Kids Nook Reads: The Magical Snow Garden

I’ll admit it: I adore this book. I’m a bit of a winter grouch, and the reason is that I love the bright and beautiful colors that come in springtime and summer. With all that said, is it really any surprise that I chose this story about an adorable penguin making his own garden for this week’s book recommendation?

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The Magical Snow Garden 
Written by Tracey Corderoy
Illustrated by Jane Chapman
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Explore the World With The Little Prince

One of the most beloved children’s stories, both here in Turkey and around the world, is The Little Prince. This lovely tale about seeing the world through the eyes of a child and how an individual, no matter what that person is like, is valued as much as the masses has affected us for generations. We shared this story at Kids Nook, and we’ve decided we want to share it with you as well!

We started off our story by having the children close their eyes and imagine what it would look like if an anaconda swallowed an entire elephant!

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Then we told the tale of a Little Prince who loved his rose and helped save the life of a pilot.

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For our activities we had the children draw what they thought an elephant inside an anaconda looks like…

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Then we planted our own roses!

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Happy exploring friends!

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We’ve Got No Strings on Us! (Pinocchio Storytime)

It’s been a while since I’ve heard the story of Pinocchio, the earnest little puppet who wants to be a real boy, so it was a real joy to see how our storyteller Ayşegül interpreted the story. She even had her own little Pinocchio puppet!

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Don’t forget his little shoes!

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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 Brown Bear the kids here at Sensory Storytime know quite a few!

brown bear 4We read the story together and then afterwards took our own little Brown Bears (and his friend the Black Sheep) out for some special activities.

brown bear 1Mmm-mmm! What’s more appetizing than eating treats in a special color sequence?

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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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What an Ugly Duckling!

Have you heard the story of the Ugly Duckling? You know, the one where a duckling doesn’t look, or act, like a duckling? The story where the duckling has to go out and find out exactly what he really is, only to discover he’s not a duckling at all?

You have? Us too! And we love telling this story to children of all ages!

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Afterwards we went and created our own little duckling wheels!

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Happy swimming everyone!

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Hansel and Gretel by the Fire

What’s better for crisp weather than a spooky story by a campfire? Here in Istanbul we’ve been having pretty mild weather, so we figured what better opportunity to have a campfire party?

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We told the story of Hansel and Gretel…

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And some of it was a little shocking!

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But that’s alright! Because afterwards we were able to roast marshmallows and sausages together!

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Happy camping friends! Stay warm!

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Gettin Down to the Farmyard Jamboree!

It’s always a lot of fun to see the different kinds of games we can do with our farmyard animals. This week was another new expirement, which turned out really well!

DSC_0004Using grey “putty” we built our own farms with wooden blocks (with a little help sometimes 🙂

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Afterwards we painted our new farms…

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And let the animals play with them!

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Don’t forget to cut the grass!

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Hurray! We did it!

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What kind of cool farms can you make? Let us know in the commets below!

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