Monday, November 4, 2013

Italian Crafts: Blackbirds and The Torre di Pisa.

The littles and I went to the craft store trying to be inspired by some kind of medium to create some Italian crafts. As some of you may remember, I have a special place in my heart for creating projects using Sculpey, but my kids don't feel the same. They find it too hard to work with. So, when we did our "tour" of Panama, we created little frogs using Crayola Model Magic. I like it because it's still sculpting and they like it because it's much softer and therefore easier to manipulate. So, yes, my friends, we are sculpting again. I would call it an illness, but it's too much fun for that :) 

This time around, I thought it would be fun to try to sculpt the Torre di Pisa (The Tower of Pisa). Aiden thought it would be a great idea to sculpt little black birds, inspired by the story that we read and I posted about last time, where the white birds turned black in the chimneys while trying to stay warm. 

So, here are a few pics from our sculpting adventure. We kept the details simple, I mean.. really... who could reconstruct The Tower of Pisa? 

Aiden working on his Tower.
Eliana adding details to her Tower of Pisa with  a toothpick.
Eliana's Torre di Pisa.
My completed Torre di Pisa
Blackbird making
Aiden thought his bird should be perched on top of his tower. That is one BIG bird! 

Eliana's Blackbird. Isn't it cute????

The completed birds and Towers.
Not surprisingly, the towers leaned quite well on their own and we actually had to lay them down to dry, or they would have tipped over all on their own. Clearly, we are not architects. 

While we were sculpting, we talked about The Tower of Pisa and we spent some time on Wikipedia learning some of the details about the structure (I'm sure there will be some questions about it when it comes time for us to have our dinner and our Italy Trivia ;) )

As we are wrapping up our learning and crafting, we are beginning to think about our Italian dinner and we have also recruited a "Traveling Friend" to be our guest on the blog soon. I hope you'll continue to enjoy these travels with us! 

Thanks for popping by! 

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