Story Gardens meet Mole and Ant

One of our wonderful new programs at Kids Nook is Story Gardens (Masal Bahçe), where we read wonderful stories about exploring the world with the kids, then make our very own gardens, little things we can take with us when we have to live in a big city. This week’s story was Bahçıvan Köstebek ve Uçan Karınca Kıvırcık, a cute story about a mole who makes a wonderful home for his new little ant friend.

Afterwards we made our own garden homes for our wild friends. We started with some dirt and moss.

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Then we added things like flowers, a miniature home, and pretty rocks to decorate it.

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Last but not least, we added a very special friend… a real life snail!

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What a wonderful little project, don’t you agree? And the kids loved it as well!

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Happy gardening friends!

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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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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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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…

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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”.

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

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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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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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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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Pinocchio and Me

This Saturday we got a real treat: Turkish actress Beste Bereket came to our storytime and told us about the adventures of Pinocchio!

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There were lots of fun moments…

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Some classic scenes…

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And even some dancing at the end!

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Afterwards we made our own little Pinocchio puppets!

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What a fun time!

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Traveling with Kids

Alright everyone, brace yourselves. School is about to end, and that means… VACATION!

Even if it’s just a short trip up the road, or a full-blown adventure around the world, you’ll probably need to prepare yourself, and your kids, for the long hours traveling. How? Well you’re not going to be able to rely exclusively on the iPad, I can tell you that. Instead check out some of these links to get your creative juices flowing.

1) Audio Books from Audible

 

2) Travel Packs for the Kids

 

3) Sticker Books and Coloring Books

 

4) Portable Legos

 

5) And of course… Food!

 

Happy Travels Friends!

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