Setting Goals for 2016 (The Kid Friendly Way!)

Tomorrow is officially a new year, and if you’re like me than you are Pumped and Ready to set some awesome goals! If you want to get your kids in on this goal-oriented action, then take a look at the links below. I’ve rustled up some fun ways to get your kids in a future-oriented mindset. Even if they never achieve their goals (like so many of us), it’s still a good thing to get them thinking about these things.

  1. Get them prepped with some great books about perseverance (I am a sucker for Oliver Jeffers and the Elephant and Piggie series)

2. For your smaller kids, visualizing and drawing out goals can be great!

3. Here’s a great sheet for your older kids…

4. And lastly, find some books about making mistakes (because none of us are perfect when it comes to New Years Resolutions)

Have a happy New Year everyone! See you in 2016!

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Best Posts of 2015

We’ve had an amazing year at Kids Nook, trying all kinds of new programs and new games. Part of the reason that the year has been so great is you guys of course! So as a way to round out the year 2015, we wanted to share our three most popular posts with you guys.

See you in the new year (for some fun new changes!!)

  1. Jungle Links to Get You Swinging
  2. We’ve Got No Strings on Us (Pinocchio Storytelling)
     
  3. Kids Nook Reads: The Lamb Who Came for Dinner
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Enjoy our last days of 2015!!!

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Explore Sound with these Fun Experiments

This week we told you about a book that tells the story of a bird who just loves making and listening to sounds. Of course he’s not the only one who likes listening to sounds, and so this week we decided it would be fun for us to share a bunch of different experiments with you and yours that explores just how sound works.

  1. Using a Balloon to Amplify Sounds

2. Classic Sound Vibration with Glasses Experiment 

3. Exploring Sound with a Hanger

4. Tin-Can Telephones

5. Lastly, reading the Greek Myth of Echo (a fun introduction to how ancient cultures viewed science)

That’s all for this week friends! I’ll guess we’ll be hearing from you!

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Never Say Never! 5 Ways to Beat Boredom

Yesterday we shared a preview of a story about a girl who says nothing EVER happens to her… sound familiar moms and dads? We all fall victim to boredom every once in a while, especially kids. But thanks to the internet, you never have to be at a loss for what to do again. Here are five boredom busting games that you can share with your kids the next time they start getting a little antsy.

  1. Sock Mopping!

2. Snowman Factory!

3. Reusable Gak/Bubble Blowing

4. “Sumo Wrestling” (great for boys!) 

5. Lego Ninja Hat (requires some sewing skills, but can we talk about how many HOURS of fun a lego fan would get from this?)

Kick that boredom in the tush guys!

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Gingerbread Man Activities for You and Your Kids

Earlier this week we showed you some of our fun Gingerbread Man games, and so this week I thought we’d spread the gingerbread love a little. Here are some great Gingerbread Man activities that can help add a little festivity to your season!

  1. Stuffed Gingerbread Man Activity

2) Build Your Own Gingerbread House

3) Gingerbread Play-Dough

4) Gingerbread Writing Activity

5) Teddy Bear Cookies (just in case you’re sick of gingerbread by now)

Happy baking (and running!)

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Great Book Themed Parties for Kids

This week we told the story of a little rabbit who loves the surprise his friends, only to have his own friends surprise him with a birthday party! So in the spirit of celebrating, we have a few book-themed parties to give you some inspiration for your next giant bananza!

  1. To get us started, check out these adorable “bookworms” 

2. Reading the Stinky Cheese Man to your class? Get them involved with Stinky Cheese Platters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. There’s also the ADORABLE ideas in this post

4. Lastly… check out our fun Very Hungry Caterpillar food party from this spring. Yum!

 

 

 

 

 

Party on folks!

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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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