew the basic body shape on a piece of corrugated cardboard. Try to make sure the channels inside the cardboard are running vertically. If they wanted, they could also add three dimensional elements such as wings and eyes from separate pieces of cardboard. Since the cardboard is thick some of them needed help cutting them out.
Besides looking beautiful, oil pastels blend well to achieve those multiple layers of color that we were going for. Texture marks were added at the end.
They had several options for eyes: cardboard, color directly on their bird body, or white paper with black marker.
Feathers were poked into the channels of the corrugated cardboard and glued onto the body.
The feet were made from one chenille stem. Cut the chenille stem into six equal parts. Bundle three pieces and twist together half of it, leaving the untwisted pieces to be the toes/claws. Separate the three pieces - two toes in front, one in the back - and bend horizontally so the foot will stand up. Poke the twisted end of the foot piece into a channel of the corrugated cardboard on the bottom of the bird. You can use a pencil or such to make the holes a bit bigger if needed. Squeeze some glue in the hole too. (You can alternately tape or glue the feet to the back of the bird.)
While the feet are drying, the kids made the base for their bird to stand on. The swan stands on a dock while others are on branches in the sun and grass.
To finish, glue the birds feet onto the cardboard base and let them dry.
If you do this lesson I'd love to hear about your experience and see the results!
I thought it was such a coincidence that the Netflix #StreamTeam theme for this month is pets when we just added three new pets to our family! Two bunnies and one kitty all rescued from the shelter. We named the bunnies Chuck and Rosie, and the kitty is Indy. We already have a house full of animals (dogs, cats, ferrets, birds) so getting the new ones settled in is a bit of an adventure but fun too.
You've seen Shrek, right? Well one of our favorite characters (and probably yours too!) was Puss in Boots and now he has his own series on Netflix - The Adventures of Puss in Boots! Check it out along with some of these other streaming suggestions. You can e ven make a day of it and enjoy some of these animal-themed craft projects too!
I hope you enjoy this #StreamTeam sponsorship with Netflix and know that all opinions and words written here are my own. I choose my sponsorships carefully and only work with companies that I like. I have been a long time customer of Netflix and was thrilled to be able to partner with them as these kinds of sponsorships help support The Crafty Crow. Blogging is more than a hobby for me, it's my job and part of how I support my family as a single mom.
I'm in love with these beautiful peg turkeys at We Bloom Here. As soon as I saw them I wanted to make them, a whole group of them actually! Using watercolors brings out the grain in the wood and it's a subtle detail that takes these from cute to sophisticated.