what to do with your kid's extra artwork

November 30, 2009

We have A LOT of artwork adorning every flat surface in our kitchen--the fridge, the dishwasher, the doors, the top of the microwave....it's everywhere!

And with Juliet's recent obsession with handprint turkeys, we had even more than usual. I decided we would make thank you cards out of some of our extra artwork.

I cut out some of the hand prints and let Juliet glue them onto construction paper. Then she added some sequins to give the cards a little more pizazz.

I'm particularly impressed with this one--can you see the sequins hanging off the leaf stem? She did that all on her own without me telling her! I was so impressed. I don't think I would have thought of that.

We wrote thank you notes to her dance teacher and her Sunday School teachers. And while I don't have a book about Sunday School teachers, I do have a great one about a dance teacher to share with you:

Our Ballet Class by Stephanie Riva Sorine, Photographs by Daniel S. Sorine

This book is out of print, but it's probably the best dance book I have found so far. It features photographs of real kids taking dance class, so it is something that Juliet can really relate to.

The images are familiar because Juliet does these exact things in dance class every week.

The main character, Cordelia, says, "Most of the time I behave. But sometimes I like to fool around." (I cannot tell you how many times I have looked into Juliet's class and seen her hanging just like this from the barre!)

The next page makes me laugh every time I see it. It says, "Then the teacher gets mad and says, "Must I teach you girls a new step, called punishment?"

I laugh because it sounds like a ridiculous thing to say and also because it is so unlike Juliet's dance teacher. She is the most patient and kind teacher I've ever seen and she would NEVER ever say something like that to her girls.

Here's the end with the girls decked out in their costumes. I cannot wait till Juliet gets to wear hers and perform in her recital this spring. It's going to be amazingly cute.


Becky said...

Oh my gosh you have GOT to post pictures from her recital! I can't wait!!!

Jackie said...

Great idea for the artwork. I am one of those people who keeps everything, though. :-)

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

We have an amazing amount of artwork lying around too and I've been wondering what in the world to do with it. It's plastered all over the kitchen and M's bedroom, and I refuse to have it anywhere else (although I really do love it). So this is a very timely post - I think we will make cards too! And that book... well the "punishment" part is just a little... weird, isn't it? :) LOL. Hope she does great with her recital - how exciting!

Ana said...

I love that book!

mama hall said...

just found your site and loving it! the ballet book is great. and the "recycled" thank you cards are a really great idea. kids' artwork really multiplies, doesn't it!? :) nice to have found your blog!

Mary said...

I have been looking for this book for a LONG time, but I didn't know the author's name. Thanks so much for posting this. I adored this book as a child.

Vanessa said...

I'm glad to help, Mary!

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