::: such a beautiful butterfly
We pulled out and reread a favourite book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” …
written by the amazing Eric Carle, who will celebrate his 82nd birthday this Friday.
Kate over at An Amazing Child is heading the charge to celebrate all week, this talented writer and artist’s birthday, so naturally we wanted to be involved too.
After reading the story we asked the children what we could do to celebrate this great man.
They decided, as it was his birthday, we should make him a present … well naturally! They had a hunt through our art supplies and decided that a mosaic butterfly would be good as they loved the beautiful butterfly in the book.
So while the children sourced what they thought would make for good mosaic pieces …
and we pulled out the paints and a large board we had picked up from Resource Rescue.
We thought an interesting and fun way for the children to apply the paint would be with cardboard rollers, an idea we picked from Maria over at her wonderful and inspiring blog Casa Maria’s Creative Learning Zone.
First they painted the big board with bright colours, which was laced with PVA glue …
using the cylinders to roll the paint all around.
A beautiful work of art in itself!
Not surprisingly this quickly became fingers and hands …
and with the addition of some stick scratching …
it resulted in a really pleasing texture.
The body was a tricky problem until someone found a zipper – perfect! Body and antennae in one.
Then they chose heaps of circular objects …
of differing diameters and heights …
to be the patterns on the wings.
He definitely was a beeea-uuuu-tiful butterfly!
This post has been linked to the Eric Carle birthday celebrations over at An Amazing Child!
Be sure to pop on over and see how others are celebrating this great man this week!
This post has also been added to another Eric Carle celebration
taking place over at the blog Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas !