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{I am the Lorax, I Speak for the Trees} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

February 24th, 2012

We love Dr. Seuss in this household. So when I saw this cool truffula tree project on the Art Project For Kids website, I knew that the boys would love it. In additional, March 2 is  National Read Across America day, so grab The Lorax from the library, read the book, and have your kids […]

 

We love Dr. Seuss in this household. So when I saw this cool truffula tree project on the Art Project For Kids website, I knew that the boys would love it. In additional, March 2 is  National Read Across America day, so grab The Lorax from the library, read the book, and have your kids play with their own truffula trees! Also, I’m participating in the very cool Kids Weekly Co Op! (See the button at the end of the post for more link ups)

What you need:

for the trees:

  • Sticks
  • yarn (in various colors)
  • clay (green if you can find it)
  • glue (I prefer glue dots)
  • sharp scissors
  • egg cartons (optional)

 

for the Lorax

  • toilet paper tube
  • orange construction paper
  • yellow construction paper

 

First, we went outside and picked some sticks for our trees.

Then, we made pom poms for the wavy truffula leaves. This will require adult assistance.

 

The easiest way I found to have the kids make pom poms was to have them wrap the yarn around a fork.  You can also just wrap around your hand as well. Both kids loved the wrapping.

 

Hopefully this next sequence will make sense. After you wrap, you want to thread a needle around one side of the fork and loosely tie the yarn on top. Then, cut with SHARP scissors the other side and release the fork. Tighten up your knot, hold it pom pom side up and cut off any stragglers for a uniform look

We used yarn I had on hand – you can make your trees pretty much any color. Thicker/poofier yarn makes more flowy truffula trees. The yellow ones are made from baby yarn, I just had the boys wrap more around the fork to make it poof out.

 

 

I cut up an egg carton to help the trees stand better, but you can skip that step. What you want is to grab some clay (I had green clay on hand, you can use grey and paint it green), and stick your stick into the clay.

Then, stick your pom pom on top. The pom pom should easily slide on, through the knot you tied in the middle.

 

My youngest loved feeling the truffula trees against his cheek.

 

We made our Lorax by covering a toilet paper tube with orange construction paper and drawing him on, the yellow moustache was more construction paper.

 

And voila, our very own Lorax and his Truffula Tree Forest playscene.

 

Kids Co-op

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{Book inspired crafts} – Seattle Area Lifestyle photographer

December 7th, 2011

I’m grateful that we live in an area with a fabulous library system, with some awesome childrens’ programs. We go to the library weekly and get new books, and my kids love choosing and picking their own books for reading at home. We also love going to story time and listening to the great childrens’ […]

 

I’m grateful that we live in an area with a fabulous library system, with some awesome childrens’ programs. We go to the library weekly and get new books, and my kids love choosing and picking their own books for reading at home. We also love going to story time and listening to the great childrens’ librarians read, sing songs, and tell great stories. I get inspired by both the storytelling and the repeated reading of of the boys’ favorite books, to do interactive crafts with them. It helps promote literacy, pre-reading skills, and also is very hands on and fun. Sometimes when the boys are being super wiggly and can’t sit still for a story, they’ll still listen to it if they can follow along with their own crafts.

Here’s one of our favorites, and a must have book for any house. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

 

I got the idea from The Crafting Chicks for this craft. Toilet paper tubes, some green paper, and foam stickers I had plenty of in stock! The boys loved finding the different alphabet letters as we read the book, then putting them up to climb on the “tree”.

My youngest took finding space for all the letters quite seriously

I covered the toilet paper tubes in brown paper to make it more tree like.

Chicka chicka boom boom!

 

Here’s another book we love in this house. My Heart Is Like A Zoo

In this book, each letter in the alphabet is represented by an animal. And all the animals, are made up entirely of hearts. So here are some of our animals made of heart drawings. We have a heart frog, and a heart lion.

Then, we cut out a bunch of different sized hearts out of scrapbook paper.

And we glued them together to make animals. Here is my younger son’s bunny (he had some help with the glueing and pasting)

And here is my older son’s blue heron. He did this one all by himself.

 

And another fun book to turn into a craft.  Dog’s Colorful Day.

 

 

For this craft, I just cut the dog out of paper, then gave them colored markers. As we read along in the story, they put colored dots on their dog. Later, I cut the dots and dog out of fleece to make this fun read along craft we could do over and over again. Here is my youngest son’s colorful dog rendition

And my older son. Please forgive the awesome face he is making for the picture. 🙂

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