So, today - being the beginning of a brand new year (you know, leaving the old behind and embracing the new) - I thought she might enjoy creating a caterpillar sculpture of her very own, with plans to make butterfly paintings tomorrow.
When I mentioned my idea, she was intrigued and went to put on her painting apron. Then, the two of us gathered our supplies: some paint, paintbrushes, a cardboard egg carton (which I cut in half), chenille stems, googly eyes, glue and some assorted paper cutouts.
Here's how it went...
|Painting the egg carton.|
|Painting is more fun in pairs.|
|Squeezing glue on the googly eyes.|
|There. Now he can see.|
|Adding glitter glue to the chenille stem "legs".|
|Sticking the chenille stem legs into the holes that I poked in the egg carton.|
|That should do it.|
|A few final embellishments and... voila!|
|She thought he needed a tail. A paper cutout of a foot in a flip flop did the trick.|
J is 3 years old, but this lesson would be equally as ideal for children in the primary grades (Kindergarten to Grade 2 or 3).
Tomorrow, we will make butterfly paintings. Stay tuned...
Here are some caterpillar themed ideas that you can find on KinderArt.
Egg Carton Caterpillar
Caterpillar Tissue Collage
For even more inspiring ideas, visit KinderArt.com.