harold and the purple crayon


One afternoon, we read Harold and the Purple Crayon together, which Avery liked a lot.  Inspired by Mary Ann Kohl's blog post on enhancing literacy through process art, I glued yarn onto paper to create loops and swirls that resembled Harold's drawings.  Avery was excited to see Harold's scribbles come to life on paper and she colored in some of the loops.


tea time

Avery having some afternoon tea!  The Food & Beverage Set is from Plan Toys and the cups and spoons are part of her Green Toys Tea Set.


painting on aluminum foil

Aluminum foil: just another texture for Avery to paint on.  She probably noticed that the surface was more slippery and that the paint glided on aluminum foil a little more easily compared to paper.


stars and planets

I came downstairs one afternoon to find Avery and her dad working on this one: gluing glow in the dark stars and adhering dot stickers (which later looked a lot like planets to me) to black paper.  Later, Avery made some scribbles with a white crayon.  We used this picture to talk about seeing stars in the dark sky at night.


painting on a different texture

Painting on different textures is part of providing Avery with different art experiences; in this case, a net-like surface to paint on instead of the usual smooth paper.  Here she is painting on some white packing material glued onto kraft paper.  She probably noticed how the paint dripped into the grooves of the packing material and how the bristles of the paintbrush were slower to skim along its bumpy surface.  All part of learning what paint does in different environments!