Fall into Some Great Links!

adore autumn! I can wear sweaters, play outside without getting too hot, and of course it’s also a new season for the kids. So you can imagine my glee when I opened up Pinterest today and discovered so many different autumn activities (clearly I’m not the only one looking forward to the new season).

Check out our links below to see what games we’re excited about!

  1. Learn Your Letters with Felt Leaves

2. Turkey Baster Pom-Pom Race! 

3. Homemade Pumpkin Geo-board

4. Leaf Suncatcher

5. Color Blending 

Happy Autumn folks!

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The Ugly Duckling

This week we’ve been busy, busy, busy at Kids Nook (almost as busy as the Little Red Hen!) But we still had time to meet with one of our new friends: The Very Ugly Duckling.

If you’re not familiar with the story, the Ugly Duckling is a little grey duck who looks and acts nothing like his brothers and sisters. After enduring a lot of teasing, he leaves his family only to discover that he’s not a duck at all! He’s a beautiful swan!

The kids loved this story, and they loved playing games with the Ugly Duckling. First we created a nest for them using finger paints…

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Then we cleaned up the lakes so that they could swim better!

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Look at those little ducks go!

Do you love playing with duckies? How about the ugly duckling? How would you treat him if you found him? Let us know in the comments below!

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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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Are You Ready… For a BEAR HUNT?

Every time we tell this story to the kids, I make sure to warn them: Bear Hunting means getting messy, and it might get a little dangerous. But that’s okay, because we all have our moms with us right?

First we have to go through the icky dirt…bh6
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Then we go through the dark forest!

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Until we find… A BEAR!!!!

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Take good care of him, okay guys? The bear is just grumpy from being woken up after all!

Happy Hunting friends!

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The Apple Doesn’t Fall Too Far from the Links

After reading this week’s Kids Nook ReadsI was feeling a little nostalgic for the kind of apple crafts we did at school when I was a kid. One of my favorite ones was shrinking an apple head and making it into a favorite television or book character. So for this week’s link roundup, I thought it would be fun to revisit some of these great Apple-Crafts!

1) Make an Apple Tree with a Loufa

 

2) Apple Print Gift Wrap

 

3) Apple Shaped Suncatchers

4) Apple… Volcano! 

 

5) Apple Bird Feeder

 

Happy apple picking!
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Musical Mood Links

Here at Kids Nook we are firm believers in dancing and playing awesome music, especially when you have something great to celebrate. It could be anything really, like the great weather, a good grade on a test, being happy in general, as long as we get an excuse to dance and make music! This Thursday I thought it would be fun to share with you some fun music related links. Take a look, and get your groove on!

1) Painting with Sound

2) Jingle-Bell Streamers and Other Instruments

3) Maracas! 

 

4) Color Matching Xylophone

 

5) Books about Music For Kids

 

Happy grooving!
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Travel the World! See the Sights! Never Leave Your Living Room!

Ever since I was a little girl reading Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days, I was fascinated with the idea of travel. I wanted to see all these great places! I wanted to ride the trains and then hop on a hot air balloon flying to the deserts of Cairo!

Unfortunately, that’s just not in the cards for most of us, especially when you’re only six years old. So how can you help your little ones experience the great wide world? By checking out some of these links!

1) Little World Passport (can’t leave without one of those!)

 

2) Chinese New Year’s Crafts

 

3) African Collar Necklace

 

4) Aboriginal Dot Painting

 

5) Homemade Diya for Diwali

 

Happy travels friends! Take lots of photos!

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Let’s Go Outside!

It’s been a while, but we wanted to share some great links this week to help get your imagination going!

It’s the last full week of April, and for us here that means that we might FINALLY be able to go outside again! I’m personally thrilled by this prospect (in case you couldn’t tell… I’ve been waiting for spring since February!) To get myself and our dear readers prepared for this glorious season, I’ve found some fun crafts you and your kids can do to welcome spring!

Stained Glass Kite Craft

 

Egg Carton Flowers

Painting with Mud!

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And last, but probably most importantly…

Spring Book Recommendations!

Happy linking!

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