Best Posts of 2015

We’ve had an amazing year at Kids Nook, trying all kinds of new programs and new games. Part of the reason that the year has been so great is you guys of course! So as a way to round out the year 2015, we wanted to share our three most popular posts with you guys.

See you in the new year (for some fun new changes!!)

  1. Jungle Links to Get You Swinging
  2. We’ve Got No Strings on Us (Pinocchio Storytelling)
     
  3. Kids Nook Reads: The Lamb Who Came for Dinner
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Enjoy our last days of 2015!!!

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Explore Sound with these Fun Experiments

This week we told you about a book that tells the story of a bird who just loves making and listening to sounds. Of course he’s not the only one who likes listening to sounds, and so this week we decided it would be fun for us to share a bunch of different experiments with you and yours that explores just how sound works.

  1. Using a Balloon to Amplify Sounds

2. Classic Sound Vibration with Glasses Experiment 

3. Exploring Sound with a Hanger

4. Tin-Can Telephones

5. Lastly, reading the Greek Myth of Echo (a fun introduction to how ancient cultures viewed science)

That’s all for this week friends! I’ll guess we’ll be hearing from you!

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Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Sensory Games

There are a lot of great classic fairy tales out there that are pretty much perfect for sensory games. One of those stories is absolutely Goldilocks and the Three Bears, a fun little story that you can use to teach your kids textures, sizes, and sequencing.

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We started by giving each of our kids a different bear, big, medium, and little, then letting them use our special lego blocks (perfect for our light tables) to create homes for the bears.

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Next we gave them different sized bear cut outs, and told them to put them inside the bears “beds”, which are made of different sized bags.

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We filled the bags with different materials: straw for papa bear (too hard and stiff!), cotton for mamma bear (too soft!), and colorful fun cut out pieces for baby bear (just right).

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After that we had them pick out the hard marbles from the bears “porridge” (in this case, colored gelatin).

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The kids loved it, and they had even more fun learning about all the different kinds of textures.

How do you and your kids play with the Three Bears? Let us know in the comments!

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Never Say Never! 5 Ways to Beat Boredom

Yesterday we shared a preview of a story about a girl who says nothing EVER happens to her… sound familiar moms and dads? We all fall victim to boredom every once in a while, especially kids. But thanks to the internet, you never have to be at a loss for what to do again. Here are five boredom busting games that you can share with your kids the next time they start getting a little antsy.

  1. Sock Mopping!

2. Snowman Factory!

3. Reusable Gak/Bubble Blowing

4. “Sumo Wrestling” (great for boys!) 

5. Lego Ninja Hat (requires some sewing skills, but can we talk about how many HOURS of fun a lego fan would get from this?)

Kick that boredom in the tush guys!

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Gingerbread Man Activities for You and Your Kids

Earlier this week we showed you some of our fun Gingerbread Man games, and so this week I thought we’d spread the gingerbread love a little. Here are some great Gingerbread Man activities that can help add a little festivity to your season!

  1. Stuffed Gingerbread Man Activity

2) Build Your Own Gingerbread House

3) Gingerbread Play-Dough

4) Gingerbread Writing Activity

5) Teddy Bear Cookies (just in case you’re sick of gingerbread by now)

Happy baking (and running!)

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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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Finding Food with Flutterby Butterfly

This week we explore a new story called Flutterby Butterfly, the story of a newly hatched butterfly who just can’t figure out how to eat! Does he chomp, does he slurp, or does he use his mouth like a straw and suck up his food?

First the kids gathered flowers for the butterfly…

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Then we made some juice that we could drink through straws, just like the butterfly.

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Of course, when a butterfly drinks certain colors, it can affect the colors of his wings right?

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It was a fun activities, and the kids really enjoyed it!

Happy eating everyone!

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Story Gardens meet Mole and Ant

One of our wonderful new programs at Kids Nook is Story Gardens (Masal Bahçe), where we read wonderful stories about exploring the world with the kids, then make our very own gardens, little things we can take with us when we have to live in a big city. This week’s story was Bahçıvan Köstebek ve Uçan Karınca Kıvırcık, a cute story about a mole who makes a wonderful home for his new little ant friend.

Afterwards we made our own garden homes for our wild friends. We started with some dirt and moss.

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Then we added things like flowers, a miniature home, and pretty rocks to decorate it.

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Last but not least, we added a very special friend… a real life snail!

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What a wonderful little project, don’t you agree? And the kids loved it as well!

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Happy gardening friends!

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