“Homer’s Big Adventure” offers many opportunities for parents and teachers to select simple crafts for children to make. These can help bring the story to life. With several animals to choose, activities can range from the very simple to more advanced, depending on the age of the child.
One in particular I found online is a paper plate owl. Directions are as follows:
Paper Plate Owl Craft by CraftsbyAmanda.com Amanda Formaro
2 paper plates, brown craft paint, paintbrush or sponge, construction paper in yellow, white, black and orange, glue stick, and scissors
Paint the paper plates brown and let dry. Cut 2 circles 4-1/2″ in diameter from yellow paper, 2 circles 3-1/4″ in diameter from white paper, and 2 circles 2″ in diameter from black paper. Cut 1 triangle 3″ long and 2″ high from orange paper. Glue the white circle to the center of the yellow circle, then glue the black circle to the center of the white circle. Repeat. Cut 1 of the paper plates in half for the wings. Trim the top of the remaining paper plate to form two ears at the top. Glue the eyes to the front of the plate and glue the beak directy below the eyes. Glue the wings to the back of the paper plate.
Another possibility is to use “Stick-n-Felt”, a softened adhesive-backed felt, to make the eyes. This can be found in many craft stores in the Kid’s Department. These circles can be cut, peeled and stuck on the plate to make the eyes.
Children also enjoy coloring. The webside www.coloring.ws has a multitude of animal pictures which can be printed out for children to color. Coloring is very therapudic for many children. It helps them focus on a task to reach an end result. Motor skills come into play, as well as self-expression. It really isn’t necessary to select traditional colors to use in the picture, but color recognition does result, also.
There are so many new products on the market for children to experience in making their projects. The internet is also a great place to find crafts and products. Hopefully, children will find much pleasure in creating crafts and pictures to accompany their reading of “Homer’s Big Adventure”.