Links: Working with Our Anger

Just like Emily in Emily’s Tiger, we all have some moments of anger and frustration. This week we wanted to share some helpful links about how you can help teach your kids all about “tiger-itus,” and how to handle anger.

  1. “Let It Out Slowly” Anger Balloon (Great Visual Aid!)

2. Cool-Down Cubes

3. Safe-Space and Calming Jars

4. Calm-Down Codeword

5. Blowing Bubbles (so simple, but so effective!)

Keep it zen this weekend everyone!

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Weather Game for Kindergarten

This summer at Kids Nook we did a lot of playing around with water. It was a nice way to cool down, and the kids loved it. But this past week we decided to add a little science to our normal water games, creating some fun Weather Games for our kids so that they could learn about the water cycle.

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First we took the white fluffy stuff you’d find inside a baby’s diaper and filled up some bowls with them. The kids took their own bowls and sprayed water on it, showing them how water that travels through the air creates the clouds in the sky.

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We even talked a little about pollution, and how it can be hard for those clouds to give us good clean water when there’s so much stuff inside them!

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Lastly, we made it rain! We tied up the water balloons to a simple Ikea coat rack, and the kids came up one by one to pop the “clouds” that were full of rain!

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It was a lot of fun, but watch out! It could inspire a little creative mischievousness 😉

Hope you’re having great weather wherever you are!

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Musical Links

While I know we’ve already visited this theme before, this week’s book Once Upon an Ordinary School Day got me in the musical mood. So without further ado, here are some links to get your kids moving and grooving in home or in the classroom!

  1. Popsicle Stick Harmonica

2) Sensory Bin Shakers

3) Five Great Games to Get Your Kids Grooving

4) Light Table Rainbow Water Xylophone

5) “World of Music” Passport and Lesson Plan (this looks so cool!)

Have a musical weekend!
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Links for Your First Day of School

Here in Turkey we are fast approaching the first day of school. To celebrate we’ve scoured the internet (or Pinterest) and found some of our favorite Back-To-School ideas.

  1. Teacher Gift: Mints (speaking from experience, these are a great way to counteract all the coffee teachers drink!)

2) Using chalk as a measuring tool for the First Day of School Photo

3) Create a Homework Station

4) Back to School Fashion Show!

5) Welcome Back Home… WATER BALLOON FIGHTS

Can’t wait to get back to school? Have some traditions you like to do every year? Let us know in the comments below!

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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 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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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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