(Inter)Stellar Links!

I’ve had a love affair with space ever since I was seven and I saw the Millennium Falcon go into hyper-space for the first time. I relished doing space activities both as a student and as a teacher, so of course I was drawn to space crafts on Pinterest. Look below to see some of my favorite activites and see if anything catches your eye!


Sparkly Space Playdough! We play with a lot of kinetic sand, clay, and other fun kinds of sculpting toys here at Kids Nook, and I can imagine nothing better than jazzing it up to look like the brilliant night sky!

Anyone else wanna visit the planets within the comfort of your own home? Try this great Solar System in a Box activity from Playful Learning (complete with a Pluto option).

Now this activity combines two of my favorite things: sewing and stars! The Stargazing Sewing Cards are a great way to learn about constellations and help with your child’s fine motor skills. Even better: you can download these cards for free!

Now of course no trip to outer space is truly acheivable without taking your very own rocket ship! This activity at Science Sparks is a great way to learn about the science of pressure and rockets. But if getting messy isn’t really your thing, you can always go with the classic Balloon Rocket Ship.

So there you go guys! Great space activities to get you and your child in a Super Nova mood! Now get out there and explore the final frontier!

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Hansel and Gretel by the Fire

What’s better for crisp weather than a spooky story by a campfire? Here in Istanbul we’ve been having pretty mild weather, so we figured what better opportunity to have a campfire party?



We told the story of Hansel and Gretel…



And some of it was a little shocking!



But that’s alright! Because afterwards we were able to roast marshmallows and sausages together!




Happy camping friends! Stay warm!

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Kids Nook Loves Pete the Cat!

Pete’s a pretty cool cat isn’t he? We sure think so, and so do our kids at Sensory Storytime! They loved Pete and his white shoes so much they decided to make some shoes of their own!

First they had to pick out their favorite colored “shoe strings” (made of colored spahgetti)/



Then they mixed the blueberries and strawberries together.




After that we painted our shoes to make some great designs!



But oh no! Everything got washed away! Now we had our white shoes again!



Do you have your own cool ways of playing with Pete the Cat? Let us know in the comments below!

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A Party Fit for a Princess

Is there anything more fun than hosting a party for a group of lovely princesses? If there is, we don’t know what it is yet! But before any princess goes to a party, she has to get ready!

First we made “facial masks” with lemon, cucumber, and honey…



Then afterwards we put on our beautiful dresses and painted our nails! Next we created wonderful cakes for our party…



Then we listened to the story of Cinderella! Was Cinderella going to be able to outsmart her evil stepmother and silly stepsisters? We were on the edge of our seats waiting to find out!



After storytime we had some great snacks, like cookies shaped like teddy bears and lemonade.



Then as a way to commemorate our wonderful time we decorated our own pillow dolls to look like our favorite princesses!


The party was wonderful and glamorous, but we couldn’t have done it without our beautiful princesses!

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Lovely Little Links (Valentine’s Day)

This Saturday is Valentine’s Day, and I’ll be the first to admit that it’s one of my favorite holidays! There’s just something so refreshing about a holiday that injects a little color and love into the middle of a gross snowy winter.

Here are some great ideas to help you celebrate this special day with your kids!

Valentine’s Day Activity Trays

Adorable “I Love You This Much” Cards

If you’re looking for something to read… The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond

And of course

Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool by Kimberly and James Dean

Happy Linking!

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Gettin Down to the Farmyard Jamboree!

It’s always a lot of fun to see the different kinds of games we can do with our farmyard animals. This week was another new expirement, which turned out really well!

DSC_0004Using grey “putty” we built our own farms with wooden blocks (with a little help sometimes 🙂



Afterwards we painted our new farms…


And let the animals play with them!


Don’t forget to cut the grass!


Hurray! We did it!


What kind of cool farms can you make? Let us know in the commets below!

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