Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Storybook Art - Green Pepper Shamrock Prints

Now that it's March, it's time to crack out the St. Patty's Day books. Today we read The Luckiest Leprechaun. ER liked it because one of the main characters is a dog and she's all about puppies right now. This one has the typical grouchy leprechaun who's world is turned upside down by a dog named Lucky who accidentally digs up part of his home beneath a tree in a park. Short version: the leprechaun can't get rid of the Lucky, until one day she chases away a Professor who's trying to prove the existance of leprechauns. The leprechaun finally realizes that friendship is more important than gold.

I liked this book because it's really about the importance of friendship and has some very general references to St. Patrick's day folklore, such as who leprechauns are in the first place, which she'd never heard about before.
For our storytime art, we made green bell pepper shamrock prints. Cut one bell pepper in half, dip in a shallow container filled with a little green paint, and then made prints on our paper. They do kind of look like shamrocks, if you think of it as abstract art! Ours even had four little sides so it was a lucky four leaf clover shamrock. This also ties into our on going color studies. She really enjoyed it too, although they may have looked more like shamrocks before I attempted to add little stems, cause I am not an ar-tist!

13 Friends Said:

Tonja said...

That is a cute idea! I am goign to have to try that b/c I always have bell peppers in the fridge.

dougandcheryl said...

I think they look great! That is a fun idea. I may have to go pick up a bell pepper.

Courtney said...

So cute! We have done this with many things, but I have never thought to do it with bell peppers!

Thank you!

Katie, Kevin and kids said...

Fun! I bet ER had a great time dipping in paint. I've never read the book you mentioned before...better head to the library! Your craft room looks fantastic. I love your large shelving unit. Isn't it easier to tackle a crafty project when your materials are easy to get your hands on? Nice!

Jennifer said...

Cute storytime art. I'll be using your green pepper idea for a St. Patty's Day art activity. =)

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Wow, that is super creative! Thanks for posting this, I've been looking for more kid's St. Pattys activities!

Vickie said...

Oh my gosh! I wss thinking about doing this and I come over to see you already did!

Great minds think alike:) he he

jennwa said...

That is a great proect, kids love stamping.

sandy said...

These are great! We will be doing this for sure:0)

Vickie said...

I am back again:) I just cut up half a green pepper for a salad. I am thinking about using the other half, but my Hubby might have a fit:)

Mama Said said...

I have that book! It is a cute story! I love the shamrock prints! Now, if only I can get Rhett to get our books out of storage (only 1 year after we moved) . . .

Dee Light said...

What a fun activity!! We've got to pull out our St. Patrics Day books too.

TwoHeartsTogether said...

Thanks for letting me feature this great product! I also love that this uses a vegetable and gets kiddos exploring new veggies as well! :)
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