Friday, February 25, 2011

Letter of the Week....I is for Iguana

© Terry Willson

Just a quick post on our letter of the week!  One of the books we read to introduce the girls to the letter "i" was I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff.  It's about a little boy who tries to convince his mom to buy him an iguana, and has some great and silly illustrations.  We also read Mañana Iguana which is a fun south-of-the-border take on the Little Red Hen.

I Wanna Iguana   Manana, Iguana

I found an old Ranger Rick magazine (c/o my former schoolteacher mom!) that had some info and photos of real iguanas, so we learned where they live, what they eat, and what they REALLY look like.  Then I remembered that on a recent trip to St. Thomas, my dad had taken some really great photos of an iguana sunning itself on a rock, and the girls were delighted at the thought of Grandad being so close to a big iguana!
© Terry Willson

© Terry Willson

After learning all about iguanas it was time for a project.  I used a Sharpie and drew a quick (and rather amateur...) picture of an iguana on some painting paper for the two little girls (2 and a half and 3) and they used watercolors to bring their iguanas to life.

Side note: It really makes a big difference in how a watercolor painting turns out when you spring for the expensive paper vs. copy paper!  The colors are so much more vibrant and really soak into the paper rather than pooling up on top.

We also did this fun little project that I happened upon from Totally Tots when I was searching for "iguana children's books."  So cute!  They used craft foam at Totally Tots but we used construction paper and googly eyes and it turned out great.

Until next time!  Happy crafting :)

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  1. Thanks for the tip on the water color paper. Wonderful photographs. :)

  2. I love all the iguanas.

    Thanks for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

  3. Oooh you Iguana is VERY cute! Love how you managed to fit that "I" in!! Very good!

    Thank you so much for linking up to Kids Get Crafty! Much appreciate your visit!


  4. Wow! I love that artwork. I host a feature on my blog called the Ultimate Alphabet Craft Collection. If you are interested, we would love to invite you to link up your alphabet craft ideas. I think they would really inspire others!

    You can check out the complete collection here:

    Your fan,
    Cathy aka The Attached Mama

  5. Cathy, I would LOVE to link up with your party! Expect to see me soon :) Can't wait to visit your blog!