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Pete the Cat – White Shoes literacy activities

Pete the Cat; I love my white shoes based literacy activities for preschoolers

Bring the book Pete the Cat; I love my White Shoes by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean to life for preschoolers by creating this simple literacy based activity for them, working on letter sounds, colours and name recognition as well as basic fine motor and scissor skills.

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Maths

Room on the Broom – Learning Ordinal Numbers

Room on the Broom - learning ordinal numbers and sequencing with finger puppets

Julia Donaldson is one of our favourite authors consistently producing books that my children love – from board books to early reader books there’s been something that sparks the interest of either J and T. As this months feature author for the virtual book club for kids and 3 fantastic books to focus on by her we have chosen a topical favourite from the choices Room on the Broom.

Room on the Broom is written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler and is a rhyming book about a witch and the animals that she picks up as

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Cooking and Baking

Mo Willems nut free alphabet cookies – Duckling gets a Cookie

Mo Willems Duckling Gets a Cookie inspired nut free alphabet Cookies for the duckling

Mo Willems is fast becoming one of our favourite authors and I am delighted that we kick off this school years Virtual Book Club for Kids with 3 books by him to share with your children and create and connect activities based around them. The three books that you will find activities shared by are Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny, The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

Our favourite of these is Duckling Gets a Cookie and we’ve had fun reading through the book and bringing it life with a cookie based activity perfect for the

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Virtual Book Club

Introducing Virtual Book Club for kids 2014 – 2015

Introducing the authors and books for the 2014-2015 Virtual Book Club for Kids

With a new school year it’s time to introduce this year Virtual Book Club for Kids. Our monthly series connecting and creating with books for kids. Each month we will be sharing 1 of 3 books by a popular children’s author bringing the books alive through creative activities, crafts and learning for kids aged between 2 and 5.

I’m so excited by the selection of authors this year – there’s a real mix of some of our old favourites and a couple of new to me that I’m excited to read with the kids this year and get creative

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Science

Fizzing Fossil Dinosaur Eggs – Digging Up Dinosaurs by Aliki

Fizzing Fossil Dinosaur Eggs - extension activity for Digging Up DInosaurs by Aliki

Dinosaurs are our hot topic of the moment – I probably know more that I ever want to know about an Aptosaurus, Iguanadon and a Paracelapharus (I have no idea whether that is the spelling or not!) and with this months Virtual Book Club for Kids author being Aliki and with one of them Digging Up Dinosaurs an explanation of fossils we thought it was perfect for us.

The book Digging Up Dinosaurs (this is an affiliate link and will not cost you any extra but earns us a tiny percentage helping support the site) is a Level 2

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Virtual Book Club

Virtual Book Club for Kids – Second Summer Camp Session 2014

Virtual Book Club for Kids Summer Camp - aimed at 2 - 5 year olds 3 weeks of themed activities connecting and creating with books.

Are you just starting your summer, or in the last few weeks of summer and looking for activities and ideas to prepare for going back to school in the mood to learn or help to support the learning and to stop the summer slide. Then we have the perfect solution for your due to the amazing success of our June Virtual Book Club Summer Camp we are holding a second session for 3 weeks starting on Monday 28th June.

In June over 450 mums, grandparents and carers joined us and it was amazing – for 3 weeks we shared

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Imaginative

Minibeast Play dough – Giles Andreae Mad about Minibeasts

Mad about minibeasts - minibeast play dough crafting and connecting with books for Virtual Book Club for Kids - Giles Andreae Month

One of our favourite books by Giles Andrea is Mad about Minibeasts illustrated by David Wojtowycz it’s full of fantastic poems about minibeasts ranging from a spider to a dragon fly and including ladybirds and caterpillars.

For this months Virtual Book Club for Kids we wanted to bring the book alive so using some play dough that we had I set up an invitation to create with some buttons, eyes, pipe cleaners, the book and some pots of bright coloured play dough.

Setting this up the kids then descended on the table – breaking off some of the

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Craft

Homemade Scratch Art – Draw me a Star by Eric Carle

DIY Scratch Art Paper - crafting bringing Draw me a star by Eric Carle to life for kids

It’s time for another Virtual Book Club for Kids and this months author is my all time favourite children’s author Eric Carle – we love all the books that we have read by him and this month chose Draw Me a Star as our book to feature. J (almost 5 and about to finish the UK equivalent of Kindergarten) loved reading this book sounding out and blending the words to read along with my help and T loved looking at the pictures and seeing how the stars and the other characters within the book were drawn. It’s a great earlier

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Parenting

Virtual Book Club Summer Camp 2014

Virtual Book Club for Kids Summer Camp - aimed at 2 - 5 year olds 3 weeks of themed activities connecting and creating with books.

Summer is so close now and I am really excited to announce the Virtual Book Club Summer Camp for 2014. Last year 2000+ families joined us for book filled weeks of summer fun and we’re ready to get started again this year.

Virtual Book Club Summer Camp 2014

This year we are running THREE weeks of Summer Camp that you can do at home with your kids aimed at kids from 2 to 5. Each week is filled with crafts, activities, family fun connected to books and summer fun.

As last year your camp directors are me, Cerys

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