Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles

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This month in the Monthly Crafting Book club we are doing the Pinkalicious series.  I decided to make Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles.  My four-year-old daughter, Bee, LOVES the Pinkalicious books.  They are about a little girl who loves pink, unicorns, cupcakes, mermaids, and lots more.  Perfect for little girls.  My two-year-old son loves them too, but he is easy going and loves all books.

I did some searching on Pinterest for Pinkalicious ideas and was happy to come across Pinkalicious preschool work pages and colouring pages.  I printed them off for my daughter to do during afternoon quiet time.  My son still naps so we use this time to do home work pages and keep learning.  Sticking to our Pinkalicious theme today was great.  I am mentioning this as if any of you are interested you can find school work-pages on Pinterest too.

I decided to take advantage of some of the amazing weather this week by doing bubbles and home-made bubble wands with the kids.

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Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles

Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles - Join the #monthlycraftingbookclub to celebrate Pinkalicious-themed crafts this month.  Make some bubbles & bubble wands!

Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles - Join the #monthlycraftingbookclub to celebrate Pinkalicious-themed crafts this month.  Make some bubbles & bubble wands!Bubble Wand Instructions

 

  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Pony beads (or other kinds)

 

String the pony beads onto the pipe cleaners, filling up maybe the bottom half to two thirds.  Wrap the end of the pipe cleaner back around and inside the bottom bead to hold.  On top shape it into a circle, diamond, heart, etc.  Whatever shape you want!  I did find that it helped to keep the circles small. I liked to do figure eights as they were more likely to work and make the best bubbles.

 

Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles - Join the #monthlycraftingbookclub to celebrate Pinkalicious-themed crafts this month.  Make some bubbles & bubble wands!Bubble Instructions

 

  • 2.5 cups of water
  • 0.5 cups of corn syrup
  • 0.5 cups Dawn dish soap (apparently this one works best, you can try another if you are brave).

 

Pour the water and corn syrup into a large glass bowl.  Microwave for about four minutes.  Then pour in the dish soap and stir well.

 

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I poured the mixture into little bowls and let the kids go nuts!  They had so much fun dipping over and over with their home-made bubble wands.  My son has a tendency to spill bubble mixture a lot.  Intentionally and accidentally, I mean WHY would anyone put their feet in a bubble mixture bowl??  A two-year-old can find a reason!  At least with home-made stuff I don’t feel like he is pouring money down the drain.  We made tons of bubbles, caught lots on the sticks and had a blast.  We were all super sticky afterwards but had a great time!

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January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

March – How do Dinosaurs

April – The Hungry Caterpillar

May – Camping Themed

June – Pinkalicious Series

 

 

 

 

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S’Mores Craft

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Do you love camping?  We LOVE to read camping books in the summer, actually all year long.  Something fun to make alongside reading the book is a fun S’Mores Craft.  S’Mores is the epitome of summer to us.  Roasting marshmallows on the campfire is one of the best parts of camping. My kids love doing this every  summer and reading camping books starts to get everyone excited for upcoming camping trips.

Materials Needed:

  • Glue gun, paint  brushes, something to put the paint in
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Paint: brown, white, & yellow
  • Googly eyes
  • Gem (or something else for a nose)
  • Glitter glue

 

How to Assemble

  • Firstly, paint the Popsicle sticks.  Make sure you have four sticks per each kid.  Paint two of them yellow, one each brown and white.  Let them dry.
  • Next have an adult use the glue gun to glue the Popsicle sticks together.  The yellows are the cookies on the end, the brown is the chocolate in the middle and the white is the marshmallow for the middle.
  • Glue the google eyes and gem stones on wherever your child directs you to.
  • Using the glitter glue make a smile for your S’more Craft dude.
  • Optional: add magnets on the back to put him on the fridge.  Or add a string to hang it up.

What would you do with your S’More Craft?

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Have you seen the other Monthly Crafting Book Club Challenge books we covered this year?

 

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

March – How do Dinosaurs

April – The Hungry Caterpillar

May – Camping Themed

If you like Camping make sure you check out some of my other Camping related posts below:

 

 

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Organizing for your Lifestyle: Book Review

Organizing for your Lifestyle - A review on the book Organizing for Your Lifestyle by Jane Stoller with some tips on what to organize and how. Stress decreases with an organized space.

I was approached with the chance to review an organizational book and I jumped at the chance.  One of my goals is that I really want to de-clutter my house and get it more organized.  This book was perfect timing for the new year.  Unfortunately, I ended up needing a few surgeries this Winter.  Because of this I am super behind in reading and organizing.  Now that I am on the mend, I did a lot of reading while I recovered.  My hope is to get organizing once I am mobile.




 

Starting off the book has a quiz to gauge your organizing style.  For my results I got a fairly accurate reading. I am organized, but there is room for improvement.  Right you are!  The author is from Ontario, which is where I’m from (Ontario, Canada).  I think that is really cool.

Organizing for your Lifestyle - A review on the book Organizing for Your Lifestyle by Jane Stoller with some tips on what to organize and how. Stress decreases with an organized space.

Organizing for your Lifestyle - A review on the book Organizing for Your Lifestyle by Jane Stoller with some tips on what to organize and how. Stress decreases with an organized space.

Some of my favourite tips from the book:

  • When organizing your closet think of using shelves to display some treasures and make your closet a nice space.
  • The author says she doesn’t believe in the old adage: if you haven’t worn it in a year then toss it.  Thank goodness, as my body post-baby has made me totally change my wardrobe based on size.  But unfortunately I can’t wait to loose all that weight and wear those clothes again!
  • She gives advice on what clothes should be hung, folded, and where to store it.
  • Different ways to hand wash and care for your boots and leather.
  • How to organize your kitchen to achieve the most function.
  • Easy packing tips to downsize your travel wardrobe by creating outfits.

 

Thoughts on the Book

The author separated the book into different sections of your house.  You can read the whole thing, which I am doing.  Unfortunately, with kids and a bunch of injuries and illnesses it took me way to long.  But I can’t wait to tackle my house and organize it all once I am recovered.  Alternatively, you can hit up your favourite section to target your trouble areas.

 

Organizing for your Lifestyle - A review on the book Organizing for Your Lifestyle by Jane Stoller with some tips on what to organize and how. Stress decreases with an organized space. I think after reading this book I may have some hoarding tendencies unfortunately.  But using the tools in this book will help me tackle my living space.  Then I can try to make the clutter more manageable in my house.

 

One of the points Jane makes in her book that I think really hits home is how being organized not only saves time, but also helps your stress level.  If you are running around in the morning trying to find your keys or wallet, that may be what pushes your stress level over the top she says.  In my house I know this to be entirely accurate (cough my husband) on a daily basis.

 

Make it a MISSION to organize your house to help with your overall STRESS level

A dream closet wanted

Closets are a source of an issue at my house. We don’t have a big closet so finding room for everything is super challenging.  I love how the author suggested using command hooks.  Those are my staple too, the price is right, and it makes it easy to personalize any space.

 

Organizing for your Lifestyle - A review on the book Organizing for Your Lifestyle by Jane Stoller with some tips on what to organize and how. Stress decreases with an organized space. I loved the section on handbags.  I sell Thirty-One, so I have a LOT of purses and I have a hard time organizing them.  I was drooling over her organizational system and wishing I could have a closet dedicated to purses and shoes.  Which, there is also a great section on.  I must say though, she does make me want to go buy a pair of cowboy boots!

 

Feedback on the Book

One of the drawbacks would be some of her tips weren’t practical for families with small children.  Glass jars while pretty just are not practical as my kids will break them and cut themselves.  I also haven’t ironed in years, which she recommends for a lot of stuff. I have no time and the idea of ironing with a toddler running around is terrifying.  A lot of my space is taken up with toys.  While I can implement some of her tips, not all will work with the kids as young as they are for us.

 

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It also takes a fair amount of investment into each room to organize a storage system.  Which is for sure the dream, but on a budget not as practical to do each room in your house.  It would be very expensive to re-vamp each room and fund a new shelving or storage system complete with baskets and bins for  each room.  But gradually I hope to do just this.  Maybe I can advise on some cheaper ways to do this on a budget on my blog once completed.

 

What rooms or areas in your house need the most attention?  What areas would you like to see covered in a blog post?

 

Jane Stoller’s book was a nice easy read, perfect for post-surgery recovery and dreaming of what I can clean and organize once I am mobile again.  I cannot wait to use some of Jane’s tips to de-clutter and organize.  The book will be a guide for each room as I tackle the different sections of my house.  If you need some guidance and help I recommend checking out this book for some easy tips.

 

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How Do Dinosaurs… Clothes Peg Dinosaur craft

 

This month’s craft for the Monthly Crafting Book Club is How Do Dinosaurs… Clothes Peg Dinosaur craft.  Have you ever read the book series How Do Dinosaurs…… by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague?  It’s a really fun series.  They cover a bunch of  different topics How Do Dinosaurs Go To School, How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Dogs, How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colours, How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms, etc.  Tons of books to cover almost anything.  It’s a really fun series as it is a great learning tool.  It starts off with naughty dinosaurs doing the wrong thing, but usually funny.  Then it continues on to show how to do things the nice way.  A great and whimsical way to teach kids right or wrong in certain situations and a big hit with my kids and sister!

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If you haven’t been following the Monthly Crafting Book Club you should!  Every month we focus on a different book, series, or theme geared towards kids.  A group of bloggers all contribute fun crafts or activities towards the theme to help you connect with your kids and help encourage their love of reading!  I chose to do How Do Dinosaurs… Clothes Peg Dinosaur craft.

This month's Monthly Crafting Book Club is the How Do Dinosaurs series, with a Clothes Peg Dinosaur Craft. Come see what the other bloggers came up with

Materials Needed:

materials needed

  • Fun Foam (not a lot) in varying colours
  • Clothes peg for each participant
  • A googly eye for each dinosaur
  • Glitter glue
  • Glue gun, scissors, and markers
  • How Do Dinosaurs … Book by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague

How to assemble:

example of dinosaur

  • Have kids colour one side (the outside edges) of a clothes peg while you roughly sketch out the top of a dinosaur head, and the Bee making her dinosaurmouth section (two separate sections) on fun foam and cut them out.
  • Next, distract kids and have them choose what colour glitter glue they want while you use the hot glue gun to glue the top and bottom of the face onto each clothes peg.  Add on a googly eye (if they are antsy and hovering I get them to point to where they want me to place it) and add on a dot at the end of the mouth for a snout.
  • Give the new dinosaur to the kids to saturate, I mean decorate, with glitter glue.
  • Let it dry for a few hours, or days depending on how much glitter glue they used.
  • Then VOILA, it’s ready to be played with!

Po making his dinosaur

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This month's Monthly Crafting Book Club is the How Do Dinosaurs series, with a Clothes Peg Dinosaur Craft. Come see what the other bloggers came up with

 

This month's Monthly Crafting Book Club is the How Do Dinosaurs series, with a Clothes Peg Dinosaur Craft. Come see what the other bloggers came up with
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Next month we are doing The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, any books you would like to see us do?  Let me know in the comments below.

Did you miss some posts from last year?

January – Barnyard Dance

February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

March – ABC’s

April – Piggy in the Puddle

May – Five Little Monkeys

June – A Camping-related book

August – A Back to School-related book

September – It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse

October – Have You Seen My Monster

November – Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft

December – Winter Theme Book

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

 

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Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

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Welcome to February 2017’s installment of Giraffe’s Can’t Dance.  This book is a really fun one to have around.  If you have not heard of the Monthly Crafting Book Club yet it is a group of bloggers who get together to make up a craft related to a certain book, this month we are covering a Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft.  Make sure you check out the other blogger’s crafts below.  I am a big advocate of early literacy, we read a lot of books together as a family and I spend WAY too much each month on my daughters Scholastic catalogs through her nursery school.  Both my children love to read though and by combining a book and a craft together it furthers that love and encourages conversations about the story and more fun.

 

I decided to do a giraffe craft where they can make the giraffe dance.  We use items around the house as I believe crafts shouldn’t cost a lot either, and special trips to the store make it harder to do crafts sometimes, so hopefully you have a stock of basic craft stuff, construction paper, paint, glue, crayons, markers, etc.

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Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

Materials Needed:

  • Giraffe’s Can’t Dance by Giles Andreas & Guy Parker-Rees
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Paint in desired colours (yellow and brown if you are going traditional)
  • Construction paper or regular white paper
  • scissors, glue, markers, brushes

Method of Preparation:

  • Have the kids help decide what colour their giraffe will be and what colour the spots will be.  My three-year-old daughter of course chose pink and purple.  My son is two and still learning his colours, so let me go the traditional route.
  • Help the kids paint their toilet paper roll completely.
  • As that dries (try to keep it a thin coat), help them use the other colour (brown and purple for us) and dip their whole finger in it then press it on the paper to make the giraffe ears.
  • Use their finger prints to make spots on the toilet paper roll
  • Ours dried for a few days, then I pre-cut the ears out, and helped them draw faces on their giraffe and glue the ears on.
  • Then I cut two holes in the front for their little fingers so they could put it through and make the giraffe dance.

Next I found on you tube some clips of people singing the giraffe’s can’t dance story, so we played the video and the giraffe’s had fun dancing away to the story and songs afterwards.  I think they had more fun making the giraffe’s dance then even making it.  But they enjoyed the painting part too.  I got terrible pictures of the “after” part as they spent too much time moving to get a clear picture!  I hope you try this out with your kids and get to try out different colours too!

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Giraffe's Can't Dance Craft - Monthly Crafting Book Club is celebrating Giraffe's Can't Dance Crafts this month with a group of bloggers and crafts to show that Giraffes CAN dance.

Next month (March) we are doing the books from “How do Dinosaurs” series, in April we are doing The Hungry Caterpillar and May camping themed books.

Did you miss some posts from last year?

January – Barnyard Dance

February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

March – ABC’s

April – Piggy in the Puddle

May – Five Little Monkeys

June – A Camping-related book

August – A Back to School-related book

September – It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse

October – Have You Seen My Monster

November – Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft

December – Winter Theme Book

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Monthly Crafting Book for December – Flip and Flop Penguins Craft

 

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This month for the Monthly Crafting Book for December I decided to focus on the book Flip and Flop by Dawn Apperley.  I have a two-year-old and a three-and-a-half-year-old and they identify perfectly with the characters in the book. Both my kids are sick right now so I needed an easy craft, one that both kids would enjoy and could do on their own.

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Materials Needed:

  • Po enjoying making some penguin craftsConstruction paper in various colours: blue/purple/penguin colour, white, orange, yellow
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Glue

How to Assemble:

  • Before you gather the kids cut out a large penguin oval (I used half a paper) for the penguin body.  I picked blue (like one of the characters), but didn’t have purple so I used pink (to my daughters delight), you can use whichever colour you want or stick to Flip and Flop’s character colours.
  • Cut out a circle for the head in the same colour as the body.
  • Next, cut out a white oval, smaller than the body, for the tummy.
  • Grab the orange paper and cut out two orange feet per penguin.
  • Lastly cut a yellow beak.
  • Bee loving making her penguin craftsNow the fun part starts, gather the kids for gluing!  I gave them the pieces one at a time, body, then tummy, then head, then feet, then beak, and let the kids glue them on independently.  Then I had them draw eyes on their penguin.  My daughter’s looked more like eyes than my sons 🙂  But both kids were thrilled with their final product.

What is the Monthly Crafting Book Club?

Have you heard of the Monthly Crafting Book Club?  Have you seen any of our past posts?  I am a big advocate for children’s literacy and encouraging kids to read. I think that by incorporating a fun craft with the book it encourages a deeper love of reading and enjoyment of the book.  Every month a group of bloggers get together, whoever feels like participating that month and do a craft based on a specific book or theme.  It’s lots of fun and I get great ideas on activities to do with my own kids!  If you want to join our Facebook group, click HERE and you can check out other books, no obligation to participate each month.

 

Check out some of our past month’s book’s here.

January – Barnyard Dance

February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

March – ABC’s

April – Piggy in the Puddle

May – Five Little Monkeys

June – A Camping-related book

August – A Back to School-related book

September – It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse

October – Have You Seen My Monster

November – Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft

 

Next month we are doing the Ladybug Girl series by David Soman, a personal favourite of my daughters! February is Giraffe’s Can’t Dance.

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I love how creative everyone is in coming up with other fun crafts, I cannot wait to check them out too!

 

Monthly Crafting Book Club for December - Winter themed books & crafts from awesome bloggers

 

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Thank you so much to everyone for participating and I hope you got some great ideas on Winter themed books and crafts.

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Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas

Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas - As part of picture book month an easy craft for toddler or preschooler to go along with the book Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas.

I am so excited to be participating in Picture Book Month again this year.  Earlier this month I did my first book, Pirate Treasure Hunt by Jan Peck .  I signed up for my second book, Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas by Laura Murray.   It’s a fun story about a class trying to do good deeds around Christmas time.

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A big thank you to  Krystal at Healthy Happy Thrifty Family for organizing this blog hop this month in support of Children’s Literacy.  I am a big supporter of encouraging children to read and love the idea of pairing a book with the craft to further their love of it.

I love the story line of Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas by Laura Murray.  My favourite part is the kids trying to come up with ways to spread joy and thanks at this time of year.  Especially because the kids are making things themselves and coming up with their own ideas, that makes it even more special.

 

 

 

Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas Craft

I have a three and a half year old and an almost two year old,  so any craft that I do has to be easily adapted so my daughter can have fun and be challenged, but my son can participate too.  I pre-cut all the pieces before-hand so when we sit down it isn’t as hard to get them to sit still and do the craft.

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Materials Needed:

  • Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas book by Laura Murray
  • Glue
  • Construction paper in various colours.
  • Scissors, markers.
  • Pompoms and other decorations.

How-to Instructions:

  • Cut out a gingerbread man on brownish paper.
  • Grab some red paper and cut out a red hat and red scarf.
  • Next cut out white eyes, either draw on the pupils or have your older child do it.
  • Lastly cut out purple shorts.
  • Time to gather the kids together, give them some glue and let them go nuts.  My son’s parts weren’t quite in the right position, but my daughter got it spot on.  Bee, my daughter grabbed some decorations to decorate the gingerbread man afterwards.
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After the craft we grabbed the book, Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas, and read the story while playing with our new gingerbread men.

Please comment below with your favourite holiday-themed book!

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Pirate Treasure Hunt by Jan Peck

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I am so excited to be joining the Picture Book Month again this year hosted by Krystal at Healthy Happy Thrifty Family.  The book I am focusing on is Pirate Treasure Hunt by Jan Peck.

A great way to get kids involved in reading is by incorporating the book into something more than just reading, like a craft.  This was the inspiration for the Monthly Crafting Book Club that I host each month for bloggers.  We focus on a different book or theme each month and come up with a fun craft or activity to do with the book.  If you are interested in joining us please join our Facebook GROUP for more info. Check out some of our fun crafts below we have covered in past months.

January – Barnyard Dance

February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

March – ABC’s

April – Piggy in the Puddle

May – Five Little Monkeys

June – A Camping-related book

August – A Back to School-related book

September – It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse

October – Have You Seen My Monster

Last year for the Picture Book Month I covered Little Elliot Big City, which is still a favourite of my kids.

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Pirate Treasure Hunt Craft - As part of #picturebookmonth, I am covering Pirate Treasure Hunt by Jan Peck and doing a fun binocular craft to help your kids on their adventure.

This year I will be participating in two days worth of stories, the first is to cover a book by Jan Peck.  Once I signed up for Jan Peck I immediately put my name on the waiting list for all her stories at our local library.  But, I guess they are popular as even after over a month this one was the only one available, so this was the one we did! Pirate Treasure Hunt by Jan Peck, is a fun book, similar to going on a bear hunt to help a child go on an imaginary adventure.  After getting to the page about needing a “spyglass” I immediately decided to make binoculars with the kids to help them go on their own pirate adventures.

Materials Needed:

  • Paint
  • Paint brushes, scissors, duct tape, twine
  • 2 toilet paper rolls per child

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Instructions

  • Have the children pick out their favourite paints and paint their toilet paper rolls as much as they can.
  • Allow to dry overnight.
  • Take some duct tape and tape the two rolls together.
  • Have the adult poke a hole in the ends of the toilet paper rolls and string a piece of twine through it to make it into binoculars.

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Now have an adventure with the kids!  Go over, under, around, and through your obstacles on your adventure!  Have fun with them and help them use their imagination.

Pirate Treasure Hunt Craft - As part of #picturebookmonth, I am covering Pirate Treasure Hunt by Jan Peck and doing a fun binocular craft to help your kids on their adventure.

Where is your favourite place to go on an imaginary adventure?  Comment below and let me know!

 

 

 

 

 

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Pirate Treasure Hunt Craft - As part of #picturebookmonth, I am covering Pirate Treasure Hunt by Jan Peck and doing a fun binocular craft to help your kids on their adventure.

Monthly Crafting Book Club for November – Have You Seen My Monster?

Have You Seen My Monster - The Monthly Crafting Book Club for November is covering Have You Seen My Monster, a great book to reinforce colours & teach shapes to kids.

Welcome to November’s Monthly Crafting Book Club instalment. My son received Have You Seen My Monster for Christmas last year and then shortly after my daughter came home from the library with another one in the series called Have you seen my Dragon, I loved the concept of these books.  You have to look for the monster (where’s waldo style) but while doing something fun, in Have You Seen My Monster he is at a fair or carnival.  Each page focuses on a different shape and colour, you have to identify the shape and find all of the different items at the fair that are the same shape (helped along with being a different colour).  It’s a great learning book and lots of scope for teaching and exploring different shapes and colours.

 

For my kids we decided to do potato painting.  I have actually not done potato painting with them yet, I am not the best with fine details and trying to cut a potato into a shape scared me.  I tried it anyway, they were not perfect, but my kids could identify them and loved it anyway, besides, it’s all about the paint right?

Have You Seen My Monster - The Monthly Crafting Book Club for November is covering Have You Seen My Monster, a great book to reinforce colours & teach shapes to kids.

Materials Needed:

  • Large paper
  • Paint in various colours
  • Potatoes
  • Knife, cutting board, markers, fork, lids for paint.

 

How to:

  • First cut the potatoes in half and identify some shapes you can try to cut out, I did rectangle, oval (leave as is!), circle, star, and more.
  • I drew “Have you seen my monster” and tried to copy the monster free hand onto their big paper.
  • I poured some paint into the top of some old lids and let the kids go nuts stamping and decorating the paper.
  • My daughter wanted to do the monster so I had her use the fork to make his fur.

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I can’t wait to check out the other bloggers below and see what crafts they have come up with.  If there is a book you want to see us do crafts for comment below so I can look it up!

Monthly Crafting Book Club for October

– Have You Seen My Monster

Have You Seen My Monster - The Monthly Crafting Book Club for November is covering Have You Seen My Monster, a great book to reinforce colours & teach shapes to kids.

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Have You Seen My Monster - The Monthly Crafting Book Club for November is covering Have You Seen My Monster, a great book to reinforce colours & teach shapes to kids.

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What book do you want to see coming up in the Monthly Crafting Book Club?

Check out the past month’s editions:

January – Barnyard Dance

February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

March – ABC’s

April – Piggy in the Puddle

May – Five Little Monkeys

June – A Camping-related book

August – A Back to School-related book

September – It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse

October – Have You Seen My Monster

 

 

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Llama Llama We Will Miss You

Llama Llama We Will Miss You - The Llama Llama series is amazing and so much fun to read with your toddler or preschooler.  Try this fun craft with your kids to bring the book to life.

This past week I heard the sad news that Anna Dewdney,  author of the Llama Llama series, passed away from brain cancer.  The Llama Llama series has been a favourite in my house for both my toddler and preschooler, and frankly by me too.  We love reading these books.  Llama Llama has  cute rhymes, fun stories, and fantastic storylines.

In memory of our favourite Llama Llama books here is a fun and easy craft you can do with your toddler and preschooler to go along with the book.

MATERIALS:

  • Construction paper in various colours
  • Scissors & glue
  • Llama Llama Nighty Night

INSTRUCTIONS:

I cut a few different coloured construction paper into smaller squares to make up the quilt parts.  After that I made smaller squares for my preschooler, who can do it faster and in more fine detail than my toddler.  My toddler got bigger quilt squares.

Next I coloured a big square on a piece of construction paper (they chose their colours).  Now it’s glue time!  I gave them glue to glue on the squares.  They got nice and sticky and enjoyed playing with the glue and sticking the squares on their quilt.  After they decided they were done I cut out their quilt, and they played putting their little toys to bed under the quilt.

There you have it, an easy fun craft with almost no prep and materials you are sure to have at home to celebrate Llama Llama with your kids.

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What is your favourite Llama Llama book?

Llama Llama We Will Miss You - The Llama Llama series is amazing and so much fun to read with your toddler or preschooler.  Try this fun craft with your kids to bring the book to life.

 

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