Humpty Dumpty Games!

This week at Kids Nook we retold the classic nursery, Humpty Dumpty, as the tale of an egg who is just so clumsy! The kids has a great time watching as Humpty Dumpty kept tripping over increasingly ridiculous things, like a whole bunch of rubber ducks, until he broke completely apart.

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Afterwards we gave each child their own little Humpty Dumpty’s to put back together again using band-aids.

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Once they finished this, we did something really fun… cracking our paint filled eggs!

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Things got, understandably, a little messy.

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But we all had a great time! And even better, now Humpty Dumpty has a wall he can sit on!

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What an egg-cellent way to spend the day!

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Shadow Games (Links)

It’s starting to get a little more cloudy around here. It’s also starting to get darker earlier. While some of my friends are bummed out by this, I’m choosing to view it as a new opportunity… an opportunity to play with shadows (gotta be positive, right?) Check out some of the fun games and activities below to see what you can do with your kids!

  1. Activities to go with Dr. Suess’s The Shape of Me

2) Are Shadows Always Black?

3) Seizing the Day and Playing with Shadows!

4) Using Charcoal to Draw Shadows

5) Adding Shadows to Little Figurines

Happy playing!

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Kids Nook Reads: Jack and the Beanstalk

“Fi-fi-fo-fum! I smell the blood of an English man!”

Ah yes. Goose bumps every time.

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re big fans of Jack and the Beanstalk at Kids Nook. It’s one of the very first stories we ever told, and it’s continued to be one of our staples. So when we found a retelling of this classic tale from one of our favorite publishers, Barefoot Books, we just couldn’t resist!

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by Richard Walker & Niamh Sharkey
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Baking with Kids

So… how many of you guys are in love with baking shows? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. My friend recently introduced me to The Great British Bake-Off, and I’m officially hooked. There’s something fun about watching someone mix together some raw ingredients and making something delicious and pretty. Sometimes, if we’re feeling confident, we can even go and make the things we see on television.

Of course adults aren’t the only ones who enjoy baking: kids love it too! It’s a great way to get them involved in the kitchen and allow them to get a little messy as well. cooking class-1

Last week the kids made poğaça, a Turkish savory bun. It was kind of difficult at first, but our kids did a great job working through it and being patient.

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As tempting as it is to do some of the things for them, such as cracking the egg, it’s so much more rewarding for them if they learn to do it themselves.

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By far their favorite part was the mixing! That’s one of the best parts of baking, right up there with eating the finished product… or tasting the dough… or cracking the eggs… (can you tell I like baking?)

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Unfortunately all of the finished poğaça was gone before I got to take any photos (those kids eat fast!), but if you’d like to try out some Turkish cuisine for yourself and your kids, you can find a great recipe here. That blogger made cheese stuffed poğaça, but we made ours plain and it was still super yummy!

Happy baking everyone!
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Links: Working with Our Anger

Just like Emily in Emily’s Tiger, we all have some moments of anger and frustration. This week we wanted to share some helpful links about how you can help teach your kids all about “tiger-itus,” and how to handle anger.

  1. “Let It Out Slowly” Anger Balloon (Great Visual Aid!)

2. Cool-Down Cubes

3. Safe-Space and Calming Jars

4. Calm-Down Codeword

5. Blowing Bubbles (so simple, but so effective!)

Keep it zen this weekend everyone!

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Weather Game for Kindergarten

This summer at Kids Nook we did a lot of playing around with water. It was a nice way to cool down, and the kids loved it. But this past week we decided to add a little science to our normal water games, creating some fun Weather Games for our kids so that they could learn about the water cycle.

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First we took the white fluffy stuff you’d find inside a baby’s diaper and filled up some bowls with them. The kids took their own bowls and sprayed water on it, showing them how water that travels through the air creates the clouds in the sky.

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We even talked a little about pollution, and how it can be hard for those clouds to give us good clean water when there’s so much stuff inside them!

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Lastly, we made it rain! We tied up the water balloons to a simple Ikea coat rack, and the kids came up one by one to pop the “clouds” that were full of rain!

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It was a lot of fun, but watch out! It could inspire a little creative mischievousness 😉

Hope you’re having great weather wherever you are!

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Musical Links

While I know we’ve already visited this theme before, this week’s book Once Upon an Ordinary School Day got me in the musical mood. So without further ado, here are some links to get your kids moving and grooving in home or in the classroom!

  1. Popsicle Stick Harmonica

2) Sensory Bin Shakers

3) Five Great Games to Get Your Kids Grooving

4) Light Table Rainbow Water Xylophone

5) “World of Music” Passport and Lesson Plan (this looks so cool!)

Have a musical weekend!
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