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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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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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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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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Little Tiger Picks Up

Every wonder how a little Tiger picks up his room? Pretty much the same way as the rest of us do, only it’s a little bit more fun.

After we told the story of the Little Tiger who has to pick up his messes, we exercised our own powers of cleanliness.  First things first: playing!

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But at the end of every play time, it’s time to clean up!

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If anything is dirty, then it’s our duty to make sure it’s nice and shiny before we put it away.

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Of course we have to clean up all the balls on the ground… after going through the tunnel!

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Do you guys have any fun clean up games? Let us know!

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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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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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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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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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