Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein


The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein


I love me some Shel Silverstein and this book is one of his loveliest. We did this one with children and also at adult day cares. The craft couldn't be easier - sorry about that photo - I'll try and post a better one. At any rate, we just used Crayola clay that air dries, black seed beads, a bit of wire, a butterfly sticker and a wire. It is pretty self explanatory - you roll up a ball, use a knife or scissor edge to cut a mouth, open the mouth, pop a bead into the clay on each side, put a little glitter on the back of your sticker, glue the glittery butterfly to your wire and insert the wire in the clay. It will be dry in about 24 hours and you will have a very realistic representation of that adorable little fellow in Mr. Silverstein's book.

Hope you enjoy this craft and, as always...

Keep on Shining!

Libby

The Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin



The Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin


If you haven't read this book with children at your library (or children in your home or schools) it is something they really respond to. It is a wonderful platform for doing activities (i.e. blind walks) which let children experience what it is like to have a physical handicap. Since the book discusses how a blind child experiences color, we did a monochromatic collage. We had card stock, sequins, feathers, pom poms, buttons, pipe cleaners - and anything else we could find - grouped in colors. The children had to pick just ONE color and do a collage that represented what that color felt like to them. Our kids got pretty creative with this and we think they not only did an amazing job but really grasped the concept of what the book was conveying.

Hope you enjoyed this craft and, as always...

Keep on Shining!

Libby




Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

We have started a new book club for 9-12 year olds called The Ill-Fated Inklings. We are reading books about children up against impossible circumstances. Our first book was Coraline by Neil Gaiman. For the craft we made tiny Coraline dolls in little match box houses.

We found the images of Coraline on Google Images and then resized them to fit inside the matchbox (@ 2 in. tall). We then printed them out on Ink Jet fabric sheets, backed them with a purple fabric, sewed around them (leaving room to stuff), stuffed them, closed them up and cut them out with pinking shears. For the matchboxes we bought the plain boxes at Oriental Trading, painted them dark purple, found a picture of Coraline's house on Google Images, resized it and printed it out on card stock. We glued this to the top of the match box, glued silver stars and other images from the movie (printed on card stock) to the back and made a drawer pull on one end with a button. You could also decorate the inside of the drawer, we just ran out of time.

If you have any questions about this craft please don't hesitate to ask and, as always...

Keep On Shining!

Libby

Finally....PICTURES!!

Okay, I know it has been months since we tried to launch this blog but Summer Reading made it tough to do much else. Now that school is back in session I am going to try to get our books & crafts listed. Also, if you need help coming up with a craft for a book that I don't have listed on here - let me know! I'd love to try and help being the crafty gal that I am.

Keep on Shining!

Libby