Monday, March 14, 2011

A Pair of Socks

I was invited by Polly over at Helping Little Hands to participate in a read along she is doing on her blog.


I chose to create a project based on the book, A Pair of Socks by Stuart J. Murphy and illustrated by Lois Ehlert.
We could have approached this by coloring or painting but I chose to use collage like Ehlert. This is a great book for learning about shapes and matching. It is great for opening dialogue and discussion between parent and child. We focused on how to make something look the same by using color and pattern.

My boys had fun with this. First we cut socks. The boys each cut four of the same color. I had them make two pairs so we could make a game of it.

We learned how to make two shapes the same. We could use two pieces of paper stacked together and cut once creating two shapes at the same time. We also discovered you can cut out one shape then trace that shape and cut out a second or third and so on. My seven year old preferred cutting once using stacked paper while my five year old preferred the tracing method.


Now we glue our shapes on our socks. The easy way to get toes and heels is to trace the rounded part of our sock on the color of paper we want and cut it out.


Hanging edges? No problem. Just trim them up!


Here are the socks my five year old made.


Here are the socks my seven year old made. He thought his were very tricky because they were so similar.


Here is the last page of the book.


And here are all of our socks! We played several games of matching as we all took turns mixing them up. Thank you Polly! This was fun!


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Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

These looks SO cool! We just checked that out from the library a week or two ago...and now I'm so glad we've held onto the book! I'll have a post up linking to his first thing in the morning!

Tonya Hache said...

Love the Vibrant colours!

~Rockabye Butterfly~

Briana said...

What an amazing project! I love it and am a follower now. Come check out our art and book projects at

Anonymous said...

Don't you just love it when art and a good picture book come together! :)

Unknown said...

Love this! So simple and colorful! If you have time, stop by our weekly linky named High paw (we have a mascot bear ;) and add your ideas that can be done with toddlers! :)

Hope Hunter Knight said...

love this, and your blog. i do a lot of book-inspired art , too! i could spend a fortune on kids books. thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

I love this idea and mentioned you on my blog here at Http:// Thank you for sharing your talents and wonderful family ideas!

Tisha Smith said...

Thanks for sharing!! My kindlers loved this book!

Unknown said...

I love the blog. Great post. It is very true, people must learn how to learn before they can learn. lol i know it sounds funny but its very true. . .
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