Wednesday, April 13, 2011

~ Roly-Poly Egg ~

One of our new favorite books is Roly-Poly Egg by Kali Stileman. 

The story begins with Splotch.  Splotch is a bird that lives high up in a tree and she lays a very small and very spotty egg.  She is so excited that she jumps up and down and shakes her egg right off the tree branch.  The egg then goes on a little adventure, shall we say.  It rolls down a giraffe's back, gets kicked by a zebra, almost eaten by a crocodile, sucked up by an elephant's trunk, and passed through the trees like a ball by monkeys and passed back to Splotch.   As soon as Splotch can breathe a sigh of relief that her egg is back, it's starts to hatch.  Out comes a very small and very spotty baby bird. 

This was such a super cute story.....that of course, inspired me to make a craft using this book as a theme.

First, we started by making an egg that the baby could hatch from.

I cut an egg shape out of blue construction paper and cut zig zags to give it that cracking/hatching look.

We glued the edges to a sheet of poster board, so that the egg could open and show off it's surprise inside.

Nathan glued foam circles to the egg to make it look like the egg in the book.

Next we started making the birds.

We used Red and Blue fingerpaint to make the birds' bodies.

While the paint dried, we started working on the legs.

We used pipe cleaners and beads.

We threaded the beads on the pipe cleaners.

I cut the birds down to size and Nathan glued some fun wiggly eyes to the birds and orange foam triangles for their beaks.

Then, we opened the egg and glued the baby bird to the poster board

Our little baby bird is hatching from it's egg.

So Adorable, right?

We put Splotch together next.

We glued Splotch's body to a sheet of construction paper, added her legs, beak and eyes.  Plus, a few feathers for fun.


.....and her baby.

Such a fun, cute craft to go with an equally fun and cute book!

If you would like a chance to win a copy of this book, head on over to Tiger Tales (the blog) and leave a comment telling what your favorite book is and why you love it so much....the contest is over April 18, so hurry now!

*Disclosure: I received a copy of Roly-Poly Egg from Tiger Tales, for review purposes only.  The opinions herein are my own and were not influenced by Tiger Tales in anyway.  The crafts, however are mine :)

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Unknown said...

That is adorable! I Love the chick legs!! so cute! (love the fun, bright polka dots, too!)

Yesterday, with my students, we 'painted' construction paper easter eggs with pipe cleaners, bent in different shapes (almost like the egg dipper you get with egg dye kits) but in different shapes. They turned our REALLY cool!

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Deborah Stewart said...

What an adorable book and activity! I love all the dots!!!

Elizabeth Bennett said...

Charlene - You do the most creative activities with you kids! Splotch has never looked better! Thanks so much for sharing...
Just wanted to let your readers know that they are also welcome to enter the drawing for a free copy of Roly-Poly Egg by telling us their favorite spring book on our facebook page.
Happy Reading,
Elizabeth Bennett
tiger tales

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

What a great looking book - and terrific craft! Thanks for the heads up on the give away :)

RedTedArt said...

Your baby birds are just too too lovely!! Great process you went through to make them! And even cuter that they come in an egg. What a great all round craft!

Thanks for linking to Kids Get Crafty again!


Elle Belles Bows said...

It looks like a very good book!! Cute!

I love your craft! Fantastic idea to thread the beads on the pipecleaner for the legs! It also looked like your little one loved it!

Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog!


phasejumper said...

Those birds are adorable! Love all the colors and mediums you used!

Amanda said...

Such a cute craft! I keep seeing this book... I am going to have to see if our library has it :)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Your bird's feet are so clever! What a wonderful project! We love this book at our house too.

Thanks for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

Anne said...

Hi! That book looks so cute, and you're very creative! : )
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jfb57 said...

This is such fun! There's so much in it & children could share the tasks! Thank you so much for linking to RC.

Kyrstin said...

So adorable - I love it!! I will have to get this book.