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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Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Sensory Games

There are a lot of great classic fairy tales out there that are pretty much perfect for sensory games. One of those stories is absolutely Goldilocks and the Three Bears, a fun little story that you can use to teach your kids textures, sizes, and sequencing.

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We started by giving each of our kids a different bear, big, medium, and little, then letting them use our special lego blocks (perfect for our light tables) to create homes for the bears.

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Next we gave them different sized bear cut outs, and told them to put them inside the bears “beds”, which are made of different sized bags.

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We filled the bags with different materials: straw for papa bear (too hard and stiff!), cotton for mamma bear (too soft!), and colorful fun cut out pieces for baby bear (just right).

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After that we had them pick out the hard marbles from the bears “porridge” (in this case, colored gelatin).

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The kids loved it, and they had even more fun learning about all the different kinds of textures.

How do you and your kids play with the Three Bears? Let us know in the comments!

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Duck Goes Potty: Potty Training Games for Kids

Learning how to use the potty can be a pretty tricky experience. Just ask Duck, the hero of Duck Goes Potty from Hello Genius!

Lots of our kids that come to Sensory Storytime are in that stage where they’re also learning how to use the potty, so the games we play with them are extra fun.

We always like to start with putting diapers on our stuffed animals, just like mammas do with the kids.

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But of course that diaper gets a little dirty…

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So we have to clean up! Get out the toilet paper and water guys!

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Now it’s time to wash up our big messes we’ve made.

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But we always remind the kids not to forget to use the soap!

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Good luck with that potty training everyone!

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Run as Fast as You Can: The Gingerbread Man

Christmas is officially on it’s way folks, and that means it’s time to break out some delectable stories and activities. None are quite as delicious and fun as the story of the Gingerbread Man! When telling this story I always make sure to let the kids know that the fox got a happy ending in the story, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun with the Gingerbread Man in our activities.

We started off with some delicious cocoa-smelling playdough to make our little Gingerbread Men.

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Then we used our gingerbread man cutters to make our little friends…

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And used pompoms to decorate him…

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Next we put him in the “oven” to cook, and after a minute it was time to take him out. But be careful! He’s very hot! Use something like a fan to remove him from the oven without burning our hands (it would’ve been fine though, since our little gingerbread men are made of paper and cardboard at this point).

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Once we’re done taking him out of the oven, he falls into a pool of water! Just like in the story! We have to fish him out using our tweezers so that he doesn’t fall apart completely.

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And that’s how we play with the Gingerbread Man!

What kind of activities do you use to tell this great story to your kids? Let us know in the comments below!

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Finding Food with Flutterby Butterfly

This week we explore a new story called Flutterby Butterfly, the story of a newly hatched butterfly who just can’t figure out how to eat! Does he chomp, does he slurp, or does he use his mouth like a straw and suck up his food?

First the kids gathered flowers for the butterfly…

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Then we made some juice that we could drink through straws, just like the butterfly.

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Of course, when a butterfly drinks certain colors, it can affect the colors of his wings right?

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It was a fun activities, and the kids really enjoyed it!

Happy eating everyone!

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Old McDonald Activities

Old McDonald had a farm, ee-ii-ee-ii- Oh? What is all this? New games for Old McDonald’s Farm? Let’s take a look!

First, we made sure that our farm dirt was nice and muddy by spraying water into it!

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Next we let the animals play in the mud a little bit…

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Then we had to clean them up!

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They were also really badly in need of a shave, so we covered them in shaving creme…

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And gave them a good shave, without popping a single one!

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It was a fun, messy day, and we can’t wait to see what the next week brings!

Happy farming!

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Snack Time (For Cow) Games

Some of you may know that Kids Nook has been working their way through the educational Hello Genius book series, an adorable set of books about various animals learning how to do things like brush their teeth or take naps. This time we played with sensory games centered around the book Snack Time for Cow, and as you can imagine it was very yummy!

First we created different “soups” and “snacks” for our animal friends using colored rice, colored pasta, and other ingredients.

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After that it was time for us to make some snacks for ourselves, a very special version of a fruit parfait. First we cut up the apples…

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Then we put mixed them with yogurt and oats, a very healthy snack for everyone!

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Of course some of our friends preferred to eat their yogurt plain…

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And some of them just went straight for the apples!

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Either way, we all had a great time playing with our food 😀

What’s your favorite snack to make with the kids? Let us know in the comments!

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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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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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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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