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How to make a wormery to explore what happens underground

Exploring worms and what they do with kids - make a wormery from junk

Understanding what happens beneath the soil is fascinating for kids – just like outer space and the deep sea it’s something that they can’t see easily but unlike either of those they can touch it and they get a glimpse at what is happening as they dig, garden and harvest vegetables from the garden. We’ve been reading Underground by Denise Fleming for this months Virtual Book Club for Kids and have decided to make a wormery to explore what worms actually do underground and learn a little more about why they need to do it.

Underground by Denise Fleming

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Supporting a Love of Reading at home – #loveliteracy

Supporting a love of Reading at home #loveliteracy

With a child in school reading becomes a huge focus and reading books and sight words come home daily in the book bag. Reading the phonics books that come home I know all about the lives of Kipper and Biff, and Sid (if you are a UK Mum of a child who is or has gone through reception year you will know exactly who I am talking about) and there is a danger that you can turn children off reading at this time.

Reading is meant to be fun, enjoyable and not just about learning to read and it’s

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Virtual Book Club for Kids – Paul Galdone The monkey and the Crocodile

Preschool Paper Plate Craft - make a monkey

This months Virtual Book Club for Kids has the featured author Paul Galdone and I’ve loved searching for his books (unfortunately not an author in our library so it’s been on Amazon), with many of them favourite fairy tales and folk tales we chose a book this time that wasn’t one that we are familiar with and brought The Monkey and the Crocodile by Paul Galdone and with T (almost 3) we have been crafting to bring the book alive.

After party season has finished we’re left with a huge amount of paper plates so we’ve been using them in

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If you give a mouse a cookie math game

If you give a mouse a cookie - Laura Numeroff inspired Math Game for Toddlers and Preschoolers

The Virtual Book Club for Kids author this month is Laura Numeroff and we have chosen the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. This is a new to us author and one that T and I have enjoyed reading.

If you give a mouse a cookie math game

As one of the things that we have been working on at home with T is numbers – she can count by rote to 20 but isn’t counting out things or connecting the numbers with quantity so using the book for inspiration I came up with a cute math

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Red House Children’s Book Award 2014: Tony Ross and Jeanne Willis

Illustration by Lee Wildish to celebrate Red House Children's Book Awards 2014

Today I am very honoured to be part of the Red House Children’s Book Award 2014 Blog tour – the only national book awards voted for entirely by children. Owned and run by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups and sponsored by Red House it awards fantastic authors for children of all ages every year. This years artwork as seen below was created by Lee Wildish one of last years winners and has been specially created for the awards.

As our stop on the blog tour we’re very excited to welcome Tony Ross and Jeanne Willis authors of

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I Spy Game and Telescope Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Simple Toddler Telescope Craft and color recognition I Spy Game to play together as part of the Virtual Book Club for Kids - bringing books by Nick Sharratt Alive

It’s fun to incorporate a craft and a game together and as this months Virtual Book Club for Kids we’ve combined the two to create a telescope and a fun and simple I Spy game for toddlers and preschoolers to play perfect for some Rainy Day Fun.

At the moment I am working with T at home on colours as everything this week is Yellow – last week it was Green and from some simple games we have been playing it’s obvious that colours is something that she hasn’t grasped so as well as bringing the book “Shark in

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Born to Read – encouraging reading at home

Summer reading program

When you take a peek around our house you will find piles and piles of books – whether it’s the pile of board books by T’s bed, the toppling pile of books that J sorts through every night to find his perfect bedtime story – the overflowing book shelves in the kids bedrooms, the pile of books I want to read but always fall asleep before I get a chance sitting on my bedside table or books that have found there way from the shelves to every available room, space in the car and even in the buggy for our

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Picture Book Party – Romping Monsters Stomping Monsters Party

Picture Book Party for Romping Monsters Stomping Monsters

You know we love a good party – well connect it with a book or 2 and it makes a summers day extra fun. So we threw a Picture Book Party with some Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters fun.

With glorious sunshine – J and T invited over their friends for some Monster Fun, a cake was made and we set out stomping and romping around the garden in a Monster Way.

Of course our little monsters had to be bear foot – because all good monsters don’t wear shoes of course and in the muddiest part of the garden

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Virtual Book Club for Kids – Exploring Floating and Sinking with Harbour by Donald Crews

The Virtual Book Club for Kids Donald Crews Month and Harbor - Exploring Floating and Sinking

This week marks the last of the 2012 – 2013 Virtual Book Club for Kids Authors and it’s Donald Crews it’s another new to me author and we had a lot of fun looking at the titles on Amazon and decided which ones followed the interests of J and T – there were so many to choose from and with our love of water one stood out to us – Harbor (although the unconventional spelling for us in the UK!) – it meant that we could also explore some science fun at home out in the sun shine with some

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