Winter Lace Collage Art by Children: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

January 21, 2013

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Week  at a glance . . .

  • Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: COUNT by Dwell Studio
  • Art explorations: Winter Lace Collage with Birds
  • Book making: I See Birds
  • FREE printable book: Birds Up In a Tree
  • FREE printable bird counters

I don’t have much free time to peruse the thumbnails at pinterest. But occasionally one jumps right out at me and sparks a little inspiration. When I stumbled upon a piece of artwork featuring a beautifully simple winter lace collage scene with a little bird, I knew I had just the book . . .

Bird Collage Art by Kids

Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: COUNT by Swell Studio

Why we love this book:

At heart I am a simple person. The older I get the more I appreciate the simple things in life. The simplicity of the little book COUNT immediately tugged at my simple nature. I adore the little birds sitting up in the tree on each page. The repetitive text is a familiar pattern, “Blue bird, blue bird what do you see?” The book highlights both cardinal numbers and the corresponding number words. Don’t let these simple books scare you away. They are ideal for beginning readers and help build a core of easy, familiar words.

Winter Lace Collage Art

Bird Collage Art by Kids


  • Books COUNT by Dwell Studios and Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
  • white cardstock
  • assorted colored paper and tissue paper
  • markers (we used sharpies)
  • scissors
  • glue
  • lace or tulle

We couldn’t find lace fabric that we liked. The children helped me pick a roll of tulle with glittery dots like snow. The roll cost me $2.00 and the leftovers will make lovely gift bows.

Bird Collage Art by Kids

Step 1: Collage Winter Background

  • The kiddos used white cardstock as a sturdy snow background.
  • Then they cut snow drifts into their sky backdrop.

Bird Collage Art by Kids

Step 2: Draw a Simple Line Tree

  • Both children added little birdseed feeders for their birds.
  • How did these kids get so darn thoughtful? You’ll let a Mommy have a moment, won’t you?

Bird Collage Art by Kids

Bird Collage Art by Kids

Step 3: Draw, Cut and Collage Birds

  • Miss Engima, age 6, chose to make many colorful little birds.
  • Tweet, tweet, tweet! Cute, cute, cute!

Bird Collage Art by Kids

  • MacGyver, age 9, chose a different path and collaged one colorful bird.
  • The book Snowballs by Lois Ehlert was one of his inspirations.
  • Our bird mats from IKEA were another inspiration.
  • Yes, it’s your weekly IKEA recommendation. Sorry, they have fun, quirky stuff!

Bird Collage Art by Kids

Winter Lace Collage, Miss Enigma, age 6

Bird Collage Art by Kids

Winter Lace Collage, MacGyver, age 9

Step 4: Glue Birds into Tree

Step 5: Glue Lace Snow onto Scene

Art Display Shelf for Kids

Miss Enigma’s Winter Collage Art is already framed and proudly on display on her art shelf.

Math, Reading and Writing Extensions

Bird Collage Art by Kids

FREE printable bird counters

  •  Just by luck, I ran across these FREE printable birds at small things blog
  • In vain, I have been searching for birds and couldn’t find what I was looking for. Yeah to lucky timing!

Bird Collage Art by Kids

Book Making:

  • First, Miss Enigma has a little practice run on her dry erase board.
  • She is making a bird counting book inspired by the book COUNT.

Bird Collage Art by Kids

  •  Miss Enigma loooooooves cutting! She is cutting out her little birds for her book.

Birds-FREE printable book FREE printable book: Birds Up In a TREE

Birds-FREE printable book Sample pages from FREE printable book Birds Up in a Tree

Life with Jeannine

Bird Collage Art by Kids

We’re GIVING AWAY one board book copy of  COUNT by Dwell Studio

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

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

What is one of your simple pleasures?  (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, January 24, 2013

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, January 25, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!


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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeryl Swanson January 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Such beauty here! Love trees and makes me want to buy the book and add to my own collection. I like the “simple” things in life..they tend to sometimes get overlooked. One of my favorite simple treasures is seeing the love and joy behind a child’s face as they create with me! Thank you so much for sharing!

Robin January 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm

We feed the birds at school, so this will be fun to do birds in trees..

Tara H January 21, 2013 at 9:03 pm

I love relaxing times with my husband and boys!
All these things that y’all did are so neat! I love your free printable book. Thanks!

Jeannine January 21, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Tara I most definitely agree, family time is always a simple pleasure. We love just sitting in backyard and watching our kiddos play. Wish we had more lazy days like that.
Jeryl, that is why I have such a passion for teaching. Seeing the children experience the joy of learning is such a blessing!

Kristi January 22, 2013 at 8:36 am

Coffee. Coffee is my simple pleasure. And chocolate after the kids go to bed with my Prince Charming.

Ellie January 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm

A simple pleasure is flipping through cookbooks and marking recipes I’d like to try in the future, including complicated ones for when I have more time on my hands. Call it epicurean day dreaming!

Jeannine January 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Funny, I “read” cookbooks like a juicy novel. Love them; however, I rarely cook with recipes. But I guess I love food so much that I like to experience it even in print form! A little foodie day dreaming is a delicious pleasure.

Love and Lollipops January 24, 2013 at 1:06 pm

love this post – the lovely books and Art – your Art on display is lovely too!

Georgia :)

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