Thursday, March 12, 2015

Book Report on a T-Shirt

We're involved in a local homeschool co-op.  It's been an interesting experience for us this year.  Each of the older boys are taking three classes and Jax has his preschool class, that he just loves, at 10:00.  In fact, the other day he walked into his class (I'm not allowed to walk him there, his rules), raised his fist in the air, and yelled "Party in the house!"  It was so funny that I called his dad to tell him.  :)

One of Zander's recent assignments for his literature class was to create a book report.  When we first discussed this assignment, Zander and I talked about the options available and he decided on the diorama route once I explained the specifics of a diorama.  When it was time to get started, however, he wanted to do something a bit more exciting.  

Enter a T-Shirt Book Report.  We saw the idea described on Pinterest and Z knew it HAD to be the way to go.  His book of choice?  Geronimo Stilton The Kingdom of Fantasy. 

We gathered the supplies: 
  • t-shirt 
  • fabric paint
  • cardboard (to make stencils)
  • paintbrushes
  • iron-on letters
  • iron-on paper
We set to work.  And I totally forgot to take pictures of this part.  :(  Sorry.  

This was his finished product:

I know, it makes absolutely no sense if you haven't read the book.

Ok, so I'll try to sorta explain what is on the shirt.  Starting the name.  We used iron-on letters to spell out Geronimo Stilton.  Zander helped me with the cutting and organizing, but I did the ironing.  In the middle of the shirt, you'll see a staircase.  I used the cardboard from the back of a notebook and cut out a stair stencil.  I placed it on the shirt and Zander used a black fabric paint paint to trace it.  We repeated the process until we went all the way across the shirt.  He then used yellow fabric paint to make the stairs yellow because he was showcasing a golden staircase.  

Down in the right corner are spider legs.  In the book, you don't see the spider's body or other legs, it's a shot just like that so we depicted it the same way.  We just used a straight edge and Zander again traced around it.  To the left is a rainbow.  I did the line to start each color and Z filled it in.  He found it easiest to squeeze a little paint and use the end of a paintbrush to fill in the band of color.

Beside the rainbow is an iron-on transfer of Geronimo Stilton.  My guy found the picture he liked, I printed it out, and ironed it on.  Not quite ready to let Zander use an iron yet.  Going up the shirt you see a big, orange area.  That's a beard!  It's probably our favorite part of the shirt.  In the book, a giant's orange beard is shown.  The only other part of the giant you see in the book is his shoe, so Z picked the beard (because Dad has a beard) and we worked on that.  I did the outline in fabric paint, but Zander did the filling in.  

Just above Geronimo Stilton, you see a blue unicorn.  He's also featured somewhere in the book so Zander wanted to include it.  We used iron-on transfer paper.  And that's it!  Of course, I need to show you a picture of my favorite second-grader wearing the shirt:

He's so cute!! :)

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