stART: Legend of the Bluebonnet

Ummm….  Pretend I’ve figured out how to insert a button using LiveWriter, and the button is here.  I’ll figure it out soon. Hopefully.

legend of the bluebonnet
Last week after much trials and travails we read “The Legend of the Bluebonnet” by Tomie DePaola.  I think every kid in Texas has this book read to them at least once.  I know when I was interning in a kindergarten class in high school the kids were read it.  Then when I taught school I read it to my class.  Why?  Because it’s perfect for teaching this age range about Texas.  We’d also usually include some of Paul Goble’s wonderful books about Indians, but I think I’m going to save some of those for when we study Oklahoma.  Maybe……

And, funny story about this book.  So, I actually wanted to do this project about two weeks ago.  I went to the box I was sure the book was in, and it wasn’t there.  Now, to really understand this dilemma you have to understand how many books I have.  I have a 6 foot bookshelf full and overflowing with children’s books.  Those are just the picture books.  Then in the game room Jeff and I have another 10 bookshelves, those are mostly not picture books, but I have to admit my gorgeous fairy tale picture books are in my shelves.  And then there’s two big tubs of books sitting behind our couch.  Then another three boxes in the garage.  So, when I say it was a bit of a disappointment, now you understand why.  So, I searched through all the various boxes, and found lots of other wonderful treasures, but not the book I wanted.  I finally broke down and went to Half Price Books and bought myself another copy.  And another 6 books to go with it.

In my defense, I do have about two tubs worth of books to sell back to Half Price…….  Okay, back to the project.
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So, we read the story and talked about *SPOILER ALERT* how the girl gave away her most precious treasure, her doll her parents had made her.  Then I asked the kids what their most precious treasure was, and what would be hard for them to give up.  At first they were all about giving away their sister’s stuff.  The boys were quite sure she wouldn’t mind that.
So, after much searching they all found their precious dolls, and I took a picture of them in it.  I then pasted the picture into a word document and scaled it so I could have two of them side by side on the bottom half of the paper.  I printed this out, and cut it into two separate pieces, and folded these papers in half like a card.

Now, I got out the blue paint we made a special trip to the store to find.  Blue is Superman’s favorite color so we go through a lot of blue. And a green marker.  I drew a line to represent the stem, and then had them make fingerprints all around it for the bluebonnet.  Oh, and we used just a little bit of white paint to give the projects the occasional bit of difference in the blues.  Again, this is one of those projects every kid in Texas makes, so it’s not super original.

Princess really was not going to cooperate with the whole make fingerprints and really wanted to fingerpaint.  She did eventually put a whole handprint on half of the paper.
And here’s the finished projects that I got pictures of.  Including mine, which I made so I wouldn’t keep telling the kids they were doing it wrong, and instead just let them enjoy themselves.



The outside of the little kinda sorta book.  I bet you can tell which one is mine.025

And then here’s the inside.  Hopefully this makes my explanation a little easier to understand.
And of course it ended with my kids having a free for all painting time, and then stripping all of their clothes off and running happily to the bath tub screaming “Naked, naked, naked” over and over again.  This was a fun new game.  I wasn’t as thrilled.
For more great story ideas go to A Mommy’s Adventures.  I might also link this up to Debbie’s geography linky over at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn (hmmm, it didn’t automatically make that a link…..  I guess I’m still figuring out this whole Live Writer thing) because ultimately this is going to go in our Texas lapbook that I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do……..

12 thoughts on “stART: Legend of the Bluebonnet

  1. Your kiddos and mine would get along famously- I am cracking up about the boys wanting to give their sisters toys away!

    Oh, and we so love have naked dolls in our house too…

    You craft is great, and I'm glad you let them approach it from their own angle…

    I hope that simple fun like this is bringing you some peace during this tough time…

  2. Love your post and project too! If you figure out how to insert the button using livewriter please pass it on to me too, I thought I did it once but couldn't figure it out again. I always have to go into blogger and add it.

    Thanks for linking up!!!

  3. Great project! Your kids crack me up.

    Save the buttons to your computer like your pictures, add them to your blog like you would a picutre, then add the link. Hope that helps!

  4. Love the project – especially Princess version of it 🙂 The story of searching for a book is hilarious. I thought it was a pretty thought provoking extension to ask them what they would have given up. I can't imagine Anna giving up her favorite blankie – we hardly ever manage to wash it.
    On the subject of inserting the button in Live Writer – you need to get to the “View Source” and then paste the code there. At least that's what I do.

  5. OK, I'm trying to remember- did you leave a comment on my blog last year about being scared of crafts because of the mess they would make?? Because if it WAS you…you've changed 🙂 This looks like fun!! When the grape hyacinths come out, maybe I'll do this with the girls 😉

  6. I love when the bluebonnets bloom around here. I am going to bookmark this to remind me to check out that book and do the art project in April when we are surrounded by them. We have to go get our annual picture of the boys sitting in a field of flowers.

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