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 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.

 

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!

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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!

Check out the other amazing Pumpkin Day Mouse crafts that my fellow bloggers came up with:

 

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Don’t forget to come back next month and see what crafts and activities we come up with for Have You Seen My Monster all about shapes:

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Barnyard Dance Tambourine Craft

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.

As part of the Monthly Crafting Book Club, the book for January is Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boyton.   If you are interested in joining click the image above for more information.

This book is a personal favourite of my family’s.  One of my best friends gave it to me at my Baby Shower for Bee (it was a Book themed one!) and I had never heard of it.  I soon fell in love with it and had it memorized I read it so much.

I have yet to see a child or adult who did not enjoy reading this book.  It has become one of my go-to shower gifts now (instead of buying a card I buy a book and sign that instead).

Here is my craft for our Monthly Crafting Book Club challenge.

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I chose to make paper plate tambourine’s with barn yard animals on them out of painted finger prints.  My daughter loves musical instruments and I knew she would love playing with these along with the book.

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Supplies Needed:

  • Paper plates
  • Beans, pasta, rice, anything that makes noise
  • Stapler or glue gun
  • Paint in various colours
  • Black marker

Instructions:

  • Have child help poor beans (or whatever) into paper plate.
  • I have little ones so didn’t want to use staples for safety reasons, and I was not having my toddler around a hot glue gun so I did the attaching party myself.
  • Next I had her put her finger in random colours of paint and make finger prints on the plate.
  • I let the prints dry then took the black marker to make faces on them all and she tried to guess what animal they were, or told me what animal she thought they should be.
  • On the second one I just had her do yellow finger prints and made them all into chicks, in truth I like this one best.
  • Then I wrote some barn yard lyrics on the tambourines and we were done!

My one-year-old loved them the best, he loves banging them off things and making as much noise as possible.  My almost three-year-old just wanted to break them and get the beans out, but she held off long enough so we could read the Barnyard Dance  book and sing along to our own tune while shaking our tambourines.

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Don’t forget to check out the round-up below for the other crafts done by bloggers also participating in the Monthly Crafting Book Club for January.

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What is your child’s favorite book to read right now?  Please comment below with any suggestions of books you want to see featured at our monthly crafting book club posts.

 

Check out these awesome Barnyard Dance Crafts from fellow bloggers here:

 

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