Monday, January 30, 2012

Snowballs Book and Craft

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We found a lot of inspiration in the book Snowballs by Lois Ehlert. Lois Ehlert is one of my favorite children's book illustrators and I've been wanting to do a craft based on her illustrations. Snowballs was the perfect choice of book.  




The book tells the story of a snowfall and the children who decide to make a family of snow people decorated with found objects. It is full of collage illustrations that inspired us to make our own snowman faces.


Supplies Needed:
Paper plates
Pictures of food 
Glue
Cotton swabs for spreading the glue (if desired)



I had a few old cooking magazines that were destined for the recycling bin, so we went through them and cut out pictures of food. We found fruits, vegetables, grains, and even a few cookies. If you don't have any old magazines, check the sales ads in your newspaper or print out some clip art to find your pictures of food.



We propped the book up for inspiration and I let the girls work. Lizzie was very deliberate in placing her food pictures, since she was trying to make a face. She wanted to make sure she had the perfect eyes, nose, and even cheeks. AJ, on the other hand, was just having fun gluing. She ended up making a pretty nice food collage. They turned out great!




If you would like more inspiration, check out these Lois Ehlert style snowmen from Teach Preschool.

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2 comments:

  1. I LOVE it! What a terrific idea. I love the book ... and making the snowman inside as a collage instead of waiting for the weather to cooperate is much more do-able!!!!

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  2. What a fabulous direct link to the book. I love it!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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