Story Book Summer – The Mitten

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This weeks selection of books for our Story Book Summer are based on Fairy Tales – today I welcome Becky from Kids World Citizen an amazing multicultural mum and author to share a great fine motor lacing activity for kids based on the classic tale The Mitten.

Jan Brett is a brilliant author and illustrator, who uses travel as an inspiration for her children’s books. One aspect I love about her books is that she names a specific setting (in this case, Ukraine) and includes authentic details in the illustrations that reflect the culture represented. As you read the

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10 Crafts for Kids

10 crafts for kids to keep the boredom at bay this summer

Summer is still in full force and although we have lots of free play my kids love getting crafty and making stuff, as well as free art time each day so this week I’m featuring 10 Crafts for Kids.

First off check out the guest post by Growing Book by Book on creating super worms as part of our story book summer series.

Simple and fun crafts are great for the youngest children and experimenting with colour at the same time is always fun – A little pinch of perfect has a fun beach ball for kids to make

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Story Book Summer – The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Play Dough Play - part of the Story Book Summer on Rainy Day Mum

Our third week of Story Book Summer comes to a close with one of my all time favourite books The Very Hungry Caterpillar – I am delighted to welcome Jenny from Mummy Mishaps to Rainy Day Mum to share a fun play dough activity for the book as part of the Story Book Summer Series – check out our other posts from this week and watch out for next weeks Fairy Tales week.

Hello! I am Jenny a SAHM who can normally be found over at Mummy Mishaps , where I blog about my

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Story Book Summer – Superworm

Superworm - creative art with yarn bring the book alive as part of Story Book Summer on Rainy Day Mum

This week’s Story Book Summer is all about Bugs and Butterflies today I’m welcoming Jodie from Growing Book by Book to share a fun activity/craft based on the book Superworm by Julia Donaldson.

Hello Rainy Day Mum readers! My name is Jodie from Growing Book by Book and I’m so happy to be guest posting today.

I can’t believe it took me so long to discover author, Julia Donaldson. But, I’m so glad that I did. Her books have become instant hits in our house. One of our newest favorites is Superworm.

The Book

Superworm is the story

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Preparing for school – letters in the air

Preparing for school- letters in the air helping children review letter knowledge through a fun active game as part of the Getting Ready for K through play series

We’re talking about literacy this week as part of getting ready for K through play series to help with preparing for school – whether this is the ABC’s, Phonics, Books or reading. In the UK there is no requirement that children will know their ABC’s before they enter school and much of the first year will be spent reviewing the basic phonemes and introducing blended sounds as well as teaching children to read through this knowledge.

However a knowledge of letters is always good and teaching them how they look and are formed is part of that, getting moving

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Story Book Summer – Bugs are Insects

Bugs are insects - ladybug addition with play dough part of the Story Book Summer on Rainy Day Mum

Story Book Summer continues this week on the Bug theme – check out our book activity on Monday which spammed both our story book summer and our post for this months Virtual Book Club for Kids with Mad about Minibeasts play dough. Today I am really happy to welcome Kim from Life Over C’s to share some bug activities on the Bugs are Insects.

I’m excited to be with you today on Rainy Day Mum! Much thanks for the invitation!

We have a slight obsession with bugs at our house. I don’t have an obsession with them being in

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Summer Book Exchange – #lovebooks

Love Book Summer Book Exchange organised by The Educators' Spin On It - Whale Books for Kids

We absolutely LOVE books and bringing them alive for my kids through crafts, play and learning so when The Educators’ Spin On It introduced Love Book Summer Book Exchange I jumped at the chance to share a favourite story with another family in the UK and design an activity based on it for them to do at home just like we would.

A couple of weeks ago we received our book and activity pack from Rebecca and her girls at Here Come The Girls all about WHALES – a fantastic topic for me and my kids. With two story

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Summer Sensory Play for Tots

Summer Sensory Play Ideas for Tots

Playing with the senses is one of the ways that children learn about the world around them – they can also help them learn concepts like maths as well as bring literacy alive through sensory play. This week we’re featuring some ideas for Summer Sensory Play for Tots linked up to last weeks Tuesday Tots.

First off a fun water based sensory play from Fantastic Fun for Learning with a Duck Race.

Another fun water based sensory play was a little creative play we had with some ice paints the other week.

Bring literacy alive with a book based

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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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