Shape Art with Ellen Stoll Walsh
Have you read Mouse Paint? The author of this book has quite a collection to her name. Ellen Stoll Walsh is this month's Virtual Book Club author. For our book and activity, we choose to look at Mouse Shapes.
Book: Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh
From the creator of Mouse Paint and Mouse Count comes a book about mice and shapes. What can you make with shapes? Well it turns out you can make pretty much whatever you set your mind too. Sweet and simple like Walsh's other popular books. Mouse Shapes is a lovely introduction to shapes for the littlest learners. It is full of primary colors, minimalist illustrations, and lots of shapes! 2+
In the story, the mice build different images using basic shapes which inspired our activity.
Gather your supplies. You will need a piece of construction paper and a glue stick for each child.
Cut the other construction paper into basic shapes.
Read the story together and then go back and look at what the mice made with their shapes.
Then show your kids the shapes you have pre-cut. Offer each child a piece of white paper, a glue stick, and some shapes.
Invite them to make pictures with the shapes as well.
For older children, ask them to plan what they want to make before they start.
Younger children will enjoy gluing shapes.
Want to do more? I left the glue and the shapes on the table with some paper for a few afternoons so they could continue to explore. Try using different sized paper to see how that affects their art.
At the end of the week, we played a game together using the Art Dice Download from Tinkersketch. Download and print out the dice. We used the shape dice for this activity. We took turns rolling the dice and labeling the shape for everyone. Then each person found a matching shape in the basket and glued it to their paper wherever they wanted. It was fun to compare the different pictures and ideas we created using the same shapes.
Put pictures somewhere safe to dry.
Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Construction Paper (white and colored)
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