It’s so important for me to spread joy and creativity with all the projects I create for this blog, but also with the products I promote. That’s why I love collaborating with artists and illustrators. I enjoy the uniqueness and the personal touch they put in their art, it makes it more special. This time I’m partnering with Tara and Gill (“Jill”) McBarnet, the mom and daughter duo at Hawaiian Children’s Books.
They sent me a wonderful copy of their book named “The Rainbow Mermaids of Hawaii” The book makes learning to count a fun experience, while the kids listen a wonderful story about the blue ocean, its colorful coral gardens, rainbow mermaids and sea animals.
To make the story interactive I decided to create a craft inspired by the story, and it occurred to me that a shoebox puppet theatre would be a wonderful idea!
- Recycled shoe box
- Paper sheets in a variety of colors
- Glue stick
- Black pen or marker
- Wood clothespins
- Perforate a rectangle in the middle of the shoe box.
- Decorate the shoe box. You can paint it blue to simulate the sky and water or use blue paper sheets.
- Make a few semicircles in different colors to create a rainbow (like the one in the story), you can also sketch the sun and a few animals to make the puppet theatre more fun.
- To make the mermaids, draw and cut a few mermaid tails in different colors. Glue them into the clothespins. Use sequins to simulate their top and a pen or marker to draw their happy faces.
When your puppet theater is ready you can start reading the amazing story of “The Rainbow Mermaids of Hawaii”, and put the cute mermaids, one by one, in the scenario. What a great way to make counting fun for the little ones!