Thursday, July 27, 2006

Thankful Thursday 28

Thankful Thursday: What CHRIXEAN is thankful for this week

I am thankful this week for having joined my son in their school's Parent-Child Book-Making Competition. It was the perfect bonding activity between us because it was an artistic challenge that we were both up to doing. The activity was meant to reinforce reading and learning in kids of all ages, while further strengthening the bond between child and parents through creative thinking and teamwork. The contest run from 830am till 1130pm, which meant we had 3 hours to write a story (had to be about an animal), decide on the page layout, draw the characters and the scenes, cut them and glue them, and create an entire story that actually made any sense. Parents arrived the contest venue with their 'weaponry' -- plastic cases containing their scissors, rulers, pencils, glue and colored markers, rolls and rolls of lace, cloth, wrapping paper and kraft paper, and stacks of colored art paper. I thought it was an amusing sight because it was my first time to have ever participated in such a school event. Of course, Nicky had to put the pressure on me by saying,
"We have to win this mommy. You're the artist, so we have to win!"

I smiled at him and said to him that we will just have to really do our best given the time limit that we had. And that if we didn't win, what mattered was that we had fun together and we could proudly said that we made our first ever book.

It didn't take us long to decide what the story was going to be about. We agreed before hand it would be about him and his new baby sister. So when the contest emcee announced that the story had to have animals in it, we quickly agreed that his favorite dinosaurs will be the leads. Anyway, below are a few pictures of the book pages we did. We were able to make a whole 10 pages in the amount of time we had, but I only got the chance (and the space) to take 4 shots of it (i only had my camera phone with me...darn it). We still do not know who won the contest, as the judges are still reviewing all the entries. It would be cool if we did win any prize, but for the first time, knowing how competitive I can get, I feel ok if we didn't because I actually had fun and was just so glad to have shared this moment with Nicky. :-)

Our book cover

Nicky's drawing of his favorite T-Rex toy

Nicky shown here with Clifford of Scholastic Books and his favorite Elmo book

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Gabrielle said...

sorry for the hiatus, but i'm playing this week :)

Viamarie said...

Glad that both of you had a wonderful time. The story book I think will win an award.



That was a nice event. I think this is the first time I've heard this kind of event. I don't think there are in other schools. Events like this should be duplicated by others to create as you said bonding between child and parent.
Thanks for visiting.

eph2810 said...

This is really a cool story you two have put together. I really like the layout you came up with :). I hope too that you will win a prize...
Hugs to you and your family...

Petite Queen said...

This activity is really good as it is both educatin n fun at da same time!I could see that you both n the others who were there had loads of fun.The book looks cute too....Hope you do win a prize...:) wud excite nicky very much!

Ravvy said...

Hello Chrixean! That is such a great book! And im equally as thankful that you got to spend that precious time with your little boy. Its so heart warming to read other peoples wonderful things in life that our precious God has given us!!!

I hope the rain goes away soon, but knowing that your probably having similar weather to what we are here (I live in Adelaide, South Australia) you might have it for a bit longer :D

Blessings to you and you havea wonderful blog here too!!!

Have a lovely day!
PS, Michele Says Howdee!

Theo said...

Michele sent me.

Delightful story. I can tell you enjoy your art and your son, greatly.


Jon Cox said...

What a beautiful post! Adorable story book as well! :o) Thank you so much, I'm glad you like the giraffe! :o)

Shane said...

hey, my skin is turning from red to pink too because of the fat deposits.

Faith in Florida said...

Oh that is so neat!..something that I would totally get into!!

Trinity13 said...

What a cool book you two made...I love it!

Noi Rocker said...

Wow! What a great book! Its fantastic and it does give me some ideas to do my own scrapbook. I will probably get down to doing it in the next 10 years..haha.

Anyway congrats!