This blog is a way to examine my many adventures as I try to make the most of this life, and teach my boys how truly magical every moment can be. We may have ups and downs, but either way we are learning through exploration. My job is to try to make learning enjoyable so they always have a thirst for it.
Monday, September 19, 2011
My son and I recently got the Roly-Poly Egg by Kali Stileman. I wasn't sure "A" would like it from the cover but we opened it up and fell in love with the main character-Splotch!
Splotch is a sweet bird who is made up literally of a splotch of paint. One day she laid a small, spotty, and perfect egg. As the egg goes on a rolling adventure among african wildlife Splotchy desperately tries to catch up. There is a fun dotted line on each page to track the path of the egg. When the egg hatches we meet Baby Splotch.
After reading the book we couldn't resist make Splotches of our very own! Using Splotches of paint (which are basically mistakes) was a true test of my patience with kid-directed art. I got to say I didn't have my best Mommy moments after paint ended up on the library book, floor, and dining room chair. The fact that I lost six hours of school work today didn't help my mood. That being said as always the finished product is always worth the trouble.
My Splotch and Baby Splotch with the hatched egg.
"A's" lift the flap egg.
"A's" Splotch and Baby Splotch.
Speaking of the Splotch character if you are into art at all pick up the book Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg immediately! Most libraries carry it. It is pages of mistakes (torn paper, ink spots, holes, etc) turned into something new. In fact: check out the motto for the book:
So have fun making mistakes and turning them into beautiful pieces of art or perfectly wonderful characters.