We put in WALL-E the other day and I put out tin foil shapes to make robots. I was very impressed when Natalie (aged 2.5) insisted that she glue the pieces on herself to make WALL-E and EVE. (Can I also add that she has started a WALLE game, too. She is WALLE and I'm EVE and she brings me toys to look at like when WALLE shows EVE all this possessions in his home).
|Here she is finishing up EVE.|
|WALLE is on the top and EVE on the bottom. The marker scribble is the cockroach WALLE. She made these with just basic shapes.|
|Nani, Lilo, and Stitch. We didn't have any red paper for Lilo's dress. I cut out the shapes specifically for this craft and she put them all together.|
|Here she is in her hula outfit gluing a second Stitch on a different day.|
|Our second set of Lilo and Stitch. She said she wanted to make them doing the hula.|
Then today, when Natalie asked to watch Cars, she said she wanted to paint Lightning McQueen. So, I set her up with the paint, and while she painted, I cut out the shapes of the main characters. After she was done with her painting, we then painted the shapes of the cars and glued them on to a big poster board. This project took almost an hour! I was really proud of Natalie's attention span, and also her attention to detail on most of the pieces. For myself, I was proud of my ability to let go of control and let her paint Sally purple-ish and Guido with only a little blue. It was cute how after she finished each car she said something like, "Okay, guys, all done!" Natalie helped glue this one, too, but I put the pieces down since they were still very wet with paint.
|The final product!|
|Here she is painting and you can see Lightning McQueen paving in the background.|
|She was very methodical with Luigi|
|Close up of Lightning McQueen. Yes, he is kinda purple ... and I just let it go. I did give him the lightning blot.|
|Close up of Mater.|
|Close up of Guido. (My husband and I love when Guido changes the tires in the final race).|
|Close up of Luigi. I gave him his hat, but we didn't have any black paint. That's why all the tires are funky colors.|
I really loved these projects and can see us doing them over and over in different variations. Not only do we have a huge cast of TV, movie, and book characters to make, but different mediums to explore.
Here are some ideas I'm thinking about for the future:
- Care Bears with different colors of construction paper with stickers for the tummies.
- Muppets like Kermit, Elmo, and Bert. Maybe use felt or fake fur for the monsters.
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar with tissue paper. Make circles for the caterpillar and glue down tissue shapes over a template of the butterfly wings.
- Piggie and Elephant, probably craft foam unless I buy some gray construction paper