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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Books

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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Books

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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Books

One Gorilla – Family Tree

Family Tree Activity to go with the book One Gorilla:A counting book by Anthony Browne

Welcome to Animal Adventure week of the Virtual Book Club – today we’re sharing a craft activity to go with the book One Gorilla: A counting book by Anthony Browne. With beautiful illustrations of some of our favourite primates it’s a fantastic Animal Book for counting with toddlers and preschoolers.

One of the themes of the book is that primates are a family of animals and this idea got us talking about our family and who made up our family so taking that idea we decided to create a family tree.

What you need to Create a Family Tree

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Imaginative

Mike the Knight simple imaginative play

Mike the Knight

As a child one of my memories of playing with my brother was re-enacting our favourite TV shows and movies – we would be He-Man and She-ra (yes I’m showing my age) or our garden was turned into the death star and Star Wars was played out in full. We’re just entering that phase with J and T and I love how it captures their imagination. One of their favourite shows (there are a lot of favourite shows) is Mike The Knight.

With the recent launch of Mike The Knight: Knight in Training we’re having fun with simple props

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Books

Sun Prints – A Foggy Foggy Forest

Bringing Foggy Foggy Forrest alive by creating our own foggy foggy forest pictures with solar paper

It’s forest week and apart from The Gruffalo our other favourite forest book is Foggy Foggy Forest by Nick Sharrat – with some of our favourite fairy tale characters including it’s a fun book that lets us guess what is going to be revealed when you turn the page to see the silhouette.

Inspired by the silhouettes I decided to try an idea with the kids that I remembered from my childhood – Sun Prints – using solar paper you can create silhouettes of objects.

Whilst out in the forest we picked a variety of different leaves from the

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