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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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.

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Where is your favourite place to go on an imaginary adventure?  Comment below and let me know!

 

 

 

 

 

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Monthly Crafting Book Club for September – Happy Pumpkin Day Mouse

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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.

 

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Monthly Crafting Book Club for August – Back to School Books

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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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Ostara Greeting Cards

My daughter loves to send mail and give presents, so we use any excuse (usually seasonal) to send out some cards to people.  It’s a great activity to do with kids and really helps to build the excitement of a holiday.  I love how it teaches her about giving to other people.  It is better to give then receive, let’s drill that into them now!

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Materials Needed:

  • Packets of seeds
  • Printable for cards
  • Scrap paper
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Stickers
  • Envelopes (if mailing)

I cut out all the printables and had my daughter pick out the scrap book paper and type of seeds to go with each person.  We glued the printable on the front and the seeds on the back.  Then she decorated some with markers and stickers, depending on her mood.

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We had a blast and it took up over half an hour of the dreaded “witching hour” as we were waiting for daddy to come home on Friday afternoon and have dinner.   She asked to make some for her Nursery School teachers too and loved handing them out to family, teachers, and a few friends.  Plus of course dropping some off in the mailbox.

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What are your favourite plants/flowers to plant?

Please comment below!

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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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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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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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Valentine’s Day Heart Wreath

With Valentine’s Day coming up my daughter is asking to do a lot of heart crafts, being a toddler we have to be creative to find ones she can be involved in.

She loves hand print things so we decided to use hand prints as the focal point of a heart wreath for valentine’s day.

Valentine's Day Heart Wreath - A cute Valentine's Day wreath to make with your child from their handprints. A fun decoration for anyone's house during the love season!

Materials Needed:

  • Construction paper in red, white, and pink.
  • A piece of cardboard cut into a heart.
  • Paint (we chose purple).
  • Glue, scissors, pencil, paint brushes.
  • Ribbon.

Method:

  • I started off by tracing their hand prints onto a sheet of construction paper.
  • I layered all three together to cut so I only had to do it once.
  • While I was cutting I had Bee paint the heart her colour of choice, which was purple.
  • I had to let the heart dry first before we could assemble so we finished it the next day.
  • We glued around the outside of the heart and placed our hand prints around the edge.
  • We decided to put a heart decoration in the center, but that is optional.
  • We taped a piece of ribbon on the back to hang it with.

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Voila!  A cute heart print craft to festively hang for the season of love!

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This is part of the Kid Craft Challenge, the theme was Hearts, check out some of the other great crafts below.

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Washi Tape Heart by The Resourceful Mama

Crepe Paper Heart by My Bored Toddler

Heart Handprint Keepsake by CraftCreateCalm

St. Valentine Paper Puppet (printable pattern & tutorial) by Maria Magdalena Living Ideas

Heart Suncatcher by Raising Little Superheroes

Valentine’s Day Heart Wreath by Raising Fairies and Knights

Valentine’s Day Advent Calendar For Kids by Play Dough & Popsicles

Valentine Luminary by The Gingerbread House

Valentine Paper Lanterns by Kidz Activities

Valentine’s Day Playdough with a free printable by Crafty Mama in ME

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G is for Garden

A group of 26 bloggers got together for the Kids Crafts from A to Z Blog Hop hosted by Playdough and Popsicles.  Everyone chose a letter and was to come up with a craft that corresponded with that letter.

I had to come up with a G craft, after thinking of a few I asked my toddler what started with “G”, she immediately said garden, so we did a garden craft.

G is for Gardens - G is for Garden.  Come see this easy to make Garden craft made out of recycled materials that your toddler is sure to love making.

Supplies Needed:

  • Egg carton
  • Popsicle stick
  • Paint (brown, green, and various ones for the flowers)
  • Paint brushes

Method:

  • Have the adult do this part, cut the bottom of the egg carton in half, leave half together for the soil part to use as a base, cut up the other cups into individual ones.
  • I had my toddler choose what colour she wanted each flower to be and had her paint the cups.  I helped “touch it up” at the end.
  • We used brown paint for the soil and painted the other half of the egg carton with that.
  • We painted all the Popsicle sticks green.  We let everything dry overnight (or until we had time to go back).
  • I used a knife as I found it easier, I poked holes in all the egg carton tops (soil and flower) so it was easier to slide the Popsicle stick in, then put the flower at the top.

Voila!  Admire your beautiful garden!

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Christmas Tree Handprint Craft

Are you tired of my handprint’s yet??  I made this for my mum, who LOVES Christmas, now she has a cute decoration to put on her wall of when the grandkids were small.  I thought a Christmas tree would suit her decorations best so tried making this Christmas Tree Handprint Craft with both my kids.

Christmas Tree Handprint Craft - A cute craft to decorate anyone's wall!

Supplies needed:

  • Canvas to paint, I bought a medium size one.
  • Paint: purple, green, brown, white, red, and yellow.
  • Piece of a sponge
  • Paint Brushes

Method:

  • I started off painting the canvas my mom’s favourite colour (purple, same as me).  I squirted some purple dots sporadically around the canvas then added a few  dots of white, mostly centered across the top so it is lighter across the top (kind of like an Ombre effect).
  • I moistened my sponge then squeezed out most of the water.
  • Using the sponge I lightly brushed it back and forth covering the whole top section making sure to get the sides of the canvas too.
  • Let that dry while you set up. Decide which kid (if you have multiple) is doing what part.  Put a towel on the floor and get ready for mess!
  • Take a child’s foot and paint it brown.   Put the canvas on the floor (ideally on a craft mat so your floor does not get destroyed) and place child’s heel down then lightly press down the rest of the foot.  Next do the hands, I switched kids for this one as my toddler could sit still longer for multiple handprints, I painted her hand green.   I had enough room on my canvas for two rows so I did a row of three on the bottom and two on the top, I re-painted her hand green in between.  Lightly press their hand down firmly on the canvas.  I grabbed the baby again and painted his hand yellow and placed it at the top of the tree.
  • Let it dry for a bit.
  • I drew on a red garland then used Bee’s finger to make white Christmas balls all over the tree.

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