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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Craft

Ladybug Sun Catcher – Virtual Book Club for Kids Mem Fox Month

Ladybug Sun Catcher

This months Virtual Book Club for Kids author is Mem Fox – another new to us author and one that we loved flicking through the titles on Amazon to find one that appealed to T. With her nickname T-bug the book Yoo Hoo Ladybug was instantly picked and we brought it and have had so much fun reading it and deciding on what we wanted to do.

Yoo Hoo Ladybug by Mem Fox is aimed at preschoolers with great repetition and the fun of finding where the ladybug is hidden in each toy filled pictures T was entranced once

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Books

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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Kindergarten

Rainbow Fish Sight Word Scales

Sight Word Game for the book Rainbow Fish

Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister is a favourite book of ours and as the feature author this month in the Virtual Book Club for Kids we have had great fun reading the book as well as being inspired to create an activity to help to learn sight or high frequency words.

Rainbow Fish is a fantastic book about a Proud fish with beautiful shiny scales who doesn’t want to share his beauty but realises that it is bad to not share and hands out his silver scales to other fish in the ocean. Inspired by the shiny scales and

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Books

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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Books

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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