Thursday, August 19, 2010

Put Me In The Zoo - Craft




One of my favorite stories, when I was a child, was Robert Lopshire's Put Me in the Zoo. I asked to hear it so often, my mother can't stand the sight of it, even now.

I, on the other hand, still love it, and am thrilled to have children, who love it too, and find it as visually appealing, as I do.

As a book about colors, it's really targeted at babies, and toddlers. But, as an easy reader, escorts them into Kindergarten. It has been a first reader, for all of my children.

And, I wanted to be sure to do a stART (story + ART) project with it, before my own children outgrow it completely. My two youngest were happy to comply.

One of their favorite parts of the story, is when the animal, showing off his spots, puts them on the little boy, and girl, he is trying to impress. The little girl, in her starched, 1950's dress, and perfectly pulled up, knee socks, is not pleased, to find her pretty clothes covered in spots. That always makes the children giggle, especially since they know, the spots will be gone by the next page.

We decided to put move some spots around ourselves, thanks to optical illusion instructions, from Roy Richards (see yesterday's post, for an explanation of that). I drew a line in the middle of a piece of paper, and the girls drew pictures of themselves, looking unhappy, on one side...


...and dots on the other.


Then, when we placed a piece of cardboard on the line, and pressed our noses to the board, while looking at the pictures, so it appeared the dots were on the pictures. Despite the photograph below, I found this worked the best, by placing the picture on the floor, so the girls could get above them, and look straight down on them.


And, of course, when we lifted our faces back up, the dots went back where they belonged - just like in the book.


One of the tricks for this illusion, is both the drawing, and the dots, need to be close to the line. C drew hers too far apart. But, we were able to correct the problem by folding the middle of the paper, to bring her sketch, closer to her spots.

You can find more story stretching arts, and crafts, at this week's stART (story + ART) link-up, at A Mommy's Adventures.

It's great to be a homeschooler.

10 comments:

Raising a Happy Child said...

It's a fun project for this book! Your girls draw pretty pictures too. We read this book once, but Anna didn't like that at first spotted creature didn't have a home. She is not satisfied with just having a happy end, she requires all book to be relentlessly happy :)

Ticia said...

What a great idea! I need to find a copy of that book, I'm fairly sure I own one, but not sure where it is.

Debbie said...

I remember that book! I always loved making these type of optical illusions. Thank you for the reminder on both.

Joyful Learner said...

We loved that book but never would have thought of doing an optical illusion with it! Such a wonderful idea...we might have to borrow that book again just to do the activity! :)

Chelsea said...

I totally agree with you about this book. We love it too. I think we'll make somepolka dot animal art soon.

Wonder Mom said...

Polka dots make EVERYTHING fun!

Michelle said...

I think we are planning a trip to the zoo this weekend, I will have to pick up this book for next week!!

I love the project too...Thank you for linking up to stART :0)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

We love this book at our house. My post is going up tonight. Please stop by.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Very cute and fun project to go along with this book. Great idea!

artsy_momma said...

This is till one of my son's all time favorite books :)