Join hundreds of thousands of young readers and their families
across the country in support of literacy and early childhood
education by participating in the 8th Annual Read
for the Record. This year the Read for the Record book is
Otis by Loren Long.
Otis is a timeless story of friendship that blossoms on
a farm between a lovable tractor and a calf.
Since children love doing crafts, I thought I'd share a fun foot
art craft to go along with the book. This craft is best suited for
kids ages 2-8.
Get your surface ready by spreading out newspaper to protect
your floor. You will want to have wet wipes nearby to clean up your
child's foot before they have a chance to take off running.
Paint your child's foot so that one-third is red and two-thirds
is white. I like using acrylic paint because it covers better. Have
them place their foot on a piece of construction paper. Press
gently and then lift foot straight up. Allow paper to dry.
Using green acrylic paint and a sponge, have your child add some
grass at the bottom of your Otis footprint. Then use white acrylic
paint to make a couple of puffy clouds in the sky.
Finally, glue on some black tires with white construction paper
rims to the bottom of your footprint. Add an eye, mouth, and
steering wheel with a black marker.
Now you have an "Otis" craft to remind your child of both the
book and the fun day!
Read for the Record will take place on Oct. 3. Check with your
local library for start times for this event.
Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of three who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of play time together. Beth is also the creator and author www.123homeschool4me.com.
See more of Beth's stories here.
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