Some books just scream "Craft!" We recently got a book at the library that did just that. We picked up A Balloon for Isabel by Deborah Underwood is a cute book about a porpupine who wants more than anything to get a balloon for graduation like the rest of the animals in her class but the porcupines are not allowed to have balloons. She tries several different ideas to "pop proof" herself until she finally comes up with a plan that works.
The girls LOVED this story. I can't even count the number of times I've read it. It really is a cute story and think it is worth a read.
Here are the pictures of the main culprit who loved the story. First we started with a toilet paper roll.
Then we poked some toothpicks through it. This step took a lot of help from me if not entirely me. I had the girls count out the number of toothpicks.
Next we added Isabel's pop proof idea - gumballs. We used pom poms to represent the gumballs as I didn't want to buy a whole bunch of sugary gumballs.
Lastly the girls drew faces on the rolls. I know they could have been more elaborate with faces, arms, painting etc. but the girls still liked them and it's the idea that counts. Thanks for reading!
To find out more about combining stories and art check out A Mommy's adventures. For other great craft ideas check out Red Ted Art.