We had two stories to go along with our stART (story + ART) project, this week. The first was Constantine Georgiou's The Nest...
...a simple, old fashion sort of picture book, about a robin building her nest, strong and secure, and filling it with soft bits of fluff, to make it a warm, and safe place for her eggs. And...
Our Nest by Reeve Lindbergh, that expands out from a child in bed, to a bird in its nest in the tree, to the deer sleeping in a grassy nest in the field, clear to the fish cradled by the earth in the watery nest of the ocean, and ultimately into space to see the earth in the nest of the universe, and then zooming back in to the child in bed, and the safety of his mother's arms.
"We're here in the nest of creation
With the earth and the stars above.
And you're here, safe and warm, in the nest of my arms,
When I wrap them around you with love."
It's a very cozy, bedtime story for little ones.
I was going to just have the younger children work at making play dough nests, while I read to them. But, I decided to mix up a quick batch of salt dough (1 cup salt, 2 cups flour, 1 cup water), which is not as much fun to work with, but will dry nicely, giving us a project to paint, later today.
But first, for the nests:
The girls started by pressing small globs of dough, down into bowl shapes.
They used a garlic press to create long strands of noodle-like dough...
...which they broke apart, and pressed onto the bowl, all the way around, and inside (an idea from create-kids-crafts.com)...
...to give the impression of twigs, and bits of straw.
Making the noodles with the garlic press was fun, and so they ended up with more than they needed for their nests, so they rolled the left over bits into small egg shapes, to dry with their nests. We left them on the counter to air dry over night, and hopefully they'll be dry enough to paint by this afternoon.
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It's great to be a homeschooler.