25 Books with Crafts To Match

craft ideas for preschoolWhen I started No Time For Flash Cards I started it with the intention of trying to give my friends who were at home with their kids some fun activities to fill in their day. When I taught I would always link the book I read at opening circle time with our art exploration for the day. It gave the students focus and padded the learning on both ends. We didn’t hit the kids over the head with facts or structure but a little themed continuity went a long way in our exploration of the chosen topic.  After more than 5 years of blogging I have paired countless books with crafts. Consider this list of 25 a cheat sheet. I hope you find it useful.

For the full craft tutorials click the craft title under each pair. The book title is an affiliate link and will take you to Amazon.com
 

craft for if you give a mouse a cookie 1. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff and Puffy Paint Cookie Craft .

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2. Small Knight and George by Ronda Armitage and Knight’s Shield Craft readmake14

3. Planting a Rainbow by Lois Elhert and Sticky Window Flower Garden readmake21

4. The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle and Spider Web Walking . readmake19

5. Firefighter Frank by Monica Wellington is a wonderful read before working on writing and counting with our  Count & Write Fire Trucks .readmake17

6. How Big Is a Pig? by Claire Beaton and Paper Plate Pig Craftreadmake22

7.The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! by Mo Willems goes perfectly with this Squeeze Painting Hot Dog Craft.

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8. The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle and our popular Band-aid Fireflies Craft. craft for leo the late bloomer

9.Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus goes well with our Paper Bag Tiger Puppet. activity for alphabet under construction

10. Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming is the perfect read before you Build With Letters.activities for the big red barn book

11. Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown can be read before or after you play with this Farm Sensory Bin. tacky the penguin craft idea

12.Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester and our Simple Penguin Craft . craft for Frederick by leo lionni

13.Frederick by Leo Lionni and a craft especially made to look like Frederickalphabet craft with cars

14. Alphabeep!: A Zipping, Zooming ABC by Debora Pearson and our Car Alphabet is a great match! readmake9

15. Leap Back Home to Me by Lauren Thompson and our Easy Peasy Paper Plate Frog Craft. craft for goodnight moon

16.Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and our Homemade Puffy Paint Moon.craft for the grouchy ladybug

17. The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle and our simple Ladybug Craft.trashy town craft

18. Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha has been a favorite for years and goes perfectly with our Shape Garbage Truck Craft. swimmy craft idea

19. Swimmy   by Leo Lionni is a wonderful to share while creating this cool School Of Fish Craft. craft for dinosaur vs the potty

20. Dinosaur vs. the Potty by Bob Shea will have your kids laughing and this Dinosaur Craft with have them using their fine motor skills. chicka chicka boom boom craft

21. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault was the inspiration for this craft. bulldozer books and craft

22. Dig Dig Digging by Margaret Mayo is a great read before learning about shapes with the Shape Bulldozer. princess craft

23. The Very Fairy Princess Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton is sweet just like our Shape Princess Craft . cloudy with a chance of meatballs craft

24. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi and Ron Barrett is a perfect match for our DIY Weather Station. how to catch a star book and craft

25. How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers goes so well with our Make Your Own Constellation Craft.

 

 

 

Reading Resources On Pinterest

learn to readOne of my greatest passions in life is to help children learn to read and develop a love of books. Now that I am out of the classroom and online one way I do that is to help other parents support their own children’s learning. Digging to find activities, ideas for struggling readers ,and just the right book has never been easier. I have found incredible reading resources via Pinterest and want to share them with you. These 6 boards have consistently useful pins for all things early literacy. Check them out !

 

1.Reading & Writing Readiness by us … but really it’s a community board made up of great bloggers and wonderful reading and writing ideas.

2.Reading Activities by The Educator’s Spin On It and check out their blog here.

3.Little Book Lovers by Zina Harrington and check out her blog here.

4.Struggling Readers by This Reading Mama and check out her blog here.

5.Literacy by Teachmama and check out her blog here.

6.Early Literacy by I Can Teach My Child and visit her blog here.

 

Do you have a favorite board on Pinterest ? Leave a link in comments so we can check it out!

Summer Reading Bucket List

Summer Reading Bucket List

The school year is almost over and if you are like me you have already started planning your family calendar for the whole season. Before you declare all the planning done take some time and plan your summer reading adventure!

Summer reading isn’t just for fun it’s the best way to prevent summer slide. Did you know that it’s estimated that teachers spend on average 4-6 weeks re-teaching material children have forgotten over the summer? Think of all the time that teachers could have for other things if we send our kids ready to learn new material instead of reviewing and re-learning . My kids and I brainstormed fun, silly and educational ideas for summer reading and came up with this bucket list. Follow the links to book recommendations .

  1. Read in a tent.
  2. Read a book about wild animals.
  3. Read a book in the bath.
  4. Read a book under a tree.
  5. Read a book about a city far away.
  6. Read at dinner.
  7. Read a magazine.
  8. Read as a family.
  9. Read a book about your country.
  10. Read in a blanket fort.
  11. Read a book about friendship.
  12. Read a comic book.
  13. Read at the park.
  14. Read a magazine.
  15. Read a book about art.
  16. Read a book that makes your laugh.
  17. Read a book with a flashlight.
  18. Read a book to a pet.
  19. Read at the beach.
  20. Read a book about space.
  21. Read a book in a funny accent.
  22. Read a book while having ice cream.
  23. Read a book then act it out.
  24. Read a book and capture it on video.
  25. Read a biography.
  26. Read a book with chapters.
  27. Read a book about bugs.
  28. Read a book without any words.
  29. Read an alphabet book.
  30. Read a pop up book
  31. Read at breakfast.
  32. Read a book you wrote yourself.
  33. Read an ebook .
  34. Read all summer long.

 

As you know together with Amy Mascott I write  all about family literacy for Scholastic Parent’s Raise A Reader blog .  On Monday night we will be taking over  Scholastic Parent’s Facebook page for a great kick off of their Scholastic Summer Challenge. This year is set to be the best yet and Amy and I will be answering questions to get you and your family ready for a summer filled with reading. Do not miss it!

 

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Find & Rhyme – Gross Motor Rhyming Game

find and rhyme game for readingGetting my son learning after school isn’t always easy because he’s just been at school all day!  This rhyming  game was originally supposed to be a Frisbee like game with the hula hoops acting as targets but my dollar store plates were too light and even doubled up wouldn’t fly well. So we turned it into a hunt and my daughter came along for the ride and everyone had fun . You could adapt this easily for different levels using upper and lowercase as pairs to match, sight words ( writing out two and finding the match) or word families. Even though my almost 3 year old participated this activity is part of our Learning After School series . This series is filled with ideas for fun active learning after school gets out.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some cheap plastic plates ( just don’t expect them to make good Frisbees… ) , a sharpie and some hula hoops.Rhyming Hunt for kindergarten
  2. Start by writing some words on the plates. I chose 4 words that offered lots of rhyming words.  Bake, car, band and hat.rhyming activity for kids with movement
  3. Write out as many rhyming words on the rest of the plates for each as you think will offer your child the right amount of challenge.  You can always have a few extra on hand to hide on the go if your child is into it and you want to extend it.
  4. Place the anchor words ( bake, car, band and hat) in the hula hoops.hunt and rhyme learning after school
  5. Hide the other plates. rhyming word hunt
  6. Get your kids ready – I had my son agree that he’d let his sister find her share and not zoom through and grab them all . He also offered up his reading and rhyming skills to help. I wasn’t sure how it would play out … if you are doing this with a number of children with similar rhyming and reading abilities a great way to do it is to start each child off with a different word and have them search only for words that rhyme with their assigned word. * Whenever I am explaining rules I start with a quick game of Simon Says. It gets them focused. hunt and rhyme learning after school game
  7. It was great. hunt and rhyme early literacy gameHe needed a reminder not to grab all the plates but one reminder was enough. They would find a plate, run over and match the rhymes. She got a few solo ( after we read them of course)gross motor rhyming game and he would do his in his head throwing them down fast. But then when she was stumped he took time to help his sister saying things like ” Do you hear they sound the same? Cake and bake rhyme.” It was still pretty much over her head but he got great practice being patient and teaching her.  You can see him stretching out the words for her as a hint. Best part is the plates store easily and you can add more when you want to play again. sounding out the rhymes - rhyming game for kids

 

Books That Rhyme

 

25 picture books that rhyme

Here are 25 great books that rhyme . When reading these books with your kids take some time to play with the rhymes , not every single on but a few. Be silly and have fun. Do things like use a synonym in the place of a rhyming word  in the familiar text. When your child corrects you explain that the word means the same thing. They will insist it’s still not right . Ask them why. Continue reading. Pretending not to know the answer and letting my kids answer for me always gets a good laugh and the lesson sticks as well.

Organize Your Books with a DIY Book Crate

by Allison McDonald mod podge book crate craft for kidsI have been on a spring cleaning kick and when I was given the opportunity to make something for a sponsored campaign with  Mod Podge Washout  and Apple Barrel Paints I knew just what I wanted to make. While cleaning I was astounded by how many books we have. There are stacks everywhere and out shelves are full too. I wanted to make something useful that could help me teach my daughter to care for her books and that could make spring cleaning more fun. Now when my kids see the crate they are much more apt to put books back in it then back on the pile on the carpet. Having my daughter help me make this was really an important part of her taking ownership of keeping her books in good condition and so far it’s been working great. Here is how we made ours.

  1.  Gather your materials. You will need a wooden crate , Apple Barrel paint, some foam brushes, drop cloth Mod Podge Washout , some scissors , a dish for paint, and an old book you don’t mind cutting up.book crate mod podge
  2. Start by choosing which color to paint with . book crate box
  3. Paint your crate. One thing I love about acrylic paint is how fast it dries. I am so used to kid paint which takes forever. If you have an older child while they paint you can cut out the letters. But if your child is going through the “Let ME decorate the house aka draw and paint on things” stage wait until they are done. book crate 4I had to put the camera down too because she got too much paint on her brush and it splattered on me narrowly missing the camera. It washed off me no problem!book crate
  4. I doubled up the pages and drew the letters in pencil. book crate 7Cut and use the bottom letter so there are no pencil marks. book crate for book organization
  5. When the crate is dry it’s time for Mod Podge! The great thing about this Mod Podge Wash Out is that even if it’s dry it will come out in the wash. I have ruined plenty of clothes while crafting so it’s exciting to find a product that my kids can use and I don’t have to be right behind them wiping things up and off them. book crate organizer for children's books
  6. Start with a thin layer on the section where you are going to add the letters.book crate organizer for kids Add a letter and go over with more Mod Podge. Repeat for each letter.  As my daughter was doing this she was very angry that her initials were not being used. At 2 she can not read and while she recognized the letters she didn’t know why I’d chosen those. I felt terrible. In all my prep I didn’t explain to her what the letters said. So we took some time talking about it. book crate organizer kids room ideas
  7. After the letters are on add a layer or two of Mod Podge all over the crate. This gives the crate a finishing touch and helps smooth out any rough parts.  Let dry completely ( overnight is always a good bet) and add some books!book crate 1
  8. Since we made this our book crate has not budged from the hearth. She picks out books to look at alone, ones for me to read and my favorite ones for her brother to read to her after dinner. book crate for kids

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