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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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! We know that’s still a week away, but you know what the great thing is about  American holidays being celebrated outside of America? You can do it whenever you want 🙂

Check out some of the highlights of our awesome Halloween party!

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Aren’t our kids adorable? Happy Halloween everyone!

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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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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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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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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Happy Tuesday everyone! Why is it a happy Tuesday? No particular reason, it just is!

This week we’re going to give you a peek into our story Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I assume most of you know the story already: three bears leave the house, a little girl breaks in and wrecks havoc, the bears return and chase her away. It’s kind of a strange story, but it’s a fun one for learning about things like big and small, hard and soft. 

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We started by cleaning up the Bear’s rooms but finding all of the soft balls and the hard balls, then putting them in separate containers.

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Then we made porridge for our Bears, since Goldilocks ate all of theirs up!

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Our kids did such a great job! Now the Bears can go back home and relax!

Have a great day everyone!

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