I know everyone is tired of talking about the weather, thinking about the weather and general weather anything but this little craft is worth remembering.
Years ago I was inspired by Dawn's simple craft and I have kept a note about it in my files and this year I was finally able to get to it.
Like most homeschoolers I love Tomie DePaola books and Days of the Blackbird has been a favorite for a while. Now that I, again, have a few little people who are able to sit and listen nicely and be crafty I am really enjoying revisiting some of these old favorites.
Prior to reading the story I sketched out the dove, freehand, on nice watercolor paper and then cut out five of them.
I then had the kids color one side black for La Merla, leaving the other side white for La Columba. Beaks and eyes were colored orange.
The story tells the legend of a dove named Columba who sacrifices her beauty for the man who loves her song. The Days of the Blackbird refers to the deep winter of January 29th-31st so this took place a couple of weeks ago.
The dropped ceiling makes a handy place to hang birds with these doodads. I use them frequently for seasonal decorating in the learning room.
One advantage of being snowed and iced in is that we are getting a lot of school done this week, so that is good. I hope you are all keeping warm and safe this week. Back soon!
I love it! Perfect story + activity for these bitter days! 🙂
So sweet! I’m completely jealous of your snow. We had nothing but freezing rain.