You may know, that I am doing a “year long” four Seasons craft project with the kids. We did a bubble wrap and finger print Four Seasons last year and enjoyed the process so much, that we are doing another “set of seasons” this year. We do them every 3 months – first we wait for the season to change.. then we talk about the season we are in and then get crafty! This year’s “theme” is colours – based on a Leo Lionni – Federick. It is a LOVELY little book about Frederick the mouse and artist! Do read all about it over in our Winter Colours post – I highly recommend it.
Materials: Contact Paper (sticky back plastic in the UK), black card (for the border and silhouette), tissue paper
1) I prepared the contact paper with a black border again – this gives you a nice finished picture, but also avoids the contact paper from rolling up on itself or sticking to itself. I asked the children what images represent spring – we had a winter tree last time. We talked about ducks and lambs… but settled on swans and cygnets – Red Ted remembered that we saw the cygnets at the local common – and that last year we watched them grow all Summer. I cut out the swan and cygnet silhouettes, they stuck them on.
2) The children then cut up some tissue paper. They are both getting very good at handling scissors. And yes.. I did let them use “my” scissors. I think under supervision this is ok. Again, whilst cutting we talked about the different colours that Spring mean to us. Lots of light green for the fresh new leaves. Pink for (my favourite) blossoms and yellow for daffodils. Some purples for other little flowers and blue for the sky and pond.
3) The children then got to stick. Interestingly, Red Ted (4) is becoming very methodical (I hasten to add, quite UNLIKE me). Look how he is adding strips of blue for “his sky”. Pip Squeak (2), just enjoyed picking colours and sticking!
Pip Squeak’s (2)
Red Ted’s (4)
4) Done. What do you think? Gorgeous, no?
Here they are next to Winter:
Red Ted’s on the top.
Pip Squeak’s below.
Don’t forget to read all about Fredrick the mouse and why we chose this book and theme in the Winter Colours post!
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