April 1, 2010
Because we're tired of bunnies...
I'm starting to feel a little Easter-ed out, so we took a break today from the bunnies to do a simple little froggy craft to go along with this simple little froggy book:
One Frog Too Many by Mercer & Marianna Mayer
This wordless book is chock full of gorgeous ink drawings. With a stroke of the pen, the Mayers convey a full range of emotions through their lovable characters: boy, dog, frog, turtle, and new frog. The story unfolds as Boy receives a new frog as a gift. Old frog is not happy about the new addition and does everything he can to oust new frog. When old frog goes too far, he learns the ugly side of jealousy.
We've owned this book for over a year, but this was the first time I pulled it out and asked E to "read" it to me. She did such a great job; I wish I had taped it. This is a wonderful activity for early literacy, even for kids like E who are already reading.
Just look how the illustrations clearly show jealousy, guilt, remorse, anger and grief. I know my kids can relate to frog's naughtiness!
To go along with the book, we created this Little Rock Frog from E's precious pebble collection. I was inspired by this page on Martha Stewart. She has examples of frogs, turtles, and even a dachshund, so you can create the entire cast of characters if you'd like.
All we did to create this little guy was glue together three pebbles using super glue and a hot glue gun (it's what I had). E painted him green and then add spots with a paint pen. I put on the finishing touches. In no time he was all dry and ready to play outside!
And just so A wouldn't feel left out when she woke up from naptime, I painted this little lady bug...
I'm linking up to:
stART @ A Mommy's Adventure
Feed Me Books Friday @ The Adventure of Motherhood