May 4, 2010

Reading Craft

The kids are fans of the Magic Tree House (and Merlin Missions) books by Mary Pope Osborne. The books tell the adventures of siblings Jack and Annie and how their tree house transports them to different places in time. I saw something online a few weeks ago that gave me an idea for an activity.

I put down a piece of old fabric for each of them. Then they used markers to draw something from one of the stories. They each chose to draw whatever spoke to them from the stories. Jack drew the "sword of light." Adeline drew the "hairy eyeball" (yes, a hairy eyeball...I thought it would have been a cat or dolphin from the stories, but she chose the hairy eyeball -- gotta love her).

Then I sewed them, and we stuffed them to make a pillows.
(Thank you to Adeline for taking the below photo.)

The sword of light from Summer of the Sea Serpent
and the hairy eyeball from Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve.


Emily said...

Hey, aren't those your new diapers?!!!

Angela A. said...

LOL! Actually, they're a couple of older cloth diapers that were given to us. A few of them accidentally got destroyed a bit (don't ask, but let's just say Sean didn't realize they were diapers to be used for diapering), so I repurposed them for this craft. :-)

Kelly B. said...

Nice! One of my favorite childhood memories is sewing with my grandma. My kids love Magic Treehouse books too - I had to force Grayson to stop reading one tonight to go to sleep! :)

Julie and Bryan said...

Curious what a hairy eyeball is? How creative and fun!

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