At school, my kiddos are celebrating Dr. Seuss all week long, and I've really gotten into the celebration too. I spent much of the day today finding Dr. Seuss foods to pack in their lunches for the rest of the week. From Yertle Turtle bread to a Pink Ink Yink Drink, the girls will be eating things in a way they never have before. I promise I'll share all of the the fun foods I've found with you later in the week. However, this post isn't about what I did, but what my girls were able to make with only minimal help! I just love the way these Truffula Tree bookmarks turned out! (The lighting is really bad on these pictures, so I do apologize in advance.)
From the finger knitted trunk to the non-traditional (Can you actually call anything Dr. Seuss traditional though? As the king of creative, I think he'd approve of our modification) multi-color tufts at the tops of the trees, these bookmarks are the handiwork of my Peanut and Pumpkin. The idea for this project came from schooltube.com I had actually never heard of schooltube before running across this video demonstration for these fun bookmarks. It just looked so easy that I knew we had to try it. So, while Peanut (7) was at an after school event, Pumpkin (6) and I got to work. In the hour that we were waiting, she was able to make 3 of these bookmarks. The finger knitting did take a little while for her to master. The first time she tried, she kept dropping the loop. However, once she got the hang of it, she flew through the 4 feet of yarn in no time flat.
The greatest thing about this project, was the fact that most of the time we were working on it, we were also able to talk about other things. Pumpkin shared information about her day at school, her swim class, and what she was looking forward to later in the week. We talked about numbers and measurement and if her foot was actually a foot. :o) It was a great opportunity to spend some quality time together without the distractions of TV, a beckoning iPod, a ringing phone, dinner to prepare, etc. Any project that gives me quality time with my love bugs is an AMAZING one!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!