This fall, I decided to join up with the Virtual Book Club for kids. The September author was Lois Ehlert. After borrowing nearly every book she ever wrote from our fantastic library, my kids picked Boo to You! as the book we would use for an activity.
My kids are HUGE fans of crafts, but they see home as a space for them to make whatever they want, not for structured crafting – which they do plenty of at school.
Emma (6 years old) and Johnny (4 years old) both started off making the cat from the cover of the book. Johnny made the same initial circle with eyes and a nose that Emma made, and then he was done with the activity. Lily (3 years old) Emma was going to decorate it, but decided she wasn’t really interested in that. So she made a mask, and then decided that a mask with eye holes would work better:
She said she left the ears off so that it could double as a mask representing different animals – particularly a raccoon, which she is currently exploring as a costume option for Halloween.
This works for me – the purpose of joining the book club is to explore different authors. We enjoyed many wonderful hours of reading through Ehlert’s books and discussing the fascinating techniques she uses to make her pictures. My kids especially enjoyed figuring out what materials were used to make each picture. Exploring Ehlert’s books taught my kids to look for and appreciate details in illustrations – and that there are many ways to make a picture, beyond simply drawing.
Interestingly, Emma did not pick her favorite Lois Ehlert book for this activity – when I asked her, she said that Hands : Growing up to Be an Artist is her favorite, which makes a lot of sense for my art-loving (if not structured craft loving) girl!
Do you have a favorite Lois Ehlert book?