When Breezy Mama was invited to get a sneak preview of the upcoming DreamWorks animated film, The Croods, we were beyond excited. However, Chelsea was off in New York interviewing Tina Fey (more on that later) and Alex was celebrating her husband’s birthday. So we turned to Kate, owner of the blog, San Diego Deals & Steals, who was thrilled to have the chance to go behind the scenes of the movie. For the next few weeks, she’ll be bringing us more on the super cute family of cavemen, but first up is this fun craft for the kiddos. . .
I’m not sure about your kids, but my kiddos LOVE craft time! We try to craft as often as we can and I love it when I can incorporate a little lesson into our craftiness too!
This past week I was privileged to represent Breezy Mama at the Bloggers Summit at DreamWorks Animation for The Croods. The Croods are a lovable (albeit a bit rough around the edges) family of Cavemen. One of my favorite parts of the story is how the father Grug ‘invents’ the hug. He also loves to tell very simple stories that he draws on the inside of the family cave.
This week I shared with my kiddos all about the movie – they are SO excited to see it hit theaters in March! It also opened up a lot of questions about early humans so we talked about it. I shared with them pictures of prehistoric cave paintings and they were SUPER excited! My son said “That cave guy used to draw just like ME!” “You are right Buddy! They draw very simple, but it sure is cool huh? Wanna pretend we are a cave family and do our own cave drawing?” “YES!”
First I explained to the kids that we need to make our paper look like a cave wall. Caves are made of rocks so they are bumpy and rough. We crumpled our paper, uncrumpled, and crumpled again until we were all satisfied that it was ‘cavey’ enough.
Then we decided to draw our family on the wall. Our family consists of Daddy, Mommy, Big Sis, Brother, Baby Sis, and one naughty cat.
I shared with them how Grug gives Eep a BIG hug and that in the story he actually invented the hug. We all decided that Daddy gives the biggest hugs in our family too so we all drew Daddy in the corner with his arms stretched all the way around the entire paper and the whole family inside. I emphasized that this was supposed to be a simple. We focused on the shapes of our family. Everyone picked a black pastel and went to work.
“I’ll draw you in a skirt J!” “I’m making the baby the teensiest!” “Daddy’s gotta have the biggest head!” are just a few of the things said around our table.
We all enjoyed drawing our family. It was a super fun craft that anyone could participate in! My son has a hard time keeping up with his sister, but this isn’t about drawing fancy or perfect. We all just drew easy symbols. We of course needed to make our cave drawings look old and worn, so the next step was to smudge with our fingers. With three kids, I sometimes have a hard time making a mess for sport…..I spend so much time cleaning up messes I honestly tend to avoid messy crafts. Kids of course LOVE messy crafts so they were SUPER excited to get their fingers dirty!
This is a quick, fun craft that was encouraging to all my little budding artists as well as a little history lesson.
Enjoy ~ Kate
*caution* this is a wee bit messy……
About Kate: Kate Hamernik writes at www.SanDiegoDealsandSteals.com about life, travel, and deals. She lives in San Diego with her husband Harry, three kids, and one naughty cat. She enjoys travel, art, horseback riding, a good deal, and watching her kids turn into big people. She would love for you to stop by and say ‘hello!’
To check out Kate’s site, click here. And be on the lookout for more of her Crood’s coverage in the upcoming weeks.