Learning that a lot of things are better with a friend!
Second week of Crafty Tales at York Theatre Royal and another fantastic turn out. Thank you to all the new people who came and to those that came back.
It’s a total treat seeing children mucking in with some crafty activity and also getting really into our story time. I have to say with a 3 year old and a 5 month old if I manage to write my name when I’m out let alone make a craft then I’m feeling pretty good about myself. So rock on all you big folk for getting involved too.
This week we had the story of the Boy and his Penguin friend in UP AND DOWN by Oliver Jeffers. There are a few stories of these two’s adorable friendship. This one tells of how the Penguin wishes to fly . . . all by himself. By the end of the book there is a realisation that having your friend next to you makes most things better. Not to way in with a bag of cheese here but I have to agree. Parenting/Grand-parenting/Caring for others can often feel like a lonely place. Having someone to talk to, moan to or share unnecessary chocolate treats with is a good thing.
If you’re not familiar with Oliver Jeffers work I highly recommend it. Funny and touching stories with beautiful illustrations. A particular favourite is This Moose belongs to me.
So this week we made some little penguin friends.
You will need:
Black card/Toilet roll/White Paper/Orange card
Glue/Sellotape/Scissors/Pen/Pencil/Light crayon or chalk
Mark out on the black card a rectangle to shape to cover the toilet roll. Do this by marking the inside of the roll with a pen and then rolling it across the card until the mark has done a full turn and is back on the card. Allow a little extra card for overlap and then mark out with the light crayon or chalk and cut out.
Stick the black card around the toilet roll with sellotape. On the white paper draw out a rectangle shape that is rounded at one end. You want this to be about 3/4 length of the roll. Stick it onto the roll to make the front of the penguin.
Fold a piece of the black card in 2 and draw out wing shape on one side. Cut out with the card together so you get 2 matching pairs. Stick to the side of the toilet roll with sellotape and glue.
Draw in eyes. Cut out a small triangle from the orange card to make the beak and a fan shaped piece to make the feet. You’ll need a little over-hang on the feet part to sellotape at the bottom of the roll. Glue the beak under the eyes and add detail.
Some of the penguins below from today’s Crafty Tales . .
Loving it! Good work everyone xxx