"Pie In the Sky" Paper Plate Cherry Pie
The paper plate cherry pie coincides with Lois Ehlerts's book, "Pie in the Sky". This simple craft using many common household supplies works with fine motor skills (the weaving & the stamping).
How We Did It
After reading the book, Pie in the Sky by Lois Ehlert, gather all your materials to make your very own cherry pie as illustrated in the story. This book is one of V's favorites, and a perfect one to depict with a craft!
Start by cutting the paper plate across, from top to bottom, then from side to side, dividing the paper plate into four equal parts. In pie terms: start with the whole pie & cut it into four pieces! (V.'s not quite old enough for scissors yet--but of course this is a step that slightly older kids can do on their own.)
Cut four vertical slits in each individual piece of pie. The slits will sit in the middle of each piece, not connecting to either the top or the bottom. Next, cut the brown construction paper into 1/2 inch wide strips that are roughly the length of the pie piece.
Have your child weave the strips through the slits up & down, alternating the pattern for each strip (The basket weave technique replicates the lattice on pies). Lastly, dip the eraser end of the pencil in red paint and have your child dab the eraser end with paint onto the pie slices creating the cherries.
And there you go, a little cherry pie craft that combines cutting, weaving, and painting, as well as utilizing various fine motor skills.