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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Re-Post: Happy Holidays from Kids Nook

Note: This is a repost of our super fun Christmas party activities from last year. They included lots of food, awesome pajamas, and toilet paper games ­čÖé┬á

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Kids Nook! To celebrate the occassion we hosted a very special pajama holiday party, featuring the classic story The Polar Express! 

Of course we ate too much food…

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Made our own special Christmas pillow buddies…

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And of course, drank hot chocolate!

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Have a great year!

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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!)┬á

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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Kids Nook Reads: Yuck! That’s Not a Monster!

Families are weird. My family loves to sit around the living room and speak to each other in funny voices. My brother’s room is messy and my┬ádad has a collection of bizarre antique pens in an old cedar box. But the thing is, even though my family is a little strange, it’s MY kind of strange, and I love them all the same!

This week we read about a similarly strange family in┬áYuck! That’s Not a Monster!┬áby Angela McAllister and Alison Edgson.

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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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Kids Nook Reads: I’m the Best!

Have you ever looked at the people around you and thought to yourself: “Wow! I am the best!” It’s okay if you have; we’re all the best at something. You can be the ┬ábest artist at school, the best at math, or even the best pizza eater! But chances are you have some friends who are better at somethings than you are.

This week’s story is about a little dog who thinks he’s the best at EVERYTHING.

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I’m the Best by Lucy Cousins

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