While we enjoy crafts around here, process art is by far where most of the kids’ creativity is focused on. During the preschool year, my students explore it almost every day. At home, we enjoy it quite a bit too! So for this month’s Book Club Play Date, I thought it’d be fun to share a simple but fun art project based on Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood.
fun art with plastic animals
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After reading Quick as a Cricket, chat a bit about the book. Ask the children to think of times when they’ve been “as quick as a cricket” or “as loud as a lion.” I’m sure the stories they tell will be amusing!
Next, break out the plastic animals, paint, and paper. We chose to use five animals from the book, rather than every single one of them. We didn’t have all of the animals, and I wanted to keep the activity rather simple. Since we didn’t have a cricket, we went with a grasshopper. I know it’s not exactly the same, but the thought was there!
Put a little bit of paint on a tray, then let the kids choose which animal goes into each color. Then it’s onto the painting! Let the children have fun just using the animals to create different patterns on the paper. Some may want to use the animals as “paintbrushes” to make certain pictures. That’s okay, too! Almost anything goes here.
While the kids are painting, talk a bit more about the book. Ask the kids if they can paint “as quick as a cricket” using the cricket animal. See if they want to show how busy the bee is through painting. It would be a great time to talk about opposites during that time, too. Paint “as busy as a bee”, then “as lazy as a lizard.” I think it’s interesting to see the different ways children will use art to reenact the book!
Would your kiddos enjoy this silly, fun art project? If you try it out, I’d love to see photos of the finished artwork! 🙂
More Quick as a Cricket Activities
Be sure to see what my Book Club Play Date pals are sharing today –
Cricket Snack for Kids | Craftulate
Quick as a Cricket Sensory Play | Still Playing School
Quick as a Cricket Empathy Bracelets Busy Bag | Sugar Aunts
Quick as a Cricket Action Game | House of Burke