Father’s Day Book GIVEAWAY (and an art collage project)

June 6, 2011

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Peek! A Thai Hide-and-Seek by Minfong Ho

Why we love this book:

Where do we begin? Each week when we highlight and GIVE AWAY a book we think, “This is our favorite book we’ve given away!” We really do love all of the books we GIVE AWAY and this week’s selection is certainly a favorite. Since Father’s Day will be here quickly, we’ll begin with the lovely story. The morning begins with Papa wanting to play hide-and-seek with his little girl. Papa and daughter spend the day playing hide-and-seek amongst the lush jungle. The animals  join in the noisy game with their unique sounds. This is a wonderfully fun read aloud.

Now onto the gorgeous illustrations. The illustrator, Holly Meade, has created rich, deeply vibrant, textured, collage works of art. Our praise cannot do these illustrations justice. You’ll have to experience this one yourself! These illustrations are true artistic inspiration! Time to get the children busy creating beautiful collages . . .

Collage Art with Children


  • water paints
  • paint brushes
  • paper in shades of greens, yellows, blues, browns (or a brown lunch bag)
  • white card stock
  • glue
  • scissors

Day 1: Preparing the collage papers

Step 1: Read aloud the book Peek: A Thai Hide-and-Seek

The children began by studying the richly colored and textured collage illustrations by Holly Meade.

Step 2: If possible pack up your art supplies and head outside!

The children observed the shades of green in our trees, leaves, bushes and grass.

Step 3: paint shades of green leaves, grass and bushes

The children mixed shades of green, yellows and blues and painted basic line designs on their green paper.

Step 4: splatter paint shades of green leaves, grass and bushes

Next, I showed the children how to use their paint brushes to create splatters and sprays of paint on their yellow paper.

Step 5: splatter paint shades of brown tree trunks

The children each crumpled a piece of a brown lunch bag to create textured bark. Next, they mixed their water colors and splattered and sprayed shades of brown.

Step 6: paint watery shades of blue sky and water

The children painted loose and watery shades of blue and also moved their papers from side-to-side allowing the watery paint to run over the paper.

Step 7: paint a landscape background

The children observed the landscape of our backyard and painted three layers to their landscape background: blue sky, green trees and grass and last the brown ground.

Take a break and play! That’s enough for one day.

Day 2: Creating a collage landscape

Step 8: head back outside with collage materials to observe the landscape

Before beginning their collage the children observed the different textures and layers in the landscape of our backyard.

collage landscape, Miss Enigma, age 4

Step 9: collage layers and texture of landscape

The children began by cutting and gluing bushes and grasses. Next, they added ponds and more grasses and bushes, layering on their landscape.

collage landscape, MacGyver, age 7

Step 10: collage tree trunk with leaves

To add even more texture to their leaves the children used paper edger scissors.

Drum roll please . . .

collage landscape with animals, Miss Enigma, age 4

Last Step: Add animals to landscape.

We took a shortcut and cut animals out of magazines to add to the landscapes.

collage landscape with animals, MacGyver, age 7

Of course, MacGyver had to make his collage 3-D!

Life with Jeannine

Ready to win a terrifically inspiring book?!

We’re GIVING AWAY one hardcover copy of  Peek: A Thai Hide-and-Seek by Minfong Ho

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

What are you and you’re children planning for Father’s Day? A collage landscape? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, June 9, 2011

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, June 10, 2011. Check back it might be you!

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Cammie Talley June 6, 2011 at 6:59 pm

It’s a surprise for Daddy!

Merelyn June 6, 2011 at 7:18 pm

A handmade card from his favorite son full of artwork!

Robin June 6, 2011 at 7:39 pm

WE are planning art projects to do at Joy Camp with the children and time with my dad sitting under the shade tree talking.

Alice June 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I don’t have a plan yet but we’ll come up with something!!

Cathryn Falwell June 9, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Not an entry, just want to say Hooray for what you do:
Love, love, LOVE what you did with the textural splattering, speckling, swishing and swashing, and then the collages! WOW!
What fun!

Julie@The Adventures of Bear June 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Not an entry as giveaway is closed, but I am sorry I missed this week’s giveaway. I would love, love, love to receive your blog in my email inbox so I wouldn’t forget to come check it every Monday. I love the projects you do. It’s really easy to set up; there are tutorials for it.

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