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What creatures come out to play at night? This week for Little New Yorkers @ Home, we’re exploring the beautiful picture book Moon by Britta Teckentrup and creating our own moon-inspired puzzle! Follow along with this post to create with us at home and don’t forget to join us live online every Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 pm where we sing a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, do silly stretches and exercises, and read a story book reading, all from the comfort of your living room.
Put on your night vision goggles and come play with us!
*howls at the moon*
The mysterious night-world of the moon has inspired artists and thinkers since the beginning of time. Check out this landscape painting by Thomas Cole from the New York Historical Society’s collection. Look closely.
What do you notice about this picture?
What creatures do you see?
How would you feel if you could enter this scene?
Thomas Cole was one of the founding members of the Hudson River School of Landscape painters known for their awe-inspiring, large-scale depictions of the American wilderness. In this painting, the moon and stars dramatically illuminate the landscape below.
In Moon by Britta Teckentrup, we experience a different perspective on the lives of nighttime creatures as the moon lights up their habitats all over the world.
Let the moon ignite your creativity and follow along with the steps below to create your own moon-inspired puzzle craft!
- Paper or cardstock to print out the puzzle template
- Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
- Scissors (with grownup assistance as needed!)
*A note on supplies: These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home! And if your final product looks different than what you see here–that’s wonderful! As long as you’re flexing your artistic muscles and enjoying what you’re making, you’re doing it right.
STEP 1: Color in your printed puzzle template.
For our puzzles, we chose colored pencils to get those really bright, fun colors. Use any colors and combination of colors you want!
Is your purple fox frolicking beneath a neon pink moon and green stars? It’s your nighttime world to design.
STEP 2: Carefully cut out your puzzle pieces.
Use your scissors (and remember to ask for grownup help to do this safely!) and cut along the gray lines to make your 12 puzzle pieces.
STEP 3: Complete your homemade, moon-inspired, foxy puzzle!
Mix up your puzzle pieces and then try to recreate the original image by fitting the pieces together. Match by shapes, colors, and lines.
Ta-da! We did it!
As an added challenge, print another puzzle template and color it in using wacky, mismatched colors! Try to confuse future you with wild color choices.
The whole world’s your puzzle! You can turn any drawing or painting into a puzzle (if you’re willing to cut it up, of course). Simply draw puzzle shapes on top and cut them out! Print out images of your favorite works of art (perhaps the Thomas Cole landscape strikes your fancy?) and cut them up into puzzle pieces. Experiment with smaller pieces and make it as easy or challenging as you’re up for.
We hope you enjoy this activity! Share your creations in the comments section below.
by Olivia Sweet