Canada School (Kanada Anaokulu)

This past Wednesday we had a special treat at Kids Nook. Our friends from the new Kanada Anaokulu (Canada School) in Levent celebrated Canada Day with us!


We were able to sit down and talk with them about their brand new school opening up this fall!  Kanada Anaokulu is setting up a school system in Turkey that teaches subjects in English according to the Canadian curriculum. This way, as the children grow up and have opportunities to participate in exchange programs, they’ll be able to integrate seamlessly into the Canadian schools. It’s an exciting opportunity to broaden the child’s horizons in more ways than one!


The preschool program (with a primary school to follow next year) is a great one. Every Canadian and Turkish teacher at Kanada Anaokulu is required to have at least five years of university experience and teaching experience. For children ages 5+, classes will only be taught in English. These men and women are professional teachers, and they are thrilled to start classes this fall!


Their vision for the school includes four pillars:

  • The well-being of the whole child, from social interactions and eating habits, to learning about emotions and belonging to a global community.
  • Communication with the children, and giving them the equipment to communicate with the world around them
  • Teaching about diversity and social responsibility, such as sustainability and learning about other cultures.
  • Lastly, the importance of play! All of the lessons will be “play based,” which engages the child in a way that is interesting to them.


The example they gave us was about birthdays. They would ask the child questions such as “Do you have a birthday? How do you celebrate it? Do you know how they celebrate birthdays in other parts of the world? Do you have cake at your birthday? Do you know how to make a cake? Would you like to learn?” Every question has a real-life follow-up example, and in the case of the birthday lesson, there’s even a cake to make at the end! How fun!


If you’re interested in finding out more about Kanada Anaokulu, feel free to check out their website here. You can also e-mail them (in Turkish or in English) at

In the meantime, we’ll be here fondly remember that Canada Day cake! Yum!

Happy summer!
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Royal Activities

Do you have a little princess of your own who likes to play with crafts AND read books? Then this week is going to be right up your alley, and there won’t be a single crystal-blue-sparkle in sight! Well, maybe one or two sparkles…

1) TP Roll Castle



2) A slew of activities for The Worst Princess (another great princess book!)


3) Shields for The Knight and the Dragon



4) Paper Bag Crowns


5) Or if you’re feeling a bit more fairie… Paper Bag Tiaras


Happy crafting!
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Play Time for Puppy

Our latest story was based on another fun one from the Hello Genius series, Play Time for Puppy. In this story we meet an energetic little puppy who loves to play with his toys and his friends. In the spirit of playtime, we created our own little toys from flour and salt…. but not before we did some extra playing around first!







Our finished products….



You can find the recipie we used for our flour molds here.

Happy playing everyone!

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Kids Nook Reads: Cave Baby

When my mom was a little girl, her slightly taller twin sister would get down on her knees and color on the wall. Of course since it was right at my mom’s eye level she would always be the one getting in trouble. Pretty creative thinking on my aunt’s part, huh?

Today’s story is about another mischievous child who likes to get creative with the home decor. Meet Cave Baby by Julia Donaldson.

cavebabytitleCave Baby
by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Emily Gravett

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Little Tiger Picks Up

Every wonder how a little Tiger picks up his room? Pretty much the same way as the rest of us do, only it’s a little bit more fun.

After we told the story of the Little Tiger who has to pick up his messes, we exercised our own powers of cleanliness.  First things first: playing!




But at the end of every play time, it’s time to clean up!



If anything is dirty, then it’s our duty to make sure it’s nice and shiny before we put it away.


Of course we have to clean up all the balls on the ground… after going through the tunnel!


Do you guys have any fun clean up games? Let us know!

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The Three Little Sheep (a Reworking of The Three Little Pigs)

Happy Tuesday everyone! This week I want to tell you about our newest Sensory Story at Kids Nook, the Three Little Sheep. The Three Little Sheep is a re-working of the classic story The Three Little Pigs. Since we’re in Istanbul, Turkey, a predominantly Muslim country, we wanted a way to share this great story in a way that was a little less haram 😉

The good news: it didn’t matter whether it was sheep or pigs, the kids loved the story! They even got to make their own little houses for all the sheep! We made some houses out of straw, then out of sticks…



But when that didn’t work to protect the little sheep, we decided to roll up our sleeves and get some real work done with bricks and “mortar”.



The houses looked so great, and the kids were so proud of the work they’d done!


And just like that, the sheep are safe at home. Phew! What hard work!

How would you guys make houses for the little sheep? Let us know in the comments below!

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