Inspired by Eric Carle…

They say “April showers bring May flowers…” and, while I know that flowers are on their way, this rain makes me want to stay home, curl up on the couch and read a good book. Maybe the saying should be “April showers make for extended book nook time…” So while you are stuck indoors, here are some fun ideas inspired by Eric Carle and his illustrations.

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To begin, go to your local library and stock up on Eric Carle books. Here is a list to get you started.

Sit down with your child and explore the books together. Read the words. Describe the pictures. Ask questions. Let your child ask you questions.

Here is a great blog post with examples of what you could do. Make sure you go to Eric Carle’s website after you read this. He gives step by step instructions are how he creates some of his most basic illustrations. Here is a link to a slideshow where he paints tissue paper: http://www.eric-carle.com/slideshow_paint.html

Don’t forget to visit your library and show your librarian you work of art!

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