a few nights ago we were looking at eric carle’s illustrations and i was reading ‘brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?’. a favourite book of them we were reading to them when they were still babies.it even travelled to patagonia with us.and because colours and re-telling stories are really big over here, yesterday morning after breakfast one of the girls was re-reading and telling the story again.the golden fish, maybe because of its unique colour, was fascinating and her favourite.it was a foggy rainy springmorning that was fantastic for a little craft project.so i suggested we could make a golden fish just like in the book.and the girls were all on fire.
i got out the watercolours and the three different shades of yellow.fixed a sheet of white paper A2 (not too thin) on their little table with some washi-tape, handed them each a paint brush and a little shot glass with water in it.off they were painting the sheet of paper yellow.while they were painting and busy i drew a fish on another A2 sheet of white paper and used the beautiful illustration of eric carle as a pattern.when the girls were done, we waited for the paper to dry and i started to draw little fish scales on the back of the paper.the girls got a few to practice their cutting out skills (they loooove to cut right now). i cutted out most of the fish-scales (it felt like hundreds) while they were just cutting paper snakes from a sereate piece of that yellow painted paper sheet.i glewed them on the fish, but not fully, only the first third of it.it was fun and almost a meditating action.one of the girls drew on the fish with a black pen while i was getting the glue and the three of us had a little drama right there, ’cause her sister then said the fish is ruined.thats why now the fish is surrounded with a few bubbles and is wearing a scales beard….you gotta be creative and use the situation as it is, i guess.
when the golden fish was done, we all thought wow.how beautiful.so unique.with different sizes of scales and different shades of yellow, no actually golden.but because purple is still ‘the’ favourite colour of one specific girl here, both girls asked to make purple fishes.and all the sudden i had to think about a little person in our family who is getting baptized really soon.i just thought that golden unique and precious fish is actually the perfect gift.for me it symbolizes the creativity and love of god, who makes all of us so different and individually beautiful…i think we have a baptism gift and the girls will get their purple fishes soon….maybe at another rainy morning.
crafting utensil list:
- 2 A2 sheets of white paper
- a pen
- some washi tape to fix the paper