My oldest is now at college, but my younger children enjoyed gathering and illustrating poems this summer. Here are just a few of the pictures they made to illustrate the poems we love:
|"Umbrellas" by Barbara Juster Esbensen|
We cut index cards into pieces and glued the pieces onto a separate piece of paper. Then the kids placed a blank sheet of paper on top of the index-card covered page and colored over it with crayon. They cut their colorful umbrellas from the colored sheets.
|"The Chorus" by Eileen Sheridan|
The word bubbles are embossed with musical notes. The bird bodies are cut from scrapbook paper, and the kids used colored pencil to draw the detail.
|"Bees" by Jack Prelutsky|
Each child made bees from their yellow-inked fingerprints. The detail was added with color pencil. This picture was fun to make and super easy. I especially liked seeing all the personality my kids put into "every bee that ever was."
|"Silvery" by Dennis Lee|
I lightly taped a piece of cardstock in a flat box, and let the children roll paint-covered marbles across the page to create "dreams". We then glued a moon cut from mirrorboard to each picture.
I just wish summer could have lasted longer.