Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Explorers Meet Bob Shea (Via Skype That Is!)

"These are shoes," said Bob Shea as he showed us his shoes and even took one off to show us up close what they looked like.
He then held up a sock, "This is a sock. It's a wool sock. Socks keep your feet warm,"
Walking across the room, he grabbed a sweatshirt. "This is a sweatshirt."
Bob Shea had The Explorers laughing hysterically as he taught them about dressing for cold weather, something we know very little about as it is November, in the mid to high 80's and we were barefoot, in short sleeve t-shirts and shorts.
Actually, from the moment we said "Hello," to the moment we said, "Goodbye," The Explorers were laughing at everything Bob said. Learning too, but laughing as we did so, which is the best way to learn.
We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of one of his books he had recently finished, The Spookiest Book Ever. It was a HUGE hit! We also found out that there is a new Ballet Cat book coming out in February and a new Unicorn book that has been written, but not illustrated yet. The kids wanted an exact date that the new Ballet Cat book would be coming out because they are huge Ballet Cat fans.
We then got a chance to ask some questions. Even the answer to a question like, "What is your favorite character of yours?," got huge laughs. The answer by the way is Dinosaur.
While we were learning about Bob Shea in library, the kids learned that some of his ideas had come form his son Ryan. The class became fascinated by Ryan and wanted to know, "What is your favorite thing to do with Ryan?" We learned that Ryan has been learning how to play the drums and that Bob is learning how to play the guitar so they play music together. But, his favorite thing to do with Ryan is listen to music while they draw together.
If you have read any of Bob's books, you will see jellybeans are everywhere. The kids loved that and asked him about that too.
The children were dying to learn how to draw Ballet Cat, one of our favorite characters. Did you know that Ballet Cat first appeared in the back of a Dinosaur book? Even though she was just a small drawing in the back of the book, kids had noticed it and were drawing it. He thought, this might be a good character and the idea began to grow.
Here is just a small bit of our drawing lesson.
When you are making your own Ballet Cat, don't forget to add sparkles, they are super important. 
The kids also wanted to learn how to draw New Socks, so they got a lesson for that too.
We then got to learn how to draw Dinosaur.  When you are drawing this character, please note that it involves making lots of fun noises when you are making the teeth and the bumps on the tail and back. Also, the louder the noise, the better!
Even though our Skype call had to end, we kept the Bob Shea fun going. We decided to make Ballet Cat Bites. We made Ballet Cat out of saloon pilot crackers and pink cream cheese. We used bananas to make her cheeks, strawberries for the ears, chocolate chips for the nose, eyes out of raisins, coconut whiskers and cherry Twizzlers for the tiara. This activity was a huge hit and mighty delicious.
Thank you Bob Shea for spending time with us, inspiring us, teaching us and most importantly, making us laugh.

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