Thursday, September 2, 2010

imageThe Wing on a Flea I was quite excited seeing a new (to us) book by Ed Emberley in the library. I picked it up right away, and I liked it even more when I brought it home. The Wing on a Flea is a shape book, but it’s also so much more. I enjoyed drawing some of the pictures in the book on my own, and I thought that it will be terrific for our StArt project this week.

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Alas, my daughter was of a different opinion. She liked the book OK, but she felt no desire to make any shape creatures from the book or any of her own. Instead… she was drawn to the page that had clowns throwing confetti and after asking about it she stated that she wants to make her own confetti. She spent more time on cutting paper into tiny pieces than she usually does on her guided art projects. I suggested to place her confetti on a contact paper, but she just wanted to put it in a ziplock bag and wave it around saying Whee. Not exactly what I had in mind, but at least she really worked on something she decided to do herself.

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17 comments:

Christy said...

We love Ed Emberley books and haven't seen this one yet. I'll look for it.

My kids love confetti. A relative loves to put it in birthday cards and my kids delight in opening the cards and being covered in tiny pieces of paper and sparkly things. They would love to make their own, I'm sure!

Ticia said...

It cracks me up that she's still such a fan of cutting into little bitty pieces. Though come to think of it so are my kids to some extent.

Either way it sounds like she enjoyed it, even if it wasn't the project you wanted.

Debbie said...

At least she had fun making her confetti! That does sound like a fun book. Reading this made me think that this is something that Selena would do.

Joyful Learner said...

What a great idea! I always thought seeing confetti at a parade flying around in the sky was so beautiful and fun. We should have a confetti party! And then do a Montessori clean up activity to show what a mess confetti can make! Anna is very creative and comes up with the best ideas! :)

Joyful Learner said...

Sounds like a fun book too! We'll have to borrow a copy.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Don't knock it! Cutting paper into tiny pieces, is an important step in developing good scissor skills :)

April said...

That's great that she was focused on it for a long time!

Mom and Kiddo said...

I confess, I am not a fan of Ed Emberley-style drawing. (I really am a curmudgeon, aren't I?) But it sounds like Anna had a good time and practiced her scissor skills, both very important activities!!

RedTedArt said...

Your post really always make me smile. I love how your little girl has so great opinions and ideas herself and that you run with it! That is what crafts with young people is all about ;-)

Would love for you to link up with me new Kids Get Crafty over at Red Ted Art, link up goes up every Wednesday?

Hopw to "See" you there

Thanks

Maggy

RedTedArt said...

Oops the link http://www.redtedart.com/?p=3056

sbswtp said...

Great post!! I love that she took the project in her own direction :)

MaryAnne said...

My kids LOVE cutting up tiny bits of paper. I wish I could convince them to put their paper in a plastic bag - they like to make it "snow", and then fuss a lot when it's time to clean up...

Aging Mommy said...

Creatively employed for all that time = success in my book AND she put the results in a ziplock bag and didn't throw them everywhere?!? Absolutely perfect.

Infant Bibliophile said...

I am going to post about an Ed Emberly book this week too! It's so funny when they have no interest in our well thought out plans. It reminds me of the day we went to the aviary, and I was so excited to do a peacock craft with him later. He had no interest. We ended up just "laughing like a Laughing Kookaburra" for a long time as our companion activity.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Wee! I think she had fun.

My Family My Forever said...

I LOVE her take on Wheee! Priceless Natalie.

I will definitely be looking for this book at our library! Thank you!

Brimful Curiosities said...

I haven't seen that book either. My kids like to take the circles out of my hole punch and sprinkle it like confetti.