I like to eat almost every fruit and vegetable but ewwww not olives! I do think it’s fun to make them out of paper and paint though. When I asked my son what we could do for the letter of the week this week he suggested Owl, we’d finally left the house after being sick and went to the zoo this morning where he declared the Owls to be his favorite animal. I reminded him we’d already made an owl so we settled on olive instead. What I like is that even though this is supposed to be a lowercase project the O looks more like an uppercase one – but the red pimento looks like a lowercase so it’s both!
- Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper, some green, brown and red paint, 2 paint brushes, scissors, a marker and glue.
- Start by writing an two o’s on your paper, a large and small one. I didn’t write and inner circle because I wanted my son to paint all over it, and if there are more lines he isn’t usually as inclined to paint as much.
- Mix some brown and green paint together and paint the large O.
- Get a fresh brush and red paint.
- Paint the small o .
- Let dry.
- Cut out.
- Add glue.
- Glue the large O on the 2nd piece of paper and the small o in the upper right hand side.
Alligator Alphabet by Stella Blackstone and Stephanie Bauer. I was so excited to find this book because just this week my son started pointing out lower case letters in text. This book is a beautifully illustrated book with each letter represented on it’s own page. Pretty standard right? Wrong, although the text below the illustration had both upper and lower case letters, the main illustration is only the lower case letter. This is perfect for children like my son who are just starting to learn their lowercase letters.
T is for Touchdown: A Football Alphabet by Brad Herzog is a beautiful book that will delight even those of us who are never happy to see football season start. I admit even being an anti fan this book was fun and really full of information that even a football scrooge like myself can appreciate. Also it’s easy to read simply the letters and look at the pictures for little ones and has genuinely interesting blurbs for each page for older children.
Museum ABC by the Metropolitan Museum Of Art is a book that was first loved at our house because of the “C is for Cat” page , an early interest of my sons. I loved it because for each letter there are 4 usually very cropped pieces of paintings, showing only that part that fits the subject of each letter. In my nerdy love of identifying paintings I play a game with myself trying to figure out which are which as my son is identifying the letter, and finding the subject matter in each. The book is so beautiful, it’s hard to do it justice in a simple review. A wonderful concept and a great intro to art books for even the tiniest patrons.
- Gather your materials. You will need 3 different colors of construction paper, 1 sheet of white paper, some brown paint, 2 googly eyes, glue, a marker and scissors.
- Start by drawing a large uppercase O on the white paper.
- Have your child paint it. I had to include this picture he was just starting to paint but was ecstatic that he made a happy face .
- While your child paints, cut out a large triangle and 2 feet from one color.
- Cut out 2 circles with the other paper. Scrap paper would work great for these pieces.
- Cut out the painted O and glue onto the 3rd piece of paper.
- Add glue to the top of the O ( you can see the smears where he added extra glue, just wipe any spills with a paper towel ) .
- Add the triangle
- Add more glue
- Add the circles
- Add the googly eyes.
- Add the feet- we stuck them under the O but over is fine too. Let dry.
The Little Brown Owl
Went the little brown owl one night
Went the little brown owl,
Went the little brown owl one night ,
And they all went hoo hoo hoot!
But we all know owls go ,
la di da di da!
la di da di da!
la di da di da!
We all know owls go
la di da di da
they don’t go hoo hoo hoot!
” The Owl And The Pussy Cat” by Edward Lear and Stephane Jorisch . The classic poem is brought to life with whimsical but pretty illustrations. The story of true love sailing off on a beautiful pea green boat is a classic for a reason, it’s melodic and will appeal to children in many age groups. I had to memorize this in grade 3 for Madame Griffin and still hold it dear to my heart!
Have fun exploring the letter O for letter of the week and the subject of octopuses with this simple craft.
- Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper, some paint , crayons or markers, scissors, glue and some tissue paper, or ribbon for the tentacles.
- Draw a big FAT O, it needs to be fat so when you cut it out it is strong enough .
- Have your child paint / color the O. Ask them about the letter while they do this or if they are younger you can name it a few times and see if they will mimic you. We are using paint dobbers, they dry fast and are not very messy.
- While your child is painting cut our 8-10 ( some may rip) tentacles, we are using tissue paper but ribbon or regular construction paper would do in a pinch.
- Cut out the O.
- Put 8 dots of glue on the back side of the O.
- Glue on the tentacles.
- Let dry!