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

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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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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Interested in joining us next month?  Join the Facebook group for updates HERE and feel free to participate whenever you can.

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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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

Elephant Family Hand-Print: Part of Picture Book Month

I am so excited to be participating in this event with other amazing bloggers.  I love reading and it is very important to me to instil the love of reading into both of my children.   I also really love elephants so was pumped that I was reviewing and doing a craft on elephants.

Product Review - Little Elliot Big City
Little Elliot Big City

by Mike Curato

Children’s novel – Hardcover

Very age appropriate for my 2.5-year-old

This is a cute story about Elliot, he is a little elephant in a big city and too small to  do most everything himself.  One day he meets someone smaller and gains a new perspective.
I really love this book.  It is super cute, I love the artwork, I love the simplicity of the story and the details in the pictures for my daughter to point out and talk to us about.
I especially like how Elliot teamed up with someone smaller to achieve his goals, but it was done in a very light way and not obvious or in a way that is too preachy.  I had owned the book for 12 hours and Bee had asked to read it three times already.

Little Elliot Big City is an adorable book that any child would love! ELEPHANT! Click To Tweet

I did buy it and I am thrilled with it, I would buy it again and I have already ordered another book in the series too.

Elephant Family Hand Print Painting - In celebration of Picture Book Month here is a review of Little Elliot Big City by Mike Curato & a craft with it of a family of elephants made by handprints

My challenge as a blogger participating in #picturebookmonth was to make a craft related to the theme and the author.  The author was Mike Curato and the theme was elephant, so I am making an elephant hand-print craft.

Elephant Family Hand-Print Painting

Supplies needed:

  • Large canvas (I found mine at Dollarama)
  • Paint in 3-4 colours
  • Slightly damp sponge
  • Paint brush

Method:

  • Elephant Family Hand Print Painting - part 1Choose two of your colours, I choose purple and white for the background.  Place a few drops of white near the top. Put some purple in a container lid (or plate or whatever).
  • Dip your slightly damp sponge in purple paint and streak it across your canvas.  Mixing with the white for a textured background.
  • Prepare your colours for the elephant, I chose silver.  Organize as much as possible before getting baby/toddler.
  • Paint your toddlers hand with the paint and press it down gently onto the fine canvas.Elephant Family Hand Print Painting - part 3
  • I decided to do a family of elephants holding on to their mama, or rather my own two elephants following me.  Repeat until you have a line of elephants following each other and/or you run out of canvas.
  • Next are the finishing touches, so personalize it.  I added a tree at the end and some grass, but you do whatever you like!

Elephant Family Hand Print Painting - part 4

I really hope you get the chance to try this craft, it is so cute and I am super excited to have it on my wall.

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I also recommend the Elliot books!  I am using it as part of my sons first birthday party in December (check back for updates and to see details of his party in mid-December).

Elephant Family Hand Print Painting - In celebration of Picture Book Month here is a review of Little Elliot Big City by Mike Curato & a craft with it of a family of elephants made by handprints

Don’t forget to check out some of the other amazing books and crafts the other bloggers have come up with!

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Picture Book Month – Introductory Information

Picture Book Month - November is Picture Book Month. Literacy is so important to start at a young age. Encouraging children through picture books is the perfect way to start.

This month I am so excited to participate in Picture Book Month.  The print book is so important to literature, helping to instill a love of reading in children at an early age.  It is so important to me to give my children a good start to literacy, I started reading to my first in the womb (more for me than her!) and I love reading stories with both my 10-month-old and 2.5-year-old.

A group of bloggers got together and I am lucky enough to be one of them!  Each of us has a day/author/theme/book to do a craft on and promote.  We will be sharing each others posts and I really hope you will find some crafts to try and books to read because of this.

Here is the calendar we are following:

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My day is November 16 th and I am reviewing a book by Mike Curato.  Please keep your eyes peeled for my post on the 16th.  I love the book so much already and Bee asks to read it daily.

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Here are the amazing blogs who will be participating, please visit them and show them some blog love.

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Dad’s Side of the Story – blogfacebook
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Raising Fairies and Knights – blogfacebook
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I will also be reviewing a lot of children’s books this month to promote the love of reading.  Please consider checking them out!

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What is your child’s favourite book to read?

Picture Book Month - November is Picture Book Month. Literacy is so important to start at a young age. Encouraging children through picture books is the perfect way to start.

 

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