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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The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)

I always enjoyed listening to the story of The Little Red Hen, but if I really think about it, it was because we always got to make a loaf of warm bread to go with it. This time when I told the story of The Little Red Hen to our kids, I decided to go with the updated version: The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza. 

Why? Because I love pizza.

We listened to the story and afterwards went out and made our own “play pizzas”. We started with our homemade oat play-dough (which you might remember from our last story Goldilocks and the Three Bears). Afterwards we painted on “tomato sauce”…

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Then we added some toppings. I added broken up spaghetti pieces to make it look like a cheese pizza.

 

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After we decorated our pizzas came the very best part: eating our own homemade toast pizzas!

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Yum yum yum! We helped the Little Red Hen make her pizzas, so we got to enjoy our own! What kind of pizzas do you like to make? Would you help the Little Red Hen? Let us know in the commments below!

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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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Royal Activities

Do you have a little princess of your own who likes to play with crafts AND read books? Then this week is going to be right up your alley, and there won’t be a single crystal-blue-sparkle in sight! Well, maybe one or two sparkles…

1) TP Roll Castle

 

 

2) A slew of activities for The Worst Princess (another great princess book!)

 

3) Shields for The Knight and the Dragon

 

 

4) Paper Bag Crowns

 

5) Or if you’re feeling a bit more fairie… Paper Bag Tiaras

 

Happy crafting!
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Play Time for Puppy

Our latest story was based on another fun one from the Hello Genius series, Play Time for Puppy. In this story we meet an energetic little puppy who loves to play with his toys and his friends. In the spirit of playtime, we created our own little toys from flour and salt…. but not before we did some extra playing around first!

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Our finished products….

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You can find the recipie we used for our flour molds here.

Happy playing everyone!

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Buttons for Pete

This week at Kids Nook we told another groovy tale of Pete the Cat, our favorite cool cat. After learning about his faaaavorite shirt, and it’s four groovy buttons that keep getting away, we decided to help Pete find his buttons and never lose them again!

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Once we gave Pete back his buttons, we thought it would be nice for us to make a him a Big Colorful Button! We used our paintbrushes…

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And even our fingers!

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Pretty cool huh? Join us next Monday for a look at how we re-imaged the story of the Three Little Pigs into something a little more Istanbul friendly 🙂 And remember: keep on singing!

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