I’ve got a BUSY three-year-old who keeps me on my toes. He’s adorable, snuggly and sweet, but most of the time, he’s a blur. And there is a big difference between a two-year-old and a three-year-old. (That’s another post!) He now tests limits in a more determined thoughtful way. He wants to be independent and explore. He needs to prove that he is a big brother who doesn’t always need to be with Mommy. However, he’s also needs Mommy more than ever– he’s gained new fears and an awareness that the world is a big, giant, and sometimes dangerous place. I was asked to share a book as a part of National Picture Book Month, and the book that the Monkey and I read, Lulu the Big Little Chick, was perfect for his current stage of life.
Lulu the Big Little Chick by Paulette Bogan is about an independent little chick, like my sweet Little Monkey, who wants to prove that she can go do things all by herself and without the help of her momma. She does a pretty good job, until she realizes that sometimes being all by herself is a big scary. The Monkey adored the book, and asked me to “read again.” Even the sweet Peanut enjoyed looking at the bright colorful pictures. In honor of the book, the Monkey and I created some Chicken Handprint Art.
As regular readers may recall, I like handprint projects, so the Monkey and I decided to make a Handprint Chicken in honor of this lovely book and National Picture Book month. I thought this would take only a few minutes, but the number of steps and fine motor coordination required for this project surprised me. We used standard craft paint because I have lots of it around and a black magic marker.
Here’s what we did, with a few tips and tricks. Use a foam brush to paint your little one’s hands white (or use brown or yellow, be creative!) This makes less mess and has more even coverage. I generally also press down on each of his fingers to make sure each “feather” has even coverage.
We did the entire project without brushes, and uses fingers for the legs and tiny chicks. I’ve found that brushes somehow end up everywhere, while a foam brush painted on the hand isn’t as messy. To make the tiny chicks, we covered most of the thumb with yellow paint, and then added a touch of orange for the beak.
The final steps were to wash the hands, and use the pointer and middle finger to create wings with the magic marker, and to add eyes and little baby chick feet. Ta-Da! We were done!
If are in need of a wonderful book to read, feel free to check out this awesome list of books at the Picture Book Month Website. What’s more a group of bloggers have gotten together to share experiences and crafts with these wonderful books all November long, hosted by Krystal over at Happy, Healthy, Thrifty Family. Thanks Krystal!