Friday, November 4, 2011

The Little House Book & Craft

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The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton has always been a favorite of mine. 

It's the story of a house, built well and with a lot of love. The little house watches the days go by and then the years go by until eventually a city has grown up around her. Eventually the great-granddaughter of the couple who built the house see her and decides to move the little house back out to the country. 

The whimsical illustration have always drawn me in, even at a young age. So, I wanted to do a art project with the girls inspired by the book.

I started the girls (and myself) out with a simple drawing of the house made with black crayon. After reading the book, we set down to make our own illustrations.

We decided to draw the countryside around the house. 

We drew hills, trees, flowers and even a path leading up to the house all with the black crayon. 

After the drawings were completed, we grabbed our paintbrushes and some liquid watercolors.

The girls started painting and I joined in as well. 

I just couldn't resist a project based on The Little House

When we were done, we had some bright, colorful illustrations that mimicked the illustrations in the book. 

We made a few observations about art during the process as well. Most notably, Lizzie learned that the biggest paint brush is not always the most desirable. 

Sometimes you need a smaller brush to get the job done. She also told me that she wants to learn to make pretty pictures. I guess I've got some art lessons in my future! (Don't worry, I'm kind of excited about it.)

Here are our finished pictures! Lizzie's is first, then AJ's, then mine. I was glad I joined in this time, instead of just observing and assisting. I plan on doing this many, many more times!


  1. This is another old favorite! I love all the lesson on time that can come from it.

  2. Super cute & I've never read that book so thanks for the book recomendation. I'd love for you to link up at my TGIF Linky Party -
    Beth =-)

  3. Love it...I definitely want to check out that book. I would love it if you would share it at my Sharing Saturday link party at Thank you!

  4. Looks like you had a lovely time painting! Gorgeous!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  5. What fun paintings. I checked that book out from the library last year and I couldn't get my kids to let me read it to them. I've go to try it again. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness!

  6. Oh I just LOVE this! I have never read this book but I'm putting it on my library list right now.

  7. This was my favorite book as a child. I never owned a copy but would check it out of the library frequently. As an adult, prior to having a child, I bought myself a copy of it. I love reading it to my son now. This is a great craft project to go with it!

  8. Cute! I will have to check that book out. I love the art that it inspired in your household. I think it is always better when I get in on the art projects too.

  9. Oh, and thanks for linking to Monday Madness. Hope to see you again tomorrow.


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