this was a BIG craft.....to go along with the title of the book that was our inspiration.
i love the illustrations in this book.
very cute and simple.
annie can read it by herself and SHE suggested we make a giant squid for craft thursday.
it took some thought but we did it.
i thought it would be fun (and artsy) to use painted paper like collage artists often do (eric carle....lois ehlert)
instead of construction paper....but that would work great too!
and you could complete this project in one sitting if you did.
we chose to paint paper one day.
and make the squid another.
they each painted FOUR sheets of white paper the color(s) they wanted their squid to be.
when this painted paper was dry we took TWO of the sheets and made a squid head with the full sheet.
we made them 3D.
one full sheet was the front and one full sheet was the back.
they drew the pointy elongated shape on one and traced it to the other.
then they glued them together at the side egdes only.
no glue in the middle.
no glue at the bottom.
we use our low temp glue guns because it drys so quick....regular glue will work....just takes longer to dry.
we stuff the head with tissue paper (newspaper would have been perfect but ours was gone in the recycle)
it just needs a few sheets to make it puffy and 3D.
the other TWO sheets of remaining painted paper get cut into 10 strips for the "legs".
annie used wavy edge scissors and it looked awesome....very realistic detail.
glue them to the inside of the squid head...so that they hang down....like a squid!
we used white egg cartons for the eye balls.
hot glued them low on the head and wide set.
black sharpie for the eye ball.
sean used big black buttons for his eyes.
AND THEN....we cut strips of bubble wrap and glued them to the legs to make the suction cups! :)
i glued a sheet of tissue paper to the bottom of the inside of the body to hide the legs and stuffing.
big project but they loved it.
the hair....the snaggley loose tooth that she won't pull out.....the red sonic slushy upper lip.....oh my.
she is such a six year old.
we love them all.
i hung them with string above our computer area.
they are so silly.
and for an extra special motivational treat.....
ANNIE will now read the book "i'm the BIGGEST thing in the OCEAN" for you.