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Part 2! Mother’s Day Mural Project: How to Paint Eric Carle Style!

1 May

More Texture Ideas!!

Be creative!  Share YOUR ideas.  Let your kids go wild and paint whatever they want.  Tomorrow we’ll put it all together for a great Mother’s Day mural & upcoming video!

Lightly draw out a rainbow, then cut into pieces. Have your child color with different mediums to be put back together on the finished mural!

Old brush and different shades for a nice bright texture

Draw or scribble with white crayon (press hard!) and then cover with a light wash of watercolor (this is especially good for the young ones!)

Tear the edges of watercolor painting and then paint the edges for a fun effect!

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Read Aloud with Bean the Purple Monkey! How Do You Sleep, Baby Dolphin?

1 May

It’s Reading Time!  Let’s read a story about Dolphins today!

Sitting on Abyni's lap for a read aloud before bed.

Hey guys!  I finally got the video of the read aloud of “How Do You Sleep, Baby Dolphin?” by Tamara Vellozzo.

I did a review on this book earlier in this post:  Children’s Picture Book Review

Get a copy for you and your child!

Bean loves seeing the baby dolphin with his momma!

Reading Time: Paris and Bean Read Aloud with Mo Willems “We’re In a Book”

25 Apr

Naptime or Story Time?

Okay, first thing, I have to say that Mo Willems is a genius.  My kids LOVE the Piggie & Elephant books.  And we just discovered them!  Seriously.  Even my 20 year old was CRACKING up at her first book.  The other day we went to the library and I had to fight Paris NOT to get ALL of his books again.  She finally relented and only got five.  Five.  The librarian probably thought we were nuts.  Oh, wait, she already knows us well enough to know that we are!

In the beginning of the video, Bean is supposed to be taking a nap, but he’s way too excited!! (we all know how that can go!)  Paris offers to read him a story to help him calm down.

Anyway, in this adorable story, Piggie and Elephant discover that SOMEONE IS LOOKING AT THEM!  It is a hysterical book and Paris and Bean have a great time reading it.  If your child likes read alouds, I definitely recommend checking out these books.  Just watch how much fun Paris and Bean have reading Mo Willem’s “We’re In a Book”!

I found this story just totally adorable.  How about you?  What are your favorite books to read aloud?

BIG Spring Mural Project, Inspired by Eric Carle’s artwork, and his Book “Draw Me A Star”

25 Apr

Fun Mother’s Day Spring Art Project for Kids and Families

For this project, we’re going to work on a different art project each week and add each one to a large piece of paper or posterboard to make one giant, colorful mural.  It will look wonderful hanging in you child’s room!

What You’ll Need:

  • Paints (tempra or acrylic AND watercolor, oils are optional)
  • Assorted colors of tissue paper that you’d use in gift bags.
  • Decent quality watercolor paper
  • Assorted patterns and spring like colors of scrapbooking projects
  • Crayons or oil pastels
  • Markers
  • An old tooth brush, assorted paint brushes and scissors
  • A LARGE PIECE OF WHITE POSTERBOARD or FOAM CORE BOARD
You won’t need all of these at once, but we’ll use one type of medium for each separate art pieces.  
The first step of this art project will be up Monday, May 30th, and we’ll do a project at least 3 times a week until Mother’s Day.  

This would make a wonderful Mother’s Day Gift!  

It would also be great to do with several siblings contributing to ONE mural!!

Paris used this concept a little with her first Lonely Monkey Illustration!

Learn How to Paint a Handprint Tree for Kids with Bean’s Monkey Business and Grandma Sue!

24 Apr

It’s Painting Time with Grandma Sue Again!

The Finished Picture!

Free Art Lesson!! Let’s learn how to paint a handprint tree with Bean.

Today Grandma stops by to paint a tree with Bean. Its a fun lesson that kids from toddler to elementary school can help with!

For this project, I recommend tempera paint or acrylic… have FUN!!!

What is your favorite art project to do with your kids?  

What is your favorite medium to work with?

Learning How Bean’s Monkey Business Works: A Peek Behind the Scenes

19 Apr

Behind the Scenes at Bean’s Monkey Business!

I know I’ve mentioned some behind the scenes things here before, but since our camera is dead I haven’t been able to film for almost two weeks and its driving me nuts!!  So, I went searching through footage we already had, hoping for some inspiration.  I found it in the form of “Behind the Scenes” footage.  I would like to go even more in depth on this in the future, especially when we start building our ‘real’ sets and whatnot, but I thought you might be interested in getting a little glimpse of how we do things now.

This is pretty much our living room when we're not filming. The set is very 'flexible' in that we can just move the painted boxes around and out of our way when we need to.

Our set basically consists of painted wine boxes that are (for the most part) not attached.  I’ve had comments that there is too much color on the set… but I love color.  I love the blend of these colors and I think that gives us some originality.  Everyone is entitled to their opinions, I guess, but I like the color.  I AM excited that we’re getting a new camera, though, so we can zoom in closer without having issues with focus like we did occasionally with our old one!

Here is Abyni under our 'puppet stand' where I usually sit on a couch cushion if we're going to be filming more than one clip.

It needs to be noted that Abyni is quite a bit shorter than me!  This is NOT a comfortable position for me to be in!  We are hoping to be able to use some of our tax return to build at least one or two “real” sets, where I can be sitting on a rolling stool and the set is built up high enough so that the puppets can have more mobility, be able to walk and turn, dance, etc.  I can’t tell you how excited I am at that prospect!!

Here is a video showing you some of the things that I generally edit out, like discussing “B Roll” footage, finding the camera and other little technical things that have to be done to get the show to look right.  

Do you have any questions?  Things that you’d like to know about us or our show?  Ask Away!

Book Review: Baby Dolphin, How Do You Sleep? by Tamara Vellozzo

17 Apr

Book Review, “How Do You Sleep, Baby Dolphin?”

We got our book in the mail... ready to read!

I’ve received my first book to review!  I’m not receiving any compensation, just a copy of the book to read on the show and review, courtesy of the author, Tamara Vellozzo.

Baby Dolphin, How Do You Sleep is a brightly illustrated, under the sea story that reminds me that children like to imagine that even animals live like they do.  This book particularly covers bedtime routines and habits; the bedtime story, the kisses good night and even brushing your teeth before bed.

Bean points at the momma and baby finding a nice place to sleep

If your children are anything like mine were, this may lead into learning more about dolphins!  I’m sure it will bring out your child’s curiosity about what its like to be a baby dolphin.  Tamara includes a fact sheet at the end of the story to get you started.

I think this would be a great book to own to add to your own bedtime routine.  I love the rhyme and flow of the story, the calming ocean drawings and just over all cozy feel.  Reading it, even just to myself makes me think of being curled up under the covers snuggling with the kids!

Bean likes the baby's blanket...

I can’t wait to read this with Bean and the girls on the show… as soon as our NEW camera gets here!!

You can order your copy with the following links (depending on your book preference ~ mine is the paperback version!),

“How Do You Sleep, Baby Dolphin?” by Tamara Vellozzo.

 
Or you can find more information about Tamara through her blog
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