Ocean Collage Art by Children: Kids Ocean Book Pack GIVEAWAY

June 4, 2013

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Week at a Glance

  • Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Ocean Book Package
  • Fabric Ocean Collage Art
  • teaching children how to stitch
  • teaching children how to sew on a button

 Book Package GIVEAWAY

Book of the Week GIVEAWAY:

  • Smiley Shark by Ruth Galloway
  • Amazing Sharks by Sarah L. Thomson
  • Incredible Sea Creatures by Creative Edge

Why we love these books:

We love little books. We love big books. We love story books and we love fact books. When doing a theme study we collect all different kinds of books. This Ocean Package GIVEAWAY is a sampling of the type of books my children are reading during our Ocean Theme Study. Smiley Shark is just the kind of book to which children gravitate. It has silly, colorful illustrations about a shark who is actually an underdog because none of the other fish will play with him.  But when the fish are trapped in a fisherman’s net Smiley Shark saves the day! Hooray for Smiley Shark!

Ocean Collage Art Books

Fabric Collage Art by Children

Teaching Children How to Stitch

Last summer, we read the fabulously illustrated book Secret Seahorse. My kiddos were inspired! They wanted to sew their own ocean collage scenes. Well, better late than never. Right? It took me nearly a year to get this project going. But the good things in life are worth waiting for. And my goodness, the kiddos fabric collage art proved to be a wonderful experience.

Ocean Collage Art Books

In addition to Secret Seahorse, we checked out Ship Shapes. Both books are written by Stella Blackstone and illustrated with intricate fabric collage art. I especially love these playful illustrations by Siobhan Bell.

Ocean Collage Art Books

Ship Shapes includes a page of shapes. We played a game of I Spy Shapes while reading the book. The children found it very interesting to see how shapes work together to create objects. On the surface, this is a book about shapes for preschoolers. However, this is a lesson about how books can be stretched across the ages. Sewing intricate collage art is certainly not a preschool level art project.

Ocean Collage Art by Children

Supplies: We raided Grandma’s Garage for her stash of fabric scrapes.

  • Sea Creature Books, Secret Seahorse and Ship Shapes
  • Felt
  • Fabric scrapes
  • Lace scrapes
  • buttons, beads, sequence
  • pins, needles and thread

Ocean Collage Art by Children

Step 1: Sew Together a Background

  • Both of the children decided they would sew a sky above the ocean water.

Ocean Collage Art by Children

Fabric Ocean Collage, MacGyver, age 9

Step 2: Sew Scenery onto Background

  • MacGyver began by adding waves and an island with a palm tree.
  • MacGyver needed absolutely no assistance with his project. He could thread his needle and sew independently!

Ocean Collage Art by Children

Fabric Ocean Collage, Miss Enigma, age 6

  • Miss Enigma also added waves but then she went under the sea and added delicate,  lacey seaweed.
  • I helped Miss Engima thread her needle and start a stitch. From there she could easily sew up-and-under stitches.

Ocean Collage Art by Children

Fabric Ocean Collage, Miss Enigma, age 6

Step 3: Add Coral, Shells and Sea Creatures

  • I happened to find the felt fish on sale at Hobby Lobby. The pre-constructed fish made the project a bit easier for Miss Enigma.
  • Miss Enigma stitched all of the buttons and beads. Again, I helped her thread her needle and tie-off the stitches.
  • Wow, talk about fine-motor-skill development!

Tips and Tidbits:

  • We spread this project out over several days. This is tedious work. The children were always eager to get going but I could see when they began to lose steam. We’d simply pack it all up in a plastic tub and bring it out another day.
  • If this is the first time your children have stitched, they’ll need a bit of extra help to get going.
  • Teach pins and needles safety!
  • Wow, wow, wow! I sure am glad that I don’t have to sew our clothes by hand. What hard work!
  • The children each made a color copy of their ocean collage. The copies looked amazing. “My picture looks just like the book!”

Ocean Collage Art by Children

Fabric Ocean Collage, Miss Enigma, age 6

Ocean Collage Art by Children

Fabric Ocean Collage, MacGyver, age 9

* Both of the children plan to continue adding details to their ocean scene. This will be a nice summer project to work on now and then.

 Book Package GIVEAWAY

We’re GIVING AWAY one Ocean Book Pack

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

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Do you sew? If you do, WOW!  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, June 9, 2013

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, June 10, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Dianne June 4, 2013 at 5:25 pm

I used to sew a lot for pleasure – quilting, crafts, etc. Recently, my sewing has been limited to alter dance costumes and mending cloths. I would love to have more time to do the fun stuff.

Tara H June 4, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I can sew buttons on and ripped seams, but that’s about it.

Ellie June 4, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Learning to sew is on my bucket list!

Anna - the Measured Mom June 5, 2013 at 4:55 am

My mom can sew anything. I can sew buttons. :P

tammy c. June 5, 2013 at 11:05 am

I love to sew. that is a great project that you and your kids did. Wow. I’m thinking about doing that to. What a great idea.

Jamie June 5, 2013 at 2:18 pm

I used to sew a little, but now I am way out of practice. Too bad, I’d like to start sewing again … one of these days … sigh ;-)

Brandy June 5, 2013 at 2:59 pm

I do not sew but have always wanted to learn. I mentioned to a friend at church, who sews a lot, that my 9 yr old daughter and I would like to learn one day. Especially my daughter. Well, on Monday (at a funeral) she asked us to follow her home to give us a sewing machine. What a generous gift! (She had 16 total not including the fancy embroidery machines, etc.). Now, we really have no excuse not to learn.

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