Eric Carle Inspired Seahorses
While learning about Eric Carle’s books this week, we read Mister Seahorse. In this story, Mrs. Seahorse announces that it is time to lay her eggs. Mister Seahorse offers, “May I help?” Soon Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs in Mister Seahorse’s pouch and he promises to take good care of them. Then, as Mister Seahorse drifts through the sea, he encounters other males who also care for their unhatched eggs. Each one shares an encouraging word for Mister Seahorse as he drifts on his way.
After reading, we set to create our own seahorses using a technique similar to that of Eric Carle’s. Here is what we did:
First, the students painted some papers using water colors. They were encouraged to blend the different colors much in the way that Eric Carle blends his colors.
We set the paintings aside to dry. When they were dry, we cut up the different pieces into smaller sized pieces of different shapes and sizes.
We then glued the colored paper pieces onto a white piece of paper.
Once the paper was completely covered with the pieces of paper…
We traced a seahorse stencil I created onto the back of the paper.
We cut the seahorse out, flipped it over and added fins, an eye and some other features. And voila! We had some beautiful, Eric Carle inspired seahorse to display and enjoy.
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