Ladybug Girl Wings

 

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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???

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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 Club for February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

 

Monthly Crafting Book Club - 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.
If you have not read If You Give A Mouse A Cookie series by Laura Numeroff you are seriously missing out.  She has an amazing series of books all starring different animals and the mischief they get up to.  You have If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, If ou give A Pig A Pancake, If You Give A Dog A Doughnut, If You Give A Cat A Cupcake,  If You Take A Mouse to School, and a few others including If You Give A Moose A Muffin, which of course is our book for the month.

I have had a soft spot for these books ever since I worked as a teacher in the preschool class at a Montessori school.  The kids just adored these books so I immediately started collecting them for when I had my own children years later.

The monthly crafting book challenge is for encouraging children and their parents (or whoever) in the love of reading.   A great way to encourage reading is by incorporating crafts, games, activities, etc. to keep the love alive.   Every month we focus on a different book and try and do a craft or activity or pretty much anything that encourages children to read and associate it with the book.  For me the love of literature is very important.  We are big readers in this house and really hope to pass that onto our children.

A bunch of us bloggers get together each month to focus on a different story and craft to go along with it.  This month we are focusing on If You Give A Moose Muffin. Last month we did Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton.  If you’d like to see what next month’s book challenge is check out below.  Even if you are not a blogger you are welcome to participate anyway, just send me a picture of you and your children reading the book and doing crafts or activities related to it.

 

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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.

 

This is next month’s book (just in time for Dr. Seuss’s Day) the ABC’s by Dr. Seuss.  If you want to participate join our Facebook group here.  All you need to do is come up with a craft or activity related to the book and send it to me by March 20th, the post goes live on March 25th. Join the group above for more details and I cannot wait to see what you come up with!

 

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Sheep Craft & Printable

To go along with Spring and Imbolc I am doing a craft about sheep with my pre-schooler.  Sheep are so symbolic of spring and the coming of baby lambs and warmer weather.

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Sheep Craft & Printable - Spring time will be here soon and what better way to welcome the Spring than by making some sheep to decorate with. This craft is perfect to do with your toddler or preschooler and they can be as creative as they want.

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Materials Needed:

Instructions

  • Cut out the template yourself, or if child is old enough have them try to cut out the sheep template.
  • Glue the cotton balls on the body of the sheep.
  • Colour the face and legs of the sheep.
  • Add eyes to the face using markers or googly eyes.
  • Glue sheep onto a piece of construction paper.
  • OPTIONAL:  My preschooler thought the sheep looked cold (I guess we still have a few weeks of winter still!) so she wanted to give them hats,  scarves and boots.  It was a lot of fun having her be creative in what she wants to do with the sheep.  I encourage you to give your toddler/preschooler the same choice, does the sheep need anything else?
  • Display proudly on your fridge and hope for nice weather!

Sheep Craft & Printable - Spring time will be here soon and what better way to welcome the Spring than by making some sheep to decorate with. This craft is perfect to do with your toddler or preschooler and they can be as creative as they want.

Here is a JPG of the sheep to print out.

Sheep Template Printable - Spring time will be here soon and what better way to welcome the Spring than by making some sheep to decorate with. This craft is perfect to do with your toddler or preschooler and they can be as creative as they want.

What are you most looking forward to about Spring?  Please comment below!

 

Sheep Craft & Printable - Spring time will be here soon and what better way to welcome the Spring than by making some sheep to decorate with. This craft is perfect to do with your toddler or preschooler and they can be as creative as they want.

 

 

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Sheep Craft & Printable - Spring time will be here soon and what better way to welcome the Spring than by making some sheep to decorate with. This craft is perfect to do with your toddler or preschooler and they can be as creative as they want.

 

Monthly Crafting Book Club for January – Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton

Here is the first installment of the Monthly Crafting Book Club.  A group of five of us bloggers got together to celebrate Sandra Boynton’s Barnyard Dance.  Celebrating and encouraging children’s literacy is so important.  Anyway you can celebrate books in your house will help encourage your own little readers.

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.

 

Monthly Crafting Book Club for January - Barnyard Dance. Join us in celebrating Children's Literacy with a blog-hop devoted to the Barnyard Dance. Check out these awesome crafts done by five bloggers to go with the book.

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Check out these awesome Barnyard Crafts from fellow bloggers here:

 

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All bloggers are welcome to participate, please send me your URL and a picture by February 20th, posts should be scheduled to go live on February 25th.  If any non-bloggers want to participate feel free to send me a picture of your craft too.  Send them to raisingfairiesandknights@yahoo.com.  You are also welcome to do as many crafts as you want to submit.

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Reading is such an important part of childhood, it fosters imagination, independence, creativity, and learning. When we celebrate a book with a corresponding craft we can help encourage this love of reading. 

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My husband, Thor, reading to Po, reading is such an important part of our lives.

This is a Monthly Crafting Book Club group, geared mostly to toddlers and pre-schoolers. Every month there will be a new book to review, and each person tries to come up with a craft to go with the book. The craft can be for children of any ages and skill level. You are not obligated to participate in it each month and can participate in the ones you want. 

The book for the month of February is:

If you Give a Moose a Muffin

by Laura Numeroff

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You are welcome to interpret the theme as you want, just try to make sure it relates to the book somehow.  You may also submit as many different crafts as you would like.

I ask you to please send me your cover pic & blog post URL by the 20th of the month and the round-up will go live on the 25th of each month at 6:00 am EST, please ensure your post goes live at that time too. I will include every post in my round-up that is sent to me by the 20th, and even pick one to “feature” for the next month as well.

If anyone is interested I will forward the code for the post so you can post it too, but it is not obligated.   I will also send a Blog-Hop compilation photo which you can include in your post.  Sharing others posts is highly encouraged as it helps to promote everyone.  The more who share, the more people see and are encouraged to read, do the crafts, and hopefully find new blogs to follow.

Please link back to this page and have your post go live at 6:00 am EST on February 25th.

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I hope you have as much fun with this challenge as I have in planning it and it helps to motivate your children and readers to read more books, spend quality time together, and have fun with the crafts too.  Don’t forget to check out the next month’s book announcement in the round-up on the 25th.

Thanks and I cannot wait to see what you make each month to go with the book!  I cam so excited to do this with my toddlers and have so many varieties of crafts to do together.


Here are past months Blog-Hops:

 Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton

 

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Christmas with Kids FREE

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A month ago I reviewed this really fun book filled with activities and crafts to do with kids.  Well, for this weekend only it’s FREE on Kindle!  So click the link blow and download it while you can for free.

 

Hope you enjoy!  Let me know which activity you are most excited to participate in.

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Felt Board Autumn Tree

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I saw the idea of a felt board and loved it immediately.  Anything that can keep my kids occupied for any length of time is awesome in my opinion.  I decided to try making a tree to go with fall and teach her about leaves and the changing of colours.

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I hit up Dollarama for a cheap cookie sheet, then Micheals for some felt in multiple colours.

I used a glue gun to glue a large piece of felt onto the cookie sheet.

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I used some brown felt to cut out a tree trunk with some branches.  Then using yellow, green, and orange I cut out leaves in varying shapes and sizes and used the red to make a few apples.

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That’s it!  Super simple!  Next was the test, I set it up for Bee and asked her if she knew what it was, yay she said tree!!  Score!  That means my cutting was obvious, sometimes my crafting masterpieces are not always easy to identify so I was excited she could tell what it was.  She enjoyed playing with it and I had a few minutes to check my email and drink a coffee.  I count this activity a success in my books!

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Pom Pom Pumpkin Craft

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My daughter is really into pumpkins right now.  We made a two-stage pumpkin paper plate craft to go with the pumpkin theme.

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First we painted it orange then let it dry.  I let her do it her way so the plate looks just like a toddler painted it (aka tons of white spots), but she did it herself and that was more important to me.

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After letting it dry, we practiced more painting skills by painting glue on the plate, then sticking orange pom poms on it.  After she was tired of gluing, she picked a ribbon for the leaf and helped me twist a brown pipe cleaner to use as the stem.

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What are your favourite pom pom crafts?  Are you gearing up for pumpkin season too?

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Apple Paper Plate Craft

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My toddler is doing a lot of painting at Nursery School so to help her we are practicing by making painting crafts.  First up is painting an apple paper plate to go with our Apple theme lately.

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Super simple to do. We painted a paper plate red, then went out to the backyard and got a twig and leaf to use as the stem and apple leaf to seem more rustic.

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It may seem easy, but with a toddler painting, trying to get them to cover a whole surface area can be challenging.  Not to mention taping on the decorations.  I was happy with the results though!

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What is your favourite fall paper plate craft?

Lammas Ideas

Lammas marks the mid-point of summer and the first of three harvest festivals.  The days are starting to become shorter and the nights longer.

Lugh is known in some traditions as the patron of bards and musicians.  One way to celebrate is to celebrate with music.  Sing a song.  Make an instrument, we choose to make a rain stick since it is easy to make (paper towel roll, cover in construction paper, decorate with stickers, fill with beans and a scrunched up tin foil).

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Lammas Rainstick

I read somewhere it is considered good luck to rain on Lammas as Lugh is also associated with lightening (God of storms)  so a rain stick is the perfect way to commemorate him.  Rain also helps crops grow.

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My attempt at corn!

Corn is very popular during this harvest, it is given as offerings on altars everywhere, even in churches.  To celebrate the bounty of harvest we did a corn craft.  I love foot and handprint crafts so I tried to be creative and use the foot as the stalk of the corn and the hand prints as the husk.  As you can see……. it looks nothing like corn.  Thor thought they were butterflies. Oh well, I tried!  I think if the green was a little less turquoise it would have looked more like a stalk.  What do you think?  Corn or butterfly?

Another popular activity to celebrate Lammas is to have a picnic with friends.  Since we are all camping, we usually have a pot-luck lunch/picnic one day and it is a perfect way to celebrate the harvest with fresh fruits and veggies and to re-connect with friends.  Po, Bee, and I have been eating our lunch outside a lot too.  The fresh air is nice and the mess is outside for the little critters to eat instead of on my floor.

Another seasonal activity is gathering fruit, I wanted to gather fresh blueberries or strawberries to celebrate.  Especially since blueberries are a traditional Lammas food.  Unfortunately, between a sick baby and the weather we had a hard time fitting it in and missed our window.  Hopefully we can do it next year.

Blueberries are a traditional Lammas food, as is wheat since it symbolises the harvest.  Bake a loaf of bread to celebrate the first harvest or bake something with blueberries.   We plan to have a picnic and eat a ton of harvest food to celebrate.

What are you doing to celebrate?

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