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As I’ve written in September week 2 post , we’ve read one of the most beloved children books last weekend:
Peter in Blueberry Land by Elsa Beskow (book depository)
This time around since C. is a reader now, she read along with me and D. even though he pretended to be busy, actually listened to the story too 🙂 The reading coincided with us wanting to make some bookmarks. We are in dire need of those, I’ve noticed receipts, stray pieces of paper and postits were being used for bookmarks, and once it was my own phone, no less. I remembered a lovely and simple craft of making blueberry stamps at Martha Stewart’s . We got our acrylic paints and acrylic paints paper (not necessary, we just had it, as long as paper is sturdy enough it would do), paint trays and wine corks of course. I made cross marks for on one side of a cork and cut the other side in half with one half removed for leaf. Children also wanted to make cranberry stamps (since Peter also picked cranberries), so I tried to make a cork more oval by pressing on it with a heavy pot.
We mixed some blue and purple for blueberries, and two shades of red for cranberries and got stamping!
After we were done with berries we decided to do a fall themed bookmarks as well, so we drew some pumpkins and used qtips to make a playful background. Children later gave some of their bookmarks to their friends.
It was a great afternoon, nothing is better than doing art together. And of course now that they have such pretty bookmarks, children want to read more and more. I think bookmarks will make a lovely little gifts for teachers at co-op and activities, so we will very likely do some more later on.
Other books by Elsa Beskow that my children enjoy:
Children of the Forest (book depository)
The Sun Egg (book depository)
Woody, Hazel and Little Pip (book depository)