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With respect to the themes in Lola and Grandpa of creating long-lasting memories, discovering the beauty of nature and loving relationships, today we are going to produce our own nature frame – with a photo of someone special, to give to someone special. Children will be able to reflect on their favourite memories and moments shared with loved ones, explore their feelings, appreciate their surroundings and practise fine motor and creativity skills.
Early Years Learning Framework (birth to five) –
Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity – Children feel safe, secure, and supported.
Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing – Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing.
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners – Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials.
Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators – Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts.
Age Range –
3 – 6 years
Look at the cover of Lola and Grandpa. How do you think the characters feel about one another? How can you tell? What kind of relationship do you think they have? What do you think they might do, or look at, together? Can you tell where they are?
Do you have a grandparent that you see often and do fun things with? Think about how you feel about them. How would you feel if you couldn’t see them anymore?
Have you had someone special in your family pass away? What kinds of things do/can you do to remember them?
What are some things in nature you find beautiful or interesting? Make a list. Go on a scavenger hunt to find all kinds of ‘living’ things.
Start collecting items for the craft activity, including flowers, leaves, bark, rocks, etc. You might like to create a pictorial chart of these.
2 x pieces cardboard (equal size)
Assortment of leaves and flowers (with stems)
Printed photograph of someone special / favourite moment
String / rope / cotton thread
- After you have cut out two equal pieces of cardboard (we used a cracker box), trace your photograph in the middle of one of the pieces. Cut the frame a tiny bit smaller than the photograph size.
2. Arrange your flowers and leaves around the frame and stick them down. Cut any overhanging stems on the outside of the frame. *Optional: you might like to dry your flowers first before using them for this project. You can also add elements from the book, including daisies and butterflies (made from paper)!
3. Using your rope and/or string, weave it in and out and around the frame, which will hold the flowers down. Be sure to tape the back to keep the rope in place.
4. Place your photograph face down on the back to fill the hole in the frame. Tape it down.
5. With your second piece of cardboard, stick it together with the edges of the front piece as a backing board. As an option, you might like to tape some string or a magnet to the back for display.
6. Display your pretty frame in your home to share with your family, or gift it to someone special.
You can find a bunch of pretty awesome downloadable activities for FREE at illustrator, Yvonne Low’s website!
Here are just a few. Click the image to download…
For Teachers, Parents and Carers. The Lola and Grandpa Teacher Notes give insights into how the picture book was created, including information on the writer and illustrator’s process, plus some fun facts and activities.
Reference: Early Years Learning Framework
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