Three Snow Bears – brought to you by Mama Smiles

Three snow bears - creative activity for family fun

Jan Brett’s books are always fantastically illustrated and both of today’s two Story Book Advent books are from this amazing author and illustrator. First off Mama Smiles shares a simple activity for the book Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett. This book is based around the story of Goldilocks however the location is shifted to the far North of Canada and the land of ice and snow. Aloo-ki is a inuit out with her sledge and dogs when they wander off and start to float away – hunting for them she discovers and igloo and enters – the igloo the

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Baker’s Clay Recipe – an alternative to Salt Dough

Baker's Clay Recipe - a kitchen cupboard alternative to air drying clay and prettier than salt dough

I love flicking back through old craft and home books and finding old ideas to introduce to my kids. One of my books has got a recipe for Baker’s Clay made from kitchen cupboard ingredients and lovely to work with plus once dried in the oven it’s hard and produces a white clay ornament. We’ve been making snowmen and tags with it for a couple of years and the ornaments get brought out and added to the tree but I’ve never paused long enough in the madness that becomes Christmas Crafting to share the recipe. Unlike our quickest ever salt

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Winter is for Snow – brought to you by Love, Play, Learn

Winter is for Snow - indoor snowy small world play

Winter is for Snow is today’s Story Book Advent Christmas Book, Brittany from Love, Play, Learn brings us a fun activity for preschoolers to do as you read this delightful book. The book Winter is for snow is about a brother and a sister in Winter, the brother loves the snow, the sister loves her gadgets and doesn’t like the snow at all. Persuaded to put down the gadget the siblings get dressed and head out into the cold for some sledging fun – eagerly on the brothers side and with grumbles and groans on the sisters. As

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First Christmas Ornament

DIY First Christmas Ornaments

Finding books to share with a baby for their First Christmas isn’t always easy – especially ones that they can interact with and will remain a favourite for years to come. Spot’s First Christmas [affiliate link] by Eric Hall featuring the lovely Little Spot Dog a cute and funny puppy is fantastic to share with babies and toddlers and older siblings can join in as well.

Capturing that First Christmas is also part of the magic – I never know whether it’s too look back on with the child or more for you but together and if you have

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Can you see what I see: The night before Christmas – brought to by The Preschool Toolbox

Can you see what I see? Night Before Christmas - North Pole Santa Scope

For today’s book for the Story Book Advent Darla from The Preschool Toolbox is introducing us to a new author and book – Can you see what I see: The night before Christmas by Walter Wick is an I-spy book for kids, on each page children hunt for items that Walter Wicks has hidden in the book. Featuring the classic Clement Moore’s Poem ‘Twas the Night before Christmas with double spread pictures featuring scenes and a phrase from the poem as well as list of items to find in the picture. Books like this are great and work really well

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Publish your own book with Blurb

Publish your own books with Blurb

Although I love digital books, and I love flicking through the pictures of the kids on my computer, nothing beats turning pages and looking through a book. As a budding author it can be hard to get an agent to contact the publishing houses and, yes, you may like to go digital, but what about having a proper copy of your book for your shelf as well; and be able to self publish these for sale. Blurb does just that for you, it allows you to self publish books, magazines and journals to print or digital format that you can

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Forever – brought to you by Building Blocks and Acorns

Forever by Emma Dodd - Arctic Sensory Tub

With our Story Book Advent series I love discovering new books and authors. Today’s book Forever by Emma Dodd is both a new book and new author for us. The series of board books by Emma Dodd aimed at Babies, Toddlers and Early Preschoolers feature baby animals and explore the parent child bonding. Forever focuses on a Polar Bear Mum and Cub and is perfect for Winter and Christmas Time. Today Louise from Building Blocks and Acorns brings the book alive with some playful fun idea for toddlers and preschoolers.

Creating sensory tubs is a fabulous activity for older

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Christmas in the Big Woods (My First Little House Books) – brought to you by Creekside Learnig

Christmas in the big woods - christmas pancakes

As I child I used to wake up early on a weekend and on one of our 4 TV channels there would be the series Little House on The Prairie it wasn’t until I was a adult that I discovered that this show was a series of books that kind of give a glimpse into the lives of life on the Prairie’s in the late 19th Century. Today as part of our Story Book Advent Julie from Creekside Learning joins us sharing an idea to go with the book Christmas in the Big Woods from the My First Little House

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Merry Christmas Curious George – brought to you by Stir The Wonder

Merry Christmas Curious George Ornament

As I connect with more and more bloggers around the world I realised that there are some characters that are almost “national treasures” and Curious George is one that many adults and children hold dear. In the UK he’s a recent import through Disney Junior and I hadn’t heard of him until then but Curious George is a character and the book Merry Christmas Curious George is adorable. George gets lost in a Christmas Tree Farm and finds himself at a hospital for Children where he decorates the tree and entertains them. As part of the Story Book Advent Stir

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