Thursday, July 1, 2010

The SquiggleWe read two interesting books this week with a similar theme. The first one was Star of the Week recommended by Christie at Superheroes and Princesses. Unfortunately, Anna didn’t care much for the story, because children were mean to Stanley in the beginning, and I didn’t care at all for illustrations. We both liked the second book, The Squiggle, much better, and it would also work well with studies about China. In both books children imagine what can be done with a squiggle line and show their imagination off to their classmates.

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Both of us had a good time playing “squiggles” on Magnadoodle and on paper. For some reason Anna insists that all good squiggles should be constructed from straight lines and says that curvy lines are not proper squiggles. As a result my drawings were all prickly creatures, bushes and forests. Hers were all faces – she always draws only faces or stick figures in those rare minutes when she feels like drawing. Here are some of hers:

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13 comments:

Christy said...

My kids get upset when kids are mean in books too, but I often use it as an opportunity to discuss why some people might be mean and what you should do if someone is mean to you. We always talk about whether the characters behaved properly or not in books that we read.

That other book looks great.

Squiggling is fun!

MaryAnne said...

"The squiggle" sounds great! I've just requested it from our library. Thanks for the recommendation.

Anna's faces are fabulous =)

Pathfinder Mom said...

Her drawings are cute. Have you read "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds? It's a great book about creating confidence in art.

Ticia said...

My boys only draw people too. Princess still insists on drawing mostly scribbles. Actually she draws something, and then covers it with scribbles. It's kind of funny.

Debbie said...

Her drawings are cute! Selena still draws stick people, but then insists on putting clothes on them. She also draws stick animals.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

At least there was no glitter to spill! :)

The girl who painted trees said...

Love those faces!

Charlene said...

LOVE the squigggle drawings!

Michelle said...

Sounds like a great book, I have wanted to try squiggle drawings with Emily. I will have to check our library for the book to inspire her :0)

Thank you for linking up to stART!!

sbswtp said...

So cute!

MamaGames said...

We ~love~ "The Squiggle" and we often squiggle while waiting at restaurants or doctor's offices. :)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

These are so cute. I need to try them with JDaniel. The idea of working on them while in a restaurant is a great one.

Jenny said...

It's interesting how they only want to draw people. That's how my kids are, anyway. I guess it's the most satisfying for them. Haven't read the book; I want to.