Five Little Monkeys Craft & Activity – Monthly Crafting Book Club for May

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For this month we decided to focus on Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, a personal favourite of my children.  I really wanted a craft activity where they could make the monkeys jump, originally I thought of popsicle sticks, but according to Pinterest everyone else agrees too, apparently.

 

Materials Needed:

  • Small box
  • Construction paper in a few colours
  • Scissors, glue, tape, markers
  • 5 monkey toys, puzzle pieces, game pieces, etc.

Instructions

  • Choose a colour of construction paper and tape it all around the box so it is covered.  This job is for the adult or older child.
  • Cut out a paper to be the “bed” and two little pillows.
  • Have child help glue pillow on the bed then decorate them.
  • Glue the bed inside the box.
  • Optional, decorate the outside of the box.

Now for the fun part, read the book or sing the song and shake the box so the monkeys jump up and down, then remove a monkey at each verse and continue the song/story until all the monkeys are on the floor.

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I loved doing this with my daughter, shaking things roughly is kind of a forte of a three year old so this is perfect for her.  I was startled when at the line “one fell off” she immediately took out a monkey and placed him on the floor unprompted.  I have caught her a few times doing in on her own she loved it so much.  She jumps up and down while shaking it so it is great exercise too.

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Monthly Crafting Book Club for May – Five Little Monkeys

This month we focused on Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed or otherwise.  The series of books from Eileen Christelow is so fun to read with children.

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This is a monthly series where a group of bloggers get together and create an activity or craft to go with the book.  Children’s literacy is so important.  We need to set our children up for success and nurture their skills for reading as much as we can ,what better way to have some fun than by reading the book and then doing some crafts to go with it!  If you are a blogger and want to join us please join the group!  If you do any of the crafts and activities and want to share with us the hashtag #monthlycraftingbookclub or please tag me on instagram (@raisingfairiesandknights), twitter (raisingfairies) or Facebook so I can share too!  We love to see people having fun with our activities!

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In January we did Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton, in February If you Give A Moose A Muffin by Laura Numeroff, in March we did ABC’s by Dr. Seuss, April was Piggy in The Puddle by Charlotte Pomerantz.  Check out past months for great craft ideas too and some new books to read.

 

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Piggy in the Puddle Sensory Bin

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The book for the month of April in the #monthlycraftingbookclub is Piggy in the Puddle by Charlotte Pomerantz .  This book was a family favourite growing up.  I read it whenever I have to entertain groups of kids and it is always received favourably.

Instead of a craft this month I chose to do an activity with my kids and get SUPER messy!  But have a blast at the same time.  Making a sensory bin of “mud” is great fun, they can play with the pigs in it, try out squishing the pudding in their hands, and have a snack!

Piggy in the Puddle Sensory bin - We made a piggy mud puddle sensory bin to accompany the book Piggy in the Puddle as part of this months #monthlycraftingbookchallenge.

 

Piggy in the puddle materials

Materials needed:

  • Pigs (I went through toys and borrowed all the pigs I found).
  • A “soap” representative (I used duplo and wrote SOAP on it).
  • Chocolate instant pudding
  • Milk
  • Whisk, Bowl, measuring cup, shallow dish (or two if you have two kids that need their own dish)

Piggy in the Puddle Sensory bin - We made a piggy mud puddle sensory bin to accompany the book Piggy in the Puddle as part of this months #monthlycraftingbookchallenge.

Instructions

  • My 3-year-old daughter, Bee, helped me make the pudding.  Her daddy had just had dental surgery and she was an expert at making pudding and jello for him to eat by now.  Pour in the cow milk, whisk in the chocolate powder and keep whisking until they are too tired and you get to take over.
  • I had her go play while it set and I tracked down all the pigs in her toys.
  • After the pudding had set, I got a small container for the toddler to play in and a bigger one for her then set up the pudding mud with a few pigs and the soap for them to test out.
  • I put smocks on them because I KNEW it would get messy and let them go to town.  As they played I read the book out loud to them and they acted it out with the pigs (or well the older one did, my 15-month-old son just used the pig as a spoon to scoop pudding into his mouth).

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They laughed, ate and enjoyed themselves.  Then bath time for my sticky piggies.  Needless to say neither really ate dinner that night.  Whatever we had fun!!

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Piggy in the Puddle Sensory bin - We made a piggy mud puddle sensory bin to accompany the book Piggy in the Puddle as part of this months #monthlycraftingbookchallenge.

 

What was your favourite childhood book to read growing up?

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Piggies in the Puddle – Monthly Crafting Book Club for April

For this month’s Monthly Crafting Book Club in the spirit of Spring, or what should be Spring here, we kind of skipped Spring and went from Winter to Summer, usually it is messy and rainy in Spring, so this is a good book to focus on for this season.

Monthly Crafting Book Club for April - As April's #monthlycraftingbookclub book we focused on Piggies in the Puddle. Come check out the games and activities all the bloggers came up with.

I am so lucky to have a great group of bloggers to join me each month in the Monthly Crafting Book Club and come up with fantastic games and activities to encourage children’s literacy each month.  Literacy is a big deal to me, my mom worked with an adult literacy organization trying to help adults read and I have learned through her how hard it can be as an adult with low-literacy skills.  It is so important to do everything we can to encourage our young ones to get excited about books and thus we combine activities and crafts to get their excitement going beyond just reading the story.

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Monthly Crafting Book Club for March – Dr. Suess’s ABC’s

Welcome to March’s Monthly Crafting Book Club installment.  I had a few requests for Dr. Seuss so settled on the ABC book as there is so much variety to incorporate in crafts and activities.

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Check out what awesome crafts and activities the other bloggers came up with.  I am loving how many people are participating and I am finding so many activities to do with my kids!  It is great how people share activities and crafts for kids of a variety of ages.

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Don’t forget to see what we did for January and February

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Monthly Crafting Book Club for February - February's book for the Monthly Crafting Book Club is If You Give A Moose A Muffin by Laura Numeroff. Come see the crafts, games, and activities related to the book.

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Dr. Seuss’s ABC “T” Handprint Painting

This month’s challenge in the Monthly Crafting Book Club in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday last month is his ABC book.  I must admit, I am not a big Dr. Seuss fan, but I can see why so many kids love the silly lines and fun pictures, my kids included!  We haven’t done any hand print crafts in awhile so decided to focus on the letter “T” ten tired turtles on a tuttle-tuttle tree.

Dr. Seuss's ABC - In celebration of Dr. Seuss's ABC book, we focused on the letter "T" and did a canvas handprint painting to depict the scene.

Materials needed:

  • Canvas of some sort (or even paper)
  • Paint – orange, yellow, green, brown
  • A black sharpie
  • Paint brushes and sponges
  • Willing children

How to:

  • I squirted orange and yellow over the canvas and used a moist sponge to spread it out everywhere.
  • After allowing the paint to dry, I painted my daughters hand and arm brown and had her place them gently on the canvas to be the tree, then we did a few more hand print branches, re-painting brown in between.
  • I let it dry then had her dip a finger in green paint and do 10 finger prints wherever she wanted (she loved this part).
  • I washed her hand well (she was nice and covered at this point).
  • A day later when it was really dry I used a black sharpie to draw on the turtles tails, arms and legs.  Then I wrote the Dr. Suess lyrics at the top of the canvass.

T Handprint Craft - In celebration of Dr. Seuss's ABC book, we focused on the letter "T" and did a canvas handprint painting to depict the scene. T Handprint Craft - In celebration of Dr. Seuss's ABC book, we focused on the letter "T" and did a canvas handprint painting to depict the scene.

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That’s it!  It was really easy and perfect for any Dr. Seuss lover.

Dr. Seuss's ABC - In celebration of Dr. Seuss's ABC book, we focused on the letter "T" and did a canvas handprint painting to depict the scene.

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Don’t forget to see what we did for January and February

Barnyard Dance - January

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What is your favourite Dr. Seuss book?  Please let me know in the comments below.

If You Give A Moose A Muffin Free Printable & Muffin Craft

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As part of the Monthly Crafting Book Club for February, here is my kids version of a craft for If You Give A Moose A Muffin book by Laura Numeroff.  My daughter loves to color and cut things out with scissors, or at least try, so I tried to incorporate that into a fine motor skills activity to go along with the book.

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Materials needed

  • If  You Give A Moose A Muffin printable.
  • Markers.
  • Glue.
  • Scissors.
  • Different color construction paper.
  • If You Give A Moose A Muffin book.

Instructions

  • Print out If You Give A Moose A Muffin printable.
  • Have your child color in the muffin, hopefully you can join them and colour too.
  • After they have finished colouring, let them practice with scissors and try to cut it out themselves.
  • Get them to glue the cut out pieces onto construction paper.
  • Optional: Once muffin is glued on paper, you could either write a quote from your favorite passage from the book on the paper or have them color it again.

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Monthly Crafting Book Club - February's book for the Monthly Crafting Book Club is If You Give A Moose A Muffin by Laura Numeroff. Come see the crafts, games, and activities related to the book.
If you have not read If You Give A Mouse A Cookie series by Laura Numeroff you are seriously missing out.  She has an amazing series of books all starring different animals and the mischief they get up to.  You have If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, If ou give A Pig A Pancake, If You Give A Dog A Doughnut, If You Give A Cat A Cupcake,  If You Take A Mouse to School, and a few others including If You Give A Moose A Muffin, which of course is our book for the month.

I have had a soft spot for these books ever since I worked as a teacher in the preschool class at a Montessori school.  The kids just adored these books so I immediately started collecting them for when I had my own children years later.

The monthly crafting book challenge is for encouraging children and their parents (or whoever) in the love of reading.   A great way to encourage reading is by incorporating crafts, games, activities, etc. to keep the love alive.   Every month we focus on a different book and try and do a craft or activity or pretty much anything that encourages children to read and associate it with the book.  For me the love of literature is very important.  We are big readers in this house and really hope to pass that onto our children.

A bunch of us bloggers get together each month to focus on a different story and craft to go along with it.  This month we are focusing on If You Give A Moose Muffin. Last month we did Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton.  If you’d like to see what next month’s book challenge is check out below.  Even if you are not a blogger you are welcome to participate anyway, just send me a picture of you and your children reading the book and doing crafts or activities related to it.

 

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This is next month’s book (just in time for Dr. Seuss’s Day) the ABC’s by Dr. Seuss.  If you want to participate join our Facebook group here.  All you need to do is come up with a craft or activity related to the book and send it to me by March 20th, the post goes live on March 25th. Join the group above for more details and I cannot wait to see what you come up with!

 

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If You Give A Moose A Muffin Pom Pom Craft

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This is such a cute story that I love to read with my kids.  We love the sequence of events that show cause and effect and especially the muffins.  Here’s a fun craft you can do with your kids to work on their fine motor skills, colour matching and enthusiasm for the book.

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Materials needed:

  • Construction paper
  • Pom-poms
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • If You Give A Moose A Muffin book

Before we started I cut some neutral paper like yellow or white into the top part of the muffin (like a big oval shape).  I cut the bottom a different vibrant color to match the pom-poms in a square shape.

Then I had my preschooler sit down and pick what color pom-pom she wanted to do, thinking the pom-poms could correlate to different fruit, pink could be raspberries or strawberries blue could be blueberries, purple could be blackberries, etc. she chose pink to no ones surprise.  I had her pick all the pink ones out of the group of pom-pom.  After she found all the pink I had her glue the pom-poms onto the top of her muffin.  Then I helped her glue the top of the muffin onto the bottom.  It was pretty easy but it was still a fun craft to do together.  A big thank you to my friend Luna who came for a coffee and girls night and consented to do some muffin crafts with us first (hers was the blue one), true friends do preschool crafts with you!

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Monthly Crafting Book Club for January – Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton

Here is the first installment of the Monthly Crafting Book Club.  A group of five of us bloggers got together to celebrate Sandra Boynton’s Barnyard Dance.  Celebrating and encouraging children’s literacy is so important.  Anyway you can celebrate books in your house will help encourage your own little readers.

Come join us for the Monthly Crafting Book Club. Each month we focus on a different book and encourage early literacy by pairing it with a craft.

 

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All bloggers are welcome to participate, please send me your URL and a picture by February 20th, posts should be scheduled to go live on February 25th.  If any non-bloggers want to participate feel free to send me a picture of your craft too.  Send them to raisingfairiesandknights@yahoo.com.  You are also welcome to do as many crafts as you want to submit.

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