The Hungry Caterpillar: Craft & Counting Activity

The Hungry Caterpillar - Practice fine motor skills, colour recognition & counting in this fun The Hungry Caterpillar: Craft & Counting Activity for the #MonthlyCraftingBookClub

This month for the Monthly Crafting Book Club we are focusing on The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  I always love pairing fun activities with a book to help encourage my kids love of reading.  We love focusing on a new book each month and doing something fun with it then reading the book together.  This month we did The Hungry Caterpillar: Craft & Counting Activity, a combination of a fun craft, and a learning activity to do along with the book.

The Hungry Caterpillar - Practice fine motor skills, colour recognition & counting in this fun The Hungry Caterpillar: Craft & Counting Activity for the #MonthlyCraftingBookClub

Material Needed:

The Hungry Caterpillar - Practice fine motor skills, colour recognition & counting in this fun The Hungry Caterpillar: Craft & Counting Activity for the #MonthlyCraftingBookClub

  • Egg Carton
  • Paint: green, red
  • Pom Poms
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Supplies: knife, paint brushes & tray, sharpie

 

How to Put it Together:

Part 1:

The Hungry Caterpillar - Practice fine motor skills, colour recognition & counting in this fun The Hungry Caterpillar: Craft & Counting Activity for the #MonthlyCraftingBookClub

  • Cut the egg carton in half before you wrangle the kids.
  • Give each child a tray of green paint and let them go nuts painting the inside and outside of their egg carton green.
  • Help them (or instruct depending on the age) to paint the first cup in and out red.
  • Let dry.
  • Poke holes in the red cup for antenna, cut a piece of pipe cleaner and fold in half.  Put it through the antenna holes.
  • Optional: Write the days of the week on each egg carton.

Part 2:

The Hungry Caterpillar - Practice fine motor skills, colour recognition & counting in this fun The Hungry Caterpillar: Craft & Counting Activity for the #MonthlyCraftingBookClub

  • Collect some pom poms and The Hungry Caterpillar book.
  • As you read the book with them have them drop a pom pom in each container to correspond with the right food. You will need to double up on one day!

The Hungry Caterpillar - Practice fine motor skills, colour recognition & counting in this fun The Hungry Caterpillar: Craft & Counting Activity for the #MonthlyCraftingBookClub

I enlisted my mother’s help to read the book while I helped the kids count their pom poms and put them in the egg cups.  My four-year-old did amazing at it.  She had no issues doing it and even colour coordinated the pom poms to match the food colour.  My two-year-old just had fun putting pom poms in egg cups.  Either way we enjoyed the story, craft, and activity.

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The Hungry Caterpillar - Practice fine motor skills, colour recognition & counting in this fun The Hungry Caterpillar: Craft & Counting Activity for the #MonthlyCraftingBookClub

 

The Hungry Caterpillar - Practice fine motor skills, colour recognition & counting in this fun The Hungry Caterpillar: Craft & Counting Activity for the #MonthlyCraftingBookClub

 

 

 

 

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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 Camping Themed books.  Are there any books you would like to see us do?  Let me know in the comments below.

Have you seen the other great crafts from this year:

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

March – How do Dinosaurs

April – The Hungry Caterpillar

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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!

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

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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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Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

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.

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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Please check out the other inspiring Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Crafts below from the other bloggers participating in the Monthly Crafting Book Club this month:

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.

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

If you are a blogger and want to join us, join our Facebook group HERE and feel free to participate whenever you can.

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Ladybug Girl Wings

 

Ladybug Girl Wings - Celebrate the monthly crafting book club for January with Ladybug Girl, come see the crafts bloggers have come up with, like my Ladybug Girl Wings.

This month for the Monthly Crafting Book Club we are covering the Ladybug Girl series.  This series is a personal favourite in my house and my daughter is always asking for Ladybug Girl Wings.  My son is game to try anything and likes the character Bumblebee Boy so he was happy to get his own wings too.

The Ladybug Girl series by  Jacky Davis and David Soman is really fun.  Each book is trying to teach children how to overcome obstacles, sometimes it is boredom, disagreements, etc.  My daughter was almost three-and-a-half when she fell in love with this series, she told everyone her name was Lulu (so strangers at the park asked me about my daughter Lulu!).  She even taught her 18-month-old brother to answer to Bingo (the main character’s dog) and would try to lead him around on a leash.  I couldn’t wait to do this book as a theme in the Monthly Crafting Book Club and see what everyone else came up with too!

If you are new to the Monthly Crafting Book Club, it is a group of bloggers I organize where every month we focus on a different book, series, or theme and all try to come up with a craft or activity that relates to the book. We have sucessflly done it for a year, you can check out last years themes and 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

September – It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse

October – Have You Seen My Monster

November – Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft

December – Winter Theme Book

If you are a blogger and want to join us, join our Facebook group HERE and feel free to participate whenever you can.  The next book we are covering for February is Giraffes Can’t Dance and March is How do Dinosaurs….series.

 

On to our Ladybug Girl Wings, what child doesn’t love a set of wings to run around and fly with?

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Ladybug Girl Wings

Materials Needed:

  • Large Fun Foam
  • Wire
  • Glue Gun & sticks
  • Extra fun foam and glitter for decorations
  • Elastic
  • Cardboard to cut out (like an old cereal box)

How to assemble:

  • Sketch out the wings on some cardboard and cut it out as a template.
  • Trace it out on the fun foam, you will need four, two per side.
  • leaving a space a few inches long at the top left for the wire, glue two sides together with the glue gun, repeat on the other side.  Trim access foam around the edges so it looks uniform all around (save the spot you saved for the wire).
  • Take the wire and make a loop in the middle, with the wire sticking out the top on both sides (see diagram).
  • Use the glue gun to attach the long loops into the wing on each side.
  • Trim again to make sure the wings are uniform.
  • Take the elastic and tie to the top of the wire and bottom on each side. Adjust them to your child’s size.
  • Time to get your child to help you decorate the wings!  For my daughter we cut out black circles for the lady bug dots and she helped to glue them on. For my son I stuck to glitter as he is two and his help makes everything challenging.

Time to run around like a bunch of crazy fairies, bugs, etc.

What kind of bug is your child if and when they play BUG SQUAD??

 

Did you get a chance to see the other amazing crafts shared below by the other fabulous bloggers???

Ladybug Girl Wings - Celebrate the monthly crafting book club for January with Ladybug Girl, come see the crafts bloggers have come up with, like my Ladybug Girl Wings.

 

Thank you so much for visiting us and I hope you find some awesome crafts to try out with your little readers.

 

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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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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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Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft

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 I chose to do Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft because my daughter loves this series of books.  Besides, wands are super fun to play with so I knew this would be great.  I also have a toddler son, who likes to be included in everything.  I thought I could have him do the craft too that way both kids would have fun and do something age appropriate.

 

 

Back to Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft, this is a great craft to do with any age of kids, you can adapt it to make it age appropriate for them.  For the little ones you will do all the cutting and tracing, then have them help with the gluing part.  My daughter was able to help trace and use the pen.  For my son I had him hold the template so I could trace around it, there is always a way to adapt a craft to make it fun for all ages.

Materials Needed

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  • Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy book by Bugbird Tim
  • Construction paper and recycled cardboard.
  • Glue, scissors, marker, star template (I used a cookie cutter), paint brush, tape
  • Pom poms in Christmas colours of red, green, and white
  • 2 green pipe cleaners per wand

How to Assemble

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  • Use the cookie cutter to mark out the shape of a star on the white construction paper.  Or draw free hand if you are good at it, which I am not.  Then cut it out and glue it on your brown piece of cardboard paper.14657513_10157775739695245_5767303453574340878_n
  • Cut out the cardboard around the star leaving some extra space.
  • Glue a selection of pom poms onto the star and let dry.
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  • Grab the pipe cleaners, try to make the fun bow design on one then twine it with the other one.  Next glue it onto the back of your cardboard star, or tape it on (glue did not hold up to my toddler & preschooler waving it about!).

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My kids had a blast running around and trying to make up magic spells with their wands.  They got destroyed pretty quickly with their vigorous play but it was worth it to keep them entertained for so long. We of course pulled out our Georgie the Gingerbread Fairies book so we could play with our new wand craft as we read.

Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft - Come check out Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy a great Christmas book with an accompanying Wand Craft to go with it. Perfect for toddlers & kids of all ages.

What is your favourite Christmas Story?  Comment below and let me know!  I am looking for ideas for the Monthly Crafting Book Club this month too!

 

 

Monthly Crafting Book  Club

A monthly installment I host on my blog is called the Monthly Crafting Book Club were every month we do a craft based on a book.  If you are interested check out some of my posts below on them.  Or if you are a blogger and want to join us join the Facebook group here, totally up to you which ones you want to participate in and no pressure once you join.  We have the following books coming up:

December any winter themed book, January is Ladybug Girl series, February is Giraffe’s Can’t Dance.

All you have to do is schedule your post to go live in the morning on the 25th of the month, and send me a picture and the URL by the 20th, that is all it takes to join us!

Monthly Crafting Book Club for December - Christmas themed book & craft

Check out the other awesome Christmas related book crafts below:

Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft - Come check out Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy a great Christmas book with an accompanying Wand Craft to go with it. Perfect for toddlers & kids of all ages.

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If you enjoy doing fun crafts and activities to go along with kids books then check out these below.  We love to encourage children’s literacy and pairing a fun craft or two with their favourite book is a great way to encourage them to read.

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

 

I am participating in a fun blog hop this month hosted by Emma Owl where each blogger chooses a Christmas-themed book.

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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!

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?

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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.

Pete the Cat - Rocking in my school shoes - Come read the book and make the fun craft with your toddler/preschooler/child.

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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Check out some other awesome crafts for back to school from other bloggers based on their favourite back to school book:

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Next month we are doing:

It's Pumpkin Day Mouse Have you seen my

 

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