As part of The Educators’ Spin On It Summer Book Exchange, I chose Ella by Alex T. Smith as the book to send to our swap partner, Here Come The Girls. This is a book that my girls love (actually, we’re all fans of all of Alex T. Smith’s work) and one that was too easy to think of activities to fit. Ladybirds and Spiders, what’s not to love?!
Here is the content of the box we sent, hoping to inspire lots of open-ended crafts. You can read about what they did with it here.
I’d love to have more time to create printables to download for this blog, as they’re something I’m slightly addicted to, but this swap gave me the perfect opportunity to and you can download our Ella inspired craft sheets here.
I’ve reproduced one of the activities below as a taster:
Antennae Hair bands
Black chenille stems (pipe cleaners)
Large red buttons
1. Choose two red buttons for the antennae – one circle and one flower to match Ella, or any that you like.
2. This part may need grown up help.
a. Thread a chenille stem through one button hole
b. Turn stem and thread back through second hole.
c. Twist excess stem.
d. Repeat for second antenna.
3. Wrap other end of chenille stems around hair band, spaced so they look like antennae.
The craft ideas could also be used alongside other ladybird or spider picture books.
I found the buttons, chenille stems (pipe cleaners) and googly eyes on eBay for very reasonable prices but they can also be found in most children’s art/craft sections in large stores.
When choosing craft materials for the swap, I stuck to a limited colour palette of reds and black/greys, which also made me think of the Claude books by Alex T. Smith. Using a limited (duochrome?) palette is another interesting art / craft experience for children.