Thursday, July 29, 2010

image Elephant Dance

We read several books for our Indian theme, and Elephant Dance was by far the most age appropriate and interesting. In the book an Indian grandfather visits his family living in US and talks to grandchildren about India. It describes simple things, such as sun, rain and wind, in a very poetic language. It also has a nice map of India as part of the story, a sheet music for the melody little boy makes up and some information about India culture, food and animals.

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I had “bangles” as one of the possible Indian-related craft projects in our Indian box, and Anna was quite enthusiastic about making them. The recommendation was to make a bangle out of plastic bottle, but it would have made it too wide for her. We made ours out of Starbucks coffee jackets – my favorite craft item of late. Anna chose to decorate the first with glitter glue, ribbons July27_Foil1 and paint, and then the next day I showed her how to make a silver bangle by using a foil on top of her cardboard bangle (in the book grandfather brings his granddaughter silver bangles). Then I suggested decorating it with windows crayons. Drawing with windows crayons on foil entertained her for an hour – a very long time for my craft-averse daughter. I also found it fun, the crayons July27_Foil2 glide so nicely on the foil. She made a pile of drawings, mostly just covering pieces of foil with crayons, but also trying different abstract squiggles and then interpreting them for me. Strangely, some of them were “an old motorcycle with a high seat, and you can only see one wheel because it’s turned sideways”, “a runway”, “a rollercoaster” and “a mailbox”. Here is her mailbox and my sailboat :). Oh, and she didn’t want to wear her bangles, after all.

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16 comments:

Christy said...

Great idea for a craft. She may end up wearing those bangles another day.

MaryAnne said...

That book sounds really interesting. Has Anna ever tried Crayola slick sticks? They are similar to window crayons, but designed to be used on paper. I bet she would like them =)

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

How funny that she didn't want to wear them, after all. But, I love her imagination for the pictures - it does look like a mailbox :)

Pathfinder Mom said...

I love the look of the crayon on tin foil - very cool.

Ticia said...

Those look so cool on the foil! I love this idea!

April said...

I love the idea of making bangles...but I don't drink coffee. My daughter's wrists are sooo little I probably could make them out of any drink container. We always use our window crayons on aluminum, she thinks its lots of fun too.

Brimful Curiosities said...

Did you let her draw on your windows, too? The foil is a great idea. I love it when books include sheet music to play.

Michelle said...

Oh wow I love both of these projects and the book sounds great too. I have never used window crayons I think that Emily would love them. Where did you get them from? I will have to look for the crayola slick sticks that another reader recommended too.

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Annette W. said...

Using the window crayons on tin foil=brilliant!

Elle Belles Bows said...

Definitely need to find the window crayons. Thanks for sharing!

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Wow - those are some pretty cool crayons. I saw them at the store but didn't want to spend the $5. Might be changing my mind...

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

I would have never thought to use window crayons on foil like that -- what a great idea!! I love how they turned out too!

Isn't it amazing all the things you can craft out of Starbucks coffee jackets?

Aging Mommy said...

What a fabulous idea, I am going to stock up on those Starbucks cup holders next time we go for latte and hot chocolate and try this out - never thought of foil and window crayons either, my daughter will love that!

Charlene said...

I too, saw those window crayons and thought about buying them (but was afraid my bunch would eventually use real crayons on the windows). I might have to go back and get them. Great Idea!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a great idea! I hadn't though about foil.

artsy_momma said...

Those look neat! Might have to try them in the future :)