Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gettin' Crafty Post #8: Stencils

For an introduction to this new series of Gettin' Crafty posts, visit Post #1.
I. Supplies 

Super Mega Stencil Kit (from Oriental Trading)

Colored Pencils


 Plain Paper

II. Prep

I keep a stash of manila paper on hand, all the sheets of which are cut in half to make the supply last longer. Aside from that far-in-advance preparation, there is nothing else needed.

III. Instructions
This set of stencils includes a variety of themes. For our first time using them, I just put out the fantasy set, and advertised it as an opportunity to draw a fantasy scene. The stencils are somewhat difficult to use, but the older kids had no problems at all, and the younger ones just colored without regard for  the stencils. Some of the kids also used them as rubbings instead of stencils.

Next time: Cat Magic Color Scratch

6 Kids' Books About Shopping

Llama Llama Mad at MamaLlama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama throws a tantrum in the grocery store.
At the SupermarketAt the Supermarket by Anne Rockwell
A toddler-friendly narrative of a trip to the store.
The Mystery in the Mall (The Boxcar Children, #72)The Mystery in the Mall by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Boxcar Children volunteer to work in a mall and uncover a mystery!
Sheep in a Shop (Sandpiper Book)Sheep in a Shop by Nancy Shaw
The sheep go shopping for a present.
Something About Hensley'sSomething About Hensley's by Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco's portrait of a general store that has everything any family could need - big or small.
Don't Forget the Oatmeal! : A Word Book (The Sesame Street Book Club)Don't Forget the Oatmeal by B.G. Ford
Bert and Ernie go grocery shopping, and manage to forget the oatmeal despite repeated reminders.
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