Peeps Diorama ~ Make Your Favorite Book Character

We love to do activities inspired by children’s literature.  For a fun activity before Easter (or afterwards, when you are up to your bunny ears in all that candy), make a peeps diorama. Let your favorite book characters inspire you.  Here are our peeps dioramas. 

Don’t Let the Peep Drive the Bus

From my 5-year-old’s favorite Mo Willems book, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. We worked on this together. 

Make a Peeps Diorama inspired by your favorite book character

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Colorful Tape Menorah Craft

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Colorful Tape Menorah Craft For Kids

affiliate-links-2These easy, colorful and fun menorah’s are a fun craft for Hanukkah.  They were the idea of my 7-year-old daughter. She wanted to do a simple menorah craft for kids in her book club.

The smaller rolls pictured below are washi tape.  The larger rolls are duct tape and some blue painters tape. You really can use whatever you have on hand for this project. [Read more...]

Book Reviews: Helping Kids Understand and Manage Big Feelings

Our friends at Free Spirit Publishing were kind enough to send us some books to review from their Emotions and Behavior series. These picture books are a great way to introduce kids to understanding big emotions, the kind that often get so big so fast: anxiety, anger, fear.

Take a Deep Breath shows children in various situations that they find fearful:  swimming lessons, greeting unfamiliar dogs, going to the doctor, etc.  In each scenario, a trusted friend or family member talks the child through deep breathing and helps them get calm or be brave.

TakeADeepBreath

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Thanksgiving Crafts: Play and Learn

This Thanksgiving Pretend Play Set was easy to make and fun to set up as an Invitation to Play and Learn.
Thanksgiving Invitation to Play and Learn

My oldest son and I made the Native American and Pilgrim families [Read more...]

Learning With Literature: The Great Kapok Tree

Learning About the Rain Forest with The Great Kapok Tree book

this post contains affiliate linksThe Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest
by Lynn Cherry is an award-winning book about a man who is chopping down trees in the Amazon. Hot and tired, he falls asleep beneath the Kapok tree. The animals come one by one to whisper a message into his ear about the importance of the trees, the value of the rain forest.

We discovered a fun way to play and learn as we read this book.  Our friends at Safari Ltd. sent us their fabulous Safari Ltd. Rainforest Toob to try with our Tropical Rain Forest Unit Study. My kids love and adore Toobs. They are such a great way to inspire learning through play.  We were delighted to find that every one of the animals in the Rainforest Toob is inside The Great Kapok Tree book!  We had fun matching up all of the animals with the pictures in the book, as well as many in the text.

Safari Rain Forest Toob paired with The Great Kapok Tree book

This is part of our two-week-long unit study of Tropical Rain Forests.  I’m working on another blog post on all of our activities, but I thought this terrific book and activity deserved it’s own post.

The Great Kapok Tree by Lynn Cherry

In the meantime, visit my Tropical Rain Forest pin board on Pinterest for more learning ideas.