I don’t remember being this excited about a book.
I am the biggest fan of Julie Morstad, I have her books and have purchased a few of her prints.
When I first read When I Was Small by Sara O’Leary, my throat got so tight at the end and tears came rolling down. After, I picked up the rest in the series, Where You Came From, and When you were Small. As a mom of boys, I love Henry. Sara and Julie together, capture the heart.
This Is Sadie will not disappoint. I have been following closely, it will be the story book of all storybooks. I saw a mermaid. Eeeep!!!!
With the release of the book just around the corner, Tundra Books has beautiful activities to share. You can find them here.
We had so much fun making ours and we added the little masks to our garland because we liked them so much.
We really cannot wait for this beautiful book, May, come soon.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Since we love Oliver Jeffers, I used Stuck as inspiration for my Valentine’s Day cards.
What you need:
ribbon / embroidery thread
popsicle stick / skewers
Draw out a diamond and cut two pieces, my kite was about 4.5 in long by 4 in wide.
Choose the picture you want for the front and color it in. Cut a ribbon for the kite tail, any size you think will look good. Glue the tail to the inside of the back blank piece of the kite. Place glue around all the corners of the kite, and glue on the front of the backside of the kite to the inside of the kite. (see below)
Cut or break the popsicle stick with one side longer to fit the length and width of the kite. Hot glue the stick on to the back of the kite.
Add washi tape to the end of the kite tale and write a little message on the back.
Happy Valentine’s Day
This is one of my favorite projects, watercolor + straws. I think I love the unconventional use of the straw but even more the uniqueness of each little piece of art.
What you need:
brown watercolor, watered down
gold paint (optional)
What you do:
Take the straw and insert it into the liquid, keeping your finger on the tip of the straw to trap the liquid inside. Pull the straw from the watercolor and let go onto the watercolor paper. (although most paper types would probably work).
Then, the fun part, just blow.
For littler ones, make sure they keep the straw away from the inside of their mouth, because they will possibly try to suck through the straw.
Once they have dried, you can use the oil pastels to draw on eyes and a nose. Although, I often find they can be beautiful on their own.
Today I posted about the book Catching Kisses by Amy Gibson on Instagram.
With summer coming to an end soon, I thought it would be fun to share some maps. We drove from Vancouver, BC to Texas over this last Christmas. I had my children color blank maps and draw in what they remembered.
I used printable blank map of the USA from here. We have also done the same for road trips in Canada. It’s a great way to teach your children and also a fun way to see the trip through their eyes and the memories they captured.
My two oldest sons were SO excited to see that the saguaro really grow arms just like in the cartoons.
In New Mexico we saw a small meteor shoot through the night sky, which my son still claims, most likely was a UFO. (An eight year old boy can dream) We love remembering these trips and memories.
I hope you are enjoying your summer.
I thought I would share some visuals of the book activities I have been sharing on Instagram.
After reading Windblown by Edouard Manceau, we cut our colored pieces inspired by the book to create a chicken and a jellyfish.
Drawing inspiration from Michael Hall’s book, Perfect Square, we gathered colored paper and some scissors.
We cut our squares into diagonal pieces and then we used them like puzzle pieces to come up with our own photos.
We came up with a giraffe having a snack and a tray of noodles and soup.
The above books were chosen so that my littlest ones could be involved in the projects. The older ones have ideas of their own (the giraffe having a snack), where my almost 4 year old needs a little help. He sees a bowl, and I help him make a table. He is pretty good with a glue stick. If your picture is more abstract, let it be. In the mind of a child, what they see you might not, but it builds confidence to let them do it on their own.
A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston is just beautiful, as well as educational. I have added this book into another series I want to teach my children about. I will share soon.
You have probably seen this project around, it’s pretty common for a kindergartner to make at school. I had never grown a bean in a cup so I was just as excited as my children. These beans are three days in, and once my children saw the sprout, they were so excited. We drew our own pictures to place in the plant so we could tell who’s was who’s.
I chose a navy bean (the smaller one ) and a lima bean for our projects. You just need a clear cup, cotton balls and a bean, so simple. Place the cup in the window and wait for the magic to begin.
I love bringing books to life and teaching and learning along side my children.
Happy Spring Everyone.
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Today was Raise-A-Reader Day here in Vancouver, 100% of all funds go to support Literacy in BC. We bought our copy of the Vancouver Sun in support and I read tons of books to the kids. Reading aloud happens everyday in our home, recently, I have added reading in times other than after school, set a times reading time and bedtime, I have been reading at dinner or when preparing dinner, or even when the kids are in the bath. I feel that right now my little sponges are getting so much from reading that if I can I will.
I hope that many children will benefit from the money raised and go on to become great readers and read to their children as well. The gift that keeps on giving.
Who doesn’t love a pop-up book? This book is beautiful and fun. It’s been well loved in our home for years. The rhythm of the book invites the children in to say the words along with you. A great read-aloud book.
This is really one of the best birthday books I have ever read. It really describes a child’s world and thoughts around a birthday. I read this to my children and my students and they get so excited and inspired. It would make a great birthday gift , we read it as someones birthday approaches.
It has a really good lesson in the end, that simplicity really is a the heart of happiness.
Ages : 4- 7
A peek into someones personal sketch book, that is what this one feels like. Beautiful, simple, yet detailed in black and white sketches. I love wordless books such as this one, giving your child a chance to describe what they see. This is not only engaging the creative mind but uses linguistics as well. While reading and imagining they are seeing the alphabet and working on phonetics. It’s just lovely. Due to it’s black and white nature, it’s baby friendly, a great starter book.