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!

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

 




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

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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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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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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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!

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– 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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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?

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Book Review – My Name Is Mahtob

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Have you heard of My Name Is Mahtob yet?  Many years ago I read Not Without My Daughter.  I watched the movie and was fascinated and horrified by the awful story of Betty and Mahtob Mahmoody, a mother and daughter going to Iran with their daddy/father on what they thought was an innocent vacation to visit his family.  Little did they know they would be held captive there and suffer from countless abuse and humiliations at their father/husbands hands.

 

When I heard about this book written from the daughter’s perspective I could not wait to read it and hear her side of the story.  I was curious what it must have been like for her being such a young girl at the time.  Did she remember much of what happened?  How did her life turn out?  I hoped since karma dealt her such a low blow early in her life she would have an amazing life to make up for it and wanted to learn more about her.

At the end of Not Without My Daughter they cross the border and you think awesome, they escaped, happy ending to a story.  But that is NOT the ending.  They still had issues arriving in the middle of the night in a strange city, getting to America, and once in America never stopped being pursued by their husband/father.  They were never free, which I was horrified to learn through reading this book.

Mahtob Grows Up

Mahtob’s book is great.  It visits her storyline of being in Iran and trying to escape with her mother.  Mostly it deals with the aftermath.  Trying to grow up as a well-adjusted girl as normal as she possibly can.  But with the shadow and threat of her father looming over her for her entire life and the fear of him kidnapping her, or sending emmisaries to do it for him, really cast a pall on her life.  It affected her day to day life immensely.  If you are interested in seeing how their story finishes off you should read this book.  I was glad I had a chance to read it.  Mahtob is an amazingly strong woman who dealt with the blows of her life with grace and courage.  She could have rolled over and stopped fighting, but she never did.  She is a strong woaman and a great role model.

Mahtob fights back!

I enjoyed her way of writing, it seemed modest and informative. It gave a great history and lots of detail, but not overwhelming or boring.  Her faith was a big factor in her strength and helping her to get courage to face her illness (which I won’t write about in detail so I don’t spoil it) along with her father’s harassment and stalking.

I recommend this book to anyone wanting a real-life story of a girl suffering from atrocities overseas in Iran and learning about the differences for women in different cultures.

Are you familiar with this story?  What did you think of her mother’s book (Not Without My Daughter) and/or her book (My Name Is Mahtob)?  Did you see the movie with Sally Field?

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Monthly Crafting Book Club for September – Happy Pumpkin Day Mouse

Happy Pumpkin Day Mouse - Happy Pumpkin Day Mouse is a FANTASTIC book for little kids. Come see what easy crafts the Monthly Crafting Book Club has created for September's book!

 

This book has been a favourite of my family for two years now.  Toddlers just LOVE It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse by Laura Numeroff, same series as if You Take A Mouse To School series.  Between the counting, learning facial features, and pumpkin fun my kids squeal with excitement over this book and make me read it over and over again.  Now that my son is almost two (not till Christmas) he adores this book and yells “eek” and “boo” over and over again.

It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse is the book of the month in the Monthly Crafting Book Club for September.  I formed a group of bloggers after Christmas last year who would be interested in participating in a monthly blog series where we all do a craft or activity based on the same book.  It’s been a great success and I have loved to see what everyone comes up with.  If you think you might be interested in joining us join our Facebook Group HERE and check out the upcoming books to see if you would be interested in joining us.  You are not obligated to participate every month and can pick and choose which ones you want to participate in.

 

Check out our past month’s crafts below:

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

 

This month I choose to do pumpkin faces with my kids, a great way to recognize emotion and teach my son matching.

Materials Needed

  • Orange Paint
  • Empty Egg Carton
  • Sharp knife, paint brushes, etc.
  • Markers
  • It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse Book by Laura Numeroff

Instructions

  • Use a knife to cut apart the egg carton.  I find a knife is easier than scissors, but whatever floats you boat.
  • Next I had my kids paint the egg cartons orange.
  • I let them dry overnight (or maybe two until we had time to come back to it).
  • I took the book and copied the faces of the pumpkins onto our egg carton pumpkins.
  • I gave the kids each a marker and the extra egg shell pumpkins and had them decorate as well.

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Put It All Together

We grabbed the book and the egg carton pumpkins and laid them out on the floor so we could see all the faces.  As we read the book we picked out the pumpkin that matched the emotional pumpkin on the page, usually imitating it ourselves.  “This pumpkin is sad”, we all made sad faces and found the sad pumpkin. We did this for the whole book until we matched all the pumpkin faces to the right page.

 

And repeat!

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The kids loved doing this, it was super easy, they got to get messy (always a favourite), and read a book together which is also fun.  By incorporating a the book with a craft it encourages them to read more, they are more likely to remember it with the craft, and it prolongs the story and makes It more enjoyable for them.  We love reading in this house and I want to foster that love and make it as interactive as possible to further their interest in reading.

 

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Monthly Crafting Book Club for July – Camping books

This month we decided to focus on camping books since so many are going camping!  Everyone gets to chose whichever children’s book they want to cover this month and do a craft or activity on the book.  We are lookig for bloggers to join us each month, you can choose whether or not to participate, you just need to come up with a craft or activity for kids based on the book and send me the URL and a picture to include in the collage by the 25th of each month.  Join our Facebook group to get updates and find out the next book.

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I chose to do Froggy Goes To Camp by Jonathan London, a personal favourite of my daughters.  It is a goofy book about a frog going to sleep away camp and it makes my daughter laugh and laugh.  In one of the scenes in the book Froggy and his teacher go kayaking, so we decided to do a kayak as our craft.

Kayak materials

Materials Needed:

  • Scissors, stapler, paint brushes, tape
  • Paint in three colours
  • Chop sticks
  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Random animal or people to sit in the kayak (find them around the house)

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  • Have the adult cut a hole in the middle of a toilet paper roll so the creature has somewhere to sit.
  • Get your child to help you staple down the end of the toilet paper roll so it closes like the end of a kayak.
  • Have your child choose a color paint and paint the “kayak” their favourite colour.
  • Using the leftover pieces of the toilet paper roll that you cut out of the cockpit, cut it in two and shape it like paddles.  We chose to paint the paddle ends brown.
  • Let it all dry.
  • Once the paddle ends are dry use tape to tape them onto the ends of a chop stick as the paddle.
  • Put your creature in the cockpit (hopefully they fit) and have fun pretending to kayak!!

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