Category: Story & Art

{Story & Art} : A Penguin Story

This weeks story and art project is from one of Thing 2’s favorie books, A Penguin Story by Antoinette Potis.

A Penguin Story is a cute story about Edna the penguin who is looking for something.  She is looking for a color other than black, white or blue.  Eventually, she finds humans who are dressed in orange.

Our simple art project was inspired by the artwork throughout the book.  Using light blue, black and white construction paper.  I cut out an “Edna” for each boy that they glued onto the paper.  Then using a scrap of white paper, they tore pieces of to make snow.

Thing 1 thought this was a lot of fun.  Thing 2 loved make his “baby Edna,” but then all he wanted to do was cut his Edna out because he “just really likes to cut things out.”  Whatever floats his boat.

What fun penguin activities have you done?

{Story & Art} The Very Hungry Caterpillar

All three of my boys love the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  So for our story and art activity this week, I decided we would use the book the Very Hungry Caterpillar and make our own webs.

Paper Plate Spider Web

paper plate
hole punch

1.  Take the paper plate and fold it in half so that you can cut the middle of the plate out.
2. Using the hole punch, make holes going around the outside of the plate.

3.  String your yarn through two of the holes and ties together in the back.
4.  Spin your web, by stringing the yarn between the many different holes.

5.  Tie and cut off any excess string and enjoy!


What Very Busy Spider crafts have you done?

{story & art} The Crown on Your Head

On Monday, we did our planned story and art project from the week before.  Thing 2 had randomly picked out a book and it just happened to be The Crown on Your Head by Nancy Tillman.

The Crown on Your Head is a whimsical story that expresses how unique every child is.  The perfect craft was to let the boys make their own crowns.

poster board
ANYTHING a child could want to use to decorate their crown.

1.  Cut out any shape crown.  I went with the simple zig zag pattern.
2.  Have them decorate.
3.  Staple together and wear!

All three boys had a wonderful time decorating their crowns.  They each chose a different material to use to decorate their crowns.  I would love to show you pictures of the finished projects but they took off to the playroom once they were done and would have nothing to do with picture taking.

What have you read this week?

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{story & art} Octopus’ Den

We finally got back around to doing a stART project.  We also included a little bit of a science this week. 

Sorry for the blurry picture, Thing 1 was having his octopus swim.

Our book this week was Octopus’ Den by Deirdre Langeland.

This is a story is “a day in the life of” kind of book.  It goes through what might be an octopus’ typical day.  How he hunts, protects himself, and finds a home.  My oldest has been absolutely in love with this book since one his great grandparents brought it to him.

The first thing we did was make our octopus craft.

bubble wrap – cut into 8 inch strips
plastic yogurt container
white paper
wiggly eyes

1.  Before I introduced the boys to their craft, I prepared the bottom of the yogurt container by putting a small hole in it.  I also made and cut out a pattern to go around the outside of the yogurt container.  I simply did this by laying container on a large sheet of paper, turning the container and using the crayon to outline this as I turned the container.

2.  I gave the boys 8 bubble wrap strips, the white sheet of paper that goes around the container and some paint.

3.  Once everything is dry, then tape the paper and the strips to the yogurt container. Then add the wiggly eyes.

4.  Attach a string to the top of the container through the hole that you made earlier.

The boys having their octopus’ swim.

We also did a little bit of a science experiment.  I wanted to give the boys an idea of how the octopus’ ink defense works.  So we did this really simple experiment.

clear cup
food coloring

1. Fill the glass with water.  Take the time to talk about how you can see through the water.  We even looked at each other through the glass.

2.  Give the kid the food coloring.  Tell a story about how the octopus spots the eel (like he did in the story).  Have them tell you what the octopus did.  Then have them shoot the food coloring into the water.

3.  Talk about what happens to the water.  Try to look through the glass again and notice how you can’t see each other anymore.

The boys really enjoyed the experiment and completely understood how the octopus’ ink defense really works.  They were so excited and intrigued that they wanted to show Daddy Cameron when he got home.

What fun octopus’ books have you read?  Have you done any fun activities or crafts?



{story & art} Curious George at the Aquarium

Thing 2 loves penguins.  So this week we read Curious George at the Aquarium by R.P. Anderson.  This was the book that Thing 2 picked out at Barnes and Noble when we went to use the boys’ Christmas gift cards.  

For Christmas, one of Thing 2’s present was a tube of miniature penguins. He has played with them in sparkly playdough and loved it.  This past week I have seen several different posts about cloud dough and thought this would be a fun way to change it up a bit.  Needless to say cloud dough was a big hit.  Thing 2 sat quietly and played in it for over an hour.  Thing 1 even played in the cloud dough a bit.  It has such a neat texture and it smells wonderful.

Cloud Dough


8 cups of Flour
1 cup of baby oil  (cooking oil works as well from what I understand)


Mix the ingredients together and enjoy!

{story & art} The Poky Little Puppy’s Wonderful Winter Day

This stART project was a last minute idea on Monday night.  I found our book, The Poky Little Puppy’s Wonderful Winter Day, in our rapidly expanding book collection.  I had just read The Poky Little Puppy to Thing 1 and Thing 2 the night before and they loved it, so I figured this might be a good winter book to use with my boys.

I had two craft options in mind to go with this book.  The first was making coffee filter snowflakes.

coffee filters


1.  Fold your coffee filter in half 3 times.  We tried to fold it 4 different times, but it was too hard for my boys to cut them.

2.  Thing 1 was struggling to understand how exactly he needed to cut the coffee filter, so I drew some lines on one side of the coffee filter for him to follow while he cut out.  He liked this much better.  It also turned into great cutting practice for both boys.

3.  Unfold and color.  I think the coloring was Thing 1’s favorite part.  Yes, we know snowflakes are supposed to be white, but the boys love to decorate.  Then hang them wherever you want.  Thing 1 taped his into several windows in our house, however, he didn’t hang them high enough and before I could get a picture, Thing 3 had come behind him and taken them all down.

 The second is the 3d snowflake craft (HERE) that was listed on my January Checklist.   However, Thing 2 wanted to make an orange snowflake and only put a few beads on it.  I only have a picture of Thing 2 making it, I never got a picture of the finished product, which has since been turned into something else.

It was a great way to talk about winter, despite the fact that it was 60 degrees outside.