Category Archives: Craft Activity for Kids
Happy Friday dear friends! Lots of people love Friday because it signals the end of the week and for many, a couple of days off from work. But for me, it signals a chance to read and review another awesome picture book. And tomorrow we’ll be treated to an insightful Q&A with debut picture book author Ariel Bernstein.
But first, we have a copy of HELLO, MY NAME IS TIGER to give away.
And the winner is….
Congratulations, Elizabeth…I will contact you.
I HAVE A BALLOON
Written by Ariel Bernstein
Illustrated by Scott Magoon
Themes: Being happy with what you have
Opening Lines: “I have a balloon.”
“Owl has a red balloon. Monkey does not. “That red balloon matches my shiny red tie,” says Monkey. “I’d look fancy walking to school with a shiny red balloon. The only thing I’ve ever wanted, since right now, is a shiny, big red balloon. It would make me SO HAPPY!” But Owl does not want to give it to him. So Monkey tries to find something that Owl wants: a teddy bear, a robot, a picture of TEN balloons. Owl does not want any of these things. But then, Monkey offers him…a sock!
Hmmmmm…Owl is intrigued. Will he trade his shiny red balloon with Monkey?”
Why I like this book:
- Fun text!
- Fun illustrations!
- A message we can all relate to, parents as well as kids! And a great opportunity to talk about wanting what we have, not having what we want.
You will need: 1 balloon (inflated), colored paper, scissors, glue.
For detailed instructions: https://diyprojects.com/homemade-balloon-bowl/
Just like the characters in I HAVE A BALLOON, kids often want what others have. This book is a perfect launchpad for a discussion about being happy with what you have. Perhaps this balloon bowl can serve as a blessing bowl for your child. Help your child fill out slips of paper with things he/she is grateful for and place them in the bowl.
By the way, dear friends, thanks to debut picture book author Ariel Bernstein, we have a giveaway of a copy of I HAVE A BALLOON. Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered. And remember…the greatest gift you can give an author, other than buying their book and reading it to a child, is to write a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.
Don’t forget to be back tomorrow when Ariel stops by to chat and to share a super recipe for a fabulous chocolate chip cookie recipe…this one is made with OATMEAL!
Be safe this last weekend of summer…and please join me in praying for all who are impacted by Hurricane Harvey…those who have lost everything…those who have left safe havens to help others…so many kidliters I know live RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT! Keeping you all close to my heart! Author Kate Messner has organized a KIDLITCARES auction to benefit the Red Cross Relief effort for Hurricane Harvey…please visit and bid: KidLitCares auction for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts
Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends!
The summer is winding down. School has already started for some kids. And I’m thrilled to feature a picture book today that belongs in every preschool and early elementary classroom.
When I grew up, most kids I knew came from two parent families…a mom and a dad…and often, it was the dad who went out to earn money while the mom stayed home and took care of the children. But these days, there has been a tremendous shift in that cookie-cutter type family. We desperately need more books that portray the various family units that exist. Thanks to author Sara O’Leary and illustrator Qin Leng, we have the perfect one!
A FAMILY IS A FAMILY IS A FAMILY
Written by Sara O’Leary
Illustrated by Qin Leng
Published by Groundwood Books (2016)
Themes: families, diversity
“We were talking about families at school. The teacher asked us what we thought made our family special. I went last because I wasn’t sure what to say. My family is not like everybody else’s.”
When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways — but the same in the one way that matters most of all.
One child is worried that her family is just too different to explain, but listens as her classmates talk about what makes their families special. One is raised by a grandmother, and another has two dads. One is full of stepsiblings, and another has a new baby.
As one by one, her classmates describe who they live with and who loves them — family of every shape, size and every kind of relation — the child realizes that as long as her family is full of caring people, her family is special.
Why I like this book:
- Talk about diversity. Not only do we find a varied array of family units…we also find characters of all sizes, shapes, and colors!
- Very simple text will appeal to young listeners and early readers!
- The illustrations are fabulous!
Popsicle Stick Puppets
Photo courtesy: http://kidsactivitiesblog.com
What a super bunch of Popsicle crafts for kids here! Take your pick of several that highlight the family. Why not help your child make a puppet for each member of the family and role play various situations. Let the fun begin!
You will need: Popsicle sticks, markets, scissors, glue, photos of family members or construction paper to draw your own pictures.
For detailed instructions: http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/58976/childrens-crafts-with-popsicle-sticks
Dear readers, thanks to author Sara and her publisher, Groundwood Books, we will have a giveaway of a copy of A FAMILY IS A FAMILY IS A FAMILY. (U.S. or Canadian addresses only). Please make sure you leave a comment to be entered. If you get to read the book, remember that reviews on Amazon and/or Goodreads are the best gift you can give to an author. I just posted my review of the book on Amazon.
And hurry back tomorrow for a super Will Write for Cookies Q&A with author Sara O’Leary who is sharing awesome insights and an AMAZING Ginger Shortbread recipe with us…and oh, how I LOVE ginger!
Have a safe and happy weekend!
Rev up your engines..it’s time for a special Perfect Picture Book Friday.
We are on tour with the wonderful Susanna Leonard Hill….and her newest book for kids, THE ROAD THAT TRUCKS BUILT, is about to head on down the road.
Leave a comment and you’ll be entered in the giveaway – comment on ALL the blog stops of #trucksontour, and you’ll win a special prize.
And speaking about giveaways and prizes…we’ve got a copy of MARIGOLD BAKES A CAKE that the incredible Mike Malbrough is giving away. And the winner is…..
Congratulations, Beth! Mika and I will be in touch to get you the book.
And now back to our regularly scheduled post.
THE ROAD THAT TRUCKS BUILT
Writen by Susanna Leonard Hill
Illustrated by Erica Strolich
Published by Little Simon (2017)
“This is the traffic that’s moving too slow. Cars and buses have nowhere to go. What is the answer? I’m guessing you know.”
Bulldozers, scrapers, graders, and more are hard at work making sure that every car, truck, and motorcycle can get where they’re going fast! With smooth writing by Susanna Leonard Hill and heavy-duty illustrations by Erica Sirotich, The Road That Trucks Built shows the importance and effectiveness of teamwork in a picture book that’s perfect for on the road readers.
Why I like this book:
- Great read aloud!
- Bold colorful illustrations. Kids will LOVE the anthropomorphic vehicles.
- And they will also love the sunoke rhyme that invites participation.
- PLUS, on the cover is the COOLEST wheel that spins and shows kids the various vehicles they will be reading about.
Construction Vehicle Mobile
Photo courtesy: http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/transportation/crafts.html
For detailed instructions, please go to: http://www.dltk-
Take a walk with your kids…how many construction vehicles do you see on the road?
Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway of a copy of THE ROAD THAT TRUCKS BUILT.
For more fun, hop over to the other blog on the #trucksontour.