Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Big Smelly Bear

I picked up Big Smelly Bear from a German author Britta Teckentrup on the recommendation of Sara from The Fifth Street Academy. Incidentally, it was also the story featured during library story time on the day we came to get new books. Both of us enjoyed the book– the illustrations are fun, and the story has its points both for adults and for children. Anna liked the idea that Big Brown Bear Boy was listening to Big Fluffy Bear Girl. She is under impression that boys are on Earth to do what she says :)

Oct5_BigSmellyBear I admit that this is the lamest project that we did in a while. I also admit that this is the only project that we did this week. Anna really hasn’t been interested in the art at home this week. She does a lot of art during her preschool mornings, and she prefers books, TV, toys and “school work” to art. I think part of it lies in setting up for an art project. I still want to have an art place for her that she can reach independently. Anyway, I finally convinced her to do something “artistic” when I showed her watercolors. She never painted with watercolors before, so she was interested. I learned that Dollar Tree watercolors stink big time. The colors were very muddy, and they were almost used up by the time Anna painted her poor bear. Next time I will pickup better watercolors – any recommendations?

12 comments:

Christy said...

I bought Faber Castell watercolors on the recommendation of another blogger, and they are FANTASTIC!

We have an area of our playroom that is devoted to art; we call it the "creation station". The art supplies are easily accessible and the kids can create whenever they want. This has kept my kids interested in art.

I haven't read that book. I'll look for it.

R loves the ballerina book you recommended. We have been reading it constantly!!!!! Thanks!

MaryAnne said...

Crayola watercolors are okay, but my kids mix them too easily and then they look muddy too.

We have a little tikes table in our dining room, and that's where my kids do art. It looks a little tacky, but it does make it so they can do projects with less supervision. It also helps that most of our house is covered in easy-to-clean tile floors.

The girl who painted trees said...

I have heard great things about Colorations watercolors from Discount School Supply, and I have ordered some, but won't be able to pick them up until I go to the States in November. I'll let you know what I think then!. I've used Faber Castell and liked them too.

Bear does art at a makeshift art table (two cement bricks high with old tabletop on top!) We have tile floors everywhere - very easy cleanup!

Ticia said...

I don't have any great recommendations. I have yet to find watercolors that I find super great.

I like crayola okay, but they're still not great.

The Fifth Street Mama said...

Yay! I am so glad you like this book! Thanks for the linky love!
Sarah

teachmama said...

Hey--we all have lame days/weeks/months! We're all just trying to do the best we can, so don't be too hard on yourself! :*)

I must not be too picky b/c we really like the Crayola watercolors that they sell at our Michael's craftstore for $1 each. My kids rip through them so quickly, but they're so cheap, I don't really care too much. . .

Thanks for sharing, though--I'll check out the book!

cheers--
amy

Susana said...

Joe and I LOVE this book!!!!

I like plain old crayola watercolors best myself for "colored" ones.

I usually don't care for Roseart anything, however, Roseart glitter watercolors are awesome!!!!

growingandlearningbyleapsandbounds said...

Faber Castell are the way to go!

love hte book!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

Faber Castell are great... but for a 2 year old, in my opinion, they are a bit expensive. I have them for myself (like I EVER get to paint) and cheap ones for M. He just muddies them up anyway and I can't be relaxed about that fact if I've given him something that nice. It's great that Anna was interested in them!

Eva said...

I got my watercolours from dollarama :).. they're pretty good, and have lasted us a long time, considering my daughter likes to paint all the time. I'm going to check that book out too :)

Tara Rison said...

You could try watercolor pencils, and then have her paint over them with water. Wes does this all of the time. Works great! I got my set from Blick, but you can get them anywhere.

The Activity Mom said...

I'm glad she enjoyed the watercolors. Sometimes B is all about art and creating and other times he could care less (like on our stART project this week). =)