Are you stuffed to the gills with delicious food? Need to do something active to wake yourself up? Let’s look back to 2012 for some nice fall rhymes and their accompanying actions. (There is even one about a mischievous turkey.)
You can also get in the spirit of the season with books and materials about gratitude. Happy Holidays!
Creepy creatures and scary stories abound in October. A book that isn’t TOO scary but will build anticipation and excitement is “It’s A Tiger” by David LaRochelle. It starts in the jungle with a monkey swinging from vine to vine. No. Wait. That’s not a monkey…IT’S A TIGER! Your child won’t be able to stop himself from shouting as you turn the pages of this fun Missouri Building Block nominee. But if you are worried about sharing scary stories with your child, here are some suggestions: Continue reading
“Over in the meadow in the sand, in the sun, lived an old mother turtle and her little turtle one…” You may recognize this rhyme from an old counting rhyme called “Over In the Meadow.” This particular rhyme served as one of the inspirations for Ken Geist’s book, “Who’s Who?” Geist’s rendition uses the same rhythmic pattern, but his version is all about twin animals (his other inspiration – his joyous twin children). So flap, swing and swim along with your child through a fun version of this familiar story and see if you can tell “Who’s Who?”
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You’re going on a trip, and it is time to pack. You have kids. You want to be prepared for any type of situation that will come your way. Let’s start with all the things you would NEVER leave home without: clothes, diapers, wipes, snacks, something for entertainment, stroller…the list goes on and on. Nellie Bly, a famous reporter in the late 1800s, raced Elizabeth Bisland around the world in less than 80 days and packed only a few things. I know that experience was WAY different then hauling your kiddos off on a family vacation, but I found it really interesting what she thought was important for her trip.
This is what she fit into her bag: two hats, three veils, a pair of slippers, paper, toiletries, ink stand, pencils, pens, cold cream (which was the largest object in her bag), dressing gown, drinking cup, a flask, needle, thread, pins, blazer, handkerchiefs and underwear. I am impressed by both her adventurous spirit and her ability to pack light! The story of Nellie Bly is a very interesting one. Pick up one of these titles to share with your kiddo about a race around the world and the women who did it (and beat the record!). Continue reading
How about an app from the past? If you have seen this app before, let’s reminisce. Om Nom. That is the name of the cute monster that you need to feed in Zeptolab’s “Cut the Rope” app. It takes some ingenuity and skill to figure out how to get the swinging candy into Om Nom’s mouth. You have to wait for just the right moment to cut the rope. Sometimes you have to keep the candy away from a spider or overcome other obstacles. There are also bonus stars to collect. Continue reading