Friday, April 27, 2012

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Right before Baby Girl was born last fall...  We finally got around to decorating her nursery!  In an INSECT theme, inspired by the collage artwork of my favorite children's author, Eric Carle.
*  StoryThe Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 
*  Age:  (pre-baby)
*  Activities/ Experiences:
          1. Decorating nursery.
          2. Tissue paper collages.

                          tree in nursery                          
    1.  Decorating Nursery.  Using Eric Carle's collage technique, we recreated The Very Hungry Caterpillar's butterfly with tissue paper & paint, as described below.  Also added a Very Hungry Caterpillar decal to a tree silhouette, made from Inke's recycled wallpaper kit.  (The patterned leaves of this kit, were cut at a special program in Holland by adults with developmental disabilities-- which is why I bought it, to support their organization. But really, it too could be a fun DIY project for all you artistic folks out there!)

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar in the tree's leaves

    2.  Tissue Paper Collages With the help of family members, colorful splashes of acrylic paint were applied to tissue paper.  Then, the paper was cut into various pieces once the paint dried.

    (A great tutorial of this technique is in the Eric Carle Picture Writer DVD.)

                             painting tissue paper                               

    paint drying

    Arranged the pieces into a butterfly shape on scrapbook paper.  Framed & hung the artistic creation in Baby K's mint-green room.  --And I love how this collaborative effort turned out! 

    Its like the walls are telling a story...

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