Kid Made: “ISH” Inspired Ornaments

ornaments made with wire and beads, inspired by the book "Ish" by Peter H. Reynolds

Today I am so excited to share with you one of the most favorite projects I’ve done with my art class this semester. Inspired by the book Ish by Peter H. Reynolds (author of another awesome book The Dot), I put out a few simple supplies and let them construct and create their own ornaments, Ish-style!

Ish and The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Ish is our all time favorite book ever, ever. I have a closet full of copies because I give it to every little budding artist whenever the moment is right. Here is a review of the book from Publisher’s Weekly:

“Ramon is a cheerful boy who loves to draw “anytime” (he draws in bed), “anything” (he paints pictures of trash cans) and “anywhere” (readers will giggle at the sight of him perched on the toilet, drawing pad on his lap). But his self-confidence plummets when Ramon’s older brother laughs at his attempts to draw a vase of flowers (“What is that?”). After months and crumpled attempts at trying to make his pictures look “right,” the frustrated child puts his pencil down, announcing, “I’m done.” His younger sister runs off with one of the discarded drawings and when he chases her to her bedroom, he discovers..”

the very best moment in the book…

“… she has created a “crumpled gallery” of his work. Pointing to his attempted rendering of the flower vase, the girl calls it “one of my favorites.” When Ramon complains, “That was supposed to be a vase of flowers,” she supportively responds, “Well, it looks vase-ish!” Ramon then feels “light and energized. Thinking ish-ly allowed his ideas to flow freely.” Reynolds’s minimalist pen-and-ink illustrations feature subtle washes of watercolor and ample splashes of emotion and humor. A tidy lesson in the importance of thinking-or drawing-outside the box and believing in one’s own abilities despite others’ reactions.”

ornaments made with wire and beads, inspired by the book "Ish" by Peter H. Reynolds

ornaments made with wire and beads, inspired by the book "Ish" by Peter H. Reynolds

ornaments made with wire and beads, inspired by the book "Ish" by Peter H. Reynolds

ornaments made with wire and beads, inspired by the book "Ish" by Peter H. Reynolds

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Supplies:

18 gauge craft wire

pony beads

wooden beads (painted beforehand)

buttons

any other beads that fit the wire (like these berry beads)

acrylic felt (cut into small shapes and hole-punched)

ornaments made with wire and beads, inspired by the book "Ish" by Peter H. Reynolds

Process:

1. Kids begin by beading their wire in any way they like.

2. When the wire is fully beaded (or maybe only halfway beaded depending on the child), encourage them to twist their wire into a round-ish shape. This part is so fun as they discover how easy it is to bed wire and how strong and clever they feel!

3. An adult can bend the top wire bit into a hook.

ornaments made with wire and beads, inspired by the book "Ish" by Peter H. Reynolds

I am so in love with their ornaments-ish!! And so proud of them for embracing the uncertainty of working with wire.

Mama Miss Kid-Made Ornament Blog Hop

Today’s post is actually part of a two week series where different bloggers share their ornaments based on their favorite Holiday children’s book. How cool?

Here are today’s creative mamas:

Powerful Mothering // The Pleasantest Thing // Nothing if Not Intentional // Lalymom // Hand Made Kids Art // The Eyes of a Boy

Hop on over to Mama Miss blog to discover all of kid-made ornaments from the whole series!

xo, Bar