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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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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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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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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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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Light Up Your Life (With These Light Table Links!)

As you might have noticed in our “Bear Says ‘Thank You'” post, we got new light tables at Kids Nook. We are in love with these cool new tables, and as a way to celebrate I thought it’d be fun to share some great light table activities with you!

1) Watercolor on the Light Table

 

2) X-Rays (always a winner!)

 

3) Story Cups

 

4) Mandala Beads 

 

5) Of course… Water Beads! 

 

Enjoy a little light in your life!

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Bear Says “Thank You!”

This weekend we introduced a brand new story to our Sensory Storytime repertoire: Bear Says “Thank You!”  It’s an adorable story about a very polite baby bear who makes a craft for his mommy as a nice way to say “Thank you!” to her.

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Inspired by this cute little bear, we decided to make our own little gifts for our moms. You can see what kind of crazy things we got up to under the cut!
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Pretty Princesses and Apple Cookies

How was everyone’s weekend? Did you get to go outside and explore? Make any cool crafts?

Well this weekend at Kids Nook, we were soooo lucky to have a visit from our favorite child friendly baker Yasemin!

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With a few key ingredients…

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We sifted…

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Mixed…

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And ate our lovely snacks during story time!

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Thank you for coming Yasemin!  And thanks for all the delicious food!

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