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February 10, 2012

Drawing Penguins

I had this great week planned out for learning about Penguins...We were going to make a penguin out of a water bottle...Can I say HUGE FAIL! Life is not always perfect around here in the crafting department.

Since I had to find a way to redeem myself, I decided to teach my kids how to draw a penguin. Ok, ok, really, I found this awesome video that taught all of how to draw a penguin. haha! We were also inspired by some penguin painting at My Shae Noel All Things Wonderful in making our penguin scene.

Luke's Artwork

Over the last year I've noticed some difficulties Luke has in being the younger brother. Don't get me wrong, he LOVES his older brother dearly, they are pretty much inseparable, but Luke can't help but compare himself to what he sees Andy doing. It sometimes feels disheartening with the frustrations Luke feels when he can't do it as fast as Andy or if he doesn't know as much as Andy. Now truth be told, Luke is actually farther advanced in some areas than Andy was at his age (Sh! Don't tell Andy), but Luke doesn't understand that, and obviously I'm not going to go around telling my children things like that. hahaha! Anyways, I thought teaching him how to draw his very own penguin was a perfect way to boost his self-confidence. It acted as a reassurance that he could do something as well as Andy could.

Andy's Artwork

We started by following this step-by-step video and drew a penguin diving into the water with pencil. We also drew the rocks, the water, a big cloud in the sky, birds, and an extra penguin standing in line. Andy learned how to draw a penguin in school so he gave a step-by-step on how to draw the standing penguin.

We traced our pencil lines with oil pastels and then finished off our artwork painting the scene with water colors. We opted to make the sky look like the sun was setting with yellow and orange. The red in the water is krill for the penguins to eat.

My Artwork
(I know, I know, I'm such a kid and can't stop myself from participating!)

Some of the books we've been enjoying this week are:

Penguins by Valerie Bodden
This is a great non-fiction read for preschool thru first grade. It wasn't too lengthy and filled with too many details. I felt like it was just enough to keep my boys interested and still contained plenty of facts and material to talk about during and after reading the book.

We threw in some comical reading this week with some Tacky the Penguin books as well.

Tacky in Trouble by Helen Lester
Tacky decides to go windsurfing when the other penguins are napping and ends up on a tropical island, captive to an elephant. A great read on how Tacky manages to get himself out of the hilarious jungle mix-up, and back to his penguin friends.

Tackylocks and the Three Bears by Helen Lester 
The Penguins are in charge of entertaining a crowd of energetic young penguins and decide to put on a play. Will the young penguins pay attention through an entire performance? Let's just say our favorite misfit Penguin delivers an winning performance with his own indomitable personality and style.

Happy Crafting!!

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Tonii said... Best Blogger Tips

What a wonderful idea! I never would have thought to look for a video to teach us how to draw are brilliant. I can totally relate to the younger sibling feeling that way, my daughter Kendall is exactly the same way. It's a good craft day if it doesn't end in her crying that "she can't do it as good!" :)

Amanda Joy {Joy in the Jumble} said... Best Blogger Tips

You are a great mom1 I get worried about the comparing too... but ours is reversed. Both my kids excel in areas, but Asher gets anxious/reserved and Abbie is the outgoing and adventurous little sister. It will be interesting to see how they are when they are your kids' age.

I will have to check out those Tacky books.

Trisha @ said... Best Blogger Tips

I love penguins, so I had to come check out what you were doing. Nicely done! Apparently, I need to check out some books about Tacky. :)

JDaniel4's Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

What amazing drawings. I love all the details that are in them.

Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. I pinned this post.

JDaniel4's Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

What amazing drawings. I love all the details that are in them.

Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. I pinned this post.

Eddie said... Best Blogger Tips

LOL! We had the water bottle penguin craft fail as well one year! We moved on to toilet paper tube penguins instead. Thanks for the drawing link, too!

Betsy said... Best Blogger Tips

What beautiful drawings! I love the bright colors. How are you liking those oil pastels? Aren't they fun to use?

Deceptively Educational said... Best Blogger Tips

Drawing lessons are SO important. And I love yours. I totally underestimated how good of an exercise drawing by instruction was until my son's kindergarten teacher brought it to my attention. Who knew? Well ... apparently everybody but me. :) Thanks for sharing this - such an excellent activity to do with your boys and as for your drawing, it's awesome. I love participating in my sons' activities too!

MiaB said... Best Blogger Tips

Your drawings are awesome!!! Great job :)


Big D and Me said... Best Blogger Tips

The drawings are so fun - we've read Tackylocks before and really enjoyed it