Happy birthday Eric Carle!

by Jen in book activity,craft,eric carle,linky party,paper craft

Eric Carle's birthday card made by child
Some people deserve a GREAT BIG, HUGE, HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHOUT OUT! Eric Carle is one of those people. We love Eric Carle! Not only are his stories lovely, but his artwork is beautiful. We have over 10 of his books and we have read many, many more. We recently discovered the Eric Carle Official website and we’ve fallen in love all over again. How amazing is it for kids to sit and watch a true artist at work. There are a number of videos and photographs of Carle working in his studio…wonderful. I especially love the picture of his drawers and drawers filled with different coloured tissue papers, incredible!

So, how do we properly celebrate Eric Carle’s birthday? Well, we re-read a few books and watched the videos that showed Carle creating the artwork for the Mister Seahorse book.

Eric Carle's Mister Seahorse
After watching the video we decided to try our hand at creating an Eric Carle inspired images for birthday cards. This weekend we have our annual family summer birthday celebration, we have 6 people in our family with summer birthdays! So, here is how my daughter made the birthday cards…

You will need

watch this slideshow
white tissue paper
paint brush
card stock
glue stick

1. Dispense paint into small bowl and add a little water to make it “runny”

paint on tissue paper

2. Brush onto tissue paper

paint on tissue paper

3. Allow tissue paper to dry and work on another piece and a different colour

4. Once dried determine the shape you wish to create, then cut out the pieces of your creation from the tissue paper
shape traced on tissue paper

5. Glue the pieces you cut out onto a piece of card stock

glue tissue paper on card

6. Add any extra details with crayons or pencil crayons

tissue paper card
My daughter was very pleased with how her cards turned out. So happy in fact, that we even popped one in the mail and sent it off to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, in Massachusetts. The museum looks amazing. We have already added it to our Summer Bucket List for 2013!
Now, how would you celebrate Eric Carle’s Birthday? Well, why not take a look at how everyone else around the web is celebrating…be inspired or add your own ideas to the list! Here are all the co-hosting blogs taking part in the festivities…
Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas June 29, 2012 at 11:40 pm

what a fabulous activity! It turned out so beautifully :)

KitchenCounterChronicles July 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Thanks so much!

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