Thursday, October 3, 2013

In the Tall, Tall Grass Book + Craft

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In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming is always a delightful book to read. You get to explore all the creatures that can live in the tall grass through larger-than-life illustrations that are simply beautiful. This time, we decided to expand the book by doing our own tall, tall grass craft.

Supplies Needed:
White construction paper
Green construction paper
Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
Glue stick

To prep the project, I folded a 2-inch strip on the long side of the green construction paper and drew vertical lines up to the fold for cutting. 

After reading the book, I challenged Miss Preschool to draw some of the creatures that could be hiding in the grass on her white paper. She decided to try and copy some of the pictures in the book. She did a great job copying the snake, bird, and caterpillar.

After she finished drawing, I gave her the green paper and her scissors. (I'm still trying to include scissor skills in all of our craft projects.) I asked her to cut my pencil-drawn lines up to the fold. Next we glued the uncut strip of the green paper along the bottom of our white paper. We glued it down so that the strips would easily fold down. (See the picture below for guidance.)

When we were done, we were able to peek at our own animals through the tall, tall grass. It was easy, fun, and a great way to extend the joy of a book we already love.

Have you ever read In the Tall, Tall Grass?


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