It’s been many months since we enjoyed A Book and Activity, but when Bass asked for a craft activity I was inspired. Searching through Pinterest for inspiration I spied this Rainbow Fish Craft, a template supplied, paint and celery sticks, that I could quickly organise.
A quick look through our picture books revealed, The Rainbow Fish – Marcus Pfister, though a few years ago I read Elizabeth Esther’s thoughts about redistribution and this book and I’ve been aware and uncomfortable with the author’s intent since. (Can’t find the post but EE has a satirical video which I haven’t yet watched) After reading I asked Bass, “What did you think of the book?” He answered “I didn’t like the fish giving away all it’s scales” yep he nailed it, and this from a child who happily shares. The author’s message makes me itchy too, should have searched for another fish book.
The first glitch with my celery painting sticks was when Jelly Bean pointed out whilst I was setting up that Bella was likely to eat the celery, paint and all, which she did. Obviously our ten year old was thinking smarter than her mother who got carried away with the excitement that we were actually managing to do a craft activity.
Jem joined in the fun bringing a higher level of skill to the activity, the younger children struggled with the stamping concept and mostly had to be dissuaded from painting with the celery ‘brush’. It was lovely to do another A Book and Activity and I’m inspired to do another:)