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 ­čÖé And remember: keep on singing!

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Potty Time!

This week we got to read the very silly story Duck Goes Potty with our friends here at Kids Nook. Afterwards we got to play some very silly games!

We started by taking our friends, the monkeys, and taking off their diapers for them…

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Then showing them their new big kid potty!

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Of course things can get a little messy…

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But that’s no problem! We┬áknow how to clean them up… with a bubble bath!

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Whoops! Looks like things got a little messy in the bathroom! That’s okay, mommy loves us anyway ­čÖé

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What kind of things did you learn this week? Let us know!

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The Incy Wincy Spider Crawls Up, Up, Up!

The Incy Wincy Spider Crawls up, up, up! Then comes down, down, down!

But that’s okay, because in the meantime we’ve got lots of fun games she can play with us!

For example, let’s take a look at how we can catch big giant flies!

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Then, after a few lessons from our spider friend, we can make our very own tiny webs.

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Watch out for that rain though! It can be a doozy!

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But don’t worry! We all have a good time, no matter what kind of rain (or bubbles) are coming down on our heads!

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Good luck climbing those drain pipes this week!

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Ever Been to a Farm?

Have you ever been to a farm? When you live in a big city like Istanbul it’s a bit difficult to find one, so here at Kids Nook we try to give the kids the full farming experience with our Old McDonald sensory games.

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 First we have them build farms for all the animals, including Mommy Animals and Baby Animals.

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Then as thanks, the chickens give us eggs…

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The cows gave us milk…

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And we made some great cakes! Yum!

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What kind of farm games do you like to play? Let us know in the comments below!

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Links: Putting Things in Order

As a child I loved things like puzzles, patterns, and sequencing games. I think it just appealed to this part of me that craves order. Now that craving hasn’t quite reached the part of my life that includes cleaning my room, but I do have a great appreciation for these great kindergarten games!

1) Buttons and Pipe Cleaners Sequencing and Matching at Child Care Basics Resource Blog

2) Play-Doh and Pasta Pattern Maker

3) The Very Hungry Caterpillar Coloring and Sequencing Page

4) Paper Chain Color Sequence 

5) “Skip Counting” Puzzles┬á

Happy Pattern-ing!

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There Was an Old Lady…

There was an Old Lady… with some really strange eating habits. That being said, just look at the size of her tummy!

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Of course, we had to be kind to our guest, so we fed her some flies, some spiders…

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And then some even bigger animals!

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I hope she’s okay getting home! Tell us, have you met this old lady? Don’t you think her diet is a little strange? What kind of weird things do you like to eat? Tell us in the comments below!

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Jungle Links to Get You Swinging!

Earlier this week I told you about our great imaginary trip to the Amazon Rainforest, where we started the story of the Little Prince. Well I thought that this was a great opportunity to share that experience with all of you! Check out some of these great links that can turn your little child’s world into an amazing jungle exploration!

1) Jungle Preschool Activities

 

The folks over at Cutting Tiny Bites had a whole week devoted to Jungle Adventures, and they were lovely enough to share some of their great experiences with us! I’m particularly impressed with their living room Vine Crawl myself ­čÖé

2) Jungle Swamp Sensory Bin

 

This is a great sensory tub activity that will keep your kids entertained for hours! Just make sure to set it up outside or in a place that you don’t mind getting messy!

3) Animal Tracks Are Not Alike!

Put those plastic animals to good use and help your kids discover how not animals are the same, even down to the shape of their toes!

4) Color-Sequencing Snakes

Help your kids with their fine motor skills and color sequencing with this awesome pipe-cleaner snake craft! It’s Ssssssimply Ssssstunning ­čÖé

5) Elephant Color Blocking

What jungle adventure is complete without a visit from Elemer the colorful elephant? You can help color in his great thick skin with your own little colored squares!

Happy exploring everyone!

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What Do We See? A Brown Bear!

How many animals and colors could you recognize? Well thanks to Eric Carle’s┬áBrown Bear┬áthe kids here at Sensory Storytime know quite a few!

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Next we built little vacation homes for our bears and his animal frlends (can you see the white dog?)

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A perfect get-away for a bear and his friends!

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