Is there a child in the world who doesn't like 'The Gruffalo'? I sure haven't met one yet! I think it has a great mixture of anticipation, imagination and a little thrill too. Plus I kinda like the fact that brains triumph over muscle in the end. Last week we recreated The Gruffalo outside, this week we played around during art-time.
|He has knobbly knees, turned out toes and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose!|
One of the key features of the story is the build-up, the descriptions of The Gruffalo before we actually see him. These are the bits that stick out in a kiddo's mind, so I thought we'd make a picture out of them. I cut out spiky claws, knobbly knees, purples prickles and orange eyes from construction paper and we got to work.
I love Vinnie's little picture, I was working on my own and very careful not to interrupt his process at all, it is all his own work!
|Oh help, oh no, it's a Gruffalo!|
I think making art from stories is one of my favourite ways to explore books, there are so many great illustrators out there, and pictures really make or break a book for kids.
p.s. you can check out all our other Exploring the Story posts here.