Two Reminders!

Quick Reminder that tomorrow at naptime I am posting my Reader’s Corner Blog Roll for August ! If you have a blog that you would like to have listed, email it to me and I will add it to our roll! If you were on July’s Blog Roll you are automatically included .

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" Book" Your Travel !

Three books
to run away with !

( or maybe not…)


” Madeline in London” by Ludwig Bemelmans . Let me just start by saying that like Babar and Barbapapa I have fond childhood memories of Madeline. So this review may be a little biased. The rhyming text is fast to read and fun too, I would warn parents that they allude to making glue out of dead horses, little guys won’t pick up on it but it may horrify a sharp 3 year old. So pre read it if you want to omit anything. Also a horse is thought dead, for a brief moment before it’s revealed to just be sleeping. It sounds much worse than it really is. I love that it includes real London sights in it’s illustrations, such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey , the Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square. After reading this to my Pre K class ( omitting the horses and glue reference) we got down a globe and found where Paris and London were. For weeks 2 little girls played airplane and their destination was always London. A single book can really open doors!

” Nessie: The Loch Ness Monster” by Ricahrd Brassey made it’s way to my bookshelf via my mom who got it in Scotland of course. It is a cute picture book all about the history and legend of Nessie. I was pretty impressed since often touristy picture books like this are not very well put together. Instead this book is charming and gives the reader insight into some of Scotland’s history as well.

” Ooh-la-la ( max in love) “ by Maira Kalman is a very poetic but deceivingly adult picture book. The story is about a love sick dog who goes to Paris from LA, where he mopes about meeting very interesting Parisians in various places including nightclubs until he meets his true love Crepe Suzzette. I have never actually read it to a child and I have had it for years. There is so much in it that always made me think” Hmm not sure if their parents would want me to read this…” I however think it’s hilarious, random and rather intelligent. Just not for little kids. Here is a snippet to give you a taste:

I was beat. I was bushed.
I lay down for a nap.
I dreamt that a bleu horse
was playing checkers
with a bleu woman
in a garden of bleu trees.

The sky was pink.

Go figure

I am not sure when I will read this to my son, he is clearly not ready for it at 21 months but maybe when he is older .

Do you have a favorite book that fits the theme of traveling? Have you read these books and loved or hated them? Let me know by leaving a comment!

Howl at the Moon!

Crescent Moon!

This morning my son looked out the window and proclaimed ” Moon” while pointing out the window, sure enough there it was staring down at us at 6 am! For a simple art project like this I like to use different painting tools to enrich it.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need one yellow and one black piece of construction paper, a white or yellow crayon, glue, sparkly paint and anything else to decorate your moon. We used do a dot art dobbers, and a fun brush for our sparkle paint.
  2. Have your child draw stars in the night sky. Using the white or yellow crayon color on the black paper.
  3. While they draw stars draw a classic crescent moon , don’t cut it out yet.
  4. Time to decorate the moon, we started with the dobbers.
  5. Then moved to the fun brush and sparkle paint. Let dry.
  6. Cut the moon out and glue onto your starry sky!


~Phases of the Moon
Wheel~

I do not suggest doing this with really young children, as you can see from the picture my son made a quick job undoing my work! However if you have a school aged child this is a fun and easy activity for learning about Earth’s moon!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate, some yellow and black paper, scissors, a fine tip marker, glue , and a brad.
  2. Using the paper plate at the template trace a circle on the black paper. Cut it out.
  3. Fold the circle in half and cut a section out. This will be your viewing window. Set it aside.
  4. Using your yellow paper cut out the different phases of the moon, deciding if you will do all the phases waxing and waning .
  5. Write the phases name on the underside of the plate and glue the moon on, repeat for all the phases you are including. You may want to space this out before writing, to make sure you have enough space on your plate. Let dry.
  6. Poke a small brad through the center of the black circle with the viewing window and attach it to the center of the paper plate.
  7. Spin and enjoy!

X marks the spot

Naptime Creation
Treasure Map!

This easy peasy treasure map is so much more than a craft, it is a tool for learning and endless fun. Although I have this listed as a naptime creation younger preschoolers could do this with a lot of adult help, but kids of all ages will enjoy the games played withthe maps once they are made.
  1. Gather your materials. You will need some white paper, permanent markers ( see why it’s not a toddler activity?), used coffee grinds in the filter, and some ribbon.
  2. Using permanent markers draw a treasure map. I like to use things in my backyard as the “stops” in the map. I have our trees, a basket ball and blocks – you don not have to use real things. However for the activity below using real things will make it easier.
  3. Taking out most of the coffee grinds rub the outside of the filter all over your map to make it look old and dirty! Let dry. You can also use tea but it takes much longer and we all know how much kids love to wait.
  4. Randomly rip the edges to make the map look more authentic!
  5. Roll up and scrunch and secure with a ribbon!
All Ages
Treasure Hunt
A few years ago I had a small but amazing class of 2-3 year olds who challenged me because they were such smart little people. In an effort to find a fun outdoor activity I developed this map game. I would draw a map and together we would all follow it. Using your map you can go to each “stop” then you must complete a challenge before moving on.Here is where I snuck in some totally unrelated learning. At the stops the challenges were things like : Sing the alphabet, find something blue, jump in the air 5 times, find a word that rhymes with pig… anything but they loved it. After a few times playing with me they became the masterminds and developed their own challenges- pretty cool for children who weren’t even potty trained!

With my toddler we went to the park and hid his new ball. We busted out the map( that I made ) and followed the pictures. We counted to ten, reached up high, found something red and touched our noses! As you can see you have to fit the challenges to the specific child but trust me, everyone will be having so much fun they won’t even notice all the learning they are doing!

 

The Ants Go Marching!

Easy Egg Carton Ant !

This summer we have had a spider living on our front porch and my son’s favorite thing in the world is to go find an ant and throw it in the web, it’s fascinating and the inspiration for today’s activities!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 4 sections of egg carton, 2 pipe cleaners,scissors, some paint, paintbrush, glue and googley eyes.
  2. Cut out three sections of egg carton.
  3. Cut out a fourth by itself.
  4. Have your child paint the larger piece of egg carton.
  5. While your child is painting cut two holes in the top of the single egg carton piece and thread half of one pipe cleaner ( snip them all in two) to make antennae.
  6. Have your child paint the single carton with the antennae . Let dry.
  7. Glue some googly eyes on, I was rather impressed that my son did this step with no help, one eyes was glued on upside down but allowing children to do it themselves is more important than it being “right”. It’s hard as a parent to do this, but so important.
  8. Cut small holes in the ant and thread the other three half pipe cleaners through.
  9. Glue the head right on top of the first section .
  10. Don’t forget to share your cookies with your ant!

Song!

The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching one by one,
The little one stops to suck his thumb
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching two by two, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching two by two, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching two by two,
The little one stops to tie his shoe
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching three by three, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching three by three, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching three by three,
The little one stops to climb a tree
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching four by four, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching four by four, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching four by four,
The little one stops to shut the door
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching five by five, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching five by five, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching five by five,
The little one stops to take a dive
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching six by six, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching six by six, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching six by six,
The little one stops to pick up sticks
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching seven by seven, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching seven by seven, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching seven by seven,
The little one stops to pray to heaven
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching eight by eight, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching eight by eight, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching eight by eight,
The little one stops to shut the gate
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching nine by nine, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching nine by nine, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching nine by nine,
The little one stops to check the time
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching ten by ten, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching ten by ten, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching ten by ten,
The little one stops to say “THE END”
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

Books!


“Diary of a Spider “ by Doreen Cronin is a very clever book with some pretty funny bits of humor that I laughed my way through. It was too long to hold my son’s attention but older preschoolers would love it. The overall theme is that spiders aren’t all nasty and that they have fears too, a great lesson for kids !

” beetle bop” by Denise Fleming is a beautifully illustrated book with a melodic rhyming text and fantastic descriptive words. The pages are saturated with color and the pictures are all done from a bugs perspective so feet, birds and lizards all seem huge to the reader and you start to see what it might be like to be so small! My son loved this book and so did I !

” Two Bad Ants” by Chris Van Allsburg is a very interesting story of two ants who decide not to return to the colony and hang out in a sugar bowl eating instead. Of course nothing is as it seems and they have quite an adventure trying to avoid all the dangers of a kitchen, realizing in the end that being a part of a colony isn’t so bad! This is a cute book for older preschoolers who will love trying to guess what each new adventure the ants face really are- they include a toaster, hot coffee and an electrical outlet.