While the children were waiting for their wooden animals to dry, they looked through stacks of children's books emphasizing animal illustrators. We looked through books illustrated by Graeme Base, Lucy Cousins, Marianne Dubuc, Oliver Jeffers, Tom Murphy, Katie Viggers, and Brian Wildsmith. The children book-marked their favorite illustrations eventually picking one as a source of inspiration for our next activity.
Olive chose a Graeme Base illustration of a giraffe. George chose Lucy Cousin's illustration of a leopard. Gianna and Iona chose an owl and a fox by Brian Wildsmith and Sloane chose an illustration by Oliver Jeffers.
We set to work drawing, stuffing, cutting taping and stapling...
Once each creation started to come to life, the children became extremely excited about them. My plan was to have the children also paint these creations but there was little interest in this. They were far more interested in participating in imaginative play with these newly created characters and wanted to hold onto them for the remaining class.
We read a new book, The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc during one of our painting sessions.