Let’s Go Outside!

It’s been a while, but we wanted to share some great links this week to help get your imagination going!

It’s the last full week of April, and for us here that means that we might FINALLY be able to go outside again! I’m personally thrilled by this prospect (in case you couldn’t tell… I’ve been waiting for spring since February!) To get myself and our dear readers prepared for this glorious season, I’ve found some fun crafts you and your kids can do to welcome spring!

Stained Glass Kite Craft

 

Egg Carton Flowers

Painting with Mud!

Nature Exploration Table

And last, but probably most importantly…

Spring Book Recommendations!

Happy linking!

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Kids Nook Reads: Tea Cloud Monkeys

I know most of the time we review picture books here on Kids Nook, but this week I thought I’d break the mould with Tea Cloud Monkeys. There are still some gorgeous illustrations in this touching story, including the beautiful cover. Just look at it! Don’t you want to know what’s inside? Well read on through to get a taste of what’s to come…

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by Mal Peet, Elspeth Graham
Illustrated by Juan Wijngaard
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The Incy Wincy Spider Crawls Up, Up, Up!

The Incy Wincy Spider Crawls up, up, up! Then comes down, down, down!

But that’s okay, because in the meantime we’ve got lots of fun games she can play with us!

For example, let’s take a look at how we can catch big giant flies!

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Then, after a few lessons from our spider friend, we can make our very own tiny webs.

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Watch out for that rain though! It can be a doozy!

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But don’t worry! We all have a good time, no matter what kind of rain (or bubbles) are coming down on our heads!

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Good luck climbing those drain pipes this week!

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What Have We Been Up To? Take a Look!

This month has been a big month for Kids Nook, but probably the biggest (and best) change is the addition of our new and improved Sensory Station!

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That’s right friends, ALL of that stuff is just for our sensory games! Look at how beautiful and organized it is!

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Colored beans, rice, walnuts, sand, all of it is ready and waiting for us to play some great games with our kids!

But that’s not all! Take a look at what we’ve done inside our classrooms…

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Isn’t that just the best? We certainly think so. We’ll probably be continuing to add things, but for now we’re going to bask in the greatness of what we have so far 🙂

Have a great Monday!

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Kids Nook Reads: Five Little Monsters

I’ll admit it: at first I wasn’t sure about this book. I don’t know what it was really. Maybe it was the mosnters on the cover? Maybe I just never bothered to look inside. Well one day, while perusing our shelves, I came up on this book again. I decided, hey, why not? Let’s take a peek.

Suffice it to say: I loved it! It’s a very simple story based on a clever idea. Check out the book below the cut to see what I’m talking about!

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by Sarah Dyer
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Kids Nook Presents: It’s Very Hard to be an Octopus!

This weekend we had a very special visit from our friend Sara Sahinkanat, award winning author of many different childrens books here in Turkey. For our storytelling, she told us the story of “Yavru Ahtapot Cok Zor!” also known as “It’s Very Hard to be an Octopus!” Afterwards we made some beautiful mirrors with seashells and Jumping Clay.

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Check out some more great photos after the cut!

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Ever Been to a Farm?

Have you ever been to a farm? When you live in a big city like Istanbul it’s a bit difficult to find one, so here at Kids Nook we try to give the kids the full farming experience with our Old McDonald sensory games.

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 First we have them build farms for all the animals, including Mommy Animals and Baby Animals.

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Then as thanks, the chickens give us eggs…

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The cows gave us milk…

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And we made some great cakes! Yum!

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What kind of farm games do you like to play? Let us know in the comments below!

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Jumping Clay: A Great Addition to Your Classroom

You may have been on our site before and wondered “How did they make such cute animals and accessories for their activities?” I’ll let you in on the secret… it’s Jumping Clay! We’ve been using it at Kids Nook for a few months now and let me tell you: it’s amazing!

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Jumping Clay is a modeling clay that molds easily, cleans up quickly, and naturally hardens if left out for a few hours so you can have professional looking clay models without having to bake them.

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Jumping Clay is non-toxic, comes in many different colors, and is lots of fun to play with!

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Click through to see some more examples (and a tutorial video)!

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