In K4, Brooklyn doesn't get a lot of homework assigned (thankfully!), but when we were notified that the kids were supposed to do a project for Nursery Rhyme Week, we were excited to get started! The assignment was to pick the child's favorite nursery rhyme and make something that illustrated it. It could be a poster, costume, or other craft project. Each child then must show their project to the class while the other students are given the opportunity to guess the rhyme represented.
When I asked Brooklyn what nursery rhyme was her favorite, she started crying and said, "I like them all!" Can someone say drama queen????? Then she toyed with the rhyme, "Hey Diddle Diddle" before finally settling on "Pat-A-Cake." (I tried to convince her to do "Sing a Song of Sixpence" because I thought it would be funny to make a pie with 24 blackbirds in it, and one carrying a nose in it's beak. I love pinching my girls' noses when we get to the part when the blackbird snips off the maid's nose! But, nope... "Pat-A-Cake" was her choice!)
Now the instructions clearly stated that the child was to do most of the work for the assignment, so I tried to be good! While Scott and I did some of it, Brooklyn definitely was the main artist for the entire process.
First, we used modeling clay to make a cake with a "B" for baby on it. It took a couple days to dry, and then she decorated it with pink and brown acrylic paint. While Scott touched up the edges of the "B", the girls had fun painting a paper bag... though I took precautions to make sure they didn't stain their clothing! ;o) (I suppose art smocks should be next on the "to make" list!)
While they were working on the painting, I got busy using an old white flat sheet to whip up an apron. It was nice using the sheet since I didn't have to hem the bottom or the top parts! Brooklyn then made hand prints across the bottom of the apron (playing along with the pat-a-cake theme), and used a fabric marker to write "Baker" across the chest.
For a chef's hat, I pulled up this tutorial from "The Little Giggler" blog. She put together an easy tutorial that took me about 20 minutes to complete! I only changed a few things. After measuring Brooklyn's head, I made my band a little thinner -- 6 x 21 inches, and I used a circle of 19 inches in diameter instead of 15. I also sewed around the edge of the entire circle with the largest stitch on my sewing machine, and then pulled the thread to gather the circle in until it fit the size of the band. I thought this was a lot easier than making the pleats! (Hope that makes sense!)
Brooklyn was so excited about her costume. She took it to school all neatly packed in a shoe box, but when she came off the bus after school, she was wearing her entire costume and carrying the "cake." Even the bus driver was calling her "Chef Brooklyn!"
I'm sure the entire class was able to guess the nursery rhyme right away! Not too difficult, eh?
And this is just the first of many more school projects to come. I hope I'm able to be as creative as my Dad always was when he helped me with my assignments.... pyramids made out of sugar cubes and sandy paint, a giant paper mache' brontosaurus, and an authentic-looking missionary display board representing the country of Austria.... just a few of the many projects I remember working on with my Dad. I have huge shoes to fill in this department!!!! But I guess I can always send her over to "Grandpa" if we need inspiration, right Dad? ;-)