Monthly Crafting Book Club for August – Back to School Books

Monthly Crafting Book Club for Aug - School Books - It's time for back to school! This Monthly Crafting Book for August is focusing on Back to School books with crafts to make reading more fun with your kids!

Every month I gather a group of bloggers together to participate in the Monthly Crafting Book Club, a great way to encourage kids to read by incorporating a craft (or activity) to go along with the book.  If you are a blogger and want to join us join our Facebook group to see the upcoming books you can choose to participate in. Check out some of our past ones:

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

 

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This month in the Monthly Crafting Book Club we are focussing on books related to back to school.  There are so many AMAZING back to school books that it is way more fun to see what everyone comes up with then by all doing the same  book.

After visiting the lirary and browsing their selection of books my daughter fell in love with Pete the Cat and his Rocking School Shoes.  In 24 hours I have had to read it at least 10 times…….. Thank goodness it’s a library book and goes back in a few weeks!  Anyways, after reading it I knew a craft with Pete’s red shoes would be PERFECT!  So we decided to get messy and do a painting activity for Pete’s red shoes.

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MATERIALS NEEDED

  • Pete the Cat Book
  • BIG paper, or a roll of paper
  • red paint
  • A marker
  • Rain boots
  • A bucket
  • Plastic plate
  • Soap
  • Optional: a kiddy pool all set up…..

HOW TO DO IT

First we filled up a bucket with soap and I got the kids to wash their boots, clean boots are important for painting with them.  While the kids did that I filled up their kiddy pool for easy washing once they are done getting messy.

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I chose to use rain boots instead of flip flops or running shoes because my kids are little and rain boots won’t be as slippery, plus it won’t ruin their shoes.

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I put a plate on the floor with red paint, then had them step in the paint with their boots and dance around the paper to make their cool cat rocking shoe foot print.

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They were having so much fun we also tried one without the boots in their bare feet in the paint.  They loved that too!  Squishy, squashy, messy fun!

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When they were done we wrote a fun quote from the book on the paper and hung it up to dry.  Now for swimming bath time fun!

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I love this activity as even my one and a half year old son can easily participate too.  My three year old daughter gets stimulated but so does my son.  It can be hard to find activities that they will both enjoy and painting, especially with boots, is such an easy and fun one!

What is your favourite back to school book?

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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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Since everyone is so busy this summer we have one other blogger who participated this month be sure to check out her blog and see what curious George came up with to do this month.

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Monthly Crafting Book Club for June – The Princess and the Pony

The Princess and the Pony - This #monthlycraftingbookclub is The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton. Come check out the crafts and activities based on the book.

It’s time for June’s Monthly Crafting Book Club installment.  My daughter got this book as  a present from one of my BFF’s (thanks Jess!) and we love it!  It is funny, has girl power, and is quite unpredictable.  A favourite of mine to give to visitors to read because they have no idea what they are getting into.

This is the book for this month’s crafting book club, each month we get together with a group of bloggers and make a craft or activity related to a book to help encourage literacy.

We decided to make a shield to go along with the battle scene.  My kids love to run around and I knew having shields would make their rough play even more fun for them.

Materials Needed:

  • Paper plates
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton

Instructions:

  • Take some duct tape and fold it over half  way so it is covered on two sides.  Using the sticky part that’s on the end attach it to the paper plate then tape down the other end, leaving some room for your loveys to put their hands in.
  • You can colour the front of the paper plate, or even glue down paper shapes.

Enjoy playing with your kids or hopefully watching them play together for awhile and give you some time for a coffee!

 

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Please join us next month for a camping themed book club.  It is an open month, you can pick any camping book just let me know so I can add it to our list.  Join or Facebook group for more updates and to sign up for any camping book you want for July.  Posts go live at the end of July.

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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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If you are a fan of the Five Little Monkey book Series by Eileen Christelow then check out this site for bonus sheets to print out for games, activities, and crafts.

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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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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.

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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

Barnyard Dance - January

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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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

Monthly Crafting Book Club - February

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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