By Tamisha Anthony and Craig Fuchs
Hello Little New-Yorkers! Follow along with this post to create your very own silly soup collage, and don’t forget to join us live every Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 pm when we sing a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, do silly stretches and exercises, and read a storybook — all from the comfort of your home!
This April, we are excited about our exhibition So Ready for Laughter: Bob Hope and World War II. Celebrate the famous comedian by reading silly, laugh-out-loud stories.
To get us laughing this week, we selected the book That is Not a Good Idea! written and illustrated by Mo Willems. It is the story of a fox and a goose, and the questionable decisions they make while preparing a delicious soup. In our craft today, you’ll get to make your own soup, and true to our inspiration, it will definitely be silly!
Follow along with the instructions below to create your own silly soup collage!
Download and print the soup pot template.
- Something to color with: markers, pastels, colored pencils, crayons or a combination!
- Colorful paper (construction paper, cardstock, or white paper that you color yourself!)
- Scissors (optional)
- Tape or glue
* A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! 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!
STEP 1: Color Your Soup Pot
Using your coloring materials, color in the soup pot. Have fun! Try a combination of materials such as markers and crayons. Experiment with creating different shapes and lines on your soup pot. Zig-zags, wavy lines, polka dots, stars, and rainbows, there’s no limit to your creativity!
The more colors, shapes, and different kinds of lines you add, the sillier your soup pot becomes!
STEP 2: Cut or Tear Your Colorful Paper
Use your scissors to cut, and/or your hands to tear, your colorful paper into many different strips and shapes. Do your strips have straight lines, or curvy? Are they jagged, or smooth? What shapes can you create – circles, squares, triangles? Go wild creating as many different shapes in as many different colors as you want!
STEP 3: Make it Three Dimensional
Now it’s time to make your colorful shapes and strips stand up. You can fold them, or roll them up, or tape them together, or even make an accordion out of them! Get creative and try as many different ways as you can to make your shapes three dimensional.
STEP 4: Glue or Tape Your Shapes Into Your Soup Pot
We are almost done! Now it’s time to make your silly soup collage. Using tape or glue, add your shapes to the soup pot template. (If you’re using glue, hold each shape down and count to ten to make sure it sticks!) Make your shapes stick up out of the soup, and have fun creating different levels. What colors, shapes, and textures do you like next to each other? The wilder it looks, the sillier your soup becomes!
STEP 5: Add Even More!
You can stop here, or you can make your soup even sillier with whatever other materials you have on hand. Craft supplies like gemstones, glitter, and stickers make great additions. Or ask an adult if you can use supplies from around the house. Cotton balls, popsicle sticks, even aluminum foil!
When you are all done, don’t forget to appreciate your 3D collage from every different angle. There’s a lot of silliness there to take in!
Thanks for following along. We hope to see you at Little New-Yorkers each Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 pm!