Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Kids' Butterflies for the Carle

Last weekend I took Julia and her friend Bridget to the Eric Carle Picture Book Art Museum. It was the beginning of the birthday celebration for The Caterpillar's 40th Birthday and Eric's 80th Birthday. There's always something fun to do there. They have started a project that everyone can participate in - even you who live far away.

They are collecting butterflies that kids make and hanging them on the beautiful glass walls of the museum. There were quite a few already hanging but I can envision thousands more. The next day, Julia and her friends Matthew and Bridget and I worked on this project. We used oil pastels (like Craypas) and made colored papers in the style of Eric Carle. We used colored construction paper as the base and the kids had a great time layering colors on top of each other. Then we did a little smearing and scratching with knitting needle.

They were about done after the paper making paper so I took directions from them and did the fine cutting and gluing. It was a fun project and we're going to drop the butterflies off in Amherst within the next week.

If you want to participate, send your butterflies to:
Batches of Butterflies
The Eric Carle Museum
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002

Have fun!


Nanci said...

Good morning Kris: Am sitting here with my coffee and rememberings are pouring in my head of the days of reading his books to my children. 40 years...hard to believe that book is that old. My kids loved the photos of his books.
Nice butterflies there too.

Deborah said...

That's a cute project and I think you must've had as much fun as the kids. I love Mr. Carle's books, especially the Grouchy Ladybug.

Renna said...

I'm going to send the butterfly information to my daughter-in-law. My step-granddaughters would love to participate in this, even if only by mail. The Hungry Catarpillar is their favorite book!

Carol said...

My daughter will love this! Thanks for blogging about it.

Rane said...

I would love to do this with the kids but it looks like it is to late to send
"All butterflies received by March 15, 2009 will flutter throughout our Great Hall from March 20 to May 31, 2009. Please note that butterflies will not be returned"
Thank you for the fun idea
though... I might still have the kids make some
in honor of him and his
great talent!
Have a beautiful day!

bd said...

I love Eric Carle's work! thanks for sharing.