Buttons for Pete

This week at Kids Nook we told another groovy tale of Pete the Cat, our favorite cool cat. After learning about his faaaavorite shirt, and it’s four groovy buttons that keep getting away, we decided to help Pete find his buttons and never lose them again!

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Once we gave Pete back his buttons, we thought it would be nice for us to make a him a Big Colorful Button! We used our paintbrushes…

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And even our fingers!

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Pretty cool huh? Join us next Monday for a look at how we re-imaged the story of the Three Little Pigs into something a little more Istanbul friendly 🙂 And remember: keep on singing!

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Dinosaur Roar!

This weekend was a dinosaur weekend! Which, of course, means it was the best weekend ever!  After reading one of our favorite books, Dinosaur Roar!, we made homes for our dinosaurs with our kinetic sand and neon glasses!

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Don’t forget to feed them!

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The dinosaurs had so much fun, they even gave us a big ole kiss!

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Thanks for playing everyone! See you next week!

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Are You Ready… For a BEAR HUNT?

Every time we tell this story to the kids, I make sure to warn them: Bear Hunting means getting messy, and it might get a little dangerous. But that’s okay, because we all have our moms with us right?

First we have to go through the icky dirt…bh6
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Then we go through the dark forest!

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Until we find… A BEAR!!!!

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Take good care of him, okay guys? The bear is just grumpy from being woken up after all!

Happy Hunting friends!

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Helping Your Child to Love Reading!

Inspired by the post earlier this week, I scoured through Pinterest in order to find some great tips  for your kids from professional readers (well, semi-professional anyway). Take a look at some of these links and see if anything catches your eye.

1) Using Art and Drawing to Help Your Kids with Vocabulary

 

2) Practical Advice from a Mom to Encourage Reading

 

3) A Teacher Shares Some Great Ideas for all Kinds of Readers!

Happy reading friends!

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Reading with Little Kids

DSC_0012We talk a lot on this blog about stories and how we try to bring these lovely classics into our kids lives. But the best and most direct way to bring a story to life is to read books with your kids.

Now, I’ll admit that it’s been a while since I’ve actually had time to sit down and read a story to a child. I don’t have any children of my own, but I’m lucky to work in an environment where I can “borrow” a few minutes with other people’s kids. However, after a lovely Saturday playing with everyone who visited us at the store, one little boy asked us to give him some English book recommendations. Everything I gave him, he would collect, and then we would sit down so I could read him the story.

At first, I was concerned: would he be able to understand my English? How about the English story? And he seemed to be fidgeting in his chair a lot…

But after a few stories, I relaxed enough to remember a few key things about reading to little kids.

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My Oh My! This Old Lady Swallowed… a Fly?!

This is probably one of my favorite stories to tell to our kids, mostly because it is just so absurd! I mean, an old lady swallows a fly, that I can believe. But a whole horse?! Crazy.

Despite the breaches in logic, our kids love this story just as much as we do. They feeding the old lady lots of bizarre animals…lol2
Then we get to go to our light tables and teach her how to eat right!

First we make the old lady out of kinetic sand and colored pasta.

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Then we look inside her mouth and see…. flies!!!

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Oh no! What should we do? Quick! Let’s trap the flies!

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Phew! They’re all gone! Now we can teach the old lady how to enjoy some real food, like yummy grapes and sand cakes!

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I’m so glad I got to share these games with you guys. Tell us how you play with “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly!” in the comments below!

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