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Hello, Little-New Yorkers! This month we are celebrating the start of the school year by reading stories all about school, friendship, and being yourself!
Jeremy’s grandma tells him “There’s no room for ‘want’ around here - just ‘need.’” But Jeremy wants those black high top sneakers that every kid in school seems to be wearing. In Those Shoes, written by Maribeth Boelts and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones, Jeremy finally gets a pair of those shoes, only to discover that they are too small and would fit better on a classmate who could use some new sneakers. Today we are going to design our own pair of sneakers - sneakers that don’t have to fit the latest trends and could be shared with anyone! These are your shoes. And don’t forget to join us live at 3:30 pm every Tuesday via Zoom and Friday in-person for our Little New-Yorkers Hello Song, silly games and dances, a craft, and, of course, our read aloud!
- Those Shoes Template
- Something to color with: markers, crayons, pencils, pastels, or a cool combo!
- Hole Punch
- Extra decorating materials
* A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home. And if your final product looks different than what you see here, that’s wonderful!
STEP 1: Coloring
How will you decorate your shoes? Will they look like your own favorite pair? Or your grown-up’s big shoes that you like to slide your feet into? In this book, Jeremy is happiest when he’s playing with his friend Antonio, wearing old sneakers on the basketball court and new boots in the snow. What shoes help you to do the things that you love?
STEP 2: Add Decoration
If you have some stickers, pom poms, feathers, or any other favorite art supplies, now is a great time to add those to your shoe! These sneakers don’t have to look anything like the shoes you might see in a store, they can be anything you like. And remember the two sides of your sneaker can look the same, or different. That’s up to you!
STEP 3: Cutting
It’s careful cutting time! Use your scissors to cut along the black line on each of you sneakers.
STEP 4: Hole Punching
Now use a hole punch to cut out each of those small circles on each side of your shoe.
STEP 5: Taping
Next, use your tape to attach the two sides of your sneaker. Place them long edge to long edge and tape up the middle!
STEP 6: Lacing Up!
Take your string and thread it through the holes the way you would lace up a shoe with a shoelace. You can criss-cross or do your own style.
STEP 7: Done!
It’s time to wear your shoe! Slide your food inside and show off your style. Can you share your shoe with a friend or stuffed animal, the way Jeremy shared with Antonio?
Thanks for following along! We hope to see you, and your creations, at Little New-Yorkers soon! We’d love to see your artwork - join the conversation and tag us on social media @nyhistory!
Written by Meagan Raker