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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Kids Nook Reads: Jack and the Beanstalk

“Fi-fi-fo-fum! I smell the blood of an English man!”

Ah yes. Goose bumps every time.

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re big fans of Jack and the Beanstalk at Kids Nook. It’s one of the very first stories we ever told, and it’s continued to be one of our staples. So when we found a retelling of this classic tale from one of our favorite publishers, Barefoot Books, we just couldn’t resist!

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by Richard Walker & Niamh Sharkey
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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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The Apple Doesn’t Fall Too Far from the Links

After reading this week’s Kids Nook ReadsI was feeling a little nostalgic for the kind of apple crafts we did at school when I was a kid. One of my favorite ones was shrinking an apple head and making it into a favorite television or book character. So for this week’s link roundup, I thought it would be fun to revisit some of these great Apple-Crafts!

1) Make an Apple Tree with a Loufa

 

2) Apple Print Gift Wrap

 

3) Apple Shaped Suncatchers

4) Apple… Volcano! 

 

5) Apple Bird Feeder

 

Happy apple picking!
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