Thursday, July 12, 2012

When Extra Yarn equals God's Love

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i picked out the book Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett by chance at our library.  I know they say you can't judge a book by its cover, but the cover of this book was so gorgeous, it just drew me in.  {sorry, not the greatest with the arrow and all...but at least it matches my color scheme}

it was obvious to me that whatever activity we did for this book had to have yarn incorporated into it.  so we dyed our own yard using food coloring.  Bear thought it was neat to see it change color.  {it was also funny to see The Sergeant and Pip's faces when they thought i dyed spaghetti}

the next day, i put the yarn into a small box similar to how it was in the book.  Bear thought it would be fun to "knit" with it {righthand image}. 

ever since i learned about Huichol yarn painting in a multicultural art class last year, i've wanted to do try it with Bear.  some of the images artists come up with using this technique are just amazing!  to create his, i provided a piece of cardboard, our homemade colored glue, and small pieces of the yarn we dyed for him to arrange and glue down however he chose.   

this is his final result.  i'm going to be adding a real frame around it and a hook to the back so it can hang on the wall.

after we had read the book, i began thinking about the similarities in the book between the box of yarn the little girl had and the abundance of love that God has for us to share with each other.  no matter who the little girl makes a sweater for, she still has more and more yarn.  which connects to the fact that no matter how much love we share with others, He always refills our cup.  so many connotations in this book.  i'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on this after you read the book. 

using this idea, i helped Bear write up a list of things that we can do to share God's love with others.  here's what we came up with:

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