Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Do you like this story?
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Have you ever had your child respond in an unexpected way to a story?? I am normally a huge fan of Eric Carle but I ended up having some mixed feelings about this book. It is a great story displaying how the father seahorse carries the mother's eggs around in his pouch before they hatch. I know you are thinking "How could you not love this story???" It is award-winning, after all...
2. Squirt some shaving cream into your container, enough to fill the bottom of your container. I used a spoon to flatten it down. Then simply add some lines of acrylic paint on top of the shaving cream and then use a toothpick or end of spoon to swirl the colors around. This is what mine looked like after swirling. I didn't take tons of pictures of the process so you can also read the tutorial HERE if you are confused.
3. Press your seahorse down into the paint, making sure every part is touching. After leaving it there for a several seconds, lift it out carefully. This is what Luke's seahorse looked like after taking it out of the paint.
4. Let it dry for a couple minutes (I waited 10 min) and then squeegee the excess shaving cream and paint off of the seahorse. When you are done, it amazingly looks like this:
5. Let it dry completely. I used a black marker to draw the fin back on it. I couldn't see the lines anymore through the paint, so I just had to wing it. :)
6. Use your hole punch to punch holes around the seahorse's head to add his hair. The pattern has pre-made places to punch the holes but you might not be able to see them after painting, so I just put the holes wherever I wanted. Cut some pieces of yarn for your child to pull through the holes and tie a knot. If the yarn pieces are uneven you can trim them to make them even after your child is finished tying the knots.
Luke had no clue how to tie a knot so I had to show him how to do it twice, then help him with a couple more before he gave a shot at doing it all by himself. In no way did Luke become an expert after doing this project, but it gave him a beginning understanding of the concept to keep working on it.
7. After his hair was attached Luke glued on a wiggly eye to complete his seahorse.
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