"Though she be but little, she is fierce."
My youngest is a mama's girl to her core. She mentions on a regular basis that she would like to unzip my skin and live inside my body so we can be closer. When she hugs me she squeezes the sides of my neck and pulls my head toward hers, wide-eyed, teeth clenched, she says, "I love you too much! Never let me go!" She is five but it feels like she needs me more now than she did in the baby years. She craves "mama alone time" a lot these days and I try to make it happen whenever I can.
Ri turned 11 a week ago and suddenly she is sleeping in like a teenager...like she wakes up asking for "brunch" instead of breakfast sleeping in. So the early morning hours have been all about the H. She has been more into performance art lately and less into the arts and crafts. It might have something to do with the fact that our home transformed into an art factory for the entire month of December? Is there such a thing as being exposed to too much art?! Anyway, it has been awhile since she seemed genuinely excited to sit down and make something so I was delighted when she was really into the idea of making penguins. H likes to direct the show.. and all of the players.. the lighting.. and the soundtrack... so she had some IDEAS about these penguins we were going to make. They had to be able to stand, not "flat ones", and she wanted to make two "a mama and a kid (NOT a baby)" and there would be "no dad or sister penguins". Subtle, H. Real subtle.
So we present to you the "mama and the kid" stand up, not flat, not a sister or dad in sight, 3-D collage penguin...
- Kwik Stix tempera crayons
- collage scraps (sorted in black, white, and golds)
- glue stick
1. Sort your collage scraps into "penguin colors".
2. Sketch out a penguin shape on two pieces of white cardboard. One is a profile view and one is straight forward (no beak showing but you will have wings on this one). H wanted two penguins so I had to double up..................4 pieces of cardboard and 4 sketches.
3. Cut the penguin shapes out.
4. Use a black Crayola marker to mark where the penguin's black part ends and the white part begins, the "tuxedo" as H calls it.
5. Color in the black parts with tempera sticks, oil pastels, crayons, or paint. Please note that you have to color and collage both sides of the penguin. This is where the Kwik Stix come in handy because they cover the surface really well and dry super quickly.
6. Allow the black to dry fully before gluing the collage pieces.
7. Add in your collage bits and pieces. H used scissors but she mostly tore the bits with her hands producing some fun tearing effects. She also layered some tempera on top of her collage from time to time. She used a simple Elmer's glue stick for glueing.